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Ohio Plans to Clear Pines From Mohican to Make Way for Native Species

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:11:03 +0000

The Ohio Division of Forestry has come up with a plan to cut down some trees in Mohican-Memorial State Forest in order to allow others to grow. Before it was a state forest, farmers had planted pine trees in rows. Forest Manager Chad Sanders that prevents several native species from growing. “Every year, and by thinning, you are increasing the sunlight that comes down into the forest and native hardwood trees come up. We’re trying to promote this idea of restoration, that you’re restoring these farm fields that were planted in pine to more of a natural native hardwood band.” Sanders says they plan work on 20 to 48 acres every year. He says the whole project could take decades.


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The ACLU Says Ohio is Violating Voters' Rights

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:56:22 +0000

The Ohio ACLU has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing Ohio's removal of registered voters from the rolls because they choose not to vote is a "powerful tool of voter suppression." Ohio's system first raises questions when people have failed to vote for two years. It terminates their registration if they don't respond or vote over the next four years. Ohio ACLU Legal Director Freda Levenson says the state is violating the National Voter Registration Act. She adds that when voters are purged, they aren’t notified until they are turned away at the polls. “To purge voters like this doesn’t do anything to make elections better or fairer, or to keep voting rolls accurate. In fact, to purge voters for merely not having voted disenfranchises perfectly eligible people and makes the voting rolls less accurate and takes away integrity from elections.” Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, has said the federal case is about “maintaining the integrity of our elections.” He says the


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Cleveland Forms a New Homicide Task Force with Cuyahoga County and the FBI

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:41:47 +0000

Law enforcement in Cleveland have organized a new task force to pursue open murder cases. The task force will include investigators from Cleveland police, the FBI and Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says it’ll look into cases that go beyond Cleveland’s borders. “Their task is to review all the homicides that happened here in this part of Northeast Ohio to make sure we’re using every resource possible to get those solved.” In August, Mayor Frank Jackson said just under half (47 percent) of the homicides in Cleveland this year were solved. The new unit is called the Cleveland Homicide Review Task Force. It will start by pooling investigators already working in the homicide division, on the gang unit and in the newly formed Neighborhood Impact Community Engagement squad. Williams says the department is considering adding homicide detectives.


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Ohio Graduation Rates Could Dip This Year

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:37:45 +0000

Overall, the high school graduation rate in Ohio has been climbing since 2010. But changes to federal education policies could cause a decrease this school year. State report cards show the four-year high-xschool graduation rate reached more than 83 percent in the 2016-2017 academic year. But the federal Every Student Succeeds Act—or ESSA -- could impact that rate negatively, particularly for one group of students. “With the changes to the ESSA calculation, we would only be counting students with disabilities as graduates if they meet the same requirements as their non-disabled peers.” Kim Monachino with the Department of Education says there are 250,000 Ohio students with disabilities who were previously allowed to take different tracks to graduation based on their needs. But starting this year, alternative routes will no longer count toward the federally recognized graduation rate. That means in 2018, Ohio’s overall graduation rate could drop based on one group of students. The


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Dreamers Make Their Plea to Congress

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:33:27 +0000

Elvis Saldias, in the Ohio Statehouse, asks Congress to support extended protections for children who were brought to the United States while young and no longer have legal status. Credit Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau Edit | Remove Young professionals in Ohio are sharing their stories, hoping that Congress will pass a law that will save them from deportation. These so-called Dreamers were brought to the U.S. as children, then lost their legal status. And they say America is the only home they know. Elvis Saldias was 9-years-old when his mother brought him to America from Bolivia. He grew up undocumented after their visas expired. With the Trump Administration winding down the DACA program, Saldias says he’s living under the possible threat of deportation. “If those protections end, then something as small as driving to the grocery story, getting pulled over, that could be what deports somebody. So there’s always that fear," Salidas says. Saldias and fellow Dreamers commended


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Lt. Gov. Taylor Further Seperates Herself from Kasich, Saying She'd Eliminate Medicaid Expansion

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:58:45 +0000

The Republican candidate for governor, Mary Taylor, unveiled a set of proposals for health care in Ohio on Monday that includes shrinking Medicaid in her first budget if she gets elected next year. That puts the current lieutenant governor in opposition to a key issue for Gov. John Kasich -- Medicaid expansion. “Medicaid expansion is not sustainable. It cannot be continued into the future," Taylor said. "My plan anticipates that we would eliminate the Medicaid expansion and provide legitimate, sustainable, long-term solutions for some of the most important issues that we face.” Taylor would limit the Medicaid program in Ohio to those unable to work. She also supports a direct primary-care model where access to physicians would be through a monthly membership payment, instead of insurance. And Taylor is proposing optional contributions by small businesses to employees’ health savings accounts.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wksu/audio/2017/09/taylor_health_cut_copy.mp3




How Is the Cleveland Orchestra Attracting a New Generation of Music Lovers?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:06:00 +0000

For the seventh year in a row, the Cleveland Orchestra this fall will welcome kids under 18 to Severance Hall for free on some nights. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on how that’s changed the makeup of the orchestra’s audience – and how it could change the audience in the future. This past summer, the 49 th season of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Festival drew its biggest audiences ever, with about 7,000 people at each performance. That’s up almost 80 percent from just a decade ago. And a big part of that change is due to young people coming with their parents and sitting on the lawn, for free. “It was my wife’s idea,” says Ross Binnie, chief brand officer for the orchestra. “We went to the lawn at Blossom and we have four kids. And I thought to myself, and she said, ‘This is great value to sit and have a picnic. It’s great family time. You should make this free for the kids.’ "We spend $100 on a movie now – when you add up all the stuff with it. For $50-odd, it’s great to see the


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Advocates Push for a Constitutional Amendment to Clamp Down on Puppy Mills

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 02:34:10 +0000

Opponents of commercial dog-breeding facilities known as puppy mills say the state’s current laws don’t protect animals enough. So they are trying to put an issue before Ohio voters to let them decide. The group Stop Puppy Mills Ohio has received approval for language for a proposed constitutional amendment they say would make commercial dog breeding more humane. It would limit the number of litters a female dog could produce in her lifetime, and it would also spell out care standards for puppies and breeder dogs. The movement to put the issue on the ballot is backed by the Humane Society of the United States as well as other statewide and local animal-welfare groups. They will have until July 4th to collect about 306,000 valid signatures to qualify for the November 2018 election. The measure is likely to be opposed by Amish breeders and some pet stores, including Petland. Those are the same forces that were instrumental in passing a state law last year that made it illegal for local


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wksu/audio/2017/09/puppy_mill_bill_one_step_closer_to_b.mp3




Cleveland Developer Addresses Housing Deserts

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:31:47 +0000

A Cleveland-based developer focused on affordable housing is looking to change its designation to better help low-income families get home loans. The move by CHN Housing Partners is an attempt to address what are known as mortgage deserts. CHN Executive Director Rob Curry says that his group wants to focus on communities where very few people qualify for residential mortgages. “Housing values cannot recover unless there is a flow of mortgages into a neighborhood, a flow of capital,” says Curry. CHN is attempting to form a Community Development Financial Institution.tht would provide more loans for low-income homeowners, especially those who wouldn’t qualify for traditional loans.


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Ohio's Lt. Gov. Taylor Proposes Direct Payments to Doctors for Routine Care

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:19:34 +0000

One of the Republican candidates for governor, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, unveiled a set of proposals for health care in Ohio today. Taylor prefers a system that’s gaining popularity among the GOP. Taylor wants to switch to a direct primary-care system. Regular doctor visits would be covered by a monthly membership, through which patients pay a flat monthly fee to a doctor or company who provides the routine services. Insurance plans would be designated primarily for catastrophic coverage. Taylor says direct primary care is already proven in some states where it’s being tried. “This approach has significantly changed the doctor-patient relationship, providing better, more personal health care at lower costs.” Direct primary care doctors usually do not take insurance, including Medicare or Medicaid.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wksu/audio/2017/09/taylor_health_wrap_opr.mp3




Western Lake Erie Deals With Algae Blooms and Calls for More Than Studies

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:16:34 +0000

Western Lake Erie’s algae bloom is in full swing – and the water is a sickly green. A t Maumee Bay State Park near Toledo, Ohio, the lake looks like it’s covered in paint. Thick lines of scum swirl around as the sun beats down. Charter boat Capt. Don McGee takes a group of students and reporters to the middle of the lake to describe what’s floating around. He’s fished Lake Erie for over 30 years. He says it isn’t going to get healthy overnight, but more needs to be done. "We can study the lake and study the lake and study lake; all the studies do is study," said McGee. "We know a lot of the things that are happening, what’s happening, why it’s happening. We need to figure out how to get that accomplished quicker." The boat trip was part of a Lake Erie tour, a closer look at the algae bloom problem and some of the people tackling it. They include a farmer who has made changes to limit nutrients like phosphorus from running into streams that lead to the lake. Others represent


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wksu/audio/2017/09/MILLER_GLT_lake_erie_tour_SPOT_broadcast.mp3




Ohio FOP Backs a Bill to Allow Off-Duty Officers to Carry Guns in Gun-Free Zones

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:58:37 +0000

A bill is moving through the Ohio House that would let off duty police officers carry weapons into gun-free zones. This bill has the support of police officers. The Ohio Fraternal Order of Police says officers always have a responsibility to take action whether they’re on duty or not. And the union is advocating for a bill it says will help protect gun-free zones from attackers. Opponents say the proposal violates the rights of property owners who make the decision to restrict guns. Michael Weinman with the FOP of Ohio says he understands that argument, but in the event of an attack, “If I was on duty, they’d want me in that establishment. So I can’t understand what the difference would be you know off duty-and on-duty when it comes to something like that.” Those against the bill say property owners would have considered these scenarios before making their choice to be gun free.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wksu/audio/2017/09/ohio_fop_supports_off_duty_carry_wra.mp3




Issue 2 Galvanizes Both Sides of the Drug Price Debate

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:54:02 +0000

The November election is about 50 days away, with no major statewide candidates this year. That leaves room for both sides of a controversial drug price issue on the ballot to hit the airwaves with millions of dollars in ads. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler sat down with leaders from both sides to debate Issue 2. Issue 2 may turn out to be the most expensive ballot issue campaign in Ohio history, topping the $64 million casino effort in 2008. The debate over drug prices has spawned a huge ad campaign, and is one of the most contentious issues in recent years. Saving consumers and the state money The two people who spoke on the issue are familiar to many political observers in Ohio. Matt Borges is the former chairman of the Ohio Republican Party and is representing Ohio Taxpayers for Lower Drug Prices . He said the Issue 2 will do two things: “Lower people’s drug prices (and) make sure the state is not paying more than what the VA pays." Long-time Democratic strategist Dale


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wksu/audio/2017/09/issue_2_debate_feature.mp3




Akron's Northside Market Offers Space for Small Startups

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:38:42 +0000

A new shopping space in downtown Akron set to open next month is betting big on small businesses.


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Ten Years After Closing, Geauga Lake Amusement Park Has a Historical Plaque

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:17:18 +0000

Geauga Lake Amusement Park closed ten years ago. Community members gathered on the site over the weekend to unveil a plaque commemorating it. The roller coasters and rides on the shores of Geauga Lake fell silent for the last time on September 16, 2007, a week before owner Cedar Fair announced that the park would never re-open. For the past decade, it’s been fenced-off and decaying as ideas for re-developing the property have been proposed but never actually implemented. Yesterday, about 200 people gathered at the site to unveil the plaque from the Ohio History Connection . Aurora Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin says that while the city remembers the park fondly, it’s ready for a new chapter now that the Aurora portion has been re-zoned for a variety of uses. “There’s recreational, residential, retail, institutional – we’d love to see a medical facility or an educational facility.” City officials and the Aurora Historical Society worked with the Ohio History Connection on the plaque.


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John Carroll University Gets $1.3 Million To Train Opioid Addiction Counselors

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:13:07 +0000

John Carroll University is getting a $1.3 million federal grant to train graduate students as counselors in the battle against opioids. The grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services go to medically underserved areas where people lack access to primary care or have high instances of infant mortality, mental health issues or drug abuse. Over the next four years, John Carroll will use the grant to place 80 grad students in some of those medically underserved areas. Nathan Gehlert, a professor in the school’s Department of Counseling , says the students will learn how to battle addiction using a team approach. “You don't just have a doctor or a nurse or a social worker or a counselor working on their own, but you really have people working as part of a treatment team. And the role of the counselor especially when you think about the opioid epidemic -- is essential as part of that treatment team.” About sixty percent of the grants will fund $10,000 stipends for the


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Cleveland's Bid For Amazon's Second HQ Will Have Pros And Cons, Just Like Any Other City's

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:08:22 +0000

Cleveland is among the scores of cities likely to bid for the new headquarters Amazon wants to build. The company has a long list of things it’s looking for. Amazon has specified everything from airport access to population in its specifications for second home city. Cleveland is citing its success with the Republican National Convention – and a growing downtown – as reasons the company should come here. Kent State University Economist Lockwood Reynolds says Cleveland should definitely bid, but there are some factors beyond its control. “A 45-minute drive to an international airport -- which technically we do have -- but there are certainly lots of other cities that have international airports that are more international and cover more places.” Reynolds points out that no one knows how much weight Amazon will assign to certain metrics, and that could make the difference. For example, a city like Chicago may have a larger talent pool, but it also has a much higher cost-of-living. “We do


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First Year Cleveland Targets the Racial Disparities Behind Infant Mortality

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000

Northeast Ohio has some of the best medical care available in the U.S., but parts of Cleveland also have some of the nation’s highest rates of infant mortality. First Year Cleveland is a new effort to reverse those trends. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at how race factors into infant mortality and what’s being done to change it.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wksu/audio/2017/09/092417_exploradio_sunday_infant_mortality.mp3




Cleveland Institute of Music Announces Tuition Cut

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 13:05:49 +0000

Citing the national conversation about the high cost of education, the Cleveland Institute of Music has announced that they will be lowering the tuition for incoming students. The tuition reset will lower the cost 15 percent for incoming students and will hold tuition flat for current students. The school's president and CEO Paul Hogle hopes that this change will attract more students to their program and allow them to become even more selective over time. “For the families that might of previously considered us unaffordable, we want them to now give Cleveland a second look and consider applying and auditioning here. The second thing is that we want this to be part of our long term strategy of making college more affordable by coming to Cleveland,” said Hogle. Hogle says they're able to lower tuition due to two years of highly successful fundraising. He adds he's unsure if the choice to reset tuition will catch on to other universities but believes it is time for all schools to be


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wksu/audio/2017/09/20170915_paul_hogle_cim_tuition_cc_1.mp3




Ohio School Districts' Grades Upset Lawmakers

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 13:00:05 +0000

Many Ohioans are not happy about the state’s new report cards after seeing grades for their school districts drop. Some state lawmakers are not happy about the change either. Republican Representative Mike Duffey thinks the new grades being given to school districts by the Ohio Department of Education are bogus. “To be totally honest, I think all of this report card system that we currently have basically needs to be thrown out and we need to start over.” Duffey says the current system doesn’t put the emphasis on the criteria that would show the quality of education being provided to students. He says lawmakers are being reluctantly drawn into the fight over how the department rates schools. He says he’ll likely introduce legislation soon that will get rid of the current system.


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https://cpa.ds.npr.org/wksu/audio/2017/09/ingles_school_report_cards.mp3