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The View From Pluto: LeBron James Could Become The 'Accidental' All-Time Leading Scorer

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:21:00 +0000

Cavs’ star LeBron James is on pace to hit a milestone this weekend. He’s closing in on becoming just the seventh player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points. But WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says scoring the most points has never been James' goal. James is 41 points away from hitting 30,000 career points. He'll then be just 802 points behind Dirk Nowitzki to take over the No. 6 spot on the all-time scoring list. And Pluto says it's possible James could eventually surpass No. 1 on that list -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar . "Abdul-Jabbar had 38,000 points and played until he was 41. LeBron's in his 15th season and basically gets about 2,000 points a season. He could pass Abdul-Jabbar by the time he's 37. Next on the list is Karl Malone, then Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. He'll blow past them in about a year and a half." Pluto says one reason why he's confident James will accomplish the feat is that he's never seriously injured. The accidental leading scorer Pluto

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Soon-to-Be Unemployed at Union Metal Consider Options, Including Starting Their Own Companies

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:44:59 +0000

Union Metal in Canton gave 300-plus workers the word last month that the plant is closing for good this month, and they’re all out of work. Ohio is offering a special set of information sessions to help the employees find something new. The Ohio Means Jobs Stark and Tuscarawas counties office set up workshops this week at its locations in Canton and New Philadelphia for the laid off employees. Two of the first-day attendees said it helped because it gave good information and a sense of hope. Melinda DeHoff of Canton was an office employee at Union Metal. “I was more in the clerical end, so that’s where I’ll stay. I am a medical transcriptionist, so I’m hoping that might help me get into that." Mike Basiewicz of Massillon, who is past 60, is taking another tack in trying to continue his career as a mechanical/electrical designer. "I’m in the hunt, but I’m looking at other options, too: to try and incorporate as an LLC, so a corporation isn’t taking the responsibility of hiring an old

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New Data Shows Ohio Conservatives Support Clean Energy

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:31:15 +0000

Clean-energy issues have prompted a lot of debate at the Ohio Statehouse for years. Opposition has mostly come from Republicans, while Democrats have supported incentives for the industry. Now, a clean-energy group has new data that they say will change the discussion. The Ohio Conservative Energy Forum is pointing to a poll that shows conservative voters are 36 percent more likely to vote for someone who supports energy efficiency and increases the use of renewables. Lori Weigel is with Public Opinion Strategies , the group that conducted the poll. It's the same group used by Republicans running for the House and Senate. “If a candidate wants to espouse these views and wants to really champion these issues, we’re seeing no pushback whatsoever. And again, this is just among conservative voters so when you open that up to the broader spectrum of the electorate, it’s even more of a positive.” Weigel says those polled still show support for coal, but a majority is against any bailouts for

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DeWine Warns Ohio Lawmakers Will Have to Control Fly-by-Night Drug Clinics

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:27:18 +0000

State stats show overdoses from opioids – including heroin and fentanyl – are killing at least nine people a day. And that figure is likely to rise by the time new numbers are released this summer. The crisis brought advocates to Columbus for a daylong conference on how local groups and communities can fight it. The conference was aimed at people who work with victims and survivors of opioid addiction, to help those advocates share ideas. Attorney General Mike DeWine says while there have been thousands of overdose deaths, there are some communities making progress. “What you’re seeing in Ohio is different communities handling this differently. And there’s nothing wrong with that. That enables us to maybe take a good look at what works.” While DeWine says drug courts are working well, the desperate need for treatment has created “fly-by-night” operators running cash-only clinics and unregulated facilities. DeWine says state lawmakers need to deal with that right away.

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Youngstown Businessman Jailed, Ordered Deported Two Weeks After Getting a Reprieve

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:16:07 +0000

In a surprise reversal, U.S. immigration officials took a Youngstown businessman into custody today, less than two weeks after granting him a temporary stay. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports on the arrest, which was condemned by a Northeast Ohio congressman and a prominent supporter of President Trump.

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Bill Would Close a Loophole in Ohio's Domestic Violence Laws

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:34:27 +0000

A bill designed to help protect victims of dating violence is on its way to the Senate. The bill, which has passed the House unanimously almost a year ago, would close a loophole in the state’s current domestic-violence laws. It would allow victims of dating violence to get civil protection orders without meeting the higher threshold for domestic violence. The legislation also provides greater access to domestic violence shelters. And the bill would add dating violence to the Attorney General’s Victims’ Bill of Rights. The bill unanimously passed the Senate committee and heads to the full Senate soon. Ohio lags behind the rest of the country because most states already have laws on the books addressing dating violence.

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RTA Announces Cost-Saving Cuts to Cleveland Buses and Trains

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:36:26 +0000

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will start cutting service in March, the first in a series of cost–saving measures coming over the next year. The first round of cuts will mean fewer buses and trains in operation. At RTA’s board meeting Tuesday, General Manager Joe Calabrese announced reduced frequencies along routes. The changes vary, but along some routes, buses that came every 15 minutes will be 20 or 30 minutes apart. The changes take effect March 11 and are expected to save $4 million. Transit advocates like Gloria Aron urged the board to reconsider the cuts. “Cutting our resources is not the only alternative you have.” RTA’s board could put a sales tax increase on the ballot, but have yet to start the process. Board members emphasized lobbying state legislators for increased funding. In March, the board will consider the rest of the plan to reduce the agency’s budget by $20 million.

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Ohio Researchers Get Nearly $700,000 to Study Algae Problems

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:53:12 +0000

Researchers in Ohio are beginning a three-year study, looking for keys to predicting, mitigating, controlling or even preventing harmful algal blooms in rivers and streams all over the country. An Ohio State University team led by assistant professor Mazeika Sullivan of the environmental and natural resources school got the grant from the EPA. They’re to analyze, and categorize algae activity throughout the upper Ohio River basin. Sullivan says the goal is to create a standardized system for evaluating algae issues in any watershed. “Rivers are very dynamic and can respond in very different ways than lakes, so the focus of this research is really thinking about inland systems. Our focus is on watershed, so from smaller streams all the way up to the Ohio River, including reservoirs that are in the system.” The federal grant is $681,000 and in announcing it, EPA Director Scott Pruitt called the project innovative science.

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Chiropractors In Ohio May Be More Directly Involved In Pain Treatment In Hospitals

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:48:05 +0000

In reaction to the opioid crisis, the Joint Commission on Health Care , the nation’s largest accreditation organization for hospitals, recommends a conservative approach in using medication for pain. And that may lead to chiropractic care being more involved in pain management in Ohio. A growing number of medical facilities, including Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute , offer chiropractic services, especially for patients with musculoskeletal pain. The Ohio Chiropractic Association’s Opioid Task Force is calling for more such relationships—based on the Joint Commission’s stance. Warren-based chiropractor Patrick Ensminger is co-chairman of the task force. “The pain pathway that is being suggested now, with this opioid crisis, is: If a patient comes in with a pain complaint such as back pain, neck pain, headache -- instead of starting them down this process of providing opioid medication, you immediately get them under some physical method of care that is validated as being

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Honda Accord wins North American Car of the Year Award

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:53:50 +0000

The Ohio-made Honda Accord was named North American Car of the Year today. The Accord has been around for decades, but it’s the latest generation that really caught the attention of journalists at the North American International Auto Show. The 2018 Accord has a sleeker body and the Accord’s first turbocharged engine. For the more practical drivers, it boasts the latest safety features and the largest trunk in a class including the Chevy Malibu, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry. This marks the third straight year that Honda leaves the North American auto show with a major award. In 2016, the Honda Civic was named 2016 Car of the Year, and the Honda Ridgeline was named 2017 Truck of the Year.

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Ohio Drug Recovery Experts Warn Against Sending Addicts to Jail

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:49:21 +0000

Drug addiction counselers are speaking out against a bill that would send an ex-convict to jail if they fail a drug test. They say this proposal uses the judicial system to solve a health-care crisis. Lori Criss is with the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Service Providers , which advocates for behavioral health services. She says the bill that proposes 30 days in jail when someone on probation tests positive for heroin is a step in the wrong direction. “It’s a very delicate time in their life. It would be like someone who has a heart problem going into cardiac arrest, having a heart attack. This is a crisis situation for them and their physical health, and we need to surround them with health care for that," Criss says. The bill includes language for treatment but the concern is that a program wouldn’t have openings and that person would be sent to jail instead. The bill's supporters say the threat of jail would cut off drug use before a possible deadly overdose.

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Students Deliver MLK-Inspired Words In Columbus

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:42:19 +0000

The annual statewide Martin Luther King Jr. oratory contest brought out some strong words from its student winners. Three of the four winners delivered their winning speeches at a downtown Columbus church in the state’s annual MLK Day ceremony. Here are excerpts from the addresses of 8-year-old Addison Captain of Bedford, 9-year-old Elena Earley of Columbus and 15-year-old Nana Eshun of Canal Winchester: "Our ancestors stood up in factories, sat down at lunch counters, and walked thousands of miles, all in the name of justice. So we cannot forget where we have come from. We must use our voices to speak out. We must use our feet to step up as leaders, and use both hands to work and build our community to make Dr. King’s dream a reality." "I would like to grow up in a world with unity, a world where everyone shows love toward each other, a world where random acts of kindness are displayed often, a world of people who show compassion towards others, a world of people who respect and

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Stark Lawmakers Push for a Quick Vote to Block the Closing of Massillon's Only Hospital

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:43:53 +0000

Two northeast Ohio representatives who introduced a bill to slow the closing of Massillon's only hospital are pushing for action on the measure this week. Affinity Medical Center owner Quorum Health Corporation said on Jan. 5 th it will close the hospital March 6 th . All clinical operations are to end a month sooner, on Feb. 4. Ohio House members, Democrat Thomas West and Republican Kirk Schuring, are sponsoring a bill requiring Affinity to stay open into October so there can be time to look for alternatives. Schuring also says that because Quorum will likely begin reducing services this month, H.B. 462 is on a fast track. “The next step is we’ll refer the bill to a committee. Again, we want to move it swiftly through the General Assembly. So, I’m working with the speaker to see if we can have a hearing on the bill and move the bill out of the committee and get it over to the Senate.” Affinity Medical Center opened as Massillon City Hospital in 1910. It had remained a nonprofit

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Uncertainty Looms for Ohio's Health-Care Program for Seriously Sick Kids

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:38:37 +0000

A program that helps working families in Ohio afford health care for their children with serious medical conditions is in limbo. Office of Health Transformation Director Greg Moody says Congress has not re-authorized money for CHIP, the Children's Health Insurance Program that provides health care for 220,000 Ohio kids. He says without that federal money, the program would strain the state’s budget. “A significant portion of the federal share of the program, that’s about $15 million every month in Ohio, will run out in April and will force the state to take money from other programs to fill that gap.” Families in CHIP can earn up to 206 percent of the federal poverty level – that’s just over $40,000 a year for the average family of three.

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Ohio's New Laureate Hopes to Promote Literacy and an Appreciation of Poetry

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:30:00 +0000

How does someone become Ohio’s poet laureate? “One is anointed by the gods,” quips Ohio’s newest poet laureate, Dave Lucas. At the beginning of the year, Lucas succeeded fellow Clevelander Amit Majmudar to become the state’s second-ever poet laureate. Gov. John Kasich, who created the position in 2014, chose Lucas from three finalists culled by the Ohio Arts Council . According to the council, the poet laureate is expected to “foster the art of poetry, encourage literacy and learning, address central issues relating to the humanities and heritage, and encourage the reading and writing of poetry across the state.” What that actually means, however, largely depends on the poet laureate. “The role of the poet laurate depends on the particular interests of the person who’s in that position,” Lucas said. Lucas acknowledged that the government and artists can sometimes be viewed as odd bedfellows. “I think the relationship between government and the arts should be tenuous,” he said. But

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EMS Operators Make Contingency Plans In Case Of Long Term I-V Supply Shortages

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:28:00 +0000

As hospitals in Northeast Ohio and across the country continue monitoring problems in the supply chain of I-V needles, bags and pre-packaged fluids, EMS operators are growing concerned, too. When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, it hit three manufacturing plants of the world’s biggest IV equipment provider. Those are back on line but supply levels won’t likely recover until Spring. In Massillon, the fire department EMS has a three-month IV reserve. Chief Tom Burgasser says they have backup plans, too. “If we ever got down to about a months’ worth of the physical needles or the supplies that way, we would adjust protocols. In borderline cases, or times when we might help the hospital out and start IVs, we’re not doing that unless it’s indicated for specific reasons.” Burgasser says the Fire Department EMS made 3,000 runs using emergency IVs last year.

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The Cleveland Museum of Natural History Names its Develoment Officer as Acting CEO

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:15:00 +0000

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has named an acting CEO after the abrupt resignation last month of former Director Evalyn Gates . Chief Development Officer Sonia Winner will now lead the museum through a crucial phase of its $150 million centennial expansion .

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Ohio EPA Reports New Rover Pipeline Spill to FERC

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:09:00 +0000

The $4.2 billion Rover pipeline cutting diagonally across Ohio is drawing more concern from state regulators. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on a letter the state wrote last week about a new spill. The Ohio EPA has told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it is “deeply concerned” about nearly 150,000 gallons of drilling fluid that was “lost down a hole” beneath the Tuscarawas River in southwestern Stark County. That’s the same site where more than 2 million gallons of the fluid – mixed with diesel – leaked last April and turned up in a wetland. Horizontal drilling to lay the pipe beneath highways and rivers was suspended then but allowed to resume in December. The pipeline owner, Energy Transfer Partners, has said that it’s continuing to follow a plan approved by the feds and state EPA. The state has sued Rover over the cleanup costs from the first spill. There’s no indication if the fluid in the latest spill contained diesel. The EPA's letter notes that the company is now

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Ohio Democratic Lawmaker Pushes to Cap Drug Prices

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:32:22 +0000

A state lawmaker is introducing a bill that would require drug companies to slash their prices. The legislation is similar to the measure voters overwhelmingly voted down on last year’s ballot. The Democratic senator says there are some key differences that might help its chances, though her party remains a small minority in Columbus. The bill would require state health-care programs, state pension programs and private insurance companies to all be afforded the same discount on drugs that the pharmaceutical companies offer to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs . Democratic Sen. Charleta Tavares of Columbus says her bill takes the element of last year’s Issue 2 that people like, which is to lower drug prices, and throws out the rest. “We are not an outside California non-profit executive," she said. Instead "Ohio legislators are going to debate and develop the final bill with our stakeholders,” Tavares said. Opponents of Issue 2 also said requiring these discounts could take

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Cleveland Fed Study Shows a Tight Credit Market for Small Businesses

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 20:27:37 +0000

New business startup rates in Ohio and across the U.S. remain low despite a growing economy. The latest study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland offers one explanation for the trend. The Cleveland Fed study shows that, all things being equal, small businesses are less likely to receive financing. One reason is that lenders want the higher returns they get from lending to larger businesses, according to Cleveland Fed senior policy analyst Ann Marie Wiersch. “We also know from these other sources that banks may find this type of lending – this really small-dollar lending – tends to be less profitable," says Wiersch. Wiersch says the funding gap holds even for businesses that are similar credit risks. "If we look at firms’ credit risk and group small businesses by their credit scores, we find that even among firms with similar credit scores, the larger the business, the more likely it is that they’ll receive funding. So, larger businesses with good credit scores are more likely to

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