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Youngstown School Chief's Business Ties With Chicago Company Raise Ethics Questions

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:01:47 +0000

Two Democratic state lawmakers are asking the Ohio Ethics Commission to clarify what rules apply to the CEOs who now run two of the state's most troubled school districts. The CEO positions were created as part of H.B 70 , which allows the state to take over districts consistently in academic emergency. Youngstown-area State Reps. John Boccieri and Michele Lapore-Hagan say a recent report that Youngstown City Schools CEO Krish Mohip got outside pay from a company linked with a new school district program raises ethical questions. Boccieri says the state needs to clarify if the CEOs must follow the same rules as other public officials. “Do CEO’s who are now privatized by statute under the Ohio Revised Code, ... are there boundaries with respect to the ethics laws? Cause there aren’t any of the 600 superintendents in the state of Ohio who could do what was just done. They would likely be fired and moved out of office very quickly. So this is something we want to have a better

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Deadline for High-Tech Proposals to Fight the Opioid Epidemic Is Just Three Weeks Away

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:45:31 +0000

The deadline to submit new-tech ideas to the state of Ohio to fight the opioid crisis is growing near. The challenge includes $8 million in awards and grants. It kicked-off Oct. 18 th , with proposals to be in no later than Dec. 15 th . Dr. Mark Hurst is medical director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. He says hundreds of submissions are already in and the best of those, and of the hundreds more that are expected, will receive awards. "Then (there will be) further funding to try to develop those things that can come to market and be effective. "So anybody can do that. ... We want the best ideas that are out there to help move this forward.” There is an Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge link on the Ohio Third Frontier website .

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Ohio Lawmakers Introduce a Bill Setting Public Records Access Rules for Police Body Camera Footage

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:30:39 +0000

The emergence of police body cameras has caused several communities to resolve their own questions about what is and is not public record. Lawmakers are introducing a bipartisan bill to provide a final answer. The bill creates several exceptions to public records laws for body cameras, such as if the video shows inside a private home, private business, or shows the victim of a sex crime. Republican Rep. Niraj Antani says body cameras are too new to have solid footing as far as public records are concerned. “Right now, it’s pretty much up to interpretation. And it would ... make it through the courts and then the courts would get to decide what it is (public record). I think that it’s not up to the courts, it’s up to the Legislature,” says Antani. Antani says any adverse police action, such as a police-involved shooting, automatically makes that video a public record.

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Akron's Homeless Encampment Drops Its Tiny-Home Bid

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:23:19 +0000

The owner of a homeless encampment at odds with Akron zoning laws has scrapped plans to try to bring tiny homes to the property.

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Divorce Case Raises Questions of the Limits in Ohio on a Judge Appointing a Guardian Over an Adult

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:50:48 +0000

The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments tomorrow on whether a judge can appoint a guardian to control the affairs of an adult without giving that person notice and a hearing to contest that appointment. The arguments center on a Cuyahoga County woman who – after 30-plus years of marriage -- was going through a divorce. Though Carol Thomasson had an attorney, a few days before the divorce proceedings began, the family-court judge appointed what’s called a guardian ad litem to represent her. Thomasson maintains the judge’s unilateral decision amounted to declaring her incompetent. But Ohio law presumes an adult is competent unless proven otherwise and she says it allows a guardian to be appointed only after a judge issues a notice and holds a hearing. "If the orders in this case are allowed to stand as precedent, a trial court could appoint a guardian ad litem in any and every divorce case to strip a person of their rights," Thomasson's brief maintains. Neither of the attorneys on

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When Does Not Voting Cost You Your Right to Vote?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:05:17 +0000

More than a quarter of Ohio’s registered voters didn’t cast ballots last year. And for some of them, that could have been one inactive election too many. Ohio has been removing voters who haven’t cast ballots over a period of six years – unless they contact their board of elections during that time. It’s a process that’s at the center of a U.S. Supreme Court case expected to be argued early next year. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with Larry Harmon, an infrequent voter who’s a lead plaintiff in the case.

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O'Neill Apologizes for Facebook Post on His Sexual History: 'I have damaged the national debate'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:58:58 +0000

After a controversial Facebook post Friday mentioning sexual liaisons with 50 women, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill has taken down that post and apologized for what he wrote. But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports he says he won’t resign, though some have said he should. O’Neill said he’s concerned about the calls for Sen. Al Franken to resign after apologizing for forcibly kissing and groping a woman in 2006, but said he knew he’d have to say something outrageous to get attention. “That was the point I was trying to raise, but I apparently did not do it very well at all," O'Neill said. Critics said O’Neill’s initial post with details about sexual relationships trivialized sexual harassment. “I think the reaction certainly trivialized it, but that was never my intention," he said. O'Neill said thousands of angry comments, including from his two daughters and two sisters, made him see things differently. “That’s why I’ve taken the post down and issued what I hope to

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About 200 Kids Have Come to Lorain and Cleveland From Puerto Rico, With More On the Way

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:01:05 +0000

Northeast Ohio’s Puerto Rican community is welcoming children displaced by Hurricane Maria , and trying to make the transition as smooth as possible. Almost 200 children have come to Cleveland and Lorain from Puerto Rico, and more are expected before the end of the year. State Rep. Dan Ramos of Lorain says he’s been alerting school officials in both cities that the kids who will be coming here will likely need more than education. “They’re going to need ESL classes. They’re going to need some other kinds of help. I remember the stories my Dad told about when he came in the 1950s and, never having seen winter before, [he had] never owned a coat.” Ramos says people in his district – which already has a large Puerto Rican population – have been very welcoming, but he’s disappointed in the Trump administration's response to the hurricane. In Lorain, he says the non-profit group El Centro has been helping coordinate efforts for families arriving here from the island. Ramos adds that people

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Sutton Says She's Unphased by a Possible Cordray Bid

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:56:00 +0000

Speculation that Richard Cordray is getting ready to enter the Democratic race for governor has not publicly altered the plans of the four who are already in the race.

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Ohio Loses on Blue Collar Job Growth, but Other Opportunities Exist

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 11:49:00 +0000

Between 1991 and 2015, Ohio lost more than 231,000 blue-collar jobs that pay well. However a new report finds that the state has added some other opportunities for workers who don’t have bachelor’s degrees. The new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce finds that, overall, Ohio lags behind on adding blue-collar jobs that pay a median of $55,000. Neil Ridley is a co-author of the report. He says that there has been growth in skilled-services jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree in other sectors. “I would say that certainly in a lot of states we’re going to see, most likely, a continued growth especially in healthcare services, and probably a shift, continuing shift toward the skilled-services industry.” Despite the losses, Ohio is above the national average when it comes to its share of well-paying manufacturing jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree. Loading...

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The Rush is on for Ohio's Marijuana Dispensary Licenses

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:06:39 +0000

Today, the Ohio Department of Commerce will stop accepting applications for its first crop of medical marijuana dispensary licenses. Although only 60 licenses will be issued, some industry insiders estimate that applications will number in the hundreds. "It's a very hot market," said Thomas Rosenberger, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association 's recently formed Ohio chapter. Up to 18 dispensaries in Northeast Ohio will get in on the ground floor of what is expected to be a $300 million to $400 million per year industry. But first, would-be weed-dispensers must clear some major hurdles including bureaucratic and financial requirements, logistical challenges and legal risks. "The application process is pretty thorough," Rosenberger said. On top of a $5,000 fee, applicants must submit a detailed business plan, floor layouts, and security protocols. Key employees must undergo a background check. And applicants must have access to at least $250,000 in liquid capital

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Guidelines of Diagnosing High Blood Pressure Change

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:38:22 +0000

New guidelines from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology are changing the definition of high blood pressure. Patients with blood pressure previously considered pre-hypertension now fall into the Stage One category. Dr. George Thomas , director of the Center for Blood Pressure Disorders at the Cleveland Clinic , says more people will now be diagnosed with high blood pressure. “The statistic that we had previously of 1-in-3 U.S. adults having hypertension changes now into 1-in-2 U.S. adults having hypertension. So the actual numbers, for a diagnosis of hypertension, start at 130 systolic – that’s the upper number – and 80 diastolic, which is the lower number.” Thomas believes the change recommended by the study will raise awareness and lead to lifestyle modifications.

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All Three Democratic Women Running for Ohio Governor Say Justice O'Neill Should Resign

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:18:25 +0000

Three women who are running for the Democratic nomination for governor -- Congresswoman Betty Sutton, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and former state Rep. Connie Pillich -- are calling for Ohio Supreme Court justice Bill O’Neill to resign over comments he made on Facebook alluding to his sexual past. In response to sexual harassment allegations against Senator Al Franken, O’Neill wrote that he has been "sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females." “As a Democrat, I’m horrified that a statewide candidate would belittle victims of sexual harassment and assault in the way that he did. And as a women I’m outraged that he would equate sexual assault with indiscretion. It’s wrong to trivialize this,” Sutton said in a phone interview. Whaley and Pillich both condemned O'Neill on Twitter. Ohio's Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper also called the post "terrible," tweeting that "we're having a serious national conversation about rape culture and sexual harassment, and it's

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice O'Neill Defends His Facebook Post Disclosing his Lovers

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:57:32 +0000

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill, the only Democrat holding a state elected office, says he stands by a controversial Facebook post in which he disclosed he’d had more than 50 lovers and revealed some identifying details about them. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports as O’Neill faces condemnation and calls for his resignation. O’Neill says his point was to get the past out of the way. “As a candidate for governor I am probably the next victim. I figured I’d make it easy for my enemies just to say, I am not a perfect person, and I would suggest that neither are you.” He did amend his post to take out details of a few of the more than 50 lovers he claims, but says his post wasn’t inappropriate. “It’s obviously an appropriate post because we’re talking about real issues for real people.” And though there are calls for him to resign, he says there’s no way. “Absolutely not. We don’t have robots on the bench. We have real people. And what my post demonstrates is, I’m a

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Case Western Reserve University Gets a Microscope Developed by This Year's Nobel Winners

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:46:26 +0000

Case Western Reserve University is going to be getting a high-tech microscope developed by this year’s winners of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. The cryo-electron microscope produces clear, 3-D images of molecules. It costs as much as $7 million. Mark Chance , vice dean for research at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine, explains how this microscope can benefit future biomedical research. We’re designing molecules to block cancer or block Huntington’s. But in order to make that drug development process efficient, we need structures of those target molecules we’re going for. And we want to see how the drug molecule fits in to the various nooks and crannies in the protein structure. This microscope would be the first in Ohio. Chance says he is talking with Ohio State University about organizing a consortium to share its use and cost.

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Akron Takes a Big Step Forward In Efforts To Combat Infant Mortality

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:15:59 +0000

Healthcare and community leaders in Akron today signed an agreement to work to reduce infant mortality , particularly among African-American babies. The movement was launched by Mayor Dan Horrigan and is called “ Full Term, First Birthday ,” since premature births are the leading cause of infant mortality in Akron. Terry Albanese, the mayor’s assistant for education, health and families, says things like stress can lead to premature births, and the increase in the past several years could be linked to political and economic issues ranging from police shootings to the great recession. “It puts everyone on high alert. It makes everyone question and wonder. And especially minorities that are going to be more affected by this. Some of the worries that people have in other communities – you don’t need to have those in Akron, because Akron won’t stand for those kinds of issues.” Albanese adds that the city will be applying for Medicaid grants for drugs and other medical methods to prevent

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Hitting the High Notes in a Century of the Cleveland Orchestra

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000

As the Cleveland Orchestra celebrates its 100th season this year, we take a look back at where the orchestra started and how it evolved into one of the finest in the country.

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Summit County to Open Its First Financial Empowerment Center

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:51:49 +0000

Akron’s first financial empowerment center is due to open in February. United Way of Summit County , the City of Akron and Huntington Bank are partnering to create the center, which will be in Kenmore. Adrienne Bradley is the director of Financial Empowerment of United Way of Summit County. She says there’s a high need for financial assistance in Kenmore. "It’s individuals that are working very hard every day and maybe not quite possibly making that living wage, maybe living paycheck to paycheck. And so Financial Empowerment is really open to anyone of any socioeconomic class of any income range. The center in a former Huntington Bank branch will offer one-on-one meetings with trained counselors. Services will include money management, ways to decrease debt and help improve credit scores.

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What Obhof Thinks Of Rise In Sexual Harassment Allegations

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:43:29 +0000

In the past month, two lawmakers and one high-ranking staffer have resigned under the guise of "inappropriate conduct." But that phrase can be attributed to a wide-range of infractions. The Senate president says they're goal is to be as transparent as possible. House Republicans have not released any more information on Representative Wes Goodman’s sudden resignation - only that it was based on “inappropriate conduct” with another person, not employed by the Legislature, inside his office. Chief of Staff for Senate Democrats Mike Premo also resigned due to unspecified “inappropriate conduct.” Republican Senate President Larry Obhof says even he hasn’t gotten all the facts yet. “And as far as what should be made public and what shouldn’t be that would in part depend on what did occur,” Obhof said. However, he does believe leaders are sending a message that they’re taking allegations seriously. "I nappropriate behavior won’t be tolerated." Obhof asked Republican Sen.Cliff Hite to resign

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Women say the Atmosphere in Ohio's Statehouse Has Long Been Toxic

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:13:35 +0000

Two Republican state lawmakers and a Democratic Senate staffer have resigned in the last month – all over what’s been termed “inappropriate behavior." This raises the question of whether there is a culture at the Statehouse that attracts or encourages behavior that makes people feel uncomfortable or afraid. Back in the 1980’s, Mary Anne Sharkey left a job as a reporter at the Dayton Journal Herald to become a Statehouse reporter. She says she quickly discovered there was a ‘good old boy’ culture throughout the state capital and was shocked at what she discovered. “When I first came there, the press room was really more like a locker room. There were nude photos hanging on the walls above reporters’ cubicles. There was a box full of Playboys and Penthouses and the whole place was a bit of a culture shock for me because even though I came from a newsroom, I had never felt anything quite like that.” Blatant sexuality Sharkey was one of only a handful of female reporters in what had been a

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