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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:48:28 +0000The Cleveland Police Department collected 168 firearms during its gun buyback yesterday, with people lining up almost an hour in advance for the annual event. The 10th annual buyback allowed anyone to turn in a working handgun or semi-automatic rifle -- no questions asked -- for up to $200 in gift cards. As in years past, several private buyers lined up nearby with signs reading “Cash 4 Guns,” looking for interesting or historical pieces. Dan Smith from Streetsboro was there, and says gun buybacks should be operated a little differently so rare pieces are not destroyed. "We operate police auctions all the time; they sell cars and everything else. There's no reason they shouldn't be able to dispose of firearms at an auction at fair market value and make some money for the city and get these guns to people who are actually going to take care of them and be responsible with them." Doug Friedt from Willoughby – who brought a .22-caliber long rifle which he no longer has any use for – says
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:42:08 +0000The head of the Ohio Republican Party is likely to have a challenger to his re-election to that position next month. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports. Ohio Republican Party chair Matt Borges raised concerns about Donald Trump several times, and Trump’s campaign had blasted Borges personally at one point. Former Ohio Republican Party chair Kevin DeWine hinted a few weeks ago that Borges could be in trouble. “It’s kind of hard when there appears to be such an adversarial relationship between the president-elect and the state party it seems like maybe change is in the offing.” Now the vice chair of the Stark County Republican Party, Jane Murphy Timken, says she’ll challenge Borges. Timken says Borges is responsible for division within the party. And Timken claims she’s talked to Trump himself and he’s agreed a change in leadership is needed.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:05:18 +0000The Ohio Senate has rejected a major appointment by Gov. John Kasich. As statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, this could be a sign of friction among Ohio’s top Republicans. Months of tension between the Senate and Gov. Kasich over his nomination of Columbus lawyer Howard Petricoff to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio culminated this week when a committee voted to reject Petricoff. The Senate is called to advise and consent on gubernatorial nominations. Usually these committee votes are just a formality. But Republican Senate President Keith Faber of Celina has said Petricoff would have too many conflicts of interest as a commissioner because of his time advocating for different energy groups. Fellow Republican Senator Bill Seitz of Cincinnati echoed that sentiment during the committee meeting. “There were concerns about the process by which this has come to us, and there were concerns about the number of recusals that he would have to be engaged in by the important
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:49:29 +0000The Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers shows women, who make up more than half of the U.S. population, hold only about 20 percent of the seats in Congress and the U.S. Senate, and only slightly more than that in state legislatures. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles took a look at a program designed to encourage women to take the first step toward running for office. Women from around the state came to Ohio State University for a campaign training seminar called Ready to Run. Program Manager Shadia Jallaq says it encourages women to run for political office. “We provide training resources on campaigning, on fundraising, on marketing. And we have these women talk to women who are elected and in office to give them some advice on how to run for office.” Two years ago, the non-partisan group Political Parity produced a report after talking to lawmakers and candidates. It found fundraising demands, a lack of party support, unequal scrutiny with male candidates and problems
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:38:50 +0000President-elect Donald Trump was in Cincinnati last night at the first stop of what's billed as a thank you tour. He drew heavily from his campaign, promising to drain the swamp of influence and power in Washington, to destroy ISIS in the Middle East, and to build a wall to stop illegal immigration. But he also promised to unite the nation.
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:43:51 +0000The NEXUS gas pipeline is not a done deal, but a federal environmental impact statement issued on Wednesday helps clear the way for the project’s construction. The NEXUS gas pipeline could have some negative environmental effects, but mitigation measures could reduce the impact to “less than significant levels.” That’s according to the final environmental impact statement issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The proposed natural gas pipeline stretches across more than 255 miles from eastern Ohio through Stark, Medina and Lorain counties and into Michigan. Part of the pipeline would pass on or near residential areas, wetlands and a day care in the city of Green in southern Summit County. The city proposed re-routing the line to a less populous area to the south. But FERC determined the alternate route didn’t provide “a significant environmental advantage.” Green spokesperson Valerie Wolford says they’re disappointed. "We’re going to continue to fight for property rights
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:38:31 +0000Akron has a new fire chief, the 19th in the 180-year history of the fire department. It was a hire from within that Mayor Dan Horrigan says will help maintain continuity, stability and a commitment to community for one of the city’s most important services. In 1988, Clarence Tucker walked into Akron Fire Station No. 7 for his first day as a firefighter medic. This week he walked into the same station to become chief of Akron’s 350 person Fire Department. Mayor Dan Horrigan administered the oath of office to Tucker who will become the city’s second African American fire chief. And he will be the first chief hired after the decade-long legal dispute between the city and firefighters over promotion policy was settled last year. Tucker emerged as the top candidate after a two-month search and is an inside hire. The mayor says that, along with the settlement, can help the fire department move on. “I think they were doing a lot of provisional appointments and things like that, temporary
Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:29:15 +0000More than 1.87 million Ohioans voted early absentee, more than in any other election in state history. Secretary of State Jon Husted has certified the results of the 2016 election, and even though polls showed the major party candidates were unpopular, turnout was topped 71 percent, more than a half a point higher than in 2012. “We had a record voter turnout in terms of percentage of the overall vote. We had a record early vote turnout. We had a low number of provisional ballots, which is good, and a high number of provisional ballots counted.” Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by just over 8percentage points, or 447,000 votes. Nearly 5 percent of Ohioans, or more than 261,000 voters, picked someone other than Trump or Clinton for president.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:53:21 +0000The Beatles' 1964 concert in Cleveland caused such a ruckus, the city banned the group in 1965. They returned in 1966 in a show sponsored by WIXY 1260 radio. Station owner Norman Wain says the backlash to John Lennon's "bigger than Jesus" comment, coupled with Cleveland Municipal Stadium's 80,000 seating capacity, made for a less-than-packed-house. Credit BEATLESBIBLE.COM Edit | Remove Fifty years ago today, The Beatles played Cleveland for the second -- and last -- time. The band's show at Cleveland Municipal Stadium on August 14, 1966 was part of their final tour. Just 15 days later, they would give up touring forever following a show at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. Their tour that year was marred by backlash to John Lennon’s comment that the group was “bigger than Jesus,” as well as noisy, sometimes unruly crowds. In Cleveland, the show had to be stopped briefly when thousands of fans stormed the field. It was a far-cry from their first tour, when they played Cleveland’s
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:25:12 +0000The Ohio House has passed a bill that would acknowledge students with high second- language skills. Lawmakers hope the move will better advertise valuable job skills. Hudson High School graduate, Kathleen Greer’s offered multi-lingual testimony in favor of the State Seal of Biliteracy. The seal would be an add-on to Ohio high-school diplomas showing high proficiency in a foreign language. House Bill 487 tasks the state Department of Education to come up with an assessment to gauge students’ language abilities. Martha Esperanza Castaneda, associate professor of foreign language education at Miami University, testified to the House Education Committee earlier this year encouraging the adoption of the seal. “It would recognize and validate the skills that students have a second language, whether it be French, Spanish, Chinese, German" as well as sign language and Native-American languages. Advocates of the seal say it would demonstrate language achievement to both colleges and prospective
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:18:08 +0000Among the things lawmakers are dealing with in this lame-duck session is whether the Senate will confirm a Democratic lawyer from Columbus to the commission that hears utility rate cases. Senate President Keith Faber says he and his fellow Republicans have what he calls “significant concerns” about Howard Petricoff and said he wanted to talk to the governor about them, but hasn’t been able to. “To me, it’s an institutional integrity issue first and foremost. Secondly, there are just concerns with Mr. Petrikoff in that role and the nature of the process.” Faber hasn’t named specific examples of his concerns. But Petricoff has represented natural-gas companies in several PUCO cases. Petricoff was also involved in the controversial rate cases FirstEnergy and AEP brought involving their costly coal plants.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:03:16 +0000Gov. John Kasich is following up on the cautionary statements his budget director has made about challenges coming in the next budget. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports. Tax revenue coming in the first quarter of the fiscal year has been down. Last month tax receipts were nearly 5 percent lower than expectations, and total state revenue was more than 2 percent below projections. Gov. John Kasich says that means a tough state budget is ahead. “There’ll be no tax increases. But it’s going to be tight. It’s not going to be an ability to give significant percentage increases.” Kasich and Republican lawmakers have said they want to continue tax cuts, but several times Kasich has also asked for increases in taxes on oil and gas drilling, which have been rejected.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:55:16 +0000Even before November's election, speculation began about who will be running in 2018 for the top five statewide offices -- all now held by Republicans and all of which will be term-limited. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler talked with a Democrat who says he’s ready to run for governor. Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni says he’s reached out to all 88 county chairs, to union members and other Democratic leaders. He says he’ll be focused on schools, crime and the opioid epidemic – what he calls working class issues that voters in his Youngstown area district were so concerned about, they voted for the Republican candidate for president. “Those folks that crossed over for Trump are hard-working people that felt that they were neglected by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party for years, and I think that I’ll be able to bring them back.” Schiavoni says he texted Youngstown area Congressman Tim Ryan about his unsuccessful bid to unseat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, but
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:27:45 +0000A stretch of state highway in Central Ohio could become a technology superhighway. The Ohio Department of Transportation announced it’s working with Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research, Honda and Union County to create a “smart corridor" on Route 33 from Dublin west to East Liberty. ODOT director Jerry Wray says it’ll being launched with $15 million from the state along with local and federal funds. A high-capacity fiber-optic cable will be laid.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:00:00 +0000Northeast Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan has lost his long-shot campaign to unseat Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. But, he says his challenge of the long-time leader has opened up conversations among Democrats about finding ways to bring back blue-collar voters who helped elect Donald Trump president. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports on how Ryan plans to contribute to that effort. Ryan calls President-elect Trump’s vows to reopen steel mills and coal mines unrealistic. But he says focusing on issues like alternative energy has more job growth potential, and he’s working on legislation to increase the use of natural gas. “If you look at what’s happening in Lordstown with the natural gas power plants where there are hundreds and hundreds of building and construction trades workers who are going to work to build these natural gas power plants. They’re good for the environment, they’re a great transition fuel into a more renewal-based economy, energy economy.” Ryan says creating
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:49:16 +0000Lawmakers could vote next week on a proposal to lift the automatic ban on concealed weapons on college campuses. Many Ohio State University students visited the Statehouse to call on Senators to reject the bill. Right now concealed weapons are automatically banned from a list of places including college campuses, day cares and airport terminals. After Monday’s attack at OSU, several students say allowing people to be armed is not the answer. That includes second-year student Spencer Dirrig of Powell. “The problem is that, when we were huddled up, and we were hiding from an attacker that we didn’t know the location of and we didn’t know what weapons they had at no point in time did any of us think that having a gun would make us more safe.” But a pro-concealed carry OSU student testified she felt helpless during the attack without her firearm.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:46:24 +0000Northeast Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan today lost his bid to unseat long-time Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. But he believes his effort will help Democrats win back the many blue-collar voters who voted for Donald Trump for president. The Democratic Caucus voted 134 to 63 to retain Pelosi. But Ryan says his two week campaign challenge has sparked a conversation among Democrats on the economic issues they missed during the presidential race. “Wages, not just raising the minimum wage, which of course we’re for, but also, middle class wages have been stagent and no one has been talking about that and we hammered that home in the last two weeks. Nobody has been talking about secure pensions and we know in Ohio that’s a huge issue that just missed the mark. People are talking more and more about that.” For his part, Ryan says, among other things, he’s focusing on legislation to boost infrastructure to generate energy from natural gas to create jobs. As far as running again for
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:44:17 +0000The Ohio House is moving forward with a bill that once again changes the state’s green energy policy landscape – with a freeze on state green energy standards is set to expire at the end of the year. The bill requires utilities to provide an increased amount of renewable energy by the year 2020, instead of smaller benchmarks each year for the next three years. Ray Fakhoury with the Advanced Energy Economy, an advocate for the green energy industry, says this plan discourages companies from moving to Ohio because the state’s alternative energy policy is constantly changing. “They can’t just have you come in and have the rug pulled out from underneath them once they’ve set up and they’re expected to operate under certain rules.” Supporters of the bill say this gives more flexibility for utilities to meet the higher benchmark instead of finding low hanging fruit each year.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:41:17 +0000A state Senate committee has overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan bill banning execution of people who were known to be severely mentally ill at the time they committed a capital crime. Republican former senator Bob Spada of North Royalton in northeast Ohio has long been an advocate for the mentally ill, and told the Senate Criminal Justice Committee people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other severe illnesses shouldn’t be sentenced to die. “It’s unfair to put people with a serious mental illness to death. It’s quite often beyond their capability to understand what they’re doing.” Prosecutors have said they’re concerned that the bill puts a burden on their colleagues to prove that the diagnosis of severe mental illness was unfounded or that the mental illness didn’t affect the crime.
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:35:41 +0000In announcing a $33 million plan to revitalize a historic block of south Main Street, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan called it a foundation for development. The 158-foot-tall Landmark Building at the corner of Main and Bowery opened in 1923 as the Akron Savings & Loan. It’s empty; it has been for years along with the buildings between it and the Akron Civic Theatre next to Lock 3. The city holds title to the blighted block and has tried to for years to find a workable way to bring it back to life. Mayor Dan Horrigan says the city was "just stuck in a deal that didn’t have the potential to finish." The plan began to take shape this summer when Akron moved to regain title to the property on South Main Street, and it's now moving ahead with a project that promises "performance instead of potential.” The mayor has sent a proposal to City Council for a deal with a pair of northeast Ohio developers to renovate the Landmark's block. He says the area is a key starting point. “That was always