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Ohio GOP Chairman Acknowledges Trump Looms Large Over Elections To-Come, and Welcomes ThatOhio GOP Chairman Acknowledges Trump Looms Large Over Elections To-Come, and Welcomes That

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 02:56:36 +0000

In her speech to the City Club in Cleveland today , Ohio GOP Chairman Jane Timken called Donald Trump a great president, quoted Richard Nixon, and named the entire slate of Republican statewide candidates in next year’s elections. But as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, the speech itself did not raise the name of Ohio’s Republican standard-bearer, Gov. John Kasich. Kasich and President Trump have continued a battle that began during last year’s presidential primaries. It played out when Timken – with the backing of Trump – wrested control of the Ohio GOP from a Kasich loyalist earlier this year. -- and again last week when Vice President Pence criticized the expansion of Medicaid in Ohio that Kasich has championed. After Timken's City Club appearance, a reporter asked her about the apparent rift with Pence. “No comment, no. Because I don’t think there is (one).” City Club events include a Q&A with the audience, and Kasich's name was raised in a question about healthcare. Timken said

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Remembering Ralph Regula, the 'Constituent Congressman'Remembering Ralph Regula, the 'Constituent Congressman'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:20:20 +0000

One of the longest-serving Ohioans in Congress is being remembered as a proud Republican, yet nonpartisan public servant. Ralph Regula, who represented Northeast Ohio for 36 years, died Wednesday in his home. He was 92. 'A good man' People remembering Ralph Regula quickly get to two points. “He was an exceptional person;” and “he got things done.” Mike Hanke, retired editor and general manager of the Canton Repository, knew Regula from the days when -- as a new reporter -- he covered the congressman’s run for the first of what would be 18-terms in the U.S. House. “A former publisher of mine ... said it most concisely: He was a good man.” Janet Creighton, a Stark County commissioner and former mayor of Canton, also went way back with Republican-colleague Regula. “He was a very kind and gentle individual, but I would say that I think he is probably going to be remembered for his constituency service. It didn’t matter where you came from or who you were or what your politics were. He

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Portman Pushes to Change Communications Law to Battle BackpagePortman Pushes to Change Communications Law to Battle Backpage

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:18:24 +0000

Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman wants to change federal law to continue his fight against on He says the online site has made $150 million from ads trafficking sex with women and children and has used the Communications Decency Act to escape responsibility. “What it now says in essence is that if a company like Backpage publishes an ad someone else gives them, they’re not liable. I am working with a bipartisan group of members to say that, ‘Yes, we support the intent of the Communications Decency Act to protect online publishers ... but it was never intended to protect those who violate the law.” Portman and Democrats Clair McCaskill and Tom Carper have also made a criminal referral of the site to the Justice Department following a two year investigation by their Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Click here for a link to a Washington Post investigation of

Ohio Right to Life Changes Rules for Political EndorsementsOhio Right to Life Changes Rules for Political Endorsements

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:10:55 +0000

Candidates for political office in Ohio who want to be endorsed by the state’s largest organization opposing abortion will have to meet new criteria. Candidates who oppose abortion but think it should be allowed in cases of rape or incest will no longer be eligible for Ohio Right to Life’s endorsement . This litmus test, according to the organization’s Katie Franklin , will streamline candidate’s positions with anti-abortion legislation being passed in Ohio. “Our PAC over the last few years, has endorsed a handful of candidates who do have exceptions in this circumstance, but our legislative strategy has been to only advocate for legislation that does not have exceptions,” she said. Presidential candidates will be exempted from the new criteria because the national committee’s rules are different. NARAL Pro Choice Ohio ’s Kellie Copeland issued a written statement saying the new standard in Ohio Right to Life’s criteria further solidifies its alignment with “extremists like President

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Congressman Regula Is Remembered as a Proud Republican Yet Nonpartisan Public ServantCongressman Regula Is Remembered as a Proud Republican Yet Nonpartisan Public Servant

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:25:46 +0000

Ralph Regula -- a farmer, teacher, lawyer and one of Ohio’s longest-serving congressman – has died at age 92. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the man known for his geniality and constituent service. Regula’s trademark during his 36 years in Congress was helping his constituents navigate the federal bureaucracy. It’s something he remained proud of right through his retirement in 2008. “It gives me a lot of satisfaction to help someone with a problem. My home telephone’s in the book. I never had an unlisted number because I think it’s important that people have access.” But the Stark County Republican also rose to a powerful position on the House Appropriations Committee. And while overall a fiscal conservative, he said he saw reasons for government spending that boosted jobs. “If you borrow money to build a house, you’re creating a job but you also have to understand you’ve got to pay it back. And if we borrow to build highways and universities and so on, that’s the way the economy

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Former Congressman Ralph Regula Dies at 92Former Congressman Ralph Regula Dies at 92

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:23:02 +0000

Ralph Regula, who represented Northeast Ohio for 36 years in Congress, has died at age 92. The Republican represented a district that centered on his native Stark County. He and then Summit County Democratic Congressman John Seiberling were key in creation of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in the mid-70s and he spoke often of the value of bipartisan efforts. He told the Akron Press Club in 2008 – as he prepared to retire -- that his primary concern always was Ohio’s better interests. “Ohio is the bridge to everywhere and I really believe that. Andin my career in the Congress, I have tried to put things in place that will make Ohio even have a bigger bridge.” Regula founded the steel caucus in Congress and his hallmark was constituent service. He also won praise and criticism for the creation of the First Ladies Library in Canton. His last foray into politics was as a supporter of John Kasich's presidential campaign.

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Shuffle: Why AEG's Agora Takeover Is Good For Cleveland And Music Fans, But Faces ChallengesShuffle: Why AEG's Agora Takeover Is Good For Cleveland And Music Fans, But Faces Challenges

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:30:00 +0000

Northeast Ohio’s music scene is likely to change dramatically with the arrival of AEG. The world’s second-largest concert promoter is taking over the storied Agora venue, in a building in Cleveland's midtown that began life over a century ago as an opera house. For this week’s Shuffle, Cleveland Scene music writer Jeff Niesel explains why the takeover is good for Cleveland and music fans. Good for Cleveland: The Agora will join the more than 60 venues AEG owns or operates nationwide. AEG and Agora operator Chris Zitterbart describes the deal as a co-ownership. Niesel says there will likely be an uptick in both the number and variety of shows at the venue at 5000 Euclid Ave. “The Agora has been functioning as an independent venue for the last few years, focusing primarily on metal, hip hop and local bands. But if you notice their schedule, most of those shows have been in the smaller ballroom. There haven’t been a lot of shows in the bigger theater.” The ballroom has a capacity of 600,

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Diebold Links a $30 Million Loss to a Complicated MergerDiebold Links a $30 Million Loss to a Complicated Merger

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:04:43 +0000

A year ago, northeast Ohio’s Diebold took over Germany’s Wincor Nixdorf. It created the world’s second largest ATM/banking technologies maker. The new company has lost money since then, including $30 million last quarter. Diebold-Nixdorf CEO Andy Mattes say the merger process itself was a factor. Legal expenses, regulatory delays and reconciling operations cost more than expected. He told investors this week that market issues contributed, too, including decision delays. But, he says the company is going for a turnaround in a very direct way. “We’ve truly refocused our company in the last month on customer engagement and customer interaction. Yes, you can blame us for having been too inwardly focuse, especially in the second half of last year. We have taken very aggressive action to change that.” Actions include sales training and more investment in finding innovations for customers. Mattes also said the turnaround is supported by the strong, long-standing business base of both

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Ohio College Students Are Getting More Education on Sexual Misconduct, State Study FindsOhio College Students Are Getting More Education on Sexual Misconduct, State Study Finds

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:53:20 +0000

A new state study reports that Ohio college students are doing more to educate themselves in sexual violence prevention. The Ohio Department of Higher Education used data from a series of questions about university responses and education about sexual misconduct. From 2016 to 2017, students receiving prevention training at public universities grew from 29 percent to 56 percent. The number of students getting that training at private colleges also nearly doubled. Kerry Soller runs the Changing Campus Culture Initiative , which collects the data for the state. “One of the unique things about our initiative is that it is completely voluntary, it is not legislatively mandated. All of our campuses in Ohio have stepped up to say, ‘This is important to us,’ and they want to take advantage of the resources available to this initiative.” Soller says this year’s study received twice as many responses as last year’s. She added that Ohio colleges have increased their education and prevention

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Ohio Supreme Court Says Miranda Warnings Are Not Required in All Interviews in a Police CruiserOhio Supreme Court Says Miranda Warnings Are Not Required in All Interviews in a Police Cruiser

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:44:56 +0000

The Ohio Supreme Court today ruled in a Miranda rights case from Cleveland. The court says being questioned in the front seat of a police car is not the same as being interrogated while in custody. In 2014, a Cleveland motorist nearly struck an Ohio State Highway Patrol car at night. The patrolman pulled him over, had him get in the front seat of the cruiser and asked how much alcohol he’d been drinking. The driver said he’d had four mixed drinks at a wedding. At trial, he asked to have that information suppressed, because the patrolman had not read him his Miranda rights first. A Cleveland municipal court judge agreed. But the Ohio Supreme Court overturned that decision 6-to-1. Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor wrote that the interaction did not amount to an in-custody interrogation, because the driver was asked only basic questions for a short period of time—and wasn’t handcuffed. Justice William O’Neill dissented, writing that a reasonable person in the police car would not understand

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Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill Says Richard Cordray Will Run for GovernorSupreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill Says Richard Cordray Will Run for Governor

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:33:07 +0000

The only Democrat holding statewide office in Ohio says he won’t follow through on a run for governor he was considering – because he says his favored candidate will be getting into the race. Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill said he was interested but wouldn’t make a decision on the governor’s race until January – since he’d have to leave the bench to run. But he now says he’ll be staying where he is. “I was contacted by a mutual friend with Richard Cordray last week and they wanted to be very clear on whether or not my original commitment was still valid. And that was that if Richard Cordray is in the race for governor, I am out of the race for governor. And that is still the case.” The former Ohio attorney general now heads the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau . Though Cordray hasn’t confirmed anything , it’s widely suspected that he will announce around Labor Day that he’ll join the four Democrats already seeking the party’s nomination for governor.

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Death-Penalty Opponents Focus on the Execution Next Week of Akron's Ronald PhillipsDeath-Penalty Opponents Focus on the Execution Next Week of Akron's Ronald Phillips

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:24:30 +0000

Ohio is preparing to carry out its first execution in three years later this month. Ronald Phillips of Akron was convicted of raping and killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter in 1993 and is scheduled to receive a lethal injection next Wednesday (July 26th). Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports that death penalty opponents are making a last-minute appeal to Gov. John Kasich to spare Phillips and others. Anti-capital punishment activists delivered more than 27,000 petitions to Kasich’s office, asking him to commute the death sentence of Phillips and 26 others who are set to be executed in the next three years. Tom Smith with the Ohio Council of Churches is one of those urging Kasich to act on recommendations of an Ohio Supreme Court task force that studied the capital punishment process. Smith says there are many problems with the death penalty, including racial and economic disparities among those who are sentenced to death row and those who are given lighter sentences. The

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Ohio's Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown Plans to Meet with TradeOhio's Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown Plans to Meet with Trade

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:29:12 +0000

Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown plans to meet with President Trump’s trade representative tomorrow to talk about the starting points for the U.S. renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement . One of Brown’s chief concerns is an obscure part of trade law that allows multinational corporations to sue countries over regulations such as labor standards -- in special overseas tribunals. “I want to see them be more aggressive on the investor-state dispute settlement . It still gives too much negotiating power to the largest corporations who have been notorious for outsourcing jobs and depressing wages. I want to get to the bottom of why they haven’t addressed that as aggressively as I would have liked. Brown has said he also wants to see a reworked trade deal raise labor and environmental standards to U.S. levels.

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The Dance Surrounding the Question of Whether Rich Cordray Will Run for GovernorThe Dance Surrounding the Question of Whether Rich Cordray Will Run for Governor

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:57:06 +0000

Reporters hoping for clues on whether Richard Cordray will be running for Ohio governor next year got no satisfaction from a conference call today that included the former attorney general and current head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But it wasn't for lack of trying. The weekly conference call began – as it always does -- with Sen. Sherrod Brown introducing his guest and the topic – and reporters often going completely off that topic. In this case, at least, they stayed with the guest: Rich Cordray, the man many speculate would be the strongest Democrat running for governor. First question: “Are you planning on running for governor?” Cordray: “I don’t have any comment on that today, I’m here to discuss the arbitration rule…” Reporters accommodated. Questions about arbitration, healthcare, overtime rules. And another pass, this time at Brown. “What do you think Richard Cordray would bring to the governor’s race?" “I’m going to comment on that as extensively as Rich did.

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The View From Pluto: Ohio State Greats' Lawsuit Should Be A First, Not A LastThe View From Pluto: Ohio State Greats' Lawsuit Should Be A First, Not A Last

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:15:00 +0000

One of the most beloved players in Ohio State history is suing the university in a case that could set a precedent in college football. At issue is whether Ohio State should be able to use current and former players’ names and images for profit without consent. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the lawsuit has been filed by highly respected and popular former player Chris Spielman and has the support of Archie Griffin : Pluto says the lawsuit carries extra weight because it comes from a former player who has found success beyond football, is not disenchanted with Ohio State, and is not looking for money. In fact, Pluto says, "Spielman has said whatever he wins in this case he’s going to donate it back to the athletic department." "When they speak, even if it’s in a whisper, it sounds like it comes from a megaphone. When they pull out a megaphone -- like they have here -- everybody is going to listen," Pluto says. The case Spielman is suing Ohio State over the university using his

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President Trump Is Heading to Youngstown TuesdayPresident Trump Is Heading to Youngstown Tuesday

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:31:57 +0000

President Donald Trump is holding a campaign-style rally in Youngstown next week. It’s to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Covelli Centre. Trump made repeated stops in Youngstown last during during his run for president and won over many blue-collar Democrats in the region. Those who want tickets can get them by going to this link and filling out a form.

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Stark County Sends Those With Drug Problems Home with NarcanStark County Sends Those With Drug Problems Home with Narcan

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:17:40 +0000

Stark County is offering Narcan over-dose revival kits to opiate-addicted inmates who are released from the county jail. Sheriff George Maier says Stark County’s health department is trying to get the potentially life-saving kits into the hands of high-risk individuals, and the jail is one place where they can be found. “We know from statistical data that often times people who have an addiction to heroin or opiates who are incarcerated, there is a possibility of reoccurrence, and certainly overdose, when they first leave the jail.” Maier says the kits are equipped with the nasal-spray form of Narcan, and inmates who get the kits are shown how to use it. “There’s a training video. Plus, we will provide training to the families if they want it.” Much of the funding for the Narcan distribution effort in Stark County is coming from federal and state sources.

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Evacuation Ordered While ODNR Tries to Figure Out Why Wadsworth Homes Are SinkingEvacuation Ordered While ODNR Tries to Figure Out Why Wadsworth Homes Are Sinking

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:09:55 +0000

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is testing soil to determine if the problems that forced the evacuation of five families in Wadsworth are due to an abandoned mine collapse. Three condos and one single-family home were affected. City officials say the cause might be a coal mine under the buildings that was last used in 1896. Wadsworth Public Service Director Robert Patrick says the state is trying to determine the next step if the mine caused the problems. “They have told us that they hope to finish with this testing at the end of this week, and then they’ll make the determination if (the mines) are the cause. Then I know there are some remedies like with the grouting of those voids or those areas underground.” Patrick says the homes were built more than a decade ago and when mines are below property, the city requires developers to study the land.

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Supreme Court Reaches Controversial Decision in Willful Abandonment CaseSupreme Court Reaches Controversial Decision in Willful Abandonment Case

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 23:57:01 +0000

The Ohio Supreme Court has decided a tough case that involving two young parents, which will likely mean a 2-year-old child will be taken from the Tennessee family he’s lived with since birth. The mother had been clear that the adoption was to happen immediately after the child’s birth in Butler County. She and the father had had only sporadic contact, and there was no financial support. The father sued for custody, but two lower courts said he had willfully abandoned the mother. Now the Ohio Supreme Court has reversed that. In arguments last month, the father’s attorney Michaela Stagnaro, said she understands how difficult this is for the adoptive family. “But we also understand that my child, as a parent, has a fundamental right to the care and support of the child.” The Ohio Supreme Court said everyone in this case has the child’s best interests at heart and the options are imperfect. But the justices ruled that willful abandonment is more than a lack of financial support, so the

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No Third Trial for the Former University of Cincinnati Officer Who Killed Sam DuBoseNo Third Trial for the Former University of Cincinnati Officer Who Killed Sam DuBose

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 23:52:49 +0000

There will be no third trial for the former University of Cincinnati police who killed an unarmed motorist. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says he can't try Raymond Tensing again on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges for the death of Samuel DuBose if he doesn't believe he can get a conviction. "My heart breaks for the DuBose family, and I know what they're feeling, because I'd feel the same way. But after talking to these jurors, there's not a likelihood of success in trial." Two previous juries failed to reach a verdict . DuBose’s sister, Terina Allen, says his death exposes a bigger problem in the country. She points to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australia woman in Minneapolis last weekend. "I don't care if you're white or black. This fight to me is about law enforcement having a free reign to shoot and kill people. They're just getting away with it far more with blacks. They're doing it way more to blacks, but they're doing it every ethnic group in America

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