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Report Shows Increased Amount of Absence Among EducatorsReport Shows Increased Amount of Absence Among Educators

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:28:54 +0000

Nearly one-third of Ohio public school teachers are chronically absent, according to a new national report. But the rate in charter schools is significantly less. The report from the charter-school advocate Thomas B. Fordham Institute says nearly 29 percent of Ohio teachers in traditional public schools miss more than 10 days of school per year. In Ohio charter schools, the rate of chronic absenteeism drops to about 6 percent. The data does not include days teachers attend professional development training or school field trips. The study’s author David Griffith says there’s a correlation between teacher absenteeism and student achievement. “We spend so much time and devote so many resources and so much thinking to trying to boost student achievement in so many other ways and yet here, sort of right in front of us, is this straightforward and kind of intuitive way that we can make our education system work better and more effectively for kids,” Griffith says. A statement from the Ohio


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Ohio Foodbanks Will No Longer Help People Sign Up for Health Care Because of Drastic Federal CutsOhio Foodbanks Will No Longer Help People Sign Up for Health Care Because of Drastic Federal Cuts

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:24:18 +0000

For years now, low income people who visited Ohio’s foodbanks could also get help filling out paperwork necessary to get health care through the federal Affordable Care Act’s Navigator program, but not anymore. The Ohio Association of Foodbank’s Lisa Hamler Fugitt says she’s profoundly disappointed that the foodbanks are being forced to end the service because of a 71 percent cut in funding for it. “Quite honestly, we had really no ability to continue to provide these services or recoup the expenses that we were incurring," Hamler says. Hamler Fugitt says the navigator program has been instrumental in helping people who live in rural areas who are not able to use computers or navigate the internet. Though they will no longer have the assistance of helpers at food banks, Ohioans can still sign up for the program on the website Healthcare.gov or by phone. But the Trump administration has decided to shut down the site for 12 hours every Sunday but one during the open enrollment period.


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Sen. Portman Targeted by a New Ad Fighting the GOP's Newest Effort to Repeal ObamacareSen. Portman Targeted by a New Ad Fighting the GOP's Newest Effort to Repeal Obamacare

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:20:34 +0000

Sen. John McCain of Arizona has announced he'll vote 'no' on the latest Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. He was one of five U.S. Senators targeted in a new ad from a health-care consumer organization opposed to the latest Republican health care bill. Ohio's Rob Portman is another. “There’s an old saying – the definition of ‘insanity’ is doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results. Well, that’s what Congressional leaders are doing right now.” The $200,000 ad campaign from the Community Catalyst Action Fund is airing on radio in Alaska, Arizona, West Virginia, Maine and Ohio – to put pressure on the senators from those states to defeat the latest bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Portman voted for the last repeal attempt in July, and has hinted he’s supportive of this one, but wants it to include money for the opioid crisis. Fellow Republicans Gov. John Kasich has asked Portman to vote against it because it cuts Medicaid


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Ohio's Oldest Shipwreck Could Join the National Register of Historic PlacesOhio's Oldest Shipwreck Could Join the National Register of Historic Places

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:09:37 +0000

Ohio’s oldest shipwreck could be joining the National Register of Historic Places . Recommended by the state’s historic preservation board this month, the Anthony Wayne would be the first shipwreck in Ohio waters to receive the designation. Great Lakes Today’s Elizabeth Miller has details. In 1850, the Anthony Wayne, a steamer, sank after an explosion, killing all of its passengers. The ship sank about seven miles northwest of Vermillion, west of Cleveland. The ship was discovered, but kept secret by divers who believed there was gold on board. It was publicly discovered by the Cleveland Underwater Explorers just 10 years ago. Chris Gillcrist is executive director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes . He says the historic place label is a reminder of Ohio’s place in the country’s maritime history. “The Great Lakes were the super highway of the 19th century for moving people and product across the United States. This boat was part of that culture, part of that business model.” The


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Election Officials In Ohio and 20 Other States Confirm They Were Targeted By Hackers In 2016Election Officials In Ohio and 20 Other States Confirm They Were Targeted By Hackers In 2016

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:04:32 +0000

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has reached out to elections officials in Ohio and 20 other states, which have confirmed they were targeted by hackers during the 2016 election. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports Ohio’s chief elections official said he thinks the story isn't as shocking as it may seem. Secretary of State Jon Husted has said several times Ohio’s vote counting system could not be hacked because it’s not online. He confirms that an IP address did try to access Ohio’s elections system last year for less than a second, but couldn’t get in and nothing was compromised. Husted calls the situation exaggerated. “This particular IP address tried to get into our system. It was an attempt that lasted less than a second. If I were to try to put it in common terms, it’s like somebody walking up to a bank, pulling on the handle, finding that the door was locked and they just moved on. “I don’t believe that anything in 2016 happened that deserves the attention that


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Akron Rubber Bowl Moves One Step Closer to DemolitionAkron Rubber Bowl Moves One Step Closer to Demolition

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 03:58:24 +0000

The Akron Rubber Bowl is one step closer to the wrecking ball. Its owners have less than a month to pay off hundreds of thousands in back taxes or forfeit the crumbling, 77-year-old arena. Canton-based Team 1 Marketing owes close to $200,000 in back taxes. If left unpaid, the arena would go to the Summit County Land Bank, which says it will likely donatee the land to the City of Akron. Executive Director Patrick Bravo says his group is often a conduit since it obtains properties and then gives them to adjacent landowners who will be able to pay taxes. And he says that might be what happens here. “That property could be developable, or it could be ultimately transferred to someone like the Soapbox Derby or the folks at the [Akron Fulton] Airport. So there are some adjacent property owners there, but that’s something the city’s going to have to evaluate.” The Rubber Bowl was home to the University of Akron Zips until 2008. Since then, it’s been sitting abandoned on the city’s east side


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The Future of (Un)Civil DiscourseThe Future of (Un)Civil Discourse

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 18:41:13 +0000

Kent State University’s College of Communication and Information and WKSU hosted "The Future of (Un)Civil Discourse," a community event today to discuss how social media, technology, pop culture and politics are changing the form, functions and very nature of civil discourse in the United States. A 2016 survey on civility in America found that 70 percent of respondents believed that incivility in America has risen to "crisis levels." What new media and cultural platforms will shape the way we receive and believe ideas and information? What is the future of civil discourse in America? Are we fated to consume information in self-selected, isolated communities of interest? Can civility be saved (and at what expense)? Amy Reynolds, dean of Kent State's College of Communication and Information, moderated the discussion with panelists including WKSU's M.L. Schultze; Kendra Albright , director, School of Information; Christopher Darling , assistant professor, School of Visual Communication


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Among Ohio's Public Colleges, Study Finds Kent State Graduates Had the Most DebtAmong Ohio's Public Colleges, Study Finds Kent State Graduates Had the Most Debt

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 04:12:17 +0000

Graduates of Kent State University finished their degrees with more student loan debt than at any other public institution in Ohio last year. That’s according to a national study of debt from a non-profit research group that focuses on higher education. The report from the Institute for College Access and Success shows 64 percent of Ohio undergrads completed their bachelor’s with some kind of student debt in 2016. At Kent State, 76 percent of graduates had student loans, which averaged more than $33,000. T. David Garcia oversees admissions and financial aid for the school. He says it’s working to control costs and educate students about the perils of student loans. But he still believes in the value of a college degree. “By earning a four-year degree, there is value at the end. You know, taking out a loan for buying a car, for instance, a car depreciates as soon as you drive it off a lot. ... I always say a college education appreciates.” Otterbein University reported the highest


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Morning Headlines: Program to Help Ohioans Enroll in Obamacare Gets ShutteredMorning Headlines: Program to Help Ohioans Enroll in Obamacare Gets Shuttered

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:22:00 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, September 22: Cleveland seeks new site for planned dirt bike track; Stark County Jail is near capacity; Canton native will be inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame; Program to help Ohioans enroll for Obamacare gets shuttered; Akron Symphony launches mobile app; Cleveland gets a financial boost as more people go to Indians home games; Cleveland seeks new site for planned dirt bike track The City of Cleveland is searching for alternative locations to build a professional-grade dirt bike track. The track was originally planned for Marion Motley Park. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says he’s reconsidering the location after potential track operators expressed concerns about noise and safety at the original site. Cleveland.com reports Jackson is still planning to build the dirt bike track if a new location is found. The proposed complex originally consisted of a paved track as well as a dirt track, but now they will be split between two different


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Canton's Art Museum Turns Back-Room Construction Into Gallery OpportunityCanton's Art Museum Turns Back-Room Construction Into Gallery Opportunity

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:43:00 +0000

At most museums, what you see on display is often just a fraction of an entire collection. An exhibit at The Canton Museum of Art through the end of October is taking a challenge and turning it into an opportunity to show much, much more.


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Pianist Brings Personal Works by Living Composers to AkronPianist Brings Personal Works by Living Composers to Akron

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:31:52 +0000

If classical pianists include new music on their recitals, it’s often an afterthought. Pianist Holly Roadfeldt takes a different approach. Tonight at the University of Akron’s Guzzetta Hall, she’s performing a recital of 13 pieces written just for her by living composers. Roadfeldt says she was encouraged to play new music very early in her musical education. That’s why, unlike some concert pianists who lean on a handful of time-honored classics for the duration of their careers, Roadfeldt says she isn’t afraid to play music that hasn’t been tested by time yet. She also happens to be married to composer Kirk O’Riordan, with whom she collaborated on an album of piano preludes inspired by the Opus 28 preludes by Frederic Chopin. When she’s not on tour, Roadfeldt teaches piano students of all ages. She says even her younger students get excited about new music. “Even the younger students will come up to me and say, ‘Is this a piece that was written for you?’” Roadfeldt said. “They get


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SARTA Gets Federal Funds to Expand Fuel-Cell Bus ProgramSARTA Gets Federal Funds to Expand Fuel-Cell Bus Program

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:26:00 +0000

The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) is adding two fuel-cell buses to its existing fleet of five. The Federal Transit Administration recently gave SARTA $1.75 million to help fund the program, which will total eleven buses by the end of next year. Kirt Conrad, the CEO of SARTA, says the agency has the third-largest fuel cell bus fleet in the country. He says these buses are important for the community. “The biggest advantage really is that there’s zero emissions. There’s no pollutants, there’s no CO2. There’s nothing except water that comes out of the back of the vehicle. The second biggest is just since it’s an electric drive motor, it’s a very quiet vehicle, and it’s very efficient when it comes to starting and stopping.” In addition to buses, Conrad says SARTA is working with the Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research to deploy electric and fuel cell vehicles. According to a study by SARTA, these vehicles could create up to 65,000 jobs in the state.


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Lawmaker Wants Change in Report CardsLawmaker Wants Change in Report Cards

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:23:56 +0000

The bad grades for many school districts in the latest round of report cards has upset some parents and school officials. And now they’ve angered a state lawmaker who says he’s writing a bill to change the report cards. The report cards show how schools are doing in areas such as test scores, elementary school literacy, progress, graduation rates and preparedness for what comes after high school. This time, traditional public schools saw a slight improvement overall in the performance index, which measures individual student achievement. But most districts still got Cs. And just under 4 percent of traditional public school districts got As for how their students scored on 26 state tests. More than 80 percent got Fs in that category. Letter grades aren't the whole story State school Superintendent Paolo DeMaria says report cards show important data, but that the letter grades aren’t the only factor that determines good schools. “There are lots of things that aren’t measured on the


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Ohio's Lawmakers Continue Work on a Plan to Overhaul Unemployment CompensationOhio's Lawmakers Continue Work on a Plan to Overhaul Unemployment Compensation

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:16:06 +0000

The state seems to be one step closer to a plan that would make changes to the way the state funds the program that pays benefits to unemployed workers. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the next step is getting both labor and business to approve the idea. Republican House Speaker Pro Tempore Kirk Schuring says he’s put together a plan that could save the unemployment compensation fund from taking another hit like the one in 2008 when the state had to borrow billions of dollars from the feds. “My goal is to have something that would be a solvency plan and will be an equal share that will lead to solvency that will come from employers and employees,” Schuring said. Schuring says this plan was cobbled together with ideas from both Democrats and Republicans and is now under review by a non-partisan, research arm of the legislature. The state is currently operating on a system meant to be a temporary two-year stopgap until lawmakers could come up with a permanent plan.


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Morning Headlines: GM's Ohio Plants Go Green; Ohio EPA Doubles Fines for Rover Pipeline DeveloperMorning Headlines: GM's Ohio Plants Go Green; Ohio EPA Doubles Fines for Rover Pipeline Developer

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:53:45 +0000

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, September 21: General Motors' Ohio plants go completely green; Goodyear acquires German tire inspection tech company; Ohio EPA doubles down on Rover Pipeline; Cleveland police form task force with FBI to solve more homicides; 'Monty Python's' John Cleese comes to Cleveland; Cleveland Metroparks Zoo welcomes two gorillas; Vietnam Combat Veterans memorial will be on display in Perry; General Motors' Ohio plants go completely green General Motors’ four Ohio plants are planning to use only green electricity. The company announced it has signed long-term contracts with two wind farms in Ohio and Illinois that, once completed, will supply power to the plants. The Ohio wind farm will be owned by Starwood Energy Group and located in Paulding and Van Wert counties. GM will pay a fixed price for the first 12 to 15 years of the contract. The deal is part of a larger goal to power all GM plants worldwide with renewable energy by 2050. Once the two wind


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Shuffle: Akron Sound Punk Rock Pioneer Buzz Clic Returns HomeShuffle: Akron Sound Punk Rock Pioneer Buzz Clic Returns Home

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:40:00 +0000

Akron punk rock pioneer Buzz Clic is coming home. The Hudson native was the lead guitarist for the Rubber City Rebels that shaped the Akron Sound of the 1970’s. Clic, who left for Los Angeles with the Rebels decades ago, is playing one show Friday night at Jilly’s Music Room with his band, Buzz Clic Adventure. For this week’s Shuffle, Buzz Clic and Brittany Nader of The Devil Strip talk about the past and present. Nader wrote an article about Buzz Clic for The Devil Strip that talks about punk rock's roots in Akron. "The Rubber City Rebels were an important part of that. And it started at this small Akron venue called The Crypt that gave these bands a place to perform." “The Crypt was the beginning,” Clic says. It began with a cover band At the time, Clic was in a Top 40 cover band called King Cobra. They covered bands like KISS, wearing bright costumes, platform shoes and tossing around their long, brightly-colored hair. “We had been covering these bands note-for-note trying to


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Ohio's Senators Unanimously Support Super-Speed Links to Chicago and PittsburghOhio's Senators Unanimously Support Super-Speed Links to Chicago and Pittsburgh

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:33:10 +0000

Ohio senators have passed a resolution unanimously supporting the effort to bring a super-high speed transportation system to connect Columbus with Pittsburgh on the east and Chicago on the west. The route connecting the three cities is one of 10 finalists in a world-wide competition . Ir would allow Ohioans to go from Columbus to Chicago in a half hour or to Pittsburgh in less than 20 minutes. But Republican Sen. Kevin Bacon, one of the bill’s sponsors, says the legislation doesn’t come with a promise of money if the project is selected. “We’re not allocating state dollars to the project. Whether or not they seek public funding for the project in the future, I don’t know.” There are a lot of questions about how much the hyperloop would cost, the design and safety features of it and whether it would actually deliver on the fast speeds promoted. The resolution has no force of law, and sponsors say was meant to send a message that Ohio is willing to work to get it developed. A few years


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Lawmakers Argue Over Property Rights and Wind FarmsLawmakers Argue Over Property Rights and Wind Farms

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:25:22 +0000

The wind-energy industry says Ohio has essentially placed a moratorium on new wind farm projects because of trestrictions on where turbines can be placed. But some lawmakers maintain those tougher parameters protect the rights of landowners. So-called wind setbacks decide how far a turbine must be placed from a property owner who wants nothing to do with a project. Republican Rep. Craig Riedel represents a portion of northwest Ohio, home to the state’s biggest wind farms. He says he’s all for wind energy but believes new setbacks are needed, hoping to strike a balance between the current constraints and the much smaller setbacks proposed in the Senate. "Then set that as the minimum and then allow each individual township to decide for themselves whether or not they want to leave that as their setback for their township or extend it further.” The debate could be rolled into the larger issue of renewable-energy mandates. A bill to eliminate those mandates sits in the Senate.


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Hundreds Are Expected To Discuss Algae Blooms, Microplastics and Other Challenges to the Great LakesHundreds Are Expected To Discuss Algae Blooms, Microplastics and Other Challenges to the Great Lakes

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:15:15 +0000

Next month, environmentalists from across the region will meet to discuss their biggest challenges in cleaning up and protecting the Great Lakes. Restoring wetlands, fish success stories, and the relationship between wildlife and microplastics will all be discussed at the conference hosted by the National Wildlife Federation’s Healing Our Waters Coalition . The coalition consists of more than 145 groups. And more than 200 people involved in Great Lakes work are expected to gather in Buffalo for the three-day conference. A hot topic sis sure to be the algae blooms in western Lake Erie. The National Wildlife Federation’s Gail Hesse says more can be done to reduce phosphorus, which triggers the toxic blooms. “We have the targets for Lake Erie, and we have the individual tributary targets, such as for the mouth of the Maumee,” says Hesse. “We will be looking for how those targets could be incorporated into state water quality standards, which essentially govern how clean we manage our


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Ohio EPA Hikes Penalties Against Rover Pipeline to $2.3 Million and Turns the Case Over to the AGOhio EPA Hikes Penalties Against Rover Pipeline to $2.3 Million and Turns the Case Over to the AG

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:08:57 +0000

The Ohio EPA on Wednesday turned over of $2.3 million in civil penalties against the owners of the Rover pipeline enforcement to the Ohio Attorney General’s office. WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports on the latest in ongoing disputes with the pipeline operators.


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