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Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald Asks Council for $50 Million Demolition Fund

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald is moving ahead with a plan to put $50 million toward demolishing many of the thousands of abandoned houses left behind by the housing crisis.

NAACP Endorses Sin Tax, Citing Economic Benefits of Stadium Funding

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 5:11 PM

The sin tax on alcohol and tobacco in the county that would help fund stadium upkeep got another endorsement today, this one from the Cleveland NAACP. Ideastream’s Joanna Richards reports.

Be Well: Preventing Infant Mortality

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 7:35 AM

With all of the health care options in Ohio; the state still claims one of the worst infant mortality rates in America, ranked 47th in 2010. And in 2012, the state infant mortality rate was still 7.6 per 1,000 births. Last week - the Ohio Hospital Association launched what it calls a statewide health initiative -"Safe Sleep is Good 4 Baby". Ideastream's Rick Jackson reports.

Cleveland Partners With Private College For New Public High School

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:04 PM

In today’s job market, applicants need to be higher skilled and better educated in order compete for secure jobs at decent pay. More schools systems are getting the message and offering students a chance to earn some college credit before leaving high school. Numerous so-called “early college” programs have cropped up across Ohio in the last decade, most in conjunction with a nearby public college or university. StateImpact’s Michelle Kanu reports the Cleveland school district is set to open another in the fall, but its partnership with higher education is a little out of the ordinary.

State Works to Defend Lake Erie from Asian Carp

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 6:40 PM

The looming threat of an Asian carp invasion in Lake Erie is a big concern for state officials. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow talks to one of Ohio’s top fish experts about what the state is doing about the problem.

Convicted Felons Claiming Innocence Have New Ear at County Prosecutor’s Office

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 6:19 PM

A new investigative unit at the county prosecutor’s office will look into claims of innocence by convicted felons. The idea is to reverse miscarriages of justice and boost public confidence in the criminal justice system. Ideastream’s Joanna Richards reports.

Researcher Says Parental Involvement May Be Overrated

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 6:09 PM

It's a commonly held thought: the more involved a parent is with their student's education, the better they'll perform. But not so fast, says one researcher. He says parental involvement, like helping students with homework or volunteering at schools, may be overrated. StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen has more.

Only Minor Bugs Revealed In Common Core Field Test

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Nearly half of Ohio school districts have just finished up a trial run of tests incorporating Common Core, the new set of English and math standards adopted by most states.

U.S. Supreme Court Readies to Hear Ohio “Campaign Lying” Case

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Negative campaigning and mudslinging may be a fact of life in American politics, but can false accusations made in the heat of an election be punished as a crime? That’s the focus of an Ohio case that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. For a preview, Steve Brown from Ohio public radio station WOSU spoke with Ohio State University political scientist Paul Beck.

Removing Debris From Vacant Lots Could Ramp Up Stormwater Benefits

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Last month we reported on this idea of retooling vacant land to better absorb stormwater, and help prevent overloads to the sewage system. It’s a concept called 'green infrastructure.' Now there’s more scientific evidence behind its effectiveness, as we hear from ideastream’s Anne Glausser.

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