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Akron City Hospital Tries Out New Chair for Childbirth

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Summa Akron City Hospital is trying out a new device they hope will make child birth easier and quicker. As reporter Mark Urycki explains, it’s actually a throwback to a method that’s thousands of years old.

Weekend Storm Shuts Down Some Rapid Transit Routes

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 4:15 PM

This weekend’s heavy rainfall caused delays on RTA’s east side Rapid Transit train routes. ideastream’s Nick Castele reports.

Algae Blooms Still Plague Great Lakes

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:49 AM

This year the amount of harmful algae forecast for Lake Erie is predicted to be less than last year and considerably less than the record outbreak of 2011. But it’s likely still be significant, coating some parts of the western basin in toxic green slime. Under certain conditions, even moderate blooms can produce levels of harmful toxins that threaten drinking water across the basin. Producer Karen Schaefer reports. *

Digital Arts High School Teaches Through Film, Music and Game Design

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 5:00 AM

About 115 students will fire up their laptops Monday morning when a new school focused on the digital arts opens in downtown Cleveland. ideastream's David C. Barnett reports that term papers will be replaced by game design, music production and film-making.

Street Gangs Now Staking Space Online

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 1:27 PM

In recent months police and justice officials have made high profile moves against members of a predominately Cleveland-based street gang, the Heartless Felons. While much of the gang activity is where you might expect it, on the streets or in prison, it is also prominent online. ideastream's Tony Ganzer reports on an increasing number of gangs online. Also find extended interviews below:

Ohio State University Marching Band Director Fired

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 9:20 AM

In his two years as director of the OSU Marching Band, Jonathan Waters was praised for using technology to develop complex routines that went viral on the web. Now Jon Waters is out of a job. OSU fired him after an investigation found what officials call “serious cultural issues.” For Ohio Public Radio, WOSU's Mandie Trimble reports Waters intends to clear his name.

Public Square Makeover Lands Several Million More Dollars

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 11:29 PM

An effort to renovate Cleveland’s Public Square has gotten a hefty boost…again. The George Gund Foundation has approved 5 million dollars towards the effort, bringing the total raised so far to $13 million. ideastream’s Brian Bull reports:

Northeast Ohio Cities in Fiscal Emergency Make Difficult Cuts, Search for Revenue

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 6:28 PM

East Cleveland's financial woes have drawn a lot of attention in the past several months. It's one of several Northeast Ohio cities to fall into what's known as fiscal emergency since the Great Recession. These cities have to open their books to state auditors, and come under pressure to stop the hemorrhaging. ideastream's Nick Castele reports on different approaches by three troubled northeast Ohio cities.

Majority Of Top Healthcare Jobs In Cleveland Don’t Require Bachelor’s Degree

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Northeast Ohio is abundant in health care jobs and a significant chunk don’t require a college degree. For StateImpact Ohio, ideastream’s Brian Bull reports:

Ted Strickland Says He Doesn’t Regret the Way He Handled Economy

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Many economic indicators show Ohio’s economy has recovered significantly since the nation’s recession in 2008 and 2009. One controversial measure passed by Congress gave states billions of dollars to prop up their economies. Ohio got about $10 billion from the federal government during that period. As many states were decimating the jobs of state employees, shelving big projects or refusing to accept the money all together, then Governor Ted Strickland went a different direction. He used almost all of those federal stimulus funds to keep public employees in their jobs and keep public projects on schedule. And in an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, Strickland explains he has no regrets about doing that.

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