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Parsing Fact From Fiction With Street Gangs Online

Parsing Fact From Fiction With Street Gangs Online Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM

The use of YouTube, Twitter and Facebook by street gangs has been recurring area of interest for WCPN this year. One question we’ve been asking ourselves is whether “cyber-banging,” as some have called it, represents truth, fiction or a blend of the two. Ideastream's Tony Ganzer returns to this topic by exploring a recent 299-count indictment targeting a gang on Cleveland's west side.

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Kasich Visits Arizona to Begin National Balanced-Budget Tour

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Gov. John Kasich is in Arizona this week, to start a coast-to-coast tour to promote a federal balanced budget amendment. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports, this tour has raised questions about his ambitions on the national level.

Stanford Study Finds Highs and Lows in Ohio Charter Schools

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 6:47 PM

A new analysis of the performance of charter schools in Ohio found that they are lagging behind public schools. The 5 year study by Stanford University measured growth by students in charter schools to growth by similar students in public schools.

Husted Pushes Redistricting Legislation

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Time is running out for changes to the way lawmakers’ districts are drawn. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the state’s top elections official is pushing his colleagues in the House and Senate to drop their differences and pass a single resolution that can go to voters next year.

School Board Takes Next Step in Eliminating ‘Five of Eight’ Rule

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 4:10 PM

The state school board says it’s making changes to a rule that covers positions like music and art teachers along with staff like social workers and school nurses. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports -- several groups believe this latest step is dangerous reform.

Ohio Ranks 40th In Latest National Health Assessment

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 3:58 PM

The Buckeye state ranks 40th in the nation for health, according to a report out today. The ranking continues a low placement trend for Ohio and highlights a big drop from when the survey began in 1990. ideastream's health reporter Sarah Jane Tribble explains...

Battling Green Slime And Aquatic Vampires Gets A Boost From Congress

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 3:15 PM

The fight against toxic algae and other problems in the Great Lakes will continue with Congressional support. Ideastream’s Brian Bull explains.

Team NEO CEO Has ‘Exit Interview’ on 90.3

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM

The man who headed Team NEO – the region’s job attraction agency – is stepping down in three weeks. ideastream's Brian Bull reports.

Hidden Cost Hikes in Health Insurance

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 9:11 AM

The deadline for enrolling in a health insurance plan on the federal exchange is Dec. 15, if you want that plan to take effect January 1st. A recent report by investigative journalists at ProPublica points out that you want to take your time checking those plans. ProPublica Senior Reporter Charles Ornstein talked with ideastream's Rick Jackson about changes in fine print that could cost you.

Pastors Question Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in Forum on Police Use of Force

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Cleveland's mayor and police chief fielded questions about police use of force for around an hour and a half Monday night. ideastream's Nick Castele reports a trio of pastors grilled the two officials before a packed audience at The Word Church in Warrensville Heights.

Murder Charges Dismissed Against Kwame Ajamu

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 3:12 PM

At the Cuyahoga County courthouse today, a judge dismissed charges against Kwame Ajamu, the last of three Cleveland men wrongfully convicted of a 1975 murder. ideastream’s Brian Bull reports:

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