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Private ‘Sponsorships’ For Roadways To Fund Infrastructure?

Monday, August 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Roads and bridges across the country are in sore need of maintenance, but investment hasn’t kept up with that need. States have been left to seek creative ways to earn money, and roadway sponsorships are one piece of Ohio’s strategy. Ideastream’s Tony Ganzer spoke more about these creative funding sources with Ohio Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Faulkner.

Old Northeast Ohio Clothes Recycled Overseas

Monday, August 25, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Most of us are familiar with the curbside recycling of glass, plastic and newspapers, but a Northeast Ohio company has begun a program to collect old clothing, shoes and wearable accessories. ideastream's David C. Barnett has more on the program and local reaction to it.

Collinwood Maker Of Protective Head Gear Goes Ballistic

Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 11:30 PM

As events in Ferguson, Missouri have unfolded, we’ve heard a lot about the military gear police departments have used to try to control demonstrators and enforce order. And for years, we’ve seen images of SWAT teams and military special ops forces with special helmets – bullet hard and packed with hardware. Turns out some of that gear is made nearby – in the Cleveland neighborhood of Collinwood. ideastream’s Brian Bull paid a visit to Team Wendy…

Goodyear Launches New Model of Airship

Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 8:30 PM

More than two thousand people gathered Saturday morning to see the newest Goodyear blimp christened “Wingfoot One” at the company’s Wingfoot Lake hangar outside Akron. Reporter Mark Urycki has more.

Teach For America Enters Third Year In Ohio

Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Teach for America is entering its third year of placing its recruits in Ohio classrooms. TFA teachers are chosen for being high college achievers, and are able to bypass the state's standard licensing process. StateImpact Ohio's Bill Rice reports this year's TFA corps grew slightly over last year, and is more diverse.

Senate President Weighs In on Common Core Repeal Proposal

Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:45 PM

The House is preparing to conduct a second week of hearings on a controversial proposal to repeal the Common Core, the standards created by education experts from around the country, including Ohio. Opponents, including conservative bloggers and personalities, say the Common Core represents a federal takeover of education. But top Republican leaders have disputed that argument -- including Gov. John Kasich and Senate Education Committee Chair Peggy Lehner. Now Senate President Keith Faber of Celina is weighing in. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow has more.

Should the Gas Tax Be Raised to Pay for Highway Building and Repairs?

Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Road construction is funded by the gasoline tax, which is declining because cars are more efficient and rates of millennial drivers are falling. And higher inflation is giving those fewer dollars less purchasing power. A simple solution to securing the future of road construction funds could be to raise the gas tax. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler sat down with a supporter and an opponent of raising the tax.

Cleveland School District Adds 260 Preschool Seats

Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:17 PM

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District has added 260 preschool seats this year as part of PRE4CLE—a new program aimed at helping Cleveland families find high-quality preschool services from both public schools and private providers. ideastream's David C. Barnett reports.

Solon Company Hopes Curbside Collection of Old Clothes Will Catch On

Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Most of us are familiar with the curbside recycling of glass, plastic and newspapers, but a Northeast Ohio company has begun a program to collect old clothing and shoes and wearable accessories. ideastream's David C. Barnett has more.

Fudge Backs Plusquellic on FBI Role

Friday, August 22, 2014 at 9:56 AM

11th District Congresswoman Marcia Fudge is throwing her support behind a proposal that the FBI investigate police shootings across the country. The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus says she has been dealing with the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri every day since it occurred. Mark Urycki reports she likes a suggestion made by the mayor of Akron.

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