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Weekly Regional Roundup

Weekly Regional Roundup September 19, 2014

As candidates for statewide office gear up for elections, one local mayor is fighting to keep her office. But a community meeting this week may indicate her odds aren't great. A Kent State sweatshirt from a popular retail chain sparks outrage across the country. We'll talk about why Urban Outfitters decided to pull the offending apparel. And judges in Ohio now have the power to order people into outpatient mental health treatment, even against their will. All that and more, Friday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.

Cleveland State University’s 50th Anniversary

Cleveland State University’s 50th Anniversary September 18, 2014

Cleveland State University is preparing to celebrate its 50th birthday and the Sound of Ideas will spend an hour looking back on the life of this urban institution. CSU, which grew out of Fenn College, has had its bright moments and its rough years. Where does it stand now at 50? The campus continues to grow and to embrace the city around it. More students are living on campus. And academic standards are stricter.

Physical Punishment for Children: Right or Wrong?

Physical Punishment for Children: Right or Wrong? September 17, 2014

NFL star running back Adrian Peterson faces criminal charges for beating his 4-year-old son with a switch, leaving welts. He says the severity of injury was unintentional, but noted: "My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that's what I tried to do that day." Wednesday morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas: thoughts on physical discipline of children. Some say Peterson went too far. Some say even spanking a child is wrong. What do you say?

Attracting and Keeping International Students

Attracting and Keeping International Students September 16, 2014

Ohio colleges and universities are welcoming more foreign-born students than ever before to shore up declining enrollment. At Ohio State, for example, enrollment of international students -- who usually pay full freight -- is up more than 200 percent compared to 2009. We look at foreign-student recruitment, the impact of their enrollment and efforts to keep them here once they get a degree.

The State of Ohio’s Prisons

The State of Ohio’s Prisons September 15, 2014

How could a high-profile inmate like Chardon High School shooter T.J. Lane, a murderer, so easily escape from an Ohio prison? How did Ariel Castro manage to hang himself a month into his life sentence in an Ohio prison? We take a look at what's going on in Ohio prisons. Are these incidents anomalies or are corrections needed in Ohio's correctional facilities?

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