Smoking bans are likely to arrive at Ohio Universities

It’s a statewide problem that has reached epidemic proportions. The number of smokers in the U.S. is rising as smoking cigarettes becomes more common. It’s a cold-hearted killer to which many have accustomed. Reporter Aja Phillips has the story… Smoking Ban from Aja Phillips on Vimeo. Smokers and other tobacco users at Kent State University and other Ohio Universities could be forced to quit, at least while on campus. The Ohio Board of Regents urged the state’s colleges and universities in 2012 to adopt tobacco-free policies. A total 57 percent of survey respondents said they think Kent State should have tobacco-free campuses. The remaining 43 percent do not favor a

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The dangers of ungated railroads

Video: Aja Phillips Story: Julia Adkins Ungated Railroads from Aja Phillips on Vimeo. Throughout the entire Portage County, there are multiple railroad crossings that people travel and cross on a daily basis. However, not all crossings are made equal. Some have gates and warning lights, while some only have warning lights. But some have no warning lights and no gates at all. According to the Ohio Revised Code 4955.33, the only warnings that railroad companies are required to put up before a public crossing are crossbucks “to give notice of the proximity of the railroad and warn persons to be on the lookout for the locomotive.” Even though the law

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Boarding Houses Affect the City of Kent

Story by Julia Adkins Video by Aja Phillips Boarding Houses from Aja Phillips on Vimeo.   As the number of students attending Kent State grows, so does the need for student housing. And while the city of Kent has many different options for students, some of them are becoming illegal. Boarding houses can be found in different places around the city, mainly near campus. But some of these boarding houses are not licensed. And some community members have made complaints to the Kent Zoning Board because they are worried that the city might become taken over by rentals. What is a boarding house & how can you own one? According

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Kent City Council talks of City Hall relocation, College Street purchases, JEDD with Brimfield

With the sale of Kent City Hall, the need to look for a temporary location was a main topic of the night at the Kent City Council meeting on March 4. After the approval of a $2.4 million sale of Kent City Hall to Cleveland real estate developer NewBrook Partners at the city council meeting on February 18, members of the Finance Committee created a list of 60 different variables used to rate sites to find the best fit for a temporary two-year location of City Hall. The list of variables included: cost, location, parking, timing, storage space and special considerations. One of the main issues within each category was

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Tom Wilke starts as new Economic Development Director

Audio by: Aja Phillips Story by: Julia Adkins   As of January 2015, Tom Wilke started his new position as the economic development director for the City of Kent. The City of Kent began to accept applications for the position in 2014, after the loss of previous economic development director Dan Smith. “The city’s Human Resources Manager, Elizabeth Zorc, posted a notice that state the City was accepting applications for the position in the newspaper, on the city website and sent the notice to several economic and community development organizations for posting on their respective websites,” said Community Development Director Bridget Susel. The city had received 15 different applications for

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Parking Meters Are Popping Up Downtown

Video by Aja Philips and Story by Julia Adkins   ParkingOrdinance from Aja Phillips on Vimeo.   Parking in downtown seems to be a common concern among those who frequent downtown regularly. The Kent City Council came up with a solution to this problem, a new parking plan for the city of Kent. “The plan looks at parking issues associated with the PARTA deck, the surface lots and the on-street parking,” said Bridget Susel, Community Development Director. “It is an approach to parking planning that makes sure all the parking elements complement each other and work to meet the various parking needs of the downtown stakeholders.” “City Council adopted a

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Annie’s Law put on hold

By: Aja Phillips and Julia Adkins During the 130th General Assembly of the Ohio State Legislature, there were high hopes for House Bill 469. HB 469, also known as “Annie’s Law,” would require first time OVI offenders in Ohio to use an ignition interlock device. The devices would be used in place of the current law, which prohibits them from driving for 15 days and then obtaining limited driving privileges for work, school and medical purposes. The ignition interlock device, once installed into the offender’s car, would require them to blow into a breathalyzer with a blood-alcohol content less than .025, which is less than half the .08 legal limit.

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