Plans for Parking Meters Raise Concerns for Some Downtown Kent Businesses

Finding a parking spot in downtown Kent can be difficult, so the City is installing parking meters to help free up parking spaces. But some downtown businesses don’t think the meters will benefit business. TV2’s Michael Bratton shows us one business’ concern with the incoming parking meters. As Susel mentioned, the City doesn’t plan to make any money off of the new parking meters. However, if the meters do generate money the funds will be presented to Kent City Council where it will decide how to apply the funds back into the City. Map: Sidebar: Reporter’s Tweet: Contact Michael Bratton: mbratto1@kent.edu :: Connect with Michael Bratton: @mbrattontv2ksu

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Rising Drug Use Increases Importance of Renewing Issue 17

Election 2014 Homework TOSS: The number of children in care of Portage County Job and Family Services continues to grow. But what’s the cause for the increase? T-V-2’s Michael Bratton has the answer. INTRO: Data from Portage Children Services Agency shows so far for 20-14…177 children are cared for by the County. County officials blame parental drug use for the increase. With an issue renewal on the ballot…Job and Family services says the renewal is crucial to continue to help children and families. TAG: The levy generates 1 point 6 million dollars annually for Job and Family Services…and the federal government matches funds brought in by the levy. For more

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Possible Changes in Store for the Old Kent Municipal Court Property

The new Kent Municipal Court on East Main Street has been open for less than a year now. But the building and property that the old court sits on remains closed and unused. TV2’s Michael Bratton tells us what could possibly be in store for the land in the future. As Susel mentioned, the City is creating “request for proposal forms” to be sent out to developers. She says after proposals come back from developers the City will then present them to city council which has the final approval of what’s to become of the old municipal court building and land. Contact Michael Bratton: mbratto1@kent.edu :: Connect with Michael Bratton: @mbrattontv2ksu

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Kent Free Library Seeks Community Input at Meeting

The Kent Free Library is hosting meetings with community members. The first of two scheduled meetings was held tonight. TV2’s Michael Bratton tells us why the library is hosting the meetings. Those in attendance were also given surveys to provide feedback on the library’s performance. Another community meeting will be held on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wiland Room on the second floor of the library. Get connected with the Kent Free Library’s website or Facebook page. Contact Michael Bratton: mbratto1@kent.edu :: Connect with Michael Bratton: @mbrattontv2ksu Tweets from Kent Free Library community meeting:

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Portage County Job and Family Services Seeks to Renew Levy

There are lots of issues on the ballot for Portage County voters this November. One issue, however, seeks to continue to help abused and neglected children here in Portage County. TV2’s Michael Bratton has more. The levy generates $1.6 million annually for Job and Family Services, and the federal government matches funds brought in by the levy. For more information, get connected with the Portage County Job and Family Services Levy Facebook page here. Issue 17 Quick Facts Guide (p.1)  Issue 17 Quick Facts Guide (p.2) Issue 17 Fact Sheet (p.1)  Issue 17 Fact Sheet (p.2) Contact Michael Bratton: mbratto1@kent.edu :: Connect with Michael Bratton: @mbrattontv2ksu

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Changes for early voting in Ohio

Early voting in Ohio is set to begin sooner this year. A federal judge recently overturned an Ohio Senate bill that limited early voting here in the Buckeye State. TV2’s Michael Bratton takes a look at how the change will affect voters in Portage County. Ohio Republicans are appealing the federal judge’s ruling because they believe more measures are needed to reduce voting fraud, save money, and create uniformity of practice across the state.   Contact Michael Bratton: mbratto1@kent.edu :: Connect with Michael Bratton: @mbrattontv2ksu

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