Inside Look at Churches Tax Exemption, 501c3’s and More

The United States is home to more than 1.5 million non-profit organizations. According to the International Revenue Service (IRS) subsection 501(c), these organizations may be exempt from federal income tax. A large percentage of these non-profit organizations are religious organizations. Associate Professor of Political Science Daniel Chand said churches “basically fall under the same tax rules as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.” He continued, “and if you give money to those organizations, not only are they tax exempt, but you can claim a tax deduction when you give money to those organizations.” The Director of Religious Studies at Kent State University, David Odell-Scott, said churches that meet the requirements of Internal

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Coronavirus Poses No Immediate Threat to Ohio

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) swept the nation by a storm, with extensive travel restrictions and procedures in place for emergent quarantines as necessary. The outbreak which originated in the Wuhan region, Hubei Province, China has been deemed a pandemic under two criteria as determined by the Ohio Department of Health. The virus is newly discovered and communicable.  Although, the virus has primarily affected Wuhan and its immediate vicinities, travellers from China that were infected, carried the virus to a growing number of international locations including the United States. Out of the 398 total cases, 12 were confirmed positive across 6 states, 318 negative and 68 pending across 37 states

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Portage County organizations provide food, diapers for low-income moms

Ashley Pamela was on track to go to the University of Toledo on a full-ride scholarship. She looked forward to joining a sorority and getting involved on campus. She finally felt her life and her future falling into place — and then she got pregnant. Pamela’s boyfriend at the time, unwilling to let his girlfriend move away to a different city, intentionally impregnated her. “He was like, yeah, so you’re just gonna have to stay here,” she said. Pamela considered aborting the fetus and continuing on with her life, but her family’s background of strict religious beliefs encouraged her to keep the baby. Although she lost her mom when she

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Dog Days: Insight into the Portage County Dog Warden’s Office

When David McIntyre started at the Portage County Dog Warden’s Office in 2008, the department was bringing in about 1,000 dogs a year.  Those numbers have dropped significantly in a decade: In 2017, his office brought in about 500 dogs. He estimates that 45 percent of the dogs coming in are going back to their owners, and another 35-40 percent are getting adopted.  The sounds of dogs barking in the background. What you’re hearing is the collective barking of all the dogs in the Kennels at the Portage County Dog Warden’s office. The sound of an old dog barking in the background. That’s an old puggle. Her eyes were cloudy.

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Kent Roosevelt High School teams up with Kent State & Akron Children’s Hospital to bring mental health screenings to students

By Sam Karam and Kellie Nock Image courtesy of Kent Roosevelt High School Kent Roosevelt High School (KRHS) is partnering with Kent State nursing students and Akron Children’s Hospital to bring mental health screenings to its students. “As part of a combination of grants, including a $3,000 pilot grant, ninth graders at Roosevelt will be involved in mental health screening in their Health Education classes,” the KRHS website states. Kent State nursing students will screen the high schoolers in health classes for substance abuse, depression and anxiety. After the screening, students with any of these issues can attend up to eight counseling sessions through Kent State or Akron Children’s to

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Down to the wire: outdated electrical systems pose potential threat to Kent homes

There can be evident risks when purchasing or residing in an older home, such as outdated heating sources, structural issues or lead paint on the walls. Inside the walls, however, could lie another potential threat: worn, exposed or faulty knob-and-tube wiring. The standard electrical system installed from the late 19th century up to the 1950s in the United States, knob-and-tube wiring is now generally considered unsafe for homes by most electricians. Its installation is prohibited in the National Electrical Code. There is no ground wire in the knob-and-tube setup, which newer electrical systems include to neutralize the positive and negative currents. In addition, existing systems are decades old, exposing the

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Kent State President Beverly Warren delivers 2017 State of the University Address

President Beverly Warren gave her annual State of the University Address and highlighted the achievements of the university and the “collective purpose” she hopes to accomplish in the future. “In these challenging times it’s not nearly enough for a university to be big,” she said in reference to the current problems plaguing colleges across the country including reduced enrollment from international students and less federal funding. In the face of difficult headwinds, she delivered a rallying call for members of the community. “Kent State is called to be different, unique, inspiring. That requires us to take a journey together. A journey of purpose.” Hosted in the Kent State Student Center

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People of Painesville: The current state of migrant workers in one Northeast Ohio city

Traversing through dirt mounds and fields of saplings in a white Ford truck at the Klyn Nurseries, Hilarino Sanchez scans across the nursery for field workers. The bitter cold air wanes as the morning sun began to warm the fields, teeming with workers and machinery. A stocky man with sun-kissed skin and crow’s feet scrawling from his eyes, Sanchez was a man of the fields before being assigned a more administrative role within the nursery. “The thing about field work is that your age catches up to you, so you’re not as strong as you first were,” Sanchez said. “ Luckily for me I’m able to find another role here.

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