Ohio’s solar status

Wadsworth’s cut of the sun Kent’s solar solution Ohio vs U.S.A. According to seia.org, solar usage is exploding. In the third quarter of 2019, the U.S. installed 2.6 gigawatts of solar PV capacity to reach 71.3 GW of installed capacity. That’s enough to power 13.5 million homes. California has the largest amount of solar usage while Ohio is 28th. Despite this, solar power is growing. Bright future

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The Immigration Impact: How Immigrants Help With Economic Growth

By Sierra Allen According to The American Immigration Council, immigrants contribute to the country’s economic growth and even helps increase the economic status of individual states. By filling jobs others deny and creating jobs that don’t exist, immigrants in Ohio are boosting the state’s economic growth and financial resilience with the help of Global Cleveland. What started almost eight years ago has now grown into a hub for immigrants and allies. Global Cleveland is a nonprofit organization that connects international individuals with social and economic opportunities in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. “We exist to welcome, attract and retain international newcomers for economic prosperity in Northeastern Ohio, said Joe Cimperman, president

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Stow City Council addresses police dispatch and taxpayer concerns

By Kellie Nock & Sam Karam In the beige council hall on the first floor of the Stow City Hall, a city council meeting began. There are two each month and this one took place on Feb. 22, 2018. President of Council, and Ward I council chair Matt Riehl lead the meeting.   After the formalities of the meeting, such as reviewing the budget and motioning for funds for various projects, a concerned resident took the podium asking why the city continues to pay its assistant prosecutor, who is accused of fraud and misusing money of multiple veterans while at the Veteran’s Association. Mr. Brian, a resident concerned about Assistant

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Influenza Frenzy: A Surveillance Report on This Year’s Virus

Words by: Sierra Allen and Julie Riedel  Seasonal influenza, better known as the flu, is a viral illness that causes fever, headache, sore throat, cough, nasal congestion and body aches. As flu season enters its peak month, public health officials urge citizens to receive the flu vaccination for immunity against the worse strain since 2009. With similar symptoms as a cold, the two are frequently mistaken and are difficult to distinguish based on symptoms alone. With the cold comes a runny or stuffy nose, but if left untreated, the flu leads to health problems like pneumonia, bacterial infections, hospitalizations and even death, as the virus attacks healthy tissues in the

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Let’s Clear The Air: An Update on KSU’s Smoking Ban

Words by: Sierra Allen and Julie Riedel In partnership with the state’s Board of Regents, a coordinating panel for higher education, Kent State University was the 26th, four-year-university in Ohio to implement a smoke-free campus. First introduced in 2012, officials of the Board of Regents unanimously voted to recommend that the University System of Ohio should consider adopting the policy. Since then, a growing number of colleges have agreed to go tobacco free, and as of July 1, 2017, Kent State University joined the list.   “We are working together to create a supportive community where everyone can learn, work and thrive,” said Kent State University President, Beverly Warren, in

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New Incentive could bring more car charging stations to Ohio

Words by Brandon Bounds, Data by Olivia Minnier, Video by Tianyu Yang *Yuanhao Chen is the owner of the Import Auto Pro in Ravenna. American Electric Power unveiled a proposal that could double the amount of electric charging stations in Ohio. If the $10 million plan were to be approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, it would give incentives for apartment owners and businesses to build up to 375 charging stations in Ohio. Here are the key points of the proposal: 300 medium-speed chargers and 75 Direct Current Speed chargers would be installed in various locations, including disadvantaged communities, multi-family housing and workplaces. AEP will be required to

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Tyrone Noling Continues 20-Year Legal Battle From Death Row

On the night of April 5, 1990, 81-year-olds Cora and Bearnhardt Hartig busied themselves around their house in Atwater Township in Ohio. While Bearnhardt mowed the lawn and tended to his yardwork, his wife washed the windows in the spare room. Two days later, Portage County Coroner Dr. Sybert pronounced the couple dead in an apparent double homicide. The Original Case Jim Davis, a son of the Hartig’s neighbor, discovered the bodies when he went to check on them. In an interview with ClevelandScene, he described them as neat, and said he was concerned to see lawn equipment left across the front yard. When he looked in through the front

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Kent to vote on sanctuary city status in November

In one of the most controversial initiatives this year, voters on Nov. 7 will be able to decide if Kent will become the first city to declare sanctuary city status in Ohio. The Kent City Council voted to have the initiative in ballot this past July. If enacted, Kent would limit its cooperation with the national government to enforce immigration law, protecting those in the country illegally from fears of deportation.  The amendment was proposed through an petition created by Kent Citizens for Democracy, which surpassed the needed 10 percent of voters to get an amendment before city council. “The very recognizable title of sanctuary city makes it clear that

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Mahoning County: The Steel Valley blooms Republican

By Davy Vargo Dressed in a white t-shirt, the 6-foot-1 man made his way to downtown Youngstown, ready for a Trump victory rally, never expecting what would happen later on the Tuesday evening in late July. Earlier in the morning, the truck driver appeared on Fox & Friends. For 35 years, Geno DiFabio had been a registered Democrat. But now, he transitioned to a Republican and voted for candidate Donald Trump. Then his phone rang. It was the White House: President Trump would like to meet him. “If this is real, yeah, I would,” he answered. Around 6:30, Secret Service gave him instructions. Two photos with Trump, then you’re done.

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