Winter affects on the Wine Industry

Last winter’s season brought an extreme winter with well below average temperatures and plenty of snow. For some this meant more work, plowing numerous roads and shoveling endless sidewalks but for one industry this winter only meant devastation. The wine industry had lost almost all their grape vine crops for the season. Our own Candace Monacelli learned how drastic this loss was for Ferrante Winery in Ashtabula County. Ferrante winery will start replanting in Spring 2015 and receive the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency low interest emergency loan in two ways. First by cost replacement where salvageable vines with some growth will be nurtured back to health and by

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Ohio’s 100 Gigabit-per second Initiative

COLUMBUS, OH- In February of 2012, Ohio launched a ten-fold boost to its broadband network speeds which enhanced research and created jobs statewide. Governor John Kasich announced the initiative at his State of the State address. Since the launch two years ago the broadband network has come far with advancing the technology across the state. The broadband infrastructure has over 1,800 miles of fiber from its current 10 Gigabits per second(Gbps) to 100 Gbps. Ohio’s Broadband Network Quick Facts The State of Ohio, along with the Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet), invested $13 million in equipment of our current broadband network. The initiative increased

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Ryan wins 13th U.S. Congressional District by landslide

Tim Ryan, Democratic representative for U.S. 13th Congressional District, defeated opponents Thomas Pekarek, a Republican, and David Allen Pastorius, an Independent write-in, in the race for the district. Ryan had 73.31 percent of the vote at 8:50 p.m., according to vote.ohio.gov. He has represented the district, formerly Ohio’s 17th district, since 2003. Ryan said he wants to further fund economic development, increase funding for research at Kent State and increase Pell grants, which give money to students without them having to pay it back. “I’m really excited to have another two years, and we’ve got a lot of momentum with economic development projects to help grow the economy and create

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French and Kennedy Retain Ohio Supreme Court Justice Seats

After a long battle for the two Ohio Supreme Court Justice seats, incumbents Judith French and Sharon Kennedy retained their seats on election night. French won with a 56% lead to opponent Dem, John O’Donnell’s 44% of votes after O’Donnell conceded. “It feels wonderful,” French said told the Columbus Dispatch. “Whatever words I have tonight, they are not just adequate. I am happy to have defeated the name game. People understood who I was and who I am.” As an attorney, French served as a tutor and mentor in the Columbus Public Schools and spoke frequently to students from around Ohio. She received a “highly recommended” rating from the Ohio State

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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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Candidates for Ohio 75th District Representative

Name: Kathleen Clyde Race: Ohio 75th District Representative Political Party: Democrat Background: In November 2010, the voters of the 68th Ohio House District elected Kathleen Clyde as Representative to the Ohio General Assembly. Currently an associate in the Kent Law firm of Williams, Welser, Kratcoski & Can, Representative Clyde is running for a second term. Why I Should Care: If reelected, Clyde plans to continue turning the economy around from the middle out, providing economic recovery in which everyone can participate. Born and raised in Portage County, Clyde plans to create an adequate funding formula for K-12 and encourage policies that promote affordable higher education. Message to Kent State Students:

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Ed FitzGerald Town Hall Meeting

Anchor Intro: Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald spoke in Akron last night trying to drum up support in the governor’s race. TV2’s Brian Ivey was there and shares more with us now. FitzGerald spoke to around 30 people at theLaborer’s Hall in Akron as part of a town hall meeting. He structured the meeting like a debate with Governor John Kasich, but Governor Kasich wasn’t present. FitzGerald mentioned different talking points that Kasich normally speaks on. FitzGerald said that Kasich is careful about what he says. “{Kasich} says things like, I don’t know why we need right-to-work right now,” FitzGerald said. FitzGerald then focused on some of the main issues

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Ravenna City Council

Anchor intro: Ravenna City Council met last Monday night to discuss 23 ordinances. The majority of council members approved most of the ordinances but some of them were held for further review. One Ravenna resident complained to the council members during the meeting about his concern, TV2’s Yujing You has the story.       There is also size limitation regards to the campaign signs, which is no bigger than 9 square feet. Four candidates are now in violation of the law because their campaigns signs exceed the size limit. City Council had a meeting last night and decided to change the legislature instead of removing signs.    

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Downtown Kent’s Redevelopment Project Revitalizes Competition

The recent redevelopment plans for the city of Kent has been continuing to revitalize Downtown Kent rising in the most recent years “In many respects downtowns are the front porch of a community,” Dave Ruller, Kent City Manager, said.  “They are often what visitors see first and they create the overall impression of a community and with only one chance to make a great first impression, downtown was very important to Kent’s future.  Both the city and the university recognize the social, cultural and economic value of a vibrant downtown so we partnered up and got busy raising the bar in downtown Kent.” In addition to the community revitalization that has

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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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