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Meeting tonight to explore starting new Akron radio station

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 31, 2013

A meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. today at 190 N. Union St. to discuss establishing a low power radio station for Akron.

The station would provide a place for alternative voices to be heard, Akron attorney Warner Mendenhall said in a news release this afternoon.

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Two Stark County lawmakers to serve on study committees

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 30, 2013

Two Stark County lawmakers will serve on three summer state legislative study committees that will hold hearings across the state.

The bipartisan committees are: Higher Education Reform, Prescription Drug Addiction and Healthcare Reform, and Tax Reform. The committees will have hearings in August and September throughout the state to gather information from citizens and experts to help in crafting a report and possible legislative recommendations.

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Akron council recognizes young 'heroes'

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 30, 2013

Akron City Council recognized three "heroes" this week.

Council passed a resolution honoring Kameron Williams, Kaila Watkins and Phil Watkins for attempting to rescue Nic Shaffer July 11 from the swollen Mud Brook creek in the Merriman Valley. Shaffer, 12, was found dead three days later.

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Omobien objects to board appointment

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 30, 2013

Of all things one might expect to garner controversy at an Akron City Council meeting, an appointment to a board isn't one of them.

Councilwoman Linda Omobien, however, voted Monday against Councilman Jeff Fusco's appointment to the four Joint Economic Development District (JEDD) boards Akron has with surrounding communities.

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Sutton receives federal appointment

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 24, 2013

Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton was appointed today by President Barack Obama to serve as administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

The corporation is in charge of constructing, operating and maintaining the Saint Lawrence Seaway between the Port of Montreal and Lake Erie and encourages the development of trade throughout the Great Lakes region, according to the corporation's website.

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Gibbs' new communication director is from Stark County

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 24, 2013

U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs has a new communications director and she's from Stark County, which is now part of his new, sprawling 7th district.

Lauren O'Toole is from North Canton and graduated from Hoover High School and then Miami University. She worked with the Canton Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival.

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Coughlin files his paperwork with the elections board

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 24, 2013

Former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin filed his paperwork today with the Summit County elections board to run for Stow Municipal Court clerk.

Coughlin took this step a day after the elections board asked the Summit County prosecutor to look into Coughlin's failure to file a designation of treasurer form with the board for the clerk race.

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Background check advocates to protest outside Summit County Fairgrounds

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 23, 2013

Rides, games, farm animals and ... protesters.

Those who frequent the Summit County Fair this week might notice protesters outside the fairgrounds as they walk inside for the festivities.

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Joyce takes part in 'No Labels' press conference

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 18, 2013

U.S. Rep. David Joyce took another step to promote bipartisanship Thursday, participating in a press conference to announce a legislative reform package of nine bills aimed at cutting government waste.

This was the first press conference by a group called No Labels that is made up of Democratic and Republican House and Senate members who have committed to working together to try to solve problems.

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Summit board to take up Coughlin question; hearings to be held Monday

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 12, 2013

The question of whether former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin can run as a non-partisan candidate for Stow clerk will finally be answered Monday.

The Summit County elections board will hold a hearing on the issue, as well as having hearings on four other local candidates.

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Local Democratic activists protest state budget provisions that impact Planned Parenthood

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 10, 2013

Summit County Democratic Party activists held a press conference this morning to call attention to changes in the recently passed state budget that negatively impact Planned Parenthood.

The press conference was held outside of the Planned Parenthood office on West Exchange Street.

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Akron council announces members of food truck committee

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 8, 2013

Akron City Council is expected to announce tonight the members of a committee that will study whether food trucks should be allowed to operate in the city.

The committee members will be: council members Jeff Fusco and Margo Sommerville; Veronica Sims, an Akron school board member; Suzie Graham, who heads up Downtown Akron Partnership; Guido D’Orio, who owns NEOSHRED and is a member of the North Akron Board of Trade; and John Buntin, who owns Kenmore Komics & Games and is a member of the Kenmore Board of Trade.

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Judge Hunter is retiring

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 5, 2013

Summit County Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter is retiring.

Hunter, a Republican who would have been prohibited from running again because of the court's age restriction, sent a letter this week to the Ohio Supreme Court, Ohio governor's office and local court officials announcing her decision to step down from the bench on July 31.

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Akron mayoral foe claims fireworks fizzle; city says display the same as other recent years

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 5, 2013

Akron attorney and long-time city foe Warner Mendenhall regularly sends out emails lobbing some kind of bomb at the city.

His latest missive, sent about 11 p.m. Thursday, griped that the city's Fourth of July fireworks display was a dud and claiming "9 out of 10 attendees" demand Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic's recall.

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Portage TEA Party leader responds to AP story

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 3, 2013

The Associated Press broke a story Tuesday about how the tea party wants to turn its recent foe, the IRS, into a friend in its fight against the expansion of Medicaid.

Tom Zawistowski, who heads up the Portage County TEA Party and wrote the memo AP wrote about, sent out a press release today with his response.

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