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Akron mayor to be feted for 40 years of public service

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 28, 2014

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic is being feted for his 40 years of public service, first as a councilman and then as the city's longest-serving mayor.

Two downtown venues will sponsor community "meet and greet" events to honor Plusquellic on Saturday, March 15.

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Sawyer elected to board of national population growth group

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 27, 2014

State Sen. Tom Sawyer, D-Akron, has been elected to the board of Population Connection, America's largest organization working to address the challenges posed by population growth.

Sawyer, a former congressman, has long championed measures like university access to family planning and reproductive health care in the U.S. and around the world, Population Connection noted in a press release.

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Husted sets early voting hours for November election; is criticized by opponents

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 26, 2014

Secretary of State Jon Husted has once again set early voting hours.

And his opponents are once again decrying the hours as an attempt to disenfranchise voters.

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Leftover nuggets from Kasich's State of the State speech

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 25, 2014

Here are a few leftover nuggets from Gov. John Kasich's State of the State speech in Medina Monday that didn't make it into our package today.

* Big flag: The giant flag Kasich spoke in front of -- a mainstay during his annual speech -- was made at the Ohio State Reformatory for Women in Marysville. The governor donates the flag to the host location, which means Medina High School just got a big flag.

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New radio station coming to Akron area, to have union-focused show

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 21, 2014

The Akron area is getting a new radio station that will focus on local politics, music, art, healthy living and working-class issues.

The Federal Communication Commission recently approved a construction permit for Radio Free Akron, which will begin broadcasting on 96.9 FM in about 18 months, according to a news release issued today.

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Thomas Nobbe to give presentation on Gay Games to Akron council

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 20, 2014

Thomas Nobbe, the executive director of the Gay Games 9, will give a presentation to Akron City Council Monday.

Nobbe will speak at 3:30 p.m. in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 166 S. High St.

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Former state representative Seth Morgan to speak at Portage County TEA Party meeting

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 19, 2014

Former State Rep. Seth Morgan will speak at the monthly meeting of the Portage County TEA Party.

Morgan, who ran unsuccessfully for state auditor in 2010, losing to Auditor Dave Yost, will discuss his newly released book "It's About Liberty, Stupid!" He is a frequent speaker and writer for the tea party.

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Fifty people awarded tickets to Kasich's State of the State out of about 1,100 requests

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 19, 2014

Requests from the public to attend Gov. John Kasich's State of the State address in Medina: 1,184.

Number who got tickets: 50.

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Cities and counties losing, while schools are winning in Ohio gambling take

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 16, 2014

Cities and counties are losing, while schools are winning in Ohio's gambling game.

Tom Sheeran from the Associated Press reports that declining casino revenue has cut into the amount cities and counties are receiving. The schools, though, have been getting more because of the growth of racetrack slots.

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Kasich wants state income tax reduced and still supports death penalty

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 14, 2014

Gov. John Kasich told the Plain Dealer he wants to further reduce Ohio's income tax and still supports the death penalty.

Kasich said he'd like to see the state's income tax rate dropped to 4 percent.

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Kasich says State of the State speech might not be short, declines to discuss topics

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 13, 2014

Gov. John Kasich said this afternoon that he's still working on his upcoming State of the State speech and declined to give a preview of what he'll talk about.

"I'm still working on it," he said in a phone interview. "It's coming along. I change day-to-day about what I want to say. I'm starting to get to a place where I'm narrowing it down."

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Two early voting proposals pass Ohio house committee

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 12, 2014

Two proposals passed by an Ohio House legislative committee would shorten the early-voting period and limit who can mail out absentee applications, the Associated Press reported.

One would eliminate what has been dubbed the "Golden Week," which is a week when people can both register and vote early. The other would only allow the Ohio Secretary of State to mail out absentee applications -- and only if the legislature had allocated the money for this.

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Akron Council urges Congress to raise minimum wage

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 11, 2014

Akron City Council passed a resolution this week urging Congress to raise the minimum wage.

The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25. President Barack Obama, who raised the minimum wage for federal contract workers, has urged Congress to adopt legislation boosting it for other workers.

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Deborah Setliff, long-time LaTourette spokeswoman, dies

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 9, 2014

The Plain Dealer reports that Deborah Setliff, the long-time spokeswoman for former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette, has died after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Setliff, also a former Plain Dealer reporter and columnist, was 51. She was LaTourette's communication director from the time he was elected in 1994 until he retired in 2012.

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Summit County Congressional members urge action to protect Lake Erie

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 6, 2014

Summit County's Congressional delegation is urging swift action to prevent Asian Carp from entering the Great Lakes.

U.S. Reps. Marcia Fudge, Dave Joyce, Jim Renacci and Tim Ryan sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in response to a recent federal study that outlined options to stop Asian Carp, but didn't recommend the best approach.

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Donofrio running and Crossland considering two seats on filing deadline for May primary

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 5, 2014

Retired Summit County Fiscal Officer John Donofrio is running for Summit County Council at-large.

Former Summit County Councilman Pete Crossland pulled petitions to either try to regain a county council seat or make a bid for Congress against U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci.

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Beacon Journal bringing back local editorial cartoons

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 4, 2014

The editorial page in Monday's Beacon Journal included a feature that's been missing for several years: a local political cartoon.

The cartoon showed Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic holding a letter to Akron citizens and saying, "Of course I would love to sit down and clear the air about this unfortunate incident." The mayor, though, is shown fanning the flames of a fire underneath a chair beside him, with copies of his letter smoldering in the blaze.

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Former city photographer to speak at Kiwanis luncheon

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 3, 2014

When long-time city of Akron photographer Bruce Ford retired, he didn't want the Beacon Journal to do a profile on him, saying he preferred to stay out of the limelight.

Ford will offer a rare glimpse into his many years of capturing what was going on in Akron during the monthly Downtown Kiwanis luncheon at noon Thursday at the Portage Country Club, 240 N. Portage Path.

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