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Update: Ohio legislature considering ban on traffic cameras; exception is made for school zones

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 26, 2013

The Ohio legislature is considering a ban on traffic cameras aimed at curbing speeding, the Plain Dealer reported.

The ban, however, carves out an exception for school zones, so it appears that Akron wouldn't be impacted as much as other cities. Akron uses cameras in school zones only and warns motorists before-hand.

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By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 26, 2013

And now, a pause from our regular programming for a bit of self-promotion.

If you enjoy the political blog, you can follow Beacon Journal reporter Stephanie Warsmith on Twitter: @swarsmith.

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Akron council passes resolution asking that late officer's name be added to national memorial wall

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 25, 2013

Late Akron Reserve Officer Harold Winthrow's name was added this year to the Akron police department's memorial.

Now, the city wants to see his name on the National Peace Officers Memorial Wall.

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Kaboom ruled off ballot for Akron council; four other candidates disqualified by elections board

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 24, 2013

Natural Hunka Kaboom's dream of running for Akron City Council has fizzled.

Kaboom was one of five local candidates disqualifed from running in the Sept. 10 primary Monday by the Summit County Board of Elections because of insufficient signatures on their nominating petitions.

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Otterman among new Akron Civil Service Commission members

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 18, 2013

A familiar name has reentered the Akron political scene: Otterman.

John Otterman, a former Akron councilman and state representative, was one of two new members appointed to the Akron Civil Service Commission this week by Akron City Council.

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Sykes to hold fishing event

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 14, 2013

Rep. Vernon Sykes, R-Akron, will host his annual fishing clinic from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Wildlife District 3 Youth Fishing Area, 912 Portage Lakes Drive.

The event is for children ages 7 to 14 who live in the Akron area. It will feature various stations with information fishing, including filleting and cooking, local information/map reading, knot tying, rigging, habitat and handling.

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Two more announce retirement from Akron mayor's cabinet

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 14, 2013

The shuffling continues in Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic's cabinet.

Chief of Staff Rick Merolla and Laraine Duncan, deputy mayor of intergovernmental relations, announced today that they are retiring. This makes three retirements from the mayor's cabinet in the last month, with Ron Williamson earlier announcing plans to step down this summer.

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Green native interning in Sen. Brown's office

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 13, 2013

A Green native is serving as an intern this summer for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

Kyle Zurz, 21, is majoring in international studies at Bowling Green State University. He's interning for Brown while also taking classes at George Mason University.

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Tim Ryan to speak at Akron event

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 13, 2013

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan will speak at the Federated Democratic Women of Summit County’s meeting at noon Saturday at St. George’s Fellowship Centre, 3204 Ridgewood Road.

Light refreshments will be served prior to Ryan’s presentation, which will include a question-an-answer session.

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Race to watch: Barberton clerk

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 11, 2013

The filing deadline for the September primary in Summit County is 4 p.m. tomorrow and the race to watch is: Barberton clerk.

Several well-known Democrats are reportedly interested, including state Rep. Zack Milkovich, Summit County Councilman Tim Crawford and former Summit County Councilman Jon Poda.

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State budget proposal makes exception for Open Meetings Law for tax break talk

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: June 6, 2013

story in the Cincinnati Enquirer this week detailed a provision added to the Senate version of the state budget that would permit a new exception to the Open Meetings Law for government bodies.

The provision would allow government agencies to meet in private to discuss company requests for tax breaks.

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