Andrew Atkins

Andrew is a senior journalism major and a columnist for the Kent Stater. Alongside being a resident assistant in the honors community, he has worked as the web editor for the Burr Magazine and the campus editor for the Kent Stater. He looks forward to the professional learning opportunities afforded to him through his internship at WKSU.

The Cavs are getting ready for their second game in their first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers.

They lost game one 98 to 80. LeBron James says he’s not focusing on the hole the team is in.

“I can’t think about advancing. I’m thinking about tonight you know, what my job is, how I can help change the game, help affect the game, try to be as dominant as I can," he said.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Q. 

The City of Stow has created a survey to check public opinion on proposed changes to its downtown.

When the results come back, city council will need to decide on whether to put out a call for partners to overhaul the downtown. 

Rob Kurtz, the Stow Planning Director, said changes to downtown aren’t just about finances.

Summit County has climbed four spots in an annual health assessment of Ohio counties. The assessment is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. It takes into account factors such as quality of life, behavior, healthcare and economics.

The county improved from 50th to 46th.

The Fund for Our Economic Future has released a study assessing Northeast Ohio’s economy. The Two Tomorrows report envisions two futures.

It finds that Northeast Ohio may struggle as long as it deals with issues of poverty, economic polarization and systemic racial exclusion and inequality.

Bethia Burke, the director of strategy and resource allocation for the fund, says cooperation may be the key to solving those problems. 

An annual survey of the nation’s highways finds that Ohio’s roads are getting worse. The report from the Reason Foundation shows that overall, Ohio slipped from ninth to 26th.

The drop is in part due to new information on the condition of the state’s bridges as well as worsening road conditions despite an increase in spending

The group behind the Bowery Project in downtown Akron is looking for an additional $2 million to add a classical arcade to the redevelopment plan.

The Bowery Development Group, made up of DeHoff Development and the Welty Building Company, is spearheading the $38 million effort to renovate part of Akron’s Main Street adjacent to the Civic Theatre.

DeHoff Vice President Beth Borda says the arcade will make it easier to transition between Main Street and the Lock 4 Canal, which flows two stories below. 


American Lung Association report tobacco control report card.
American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is out with its yearly report card on tobacco control. Overall, Ohio gets a failing grade with one A, one D, and three F’s.

The American Lung Association is out with its yearly report card on tobacco control. Overall, Ohio gets a failing grade with one A, one D, and three F’s.

University of Akron

The University of Akron has announced a new initiative called “Five-Star Fridays,” eliminating nearly all Friday classes starting this fall.

NASA Glenn Research Center

The U.S. EPA has withdrawn its acceptance of the Ohio EPA’s assessment of impaired waterways, in a decision that’s being hailed by local politicians. The federal agency changed its mind because the assessment did not account for Lake Erie’s open waters.

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