Kabir Bhatia

Kabir Bhatia joined WKSU as a Reporter/Producer and weekend host in 2010.  A graduate of Hudson High School, he received his Bachelor's from Kent State University.  While a Kent student, Bhatia served as a WKSU student assistant, working in the newsroom and for production.

Among his awards, he was named Best of Show – Best Reporter in Ohio for 2013 by the Ohio chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Officials in Akron’s West Hill neighborhood are trying to turn the area into an arts-and-merchant district – building on a zoning amendment that was passed in the 1990s.

West Hill – just south of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, and west of downtown – is zoned to allow homeowners to open small businesses on their property. That zoning was expanded this week to include more of the neighborhood, and Karen Noel, vice-president of the West Hill Community Development Corporation, says she hopes it attracts more businesses to the area.

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Over the next six months, representatives from media organizations, civic groups, and academia –including WOSU Public Media – will be putting together a commission to manage political debates in Ohio.

Officials say the new customs procedures taking effect today at Cleveland Hopkins Airport are more efficient. But some flyers want additional changes.

Previously, after answering customs and immigration questions about their checked luggage, international passengers arriving at Hopkins had to place their bags back onto a conveyor belt that leads to baggage claim. Until yesterday, passengers would then board a shuttle to baggage claim to retrieve their luggage.

Over the next six months, representatives from media organizations, civic groups, and academia -- including WKSU -- will be putting together a commission to manage political debates in Ohio.

Dan Moulthrop is CEO of the City Club of Cleveland, which convened the group’s first meeting last week. He says some candidates are not always confident that debates will be fair, while some incumbents view them as a “no-win” proposition.

The Cavs beat the Pacers 105-101 yesterday to clinch their first-round series in the NBA playoffs.

Woody’s Bar in downtown Akron had a small but enthusiastic group on-hand to watch Game 7.  Their excitement for the Cavs’ performance was tempered only slightly by questions over whether LeBron James will stay in Cleveland after this season.

Andy Sovchik from Portage Lakes says, in his opinion, James’ decision rests on family and how the Cavs are playing right now.

The announcement this week that Ford will drop almost all of its traditional car models could have an impact on the hundreds of parts manufacturers in Ohio.

A 2015 report showed that almost 600 parts supplier are based in Ohio -- making everything from tires and wheels to mirrors and doors – second only to Michigan in the country.

The withdrawal of a major development project in Lordstown is spurring some residents to make one more attempt to bring the project – and its promised jobs -- back to their city.

Sen. Sherrod Brown is introducing a bill tomorrow to provide funding for devices that detect fentanyl.

The POWER Act would provide funds for portable chemical screening devices, such as those being used by Customs and Border Protection agents. Sen. Brown says they’re needed because local law enforcement officers need to be able to test drugs in the field to ensure they’re not in danger of an accidental overdose, such as the one that happened last year to an officer in Columbiana County.

Officials in Akron say they’re at “the two-yard line” when it comes to securing funding for the long-delayed, $40 million Bowery redevelopment project.

Correction: This story originally referred to John Green as the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

The University of Akron's incoming interim president, John Green, is the fourth person to lead the school in four years. And he’s reflecting on what he intends to do when he takes office next week.

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