Mitch Felan

Mitch Felan is a news intern for WKSU. He is a multimedia journalist with experience in print, television, radio and visual journalism. Felan is a junior at Kent State University, working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Multimedia Journalism. During the school year, Felan works for Kent State Student Media in TV2, The Kent Stater, and KentWired. He will be serving as the Digital Director for Kent State University's Student Media Newsroom in the Fall.  

A new report finds the veterinary industry directly contributes $2.4 billion to Ohio’s economy and contributes as much as $13 billion when indirect costs are added.

The findings by the Ohio Veterinary Medicine Association also show vet service jobs increased 15.5 percent from 2007-2015. The association’s executive director, Jack Advent, says the numbers prove that vets help more than cats and dogs in the state.

Summit Metro Parks is getting $785,000 to connect with the community at two of its parks near downtown Akron.

The money from the Knight Foundation will be used to re-purpose the pump house at Summit Lake and a barn in Cascade Valley Metro Park. Both sites will offer community programs, meeting spaces and activities.

Metro Parks Executive Director Lisa King says the goal is to build relationships with the community. 

Plant experts and conservationists are applauding Ohio’s move to stop the spread of some invasive plant species. The state is prohibiting the sale of 38 plants, including several varieties of honeysuckles and shrubs, as well as Bradford pear trees.

Roger Gettig is vice president of horticulture and conservation at Holden Arboretum in Kirtland.

The University of Akron’s Law School is offering first-year students an early start on their degrees. 

The school will enroll 30 students to take some required courses in late May, months before most first-year students start in the fall. 

Akron law's assistant dean of admissions, Nolan James, says the program will give the school a competitive edge with traditional and non-traditional students. 

The City of Akron and one of its homeless shelters have been awarded state grants to help prevent homelessness.

Jeff Wilhite is the executive director of Family Promise of Summit County, an emergency shelter that received a $100,000 grant. He says the money will help with operational costs. He says the organization also hopes to add room for nine more families in the shelter.

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State wildlife officials are reporting Ohio’s once-threatened bobcat population is making a comeback due to laws protecting the cats. Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources says residents report nearly 200 sightings of the animals each year.

State wildlife officials are reporting Ohio’s once-threatened bobcat population is making a comeback due to laws protecting the cats. Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources says residents report nearly 200 sightings of the animals each year.

Cleveland ballet dancers will be bringing American culture to Cuba next year with a series of planned performances in Havana. Verb Ballets will be joining ProDanza, the troupe of Cuban dancer Laura Alonso, to form the Cleveland Havana Ballet.

Alonso visited Verb Ballets earlier this year as an artist in-residence.

Verb Ballets spokeswoman Jen Garlando says the upcoming trip and Alonso’s residence were inspired by a Cleveland cultural initiative.

Ohio winemakers have harvested and pressed grapes from this season’s crop for their famous ice wines.

These dessert wines are made with frozen grapes, meaning they can only be made in certain climates. The freeze more than doubles the wine’s sugar content.

Geneva winemaker Nick Ferrante says this year’s batch should be a good one.

A Youngstown State University student group focused on city revitalization is doing its part to make downtown safer for pedestrians. The group, YSUscape, has installed what it calls “Crosswalk Buckets,” which hold brightly colored flags that pedestrians can wave while crossing the street.

Michael Hripko, the group’s faculty adviser, says he hopes the project benefits both students and residents in the downtown community.