M.L. Schultze

Kent State’s more than $1 million memorial for students shot and killed a generation ago opened Monday after a weekend preview of the permanent multimedia exhibit that both honors, and tries to make sense of, a cultural watershed. Dennis Gunther graduated from Kent State University three years before Ohio National guardsmen open fired on protestors, killing four and wounding nine others. But he was living in town when Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder died, and he lives with that legacy.

A 79-year-old northeast Ohio man, his wife and his company are facing criminal charges of draining a 55-gallon drum of cyanide into the Rocky River, killing nearly 31,000 fish. It was Earth Day 2011 when visitors noticed the first of thousands of dead turtles, frogs, troutlings and other fish along the East Branch of the Rocky River. They called investigators, who determined that just about all of the fish in a three-mile stretch in that area of the Mill Stream Run Reservation were dead. Later, they figured out they’d been poisoned with cyanide.

One of the country’s most expensive congressional races saw its only debate yesterday as Democrat Betty Sutton and Republican Jim Renacci faced off at the City Club of Cleveland. Republican Jim Renacci made his name and fortune as the owner of nursing homes, car dealerships and sports teams – and as the mayor of Wadsworth—before he ran for the 16th Congressional District two years ago. He unseated one-term incumbent and Democrat John Boccieri.

Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman spoke just about an hour before Paul Ryan, the man whom Mitt Romney settled as his running mate, and Portman began with a bit of self-deprecating humor. “My name is Rob Portman, and they say I was on Gov. Romney’s short list of vice presidential candidates. Apparently, it wasn’t short enough.â€? Then Portman launched into President Obama on economic issues ranging from the national debt to free trade.

John Kasich’s speech on the floor of the Republican National Convention Tuesday night was a celebratory one. The Ohio governor’s critics say it also skated over some painful truths. Hours before Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivered a 10-minute speech to the Republican National Convention, he was musing about whether he’d flop or fly. “The two at which I’ve spoken didn’t go all that great. And we’ll see. Either we’ll have three in a row of not good talks or maybe the third time is a charm.â€?

The U.S. Forestry Service is opening up the Wayne National Forest in Ohio to fracking, just as Ohio Republicans are blasting President Obama on his energy policy. The U.S. Forestry Service announced Monday that it will allow fracking in the Wayne National Forest in southeast Ohio. The announcement hit about the same time that Republicans in Tampa were blasting President Obama for not allow more of the shale drilling on public lands. They also were going over polls and strategies that suggest Mitt Romney could swing Ohio by backing more drilling. Polling Group Inc.

Ripley may seem like just another sleepy town on the Ohio River, but there was a time when it was a filled with secrets and controversies. In the days of slavery, this was part of the Borderlands that slaves crossed in order to make their way north to freedom in Canada. Ohio was always free, but slavery flourished just across the river in Kentucky.

Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill that includes new rules for oil and gas drilling, and what counts as "green energy." Much of the attention has been focused on the parts of the bill that include new regulations on the oil and gas industry and the process called fracking. But Gov. Kasich signed the bill at Echogen, a company that helps other companies take waste heat from industrial processes and reuse it.

The Humane Society is blaming Ohio Gov. John Kasich for the escape of 56 exotic animals from a farm near Zanesville Tuesday. The group says Kasich let an emergency order of former Governor Ted Strickland expire. The Humane Society says that order could have prevented the tragedy. Terry Thompson’s farm housed lions, grizzly bears, tigers, wolves and even monkeys. Authorities say that Thompson opened their cages before shooting himself. Thompson was convicted of animal cruelty in 2005.  And under an order former Gov.

Corporal Derek Wyatt was a talented athlete who played up the talents of others, a music lover who could tell you anything - anything - about the Deftones, and a Marine who was often a peacemaker. The Akron native died Monday in Afghanistan, on the eve of his son's birth. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU's M.L. Schultze has more.