Tim Rudell

Tens of billions of dollars in investment could be coming to northeast Ohio and the surrounding region in the next five years in the polymer, plastics and paint industries

A three-year study of the possible health effects of fracking on people who live near shale drilling sites is entering its final phase. 

The National Institutes of Health is paying for the research. Travis Knuckles, an assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Public Health, is conducting it.

Rep. Sykes is 32-years old and African American. She says it’s hard to explain why she is being singled out. At the very least, she says it’s inconvenient and irritating.

But she says there is another reason for her raising awareness of her concerns.

“What is the face of leadership? Is it a middle-age white man, or a millennial black woman?

“I am hopeful people will start to recognize that leaders in our communities and our state are not monolithic.”

 Possible profiling

Renewal of the federal farm bill, which funds everything from Ohio’s biggest industry—agriculture—to food stamps, has taken another step in the Senate. The Agriculture Committee approved the bill, which will now go to the full Senate for debate.

The farm bill has to be renewed every five years and the latest deadline is coming up this September.

There was a second public input session Tuesday on development around the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. It is part of a federally funded study to find ways to maximize the benefits to the community of the $800 milllion Hall of Fame Village project.

Tuition at Kent State University is going up this fall for out-out-of-state undergraduates and all graduate students, but not for current in-state undergraduates. University trustees approved the changes at their quarterly meeting Wednesday. 

The majority of Kent State students this fall will be returning, in-state undergraduates. They will still pay $5,006 a semester -- same as last year. In-coming freshmen tuition was set in March and locked in for four years so they’re not affected. 

Editor's note: Mike Quirk was originally misidentified in this story.

Mental-health care can be hard to access in much of Ohio, especially away from the larger cities. This installment of our series Navigating the Path to Mental Health looks at the challenges along the way to finding and getting mental-health services.

As the multi-year, multi-billion-dollar Shell Cracker plant construction project moves forward between Pittsburgh and East Liverpool, ads have now been posted for the first permanent jobs at the facility. 

Just 40 jobs are being filled initially, but 600 are expected. Mike Chadsey of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association says it’s a turning point in the whole region.

Peg’s Foundation, formerly the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, is giving $7.5 million to the Department of Psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University. 

It’s believed to be the largest single grant ever given specifically for mental health treatment studies by a private foundation in Ohio.

Sherrod Brown
Nick Castele / ideastream

Sen. Sherrod Brown sent a letter to President Trump on Wednesday urging him to stay tough in trade talks with China. That same day, the Senate Banking Committee passed a bill co-sponsored by Brown with a similar goal.