Tim Rudell

Tight banking regulations that were imposed when the economy collapsed ten years ago are being relaxed.  The Senate Banking Committee has a hearing Tuesday to see how implementation is going for the latest rollback, in a bill passed last spring. 

The traditional clothing, music and dance of the first people of America were a part of the third annual “Walk of The Portage Path” Monday in Akron. 

The march, along Portage Path from Highland Square to the Perkins Mansion, drew several hundred participants.  It is the concluding event of a four-day celebration of the First-People of Akron and Summit County.  The Portage Path Collaborative—including the Summit County Historical Society—puts it on each year. 

A change in federal law to keep consumers from being left in the dark about prescription drug pricing is on President Donald Trump’ desk.  And, he’s expected to sign it.  

It is rare for Republicans and Democrats to agree in Washington; rarer still for something to pass the Senate unanimously and the House on a voice vote. But this legislation did.

Northeast Ohio-based banking technology company Diebold Nixdorf will be cutting some jobs across its worldwide work force.  But its new CEO says that may not mean an overall reduction in the company’s employee headcount. 

Gerrard Schmid took over at financially ailing Diebold Nixdorf in February. He says a key factor in getting back on track is maximizing efficiency in serving customers.  

Improving results in addiction and mental health treatment was the goal of an all-day gathering Tuesday at Walsh University in North Canton. 

The event title was called “Breaking the Stigma.”  A common theme of the presentations was that, along with better public understanding of what mental health and addiction issues really are, treatment is becoming more focused and more effective. 

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Akron City Council has set Thanksgiving as the deadline for the shutdown of Second Chance Village.

Akron City Council has set Thanksgiving as the deadline for the shutdown of Second Chance Village.

It’s been a busy week since Akron Council voted not to approve the zoning change that would have allowed Sage Lewis to continue operating Second Chance Village, about a dozen and a half tents and shelters set up behind his business on the city’s east side.

The Second Chance Village in Akron is going away.  But the founder of the homeless encampment, and his charity that has been supporting the tent city, are not. 

Since Akron city council voted not to allow a zoning variance for Second Chance Village, local realtor and auctioneer Sage Lewis, who sponsored the camp, has been looking for an alternative. 

eBay is back in Akron.  In January the international web marketplace chose the Rubber City to roll out its “Retail Revival” internet-storefront training program.  Thursday the company returned to introduce a new service called eBay@Home.

The new head of NASA is saying good things about the NASA Glenn Research Center in northern Ohio.

Rep. Tim Ryan
WKSU

Ohio’s Rep. Tim Ryan is sponsoring legislation in Congress to increase funding for urban blight cleanup across the country. Ryan, a Democrat, introduced the bill on Tuesday along with Republican William McKinley of West Virginia.

Massillon City Council closed the door Monday on making a deal with the City’s original choice to operate Affinity hospital, but it didn’t lock it. 

Two weeks ago Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazarro Perry named Paramount Matrix Healthcare as the city’s choice to run the Affinity facility, which closed in March.

Other bidders upped their offers prompting Council to delayed authorizing legislation to finalize the deal with Paramount in order to get more information.

Emergency services are likely to be better able to respond to calls in Stark County and to coordinate with state safety personnel when a new radio system goes online in a few months. It's been years in the making.

The new system, known as MARCS, or Multi Agency Radio Communications System, will connect safety forces and agencies throughout the county, and elsewhere in the state.

Kent State’s Geauga County campus is about to see a major building project.  But it’s not for the university.

The university board of trustees approved leasing some of the Kent campus in Burton to a local school system. In May, voters in the Berkshire School District approved a $28-million dollar bond issue to build a pre-K-through-12 complex on the site. 

It will be at least another week before a deal can be reached to get an operator for the former Affinity Medical Center in Massillon.

Massillon City Council met in special session Monday to approve an agreement with Paramount Matrix Healthcare. But it didn’t vote. One of two unsuccessful bidders for the deal to operate the medical center upped its offer. Council wants to consider that before moving forward.

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