Tyler Thompson

Tyler Thompson is currently a senior at Kent State University, focusing on multimedia journalism. He works for Black Squirrel Radio as a writer, article coordinator, DJ and production director. A former graduate at the University of Akron, he has a degree in firefighter protection where he earned his state license and graduated the EMT-Basic program from Akron General Hospital.

The swimming portion of the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship in Cleveland is good to go for this weekend.

Heavy rainfall this week spiked bacteria levels in Lake Erie, causing Edgewater Park’s beach to close until Thursday.

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A new bill signed into law by Gov. John Kasich is changing the way teachers are evaluated in Ohio.

A new bill signed into law by Gov. John Kasich is changing the way teachers are evaluated in Ohio.

A union representing some teachers says The Public School Deregulation Act is a move in the right direction.

The Summit Food Coalition released its new food guide to increase access to locally grown food.

The Local Food Advocacy Day on Tuesday highlighted local farms, farmers markets and other local food sources.

Beth Knorr, director of the Summit Food Coalition, said the guide makes it easier to support these businesses.

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A seven-day cycling tour that combines bike racing with forestry is coming to Ohio for the first time. The 581-mile Tour Des Trees starts Sunday in Columbus.

A seven-day cycling tour that combines bike racing with forestry is coming to Ohio for the first time.

The 581-mile Tour Des Trees starts Sunday in Columbus.

J. Eric Smith, CEO and President of the event's organizer, Tree Fund, said the tour is about engaging the community in awareness of urban forests.

A new law aims to fight cancer diagnoses among firefighters.

The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act will require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create a voluntary registry to collect data on cancer rates. The results will be made public for researchers.

Democratic U.S Sen. Sherrod Brown, who brought the bill to Congress, said the CDC will develop strategies to use the data to spur research.

State health officials this week applied for federal funding to support needle exchange programs in Ohio.

That would provide a lifeline for the Canton Health Department’s SWAP program, which marked its first anniversary in June.

Director of nursing Diane Thompson says the needle exchange program has exceeded its goals, but its first year funding has dried up.

A new car vending machine is opening in the Cleveland suburb of Warrensville Heights.
 
The eight-story Carvana facility, which is the company's first in Ohio and 13th nationwide, automatically delivers a car to a buyer using a different technique than traditional car dealers.
 
Spokeswoman Amy O’Hara said customers select a car online, pay for it, and then pick it up at the facility.
 
“[Customers] can select a time and day when they would like to pick up their vehicle

The Akron Zoo welcomed a unique deer species to the park last month.

The birth of a Siberian Musk deer, which is still unnamed, is a first for the zoo.  

Spokeswoman Elena Bell said the species is special to this area.

“They’re not a species that is really represented in a lot of zoos," she said. "It’s not an animal that you would think of when you visit the zoo, like the Cleveland Zoo doesn’t have them, the Columbus Zoo, so it’s really cool to be able to experience these unique animals.”

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