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.

Summit County’s first Financial Empowerment Center is now open in Akron’s Kenmore neighborhood. The center will provide free, ongoing financial counseling to any individual in the county regardless of income.

United Way of Summit County President Jim Mullen says counselors have laid out a plan to track their success.

The Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter is still waiting for test results to determine what killed five dogs last month.

Samples of the unknown respiratory illness were sent to state labs which have yet to identify the disease. Five dogs sent from the city kennel to a Valley View dog shelter died of the illness.

A city spokesperson said the kennel has revisited its cleaning protocols as a precaution. This includes disinfecting the kennel and the animal control officer’s truck. He says no other dogs have died.

State auditor candidate Zack Space is detailing his plan to investigate the charter school scandal involving the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.

Space says he would create the “Stop Charter Abuse and Malfeasance Unit,” which would investigate how much charter schools overbill taxpayers and how for-profit management companies spend the money.

Shareholders of Northeast Ohio manufacturer A. Schulman are set to vote on a merger with LyondellBasell  tomorrow.

LyondellBasell is the world’s seventh largest manufacturer of chemicals. Schulman, based in Fairlawn, makes plastics and resins. The two industries are looking to reduce cost and take advantage of a broader market.

Kent State professor Asli Arikan says this could mean a loss of local jobs.

High bacteria levels at Lake Erie beaches are a concern for both swimmers and health officials. An E.coli advisory along two of Ashtabula’s public swimming beaches was lifted after four days last week.

But according to Terri Collett with the Ashtabula Health Department, elevated bacteria levels along Lake Erie beaches are a common occurrence during the summer months.

Cuyahoga Community College is opening up a drone certification course this month at its Parma campus. It will give students 25 hours of practice flight time and prepare them for an FAA Unmanned Pilot License exam.

Associate Dean James Ploskonka says the course is open to all students, not just pilots or first responders.

The city of Akron has announced the winners of the Akron Parks Challenge.

Cadillac Triangle Park in Southwest Akron, Chestnut Ridge in Kenmore and Reservoir Park in Goodyear Heights were chosen from 69-applicants. The decisions were based on community outreach.

Bridgete Ambrisco is the project manager at the Akron Parks Collaborative.