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Anna Huntsman

Anna Huntsman is a senior broadcast journalism student at Kent State with experience reporting for radio, television and digital platforms. She reports for the Ohio News Connection, Ohio's branch of the Public News Service, and helps run the weekend assignment desk at WKYC. Anna served as the General Manager of TV2, Kent State's student-led television station, during the 2017-18 school year. A Canton native, she is excited to join the WKSU team and tell stories in the Northeast Ohio community. 

A mother and three children were killed in a house fire in an Akron neighborhood this morning.

It happened around 9:15 a.m. in the area of 18th St. and Battles Ave in Kenmore.

A spokesperson from the Akron Fire Department said crews were not able to enter the home to search for trapped victims due to the temperature and volume of the fire.

One man, the mother's fiance, was able to get out.

Some of the services local non-profits provide are in jeopardy if the partial government shutdown continues.

CEO of the Summit and Medina County Battered Women’s Shelter Terry Heckman says the non-profit receives 65 percent of its funding from federal grants.

“The trickle-down effect, I don’t think a lot of people understand. It comes right down here to the non-profits and the clients themselves,” Heckman said.

Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown is taking more steps towards a presidential bid.

Brown announced on NPR’s Morning Edition that he’ll be visiting several states that hold early primaries in a “Dignity of Work” tour. He says he will ultimately decide if he wants to run for president when the tour is over.

Brown said a presidential campaign is an earthquake for families and he and his wife, columnist Connie Schultz, are taking their time with the decision.

The new head coach of the Cleveland Browns said the shortcomings of the team end today.

Freddie Kitchens takes over after a short, but successful stint as offensive coordinator. He's been coaching in the NFL since 2006, but this is his first head coaching job.  

Kitchens said his main goal for the organization is to move towards the Super Bowl.

Officials at Akron-Canton Airport are taking steps during the current government shutdown to show their TSA workers how much they value them.

On Friday, the airport offered its TSA workers boxed lunches.

Marketing Director Lisa Dalpiaz said they will consider additional assistance if the shutdown continues.

A program to help new local startups gain resources and momentum begins this Monday.

Akron’s Bounce Innovation Hub is launching a new product development accelerator, which will give five Northeast Ohio software startups workspaces, mentorship and potential funding opportunities.

The main goal of the program is to have the companies ready to launch their product at the end of the four months.

The Ritzman Pharmacy at NEOMED in Rootstown will remain open despite the company closing down most of its stores.

The family chain announced earlier this week it will close 17 locations throughout Northeast Ohio. Patients and files will be transferred to CVS stores.

Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

Three weeks into the partial federal shutdown, President Trump’s Tuesday night address from the Oval Office offered no indication the government would reopen soon. His tactics have drawn mixed reaction from Ohio’s Congressional delegation.

There’s been considerable reaction to the President’s Tuesday night address from the Oval Office. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown weighed in today. 

Senator Brown said discussions over border security should be separate from the spending bill so federal employees can get back to work. They’ve been off the job for 19 days.

He said he talked with constituents yesterday at Hopkins Airport in Cleveland and most told him they don’t think a wall is the best option to secure the border.

A new report lists Akron as one of the top 50 most innovative cities in America.

According to, Akron is the 43rd most innovative metropolitan area in the US -- the only Ohio city to make the list.

The report ranks cities based on the number of patents produced in relation to its population. San Jose, California,  the home of Silicon Valley, ranks at the top of the list.

Everett Road Covered Bridge at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Summit County.
National Park Service

The William Howard Taft National Historic Site was closed as usual on New Year's Day, but the doors weren't unlocked Wednesday morning. Callers heard the following message: "Due to the lack in federal appropriation, William Howard Taft National Historic Site is closed."

Park staff at Cuyahoga Valley National Park are expressing concerns about the increase in littering and trash in the park since the partial government shutdown began. 

Deb Yandala, CEO of the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, says trash cans are overflowing because no employees are there to empty the bins and that visitors are leaving their trash on the ground.

If the problem continues, Yandala says they may have to close the parking lots.

The Coast Guard released a Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) that identifies problems on the Cuyahoga River and suggestions for how they can be fixed. 

The Coast Guard consulted waterway users over the summer about problems they encounter on the Cuyahoga River. Commander Steven Elliot from the Coast Guard’s Marine and Safety Unit in Cleveland says the resurgence of waterfront businesses and recreational activities on the river has led to many of the safety concerns.

The GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, closed in 2019 as part of a massive company restructuring.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

The announcement that General Motors will stop production at its Lordstown plant has caused anxiety for more than just its workers. Their children are concerned, too.

The announcement that General Motors will stop production at its Lordstown plant has caused anxiety for more than just its workers. Their children are concerned, too.