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Brooke Forrest

Brooke is a senior journalism major and photojournalism minor. She has experience in photography, multimedia, print, radio and visual journalism. She has worked with Kent State student media including The Kent Stater and KentWired. She is a disc jockey and the former web director for Black Squirrel Radio. She is currently the general manager of Black Squirrel Radio.

Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown says he is not surprised or worried about the lower Democratic voter turnout during yesterday's primary election.

Across the board, the Republican turn out was higher Ohio, though overall voter turnout was lower than typical primaries.

Brown says that shouldn't worry Democrats when it comes to November. He points to a divisive Republican primary.

A new study finds Ohio’s workforce overall is lacking qualifications for some of the most in-demand jobs. Team NEO has created its second Aligning Opportunities Job Report to better define the needs of the job market in the state.

Jacob Duritsky, vice president of strategy and research at Team NEO, believes this research is the first step in making the region more competitive.

Ohio has a legislative caucus working to raise awareness of the state’s trails. 

The caucus, formed last year, is the only one in the U.S. dedicated to trails.  The group of lawmakers has been working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to create a website with an interactive guide to the thousands of miles of state trails.

Akron is considering a new ordinance that would raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21. This change which has already been implemented in Columbus and Cleveland has led to mixed results.

The Stark County yard waste drop-off program is getting trimmed: The waste management district in charge of the program is taking steps to offset rising costs.

Gates and cameras are being installed at drop-off locations to ensure commercial companies, which are prohibited from using the sites, don’t. 

The executive director of the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne recycling district, David Held, says the program changes are meant to focus on residents.

Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown
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Sen. Sherrod Brown says he believes there’s finally been a shift in the gun control debate.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown believes there’s finally been a shift in the gun control debate.

He points to more citizens speaking out on the issue. He also cites the recent publicity about which members of Congress are taking money from gun lobbyists and how much they’re getting.

The Summit County Sheriff’s office is pushing a zero tolerance policy when it comes to threats against schools.

Sheriff Steve Barry says his office is taking a proactive approach addressing threats discovered online or left on school grounds.

 The University of Akron’s annual Rethinking Race conference kicks off this Friday. The two-week forum, which includes lectures and discussions, film screenings and plays is now in its eleventh year.

Amy Shriver Dreussi is a professor of social science at the university and one of the organizers of the conference. She says it’s evolved over time in response to current events.

A group of middle school students has drafted a resolution to recognize local Native American history and culture with a “First People’s Day” in Akron.

Students from the Lippman School joined with representatives from the Northern Cheyenne and Seneca nations to help draft the initiative. They presented it to Akron City Council on Monday.

Matt Russ, a humanities teacher at the school, has been working with the students to address what they saw as a problem in the community.

The 2018 class of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees announced today include a jazz icon and a gospel legend.  

Two Democratic state lawmakers are asking the Ohio Ethics Commission to clarify what rules apply to the CEOs who now run two of the state's most troubled school districts.

The CEO positions were created as part of H.B 70, which allows the state to take over districts consistently in academic emergency.

The Great Lakes Science Center has launched a new app to allow visitors to explore scientific and historical equipment that would usually be available only to astronauts in space.  

According to Kirsten Ellenbogen, president and CEO of the science center, the app was created to give a more hands-on experience for all of the museum's exhibits.

People with progressive multiple sclerosis may have a better option for treatment thanks to a new drug being tested in a clinical trial at the Cleveland Clinic.

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An African-American church in Kent has been vandalized for the second time within the last few months.