Erin Keller

Erin Keller is a senior broadcast journalism major and fashion media minor at Kent State. She is involved in TV2 as a host of The Blurb and co-hosts the Black Squirrel Radio Show, Womb-Mates, with her identical twin sister, Holly. In addition to interning at WKSU, Erin also has a public relations internship at a local school district. 

After combing through more than 2,000 submissions, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced the three finalists of the ‘I Voted’ sticker contest.

Young Ohioans from all over the state submitted their designs, but the three finalists are all high school seniors. One is Ian from Hawken School in Cuyahoga County.

A Northeast Ohio state legislator is proposing his own bill to make sports betting legal in the state. The proposal from Representative Dave Greenspan (R-Westlake) puts the Ohio Lottery Commission in charge of overseeing college and professional sports betting.

Greenspan said the commission’s involvement would make sports gaming a constitutional lottery game, and even give back to those who need it.

The head of higher education ministry for the United Methodist Church is saddened that Baldwin Wallace University has decided to end its affiliation with the church. Kim Cape says it’s a loss for the church, but she also says it’s a loss for BW. The school has been a Methodist affiliate since its founding 174 years ago.

Construction is underway at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and Bio-Med Science Academy on a new four-story building at the Rootstown campus. 

The facility will be used for training for middle and high school students, health care professionals and first responders.

Bio-Med Chief Administrative Officer Stephanie Lammlein said the $24-million project will allow the independent STEM school to move 7th and 8th graders from an offsite facility to the NEOMED campus.

Cuyahoga Falls is looking to feature local artists in public spaces. As a first step in the city’s Master Art Plan, residents are encouraged to take an online survey to express their thoughts on what kind of art should be placed around town.

Kelli Crawford-Smith is director of neighborhood excellence, communications, and community outreach for the city of Cuyahoga Falls. She said city leaders have a commitment to local artists and believe in what art can do for the community.

The CEO of Akron’s Signet Jewelers says layoffs being made at the company are part of the retailer’s plan to grow strategically.

Gina Drosos told the Akron Roundtable today that the retail world has changed and the parent company of stores like Kay, Jared, and Zales has to adapt.

“The skillsets that we need today are somewhat different than they were in the past, and so we’ve made some decisions to trim our workforce in our support centers.”

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is launching a new program this summer to educate its guests. Visitors of any age can take a two-hour interactive train ride to learn more about the park’s history and its wildlife.

Director of Events Kenzie Conner says CVSR has worked with the National Park System on education programs before, but this new program will be led by local staff members.  

A public health advocate is pleased Summit County has now banned businesses from selling tobacco products to anyone younger than 21 years old. The legislation, known as Tobacco 21, lessens the chance for teens to get their hands on popular e-cigarettes, Juuls and other paraphernalia.

The director of population health at Summit County Public Health Cory Kendrick said the use of these products among middle and high school students has resulted in the highest rates of  teen tobacco use in years.

A new investigation by two environmental groups cites unpermitted livestock farms as contributors to the algae problem in Lake Erie. The Environmental Working Group and Environmental Law & Policy Center collected and studied aerial photos of the Maumee River watershed.

It’s that time of year again! Akron Parks Collaborative is asking neighborhood residents and organizations for ideas on how to make their parks more vibrant. Collaborative Director Bridget Ambrisco says the second annual Akron Parks Challenge invites neighbors to come together and discover the wants and needs of their community.

The Akron Zoo is partnering with Canton City School District preschools through a first-of-its-kind program focused on developing social emotional intelligence and literacy. Zoo staff members visit preschool classrooms with animals and read books to the students. Zoo spokesperson Elena Bell says bringing animals into classrooms helps students reflect on how they relate to other people.

A jug of used needles to exchange in Camden, N.J., on Oct. 29, 2015.
Mel Evans / Associated Press

A new report by The Center for Community Solutions shows that programs that get used syringes off the streets in Ohio have more than doubled in the last three years.

Senator Rob Portman has yet to decide whether he will vote in favor of a bill rejecting President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund the border wall. In a conference call with reporters Tuesday Portman said he needs more information on where funding for the wall would come from.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said he is undecided on how he will vote on the proposal to reject President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund a border wall.

Senator Rob Portman said he is undecided on how he will vote on the proposal to reject President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund a border wall.

Portman agrees immigration, trafficking and drugs are creating a crisis at the border, but he wants to know where funding for the president’s priorities will come from.