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Kabir Bhatia

Kabir Bhatia joined WKSU as a Reporter/Producer and weekend host in 2010.  A graduate of Hudson High School, he received his Bachelor's from Kent State University.  While a Kent student, Bhatia served as a WKSU student assistant, working in the newsroom and for production.

Among his awards, he was named Best of Show – Best Reporter in Ohio for 2013 by the Ohio chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Officials in Lordstown – already home to a large General Motors complex -- are looking forward to nearly $1 billion in new projects this month. 

Groundbreaking for the Lordstown Energy Center is scheduled for today at 1 p.m.  About 500 people will be needed to build the $890 million natural gas plant, which is slated to be open in two years and will be run by a division of FirstEnergy.

Youngstown State University could soon have a new budget which -- for the first time in five years – does not include an operating deficit.

The nearly $170 million budget freezes undergraduate tuition for the second year, and also freezes about 100 fees for the next academic year. The YSU Finance Committee passed it this week and the full board votes later this month.

Youngstown State spokesman Ron Cole says the budget assumes stable enrollment and a slight increase in state funding.

During a speech at the Cleveland City Club today, Sen. Sherrod Brown accused large corporations of paying workers low wages and forcing them to use tax-funded government programs.

Ohio’s Democratic senator says the companies would be fined for these practices under his proposed Benefits Bank plan, which he says would provide greater benefits to freelance and independent workers.

A bi-partisan bill to improve safety for Ohio bicyclists was passed by the House last week.

What's known as the "3-foot" bill says when a motor vehicle passes a bicycle, "the safe passing distance to the left is 3-feet.” Current law does not specify a distance.

The House overwhelmingly passed the bill last month.

    

With Scott Scarborough’s resignation this week, the University of Akron is searching for both for an interim president and a permanent one – a search that could take a year.

One of those who mounded the campaign to oust Scarborough is grad student Tom Guarino.

  NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland turns 75 this year, and it’s been celebrating by opening its doors to the public.

A new state law goes into effect today that prevents public money from going to Planned Parenthood. Proponents of the law had singled-out Planned Parenthood as the leading provider of abortions in Ohio.

Click here for results from the 2016 CVNP BioBlitz.  

Hundreds of volunteers and scientists are in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park today to help with the first BioBlitz, a comprehensive inventory of the living things in the park.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is hosting its first “Bio-Blitz” starting tomorrow at noon.

The 24-hour BioBlitz is being led by 70 scientists who will do everything from counting and cataloging the fish in Indigo Lake to identifying the types of spiders at Virginia Kendall Ledges.

Cleveland's MetroHealth hospital system has been chosen to test new, easier-to-read medical bills.

Ohio will soon require some public water systems -- including some of Ohio's largest -- to monitor and report harmful algae blooms that are in the surface water they use to supply customers.

The new Ohio EPA guidelines apply to systems that pull their drinking water from sources such as Lake Erie.

Akron-Canton Airport has seen increasing air traffic since the mid-1990s.  But in the past two years, it’s faced new challenges with one airline cutting service, and others shifting some flights to Cleveland Hopkins Airport to fill the void left when United Airlines closed its hub.  In the third part in our series, Grounded, WKSU's Kabir Bhatia takes a look at how Akron-Canton actually has plans to expand and thrive over the next 20 years.

With a recent poll showing Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton trailing Donald Trump in Ohio by four points, Ohio’s top elected Democrat is defending Clinton when it comes to trade.

The Akron branch of the Ohio Student Association says it will not protest during the University of Akron's commencement this weekend.

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