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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.

Stark State College has found a site for its new Akron campus, and officials are already planning which programs will be offered there.

Kent State University’s trustees have extended President Beverly Warren’s contract through 2020.

The Board of Trustees voted unanimously on the contract extension at Wednesday's meeting, saying they want to continue the work Warren has done since taking the helm in 2014.  Her goal is to increase enrollment by about 2,000 students by the year 2021.  She also wants to increase research by adding tenure track faculty, from 61 percent of the staff to 70.

The Cleveland D.J. credited with popularizing the term “rock and roll” in the 1950s has been honored with a permanent memorial at Lakeview Cemetery. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on the memorial for the man credited both as a musical and civil rights pioneer.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is looking for more than 1,100 volunteers to comprehensively catalog the plants and animals in the park.

Long-time Whole Foods shoppers will see a different store than they're used to coming to Akron.  The new "365 by Whole Foods" location is slated to open in 2017.  It's a smaller, lower-cost version of the full-size stores.

The Akron store is on the site where the West Point Market once stood.  Grocery industry analyst David Livingston says Whole Foods typically does not compete on price, but on service.

The Stark, Portage and Summit County transit agencies are holding public meetings on plans to coordinate service across county lines.  The latest was today in Canton.

  One of the farms that supplied live tiger mascots for Massillon High School has been raided by authorities.

Stump Hill Farm in Perry Township had been trying to gain Zoological Association of America certification.

Cuyahoga County officials have filed charges against 11 members of a street gang whose members range from 15- to 17-years-old.

The members of the gang -- known as OTZ or Only The Zone -- face 151 counts including kidnapping, robbery and grand theft auto. The alleged crimes occured between last December and March of this year, and the prosecutors’ office says the list of charges will probably grow as the investigation continues. The crimes reportedly occurred in Cleveland as well as its suburbs.

The recent earthquake in Japan is having an effect on auto production worldwide, including GM’s plant in Lordstown.

The Lordstown plant just received a $50 million makeover to start production of the third-generation Chevy Cruze. Now, GM is suspending production for at least two weeks due to a disruption in the parts supply chain.

Ohio’s plan to close its prison farms could have an impact on the state’s food banks.

City leaders in Akron say the Rubber Bowl, unused since 2008, should be razed. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports on why the 76-year-old arena may soon meet the wrecking ball.

Ohio is about to experience the once-every-17-year emergence of Brood V cicadas, which provide a rare treat for dogs and cats. But the crunchy creatures are not always a guilt-free snack.

Billions of the buzzing bugs will emerge from the soil in the coming weeks for their short mating season. During that time, pets will have a good time eating the arthropods, which are not toxic and don’t bite.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio says it’s planning to sue the City of Akron over its panhandling law.

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling on the U.S. Department of Education for more oversight of for-profit colleges.

Brown wants the department to investigate Cincinnati-based Antonelli College, which lost its accreditation from the Ohio Board of Nursing just before this year’s class was expected to graduate. That means Antonelli’s nursing students can’t take board certification tests.

State lawmakers are including money in Ohio’s proposed capital budget to help Stark State College set-up an Akron campus.

The budget would include $6.5 million for the new campus, and Stark State spokeswoman Marisa Rohn says about a quarter of the school’s students are from Summit County. She also says that the school is still in the exploratory phase of finding a space in Akron.