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Northeast Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan says as of this morning, neither Democrats nor Republicans know which way the vote on the GOP health care bill will go. But he says if it passes, it will hurt Ohioans who depend on Obamacare for pre-natal and mental health services, and those caught up in the opioid epidemic.

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo wants the public to know the role it plays in worldwide animal conservation. So next month it will roll-out a new branding campaign.

The campaign includes a new logo and the catch phrase, “Securing a future for wildlife.”

Dr. Chris Kuhar is the zoo’s executive director. He says there is a lot for the public to know about the zoo’s world-wide conservation efforts.

Representatives from education, manufacturing and economic development in Summit County gathered in Akron yesterday to discuss efforts to better train workers to fill local jobs.  The “Align” conference was an opportunity for the approximately 50 groups to strengthen the links between themselves.

Ohio Sen.Sherrod Brown has rolled out an infrastructure rebuilding blueprint he and other senators call a guide for President Donald Trump.

On the bank of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Brown talked about the 10-year infrastructure plan which includes billions for roads, bridges, sewer and water systems and public housing and transportation.

Protestors staged an all-day demonstration outside the Cleveland office of Ohio Sen. Rob Portman yesterday.  They were calling on the Republican senator to oppose the congressional plan to replace Obamacare. 

A handful of protesters showed up late in the morning outside of Portman’s office. It was one of several nationwide at the Senate and House district offices of other senators and members of Congress. Protestor Fran Calafatis says Portman holds an important vote.

Akron and Summit County are getting funding to try a new way to reduce jail overcrowding.

The funding comes from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge. It helps local jurisdictions test innovative reforms to reduce over-incarceration.

The city of Akron will begin looking for data-driven solutions to youth violence. City officials are starting their first comprehensive study of the issues facing Akron’s young people. 

A native Clevelander who became one the world’s most renowned music producers has died.

Tommy LiPuma died yesterday in New York City at the age of 80. After leaving Cleveland in the early 1960s to work in the record industry, he was nominated for more than 30 Grammy Awards and won three. 

The University of Akron, Youngstown State and the University of Toledo all rate poorly in a national study of graduation rates for black students. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports the study was conducted by  The Education Trust, which works to eliminate achievement gaps.

Cleveland police will begin training this summer on new policies for handling calls with people suffering a mental health crisis. A federal judge has approved the reforms that are part of the city’s agreement with the Justice Department.

Congresswoman Kaptur looking for connections between President Trump and the Russians at last summer's RNC in Cleveland.
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If you were at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last summer, Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur wants to know if you witnessed any meetings between President Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian officials.

If you were at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last summer, Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur wants to know if you witnessed any meetings between President Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian officials.

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority buses started running through Public Square early this morning for the first time in nearly two years. Buses had been rerouted around the square while the downtown landmark was being renovated. After the work was completed last summer, Mayor Frank Jackson had banned buses from crossing through because of safety concerns. 

Ohio environmental advocates say Lake Erie would be hurt by  President Donald Trump’s proposed deep budget cuts to the U.S. EPA, and that damage would hurt the state’s economy.

Kent State University is hoping to make student dining a more efficient and uniform experience across all of its Northeast Ohio campuses. Today ,the university’s trustees approved hiring food contractor Aramark to replace the five different vendors now doing the job.

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