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Kevin Niedermier

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is encouraged that President Donald Trump is planning ways to bypass the World Trade Organization, which both believe is unfair to the U.S. They say the WTO almost always sides with other countries, especially China, in disputes involving dumping steel in the U.S.

Sections of Exchange and Cedar streets near Akron Children’s Hospital will be converted from one-way to two-way streets early next year.

The hospital convinced officials that the change will make it safer for ambulance traffic and easier for visitors to get to the hospital and to other destinations downtown.  Other Northeast Ohio cities are eliminating or considering doing away with one-way streets as well.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is suing the city of Cleveland in federal court over its panhandling ordinances. The group says the laws are unconstitutional because they single out one type of free speech, which is asking for money.

Hotels along the I-77 corridor between Akron and Canton have been feeling the downturn in the oil and gas industry. In the last few years, more than a dozen hotels opened in that area, mainly to serve that industry’s boom in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Now, there are too many rooms and not enough customers.

STR Global, a company that tracks the hotel industry, says between 2014 and last year, hotel occupancy in the Akron area dropped about 6 percent.  In Canton, the drop was about the same.

The city of Cleveland is being sued by a former Hopkins International Airport employee who federal officials believe was demoted for whistle-blowing.

Abdul-Malik Ali filed the suit earlier this week in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court calling for unspecified damages and his old job back as a field maintenance supervisor. The suit also names some current and former airport officials.

According to a new federal survey, a larger portion of Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school students attempt suicide than in many other major city school systems.  

With President Donald Trump preparing to unveil a revised travel ban on residents from seven mostly Muslim countries, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge visited a Cleveland mosque to voice her continued opposition.

The biomedical industry’s growth in Northeast Ohio continues to outpace other sectors in the region. 

The latest economic review by Team NEO shows bio-medical companies have grown by nearly 60 percent since 2000. The regional economic development organization’s Jacob Duritsky says total growth across all regional sectors during that period has only been about 10 percent.

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is hoping the  Federal Transit Administration will provide more time to find a solution to the Cleveland Public Square bus issue.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown wants an independent commission to review any Russian connections among President Donald Trump and his campaign and administration officials, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.  

Ohio's U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has introduced legislation to stop so-called “surprise billing.” That’s a health insurance company's practice of charging patients big out-of-pocket costs for unwittingly being treated by “out-of the-network” doctors, anesthesiologists or lab technicians.

These bills can amount to tens of thousands of dollars.

Cleveland police are still looking for the stolen car that contained personal information on 44 Greater Cleveland Food Bank clients. The car was stolen last month after a food bank worker had collected the written information on assistance applications.  

Over the last two decades, about 2 million people in the U.S. became addicted to opioids after being prescribed pain killers following an injury or illness. The National Institute on Drug Abuse and other studies say an increased emphasis on pain-management two decades ago contributed to an increased reliance on prescribing opioids.

Starting this week, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport will be the nation’s only mid-sized airport with the three biggest ultra-low cost carriers. Allegiant Air begins service Wednesday joining Spirit and Frontier.

Last year Cleveland almost didn’t have a gay pride celebration for the first time in more than a quarter century. This June it’s going to have two.

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