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Mitch Felan

Mitch Felan is a news intern for WKSU. He is a multimedia journalist with experience in print, television, radio and visual journalism. Felan is a junior at Kent State University, working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Multimedia Journalism. During the school year, Felan works for Kent State Student Media in TV2, The Kent Stater, and KentWired. He will be serving as the Digital Director for Kent State University's Student Media Newsroom in the Fall.  

A tent at a homeless encampment in Columbus.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

The ACLU of Ohio is calling on Wooster to reject an ordinance that could punish the city’s homeless population.

The ACLU of Ohio is calling on Wooster to reject an ordinance that could punish the city’s homeless population.

The proposal calls for an initial fine of $150 if a homeless person refuses available shelter. Repeat offenses would mean higher fines and jail time.

In a letter to the city, the ACLU said the proposed ordinance is unconstitutional and would not be effective.

When Kalin Bennett was young, medical experts told his family he might never walk or speak because of autism. During his senior year of high school, he was ranked as the No. 16 basketball prospect in Arkansas.

Bennett will bring his talents on the court to Kent State as the NCAA’s first autistic basketball player to sign at the Division 1 level.

After a number of delays, small amounts of medical marijuana are expected to be available in Ohio before the end of the year.

The goal of the state’s medical marijuana program was to start selling in September, but the state missed that deadline due to lawsuits and construction problems.

Tony Dejak / Associated Press

Democrats scored one historic victory on Election Day: Their candidate for the Ohio Supreme Court became the first African American woman to win election as a justice.

Democrats scored one historic victory on election day. Their candidate for state Supreme Court became the first African American woman to win election as a justice.

Melody Stewart from Cleveland defeated incumbent Mary DeGenaro from the Youngstown area, who was appointed to the position earlier this year.

Stewart, who has served as a judge on the Eighth District Court of Appeals, knew it would be an uphill battle.

Mitch Felan / WKSU

Betty Sutton, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, made a stop at Kent State University Wednesday to talk about health care, women’s rights and student debt.

Summit County is considering an emergency preparation fund to deal with potential problems from the Nexus gas pipeline.

County Executive Ilene Shapiro and two county council members introduced legislation to create the fund, which would draw from the pipeline’s property taxes. The money will be used to plan and train for possible pipeline emergencies like explosions or leaks.

The Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor made a stop at Kent State University Wednesday to talk about healthcare, women’s rights and student debt.

Betty Sutton, who graduated from the university, held a meet and greet for students and community members. Sutton said her campaign will stand up for students when it comes to dealing with the growing problem of student debt.

Goodyear is celebrating its history in basketball with unique artwork at Quicken Loans Arena.

The company unveiled two life-sized statues made from more than 200 rubber tires.

One statue depicts a Cleveland Cavalier, while the other is a player for the Goodyear Wingfoots, a team that played in the National Basketball League.

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

Nationally, this year may be shaping up to be a watershed moment for women running for elected office. The Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University reported 234 women won House nominations in primaries around the country this year, up from 167 women two years ago.

But how does Ohio measure up?

Nationally, this year may be shaping up to be a watershed moment for women running for elected office. The Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University reported 234 women won House nominations in primaries around the country this year, up from 167 women two years ago. But how does Ohio measure up?

Ohio’s Green Party candidate for governor Constance Gadell-Newton discussed her campaign Monday at The Cleveland City Club.

When asked about immigration, Newton said she wants Ohio to be a sanctuary state.

Two non-profits are getting a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to complete Akron’s first shared kitchen and food incubator.

The Well Community Development Corporation and Asian Services in Action (ASIA) received $250,000.

It will provide a full kitchen for local small businesses, food trucks and caterers.

Michael Byun is the CEO for ASIA.

With about a month remaining before this year's election, talks of "blue waves" have been circulating national political coverage. Here in Ohio, most of the focus has been on the race for governor between Democrat Rich Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine. But many other state races will determine the makeup of the Ohio House and Senate, which is heavily Republican right now.


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