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Phillip Grant

Phillip was born in Cleveland but raised in Kent. He is an undergraduate student at Kent State majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications and will be graduating in Spring 2020. Currently, he is an intern at WKSU working to enhance and diversify his journalistic skills. Phillip plans on using both TV and radio platforms to not only analyze and discuss sports but also help bring people from all walks of life together to bridge the gap between sports and society. 

Akron drivers will be able to travel the two-way traffic pattern on West Exchange Street starting on Monday.

The 11-million-dollar project took about three years to complete. Akron interim city engineer Mark Moore says that the new two-way traffic pattern will save a lot of time for drivers.   

“They’ll be able to get onto Exchange (Street), travel eastbound. Whether it’s from the 59 ramps. Or, one of the other side streets that come in. But, they’ll be able to move from those areas and directly go eastbound.”

The Canton City Council has approved a new gunfire detection system that the police plan to deploy within the next couple of months. Wi-Fiber will replace ShotSpotter, which the city has been using for the past five years. Lieutenant Dennis Garren said that Wi-Fiber not only is more cost-effective but also has better features, such as mobility.

The Cleveland Browns are gearing up for the start of the preseason in one week.

WKSU’s Mark Arehart talks with sports commentator Terry Pluto about his first look at the team and its newly-minted head coach: Freddie Kitchens.

Everybody knows that on paper, the Browns are destined to be a great team; however, one thing still stands. How will first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens be able to manage all this talent and live up to these expectations?

Akron Children’s Hospital is one of the first in the area to provide alternative care for transgender and LGBTQ patients. The gender-affirming medicine center offers services specific to young people dealing with gender identity issues. The services include: pubertal suppression, gender-affirming hormones, mental health care coordination, preventive visits, education and supportive care for LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Medical director Dr. Crystal Cole said the center is a safe environment.  

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) at a rally for United Steelworkers union.
Sherrod Brown / Facebook

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure Wednesday to help stabilize multiemployer pensions, which would affect 60,000 Ohio workers. Now the bill is up for consideration in the Senate, where Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has been pushing for its passage.

In the state budget, legislators have agreed to a one year moratorium on state takeovers of failing school districts. That means districts like Dayton and Canton will not be put under the control of academic distress commissions. 

But, it’s not clear yet what that means for three school districts that have been under state control since 2015 when House Bill 70 was approved.

Signs hang from windows at the UAW Local 1112 union hall, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Lordstown, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

Former factory employees in Lordstown are hopeful as national contract negotiations get underway between General Motors and the United Auto Workers union.

Senator Sherrod Brown  will visit the U.S.-Mexico Border in El Paso, Texas this Sunday. Brown and other senators have called for an investigation into contractors who are running immigrant detention centers. Brown said they are being paid as much $750 per child, per day, and the conditions are inhumane.

“We want to investigate because we wonder why they are getting paid and why they are doing so little. And what their connection is and are they even qualified to do this,” Brown said.

The I-70/I-71 interchange will be getting a major redo in the coming years.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Ohio’s legislature has assembled a bipartisan working group to study how to improve the state's infrastructure.

For some Major League Baseball players making the All-Star Game roster is a regular affair.

But for others it’s one and done.

Sports commentator Terry Pluto talks about the fickle nature of making an All-Star team, and how some Indians players have been waiting years to step into the spotlight.

A popular historic train is coming back to the Cuyahoga Valley. For the sixth year in a row, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad will offer excursions on the Nickel Plate steam locomotive. CVSR vice president of development, Bobby Dinkins, said the 1940s-themed train fits with the mission of historic preservation.

After a fire destroyed a beloved Youngstown amusement park in 1984, a Canfield man collected pieces of Idora Park. Jim Amey and his wife Toni started sharing what they collected in 2013 through the Idora Park Experience. The museum opens Friday for its once-a-year, three-day run. Toni Amey said people can reconnect with their childhood memories.

Four Boys & Girls Clubs in Northeast Ohio joined in one of the largest mergers of its kind in the country. The new Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio will include Cleveland and Akron, as well as Lorain and Erie counties.

Ron Soeder, the interim president and CEO of the new organization, said it provides more resources to serve at-risk youth and creates more opportunities for community involvement.

The attorney who represented an Oberlin merchant in a successful lawsuit against Oberlin College expects the school to fight a $44 million dollar jury award. 

Lee Plakas sued the college on behalf of the Gibson family, which owns Gibson’s Bakery

Couples in the Akron-area can have a June wedding or vow renewal for free in a local park. Summit County Probate Court will be hosting a group outdoor wedding on June 28th at Goodyear Heights Metro Park. Summit County Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer will be overseeing the event called Promises in the Park.

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