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Sarah Taylor

A Northeast Ohio native, Sarah Taylor graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she worked at her first NPR station, WMUB. She began her professional career at WCKY-AM in Cincinnati and spent two decades in television news, the bulk of them at WKBN in Youngstown (as Sarah Eisler). For the past three years, Sarah has taught a variety of courses in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State, where she is also pursuing a Master’s degree. Sarah and her husband Scott, have two children. They live in Tallmadge.

Summit county leaders have laid out a road map to try to ensure better care for people in nursing homes. County Council president Jeff Wilhite proposed creating the nursing homes and facilities task force after a Copley facility was flagged earlier this year by the federal government as one of the worst in the country. Fairlawn Rehab & Nursing Center on Ridgewood Rd. has since closed.

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The last seven Kmarts in Ohio are finally closing, which experts say should serve as a sign to other retailers about what they need to do to stay competitive.

Senator Sherrod Brown says veterans—and all consumers--deserve the same protections active duty military received under the Military Lending Act passed in 2006.

He’s introduced legislation to do that.

“There are lots of pay day lending companies that prey on our service men and women.”  

The Military Lending Act capped annual percentage rates on financial loans at 36%. Brown says when a person needs cash to fix a car or cover some other unexpected expense the costs add up, with interest rates regularly escalating to as high as 650%.

The electric truck maker that had expressed interest earlier this year in acquiring General Motors' unallocated auto assembly plant in Lordstown has announced that it has purchased the facility.

Election 2019 Results

Nov 5, 2019

Final numbers are in from Summit County. Democrats will retain control of the mayor's office and all of the seats on Akron City Council. Here are the numbers:

HORRIGAN  77%      SINES  23%

JEFF FUSCO, LINDA OMOBIEN, and GINGER BAYLOR captured the three at-large council seats. 

Ward 1   RICH SWIRSKY wins reelection unopposed.

Ward 2  PHIL LOMBARDO  77%      TODD KLEINTOP  23%

Ward 3  MARGO SOMMERVILLE  91%    MICHAEL DOWNEY  9%

Ward 4  RUSS NEAL 79%   DeANDRE FORNEY  21%

Ward 5  TARA MOSLEY-SAMPLES wins reelection unopposed.

This former Akron apartment building will be renovated by Graduate Hotels and will offer transitional housing to families of I Promise School students in need.
LeBron James Family Foundation

The LeBron James Family Foundation has partnered with a Chicago-based hotel company to address a pressing need for some of its students: housing.

New restrictions on library access to ebooks is threatening to create a new digital divide, according to the director of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.  

A Stark county community won a victory in the recent state budget, but it’s not clear how.  

Lawmakers inserted a provision that will allow the village of Hills and Dales to petition to move out of the Plain Local Schools and into the Jackson School district. It’s something some village residents have sought for more than a decade.

Canton Repository education reporter Kelli Weir has tried unsuccessfully to find out which lawmaker proposed the budget item.

Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan has decided to end his pursuit of the Democratic nomination for president. Ryan's decision is no real surprise. He failed to qualify for the debate held Oct. 15 at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. And his latest fundraising report indicated he had raised far less than the top candidates. He raised just over $425,000 between July and September, less than half what he had raised during the previous reporting period.  

Students would start school later under legislation being proposed by a state senator from Cleveland.

The measure, proposed by State Sen. Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland), follows California's passage earlier this month of similar legislation requiring schools to start later. Senator Sandra Williams' proposal would have all Ohio public schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

Summit County will receive 38% percent of the cash settlement pharmaceutical companies reached with Summit and Cuyahoga Counties. The percentage is based on population. The bulk of the money will come from a deal with AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson Corp. Generic drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical has agreed to pay $20 million and provide $25 million dollars worth of products to the two counties.  

County executive Ilene Shapiro is creating an advisory task force to determine how that money will be spent.

Judges in Akron want to clear up questions about how the judicial system works for people in the community.

Akron Municipal Court has launched a new program called Have Gavel, Will Travel, to connect judges with schools, churches, scout troops and other community organizations.

Road closures begin at 5:30 Friday evening in preparation for the 2019 Akron Marathon. The race begins at 7:30 Saturday morning from a new starting point, Stan Hywet in west Akron. 

In anticipation of the race, S. Main Street, between Exchange and Bowery in downtown Akron will be the first street shut down for the race. E. Buchtel between High and S. Main will close at 7 Friday night. 

Akron’s history as the rubber capital of the world has been celebrated in books and a documentary. Now the city has a plan to recognize the thousands of workers who made that happen.

It started with a suggestion from a man who worked at B.F. Goodrich in the late 1970s.

“There’s still a rubber pulse in Akron. It’s still beating," said Joel Neilsen of Broadview Heights. He first felt that pulse when he started his career as a 20-something tire development engineer. He recalls interacting with the workers.

The state of Ohio has released 2019 school district report cards, and Akron Public Schools Superintendent David James says the district is outpacing "most all other urban school systems."

Overall the district earned an achievement grade of D. 

But James points out, "Fifty-one percent of our 46 schools received report card grades of either A, B or C, and we continue to improve at a healthy rate."

Akron results include one A for Akron Early College High School. The rest of the school performances:

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