Tyler Thompson

Tyler Thompson is currently a senior at Kent State University, focusing on multimedia journalism. He works for Black Squirrel Radio as a writer, article coordinator, DJ and production director. A former graduate at the University of Akron, he has a degree in firefighter protection where he earned his state license and graduated the EMT-Basic program from Akron General Hospital.

A 600 mile long algae bloom on the Ohio River in 2015.
Jeff Reutter / Ohio Sea Grant via Flickr

A crowdsourcing effort is in the works to monitor toxic algae polluting Lake Erie.

A crowd sourcing effort is in the works to monitor toxic algae that is polluting Lake Erie.

University of Akron science professor Hunter King and his students are developing affordable, do-it-yourself measuring devices that the public will be able to build or buy.

King says they want to get materials in the hands of volunteer groups and schools to measure local water sources.

After five seasons and playing just 11 games, the Josh Gordon saga is over in Cleveland. The Browns have traded Gordon to the New England Patriots.  The team had been patient with Gordon, whose battle with addiction has kept him sidelined for the bulk of his career.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto explored why New England is taking a chance on the troubled athlete.

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Residents near downtown Akron will have a new place to shop for fresh foods.

The Countryside Conservancy says local farmers will sell their foods in a new public food market in Akron’s Northside District. It will be located in the former Northside Lofts parking garage.

Rachel Goforth with Countryside says local food and produce has not been readily available in the downtown area.

A statewide notice that says CBD oil is illegal to sell by non-sanctioned stores has local natural health shops pulling their CBD products off the shelves.

The notice, sent out by Ohio’s Board of Pharmacy, says CBD oil can be distributed legally by those under the state-sanctioned medical marijuana program. The program is expected to start by early 2019.

Local officials are hoping Congress will help provide funding to clean up algae bloom in Lake Erie.
Cleveland Water Alliance Director Bryan Stubbs testified before a committee Tuesday, asking for additional funding to resolve the issue of algal bloom. 
The rapid increase of harmful algal bloom is sweeping across the United States, including Ohio.
Stubbs and others told a U.S.

Summit County Children Services is looking to a levy renewal and increase in November to avoid budget cuts.

The levy calls for a 2.25-mill renewal along with a one mill increase. Children Services has been operating on a deficit for the past few years.

Director of Community Relation’s Ann Ream said there’s been a 36-percent increase in children custody since 2012, the last time the levy was renewed.

Cleveland Clinic doctors are treating brain cancer patients with a new device.

Brain catheters developed by the hospital and Parker Hannifin Corp. are designed to bypass the blood brain barrier and allow drugs to be directly administered to the tumor.  

The city of Akron is testing a new bike lane on Exchange Street to make traveling safer for bikers and pedestrians.  

The temporary bike lane is in front of the University of Akron’s residence halls on Exchange.

Darryl Kleinhenz, a planner with the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study, said the lane’s use will be monitored and then it will be decided if the land will become a permanent.

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is adding pieces of railway history to its collection.

The nonprofit is purchasing four railcars, including two dining railcars from the famous Amtrak California Zephyr line, which are complete with observation domes on top.

CEO Joe Mazur said the two cars will bring a new experience to the scenic tour through Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Akron Public Schools is saying farewell to a 30-year-old wooden Native American statue. Chief Rotaynah will be removed from its home near Judith A. Resnik Community Learning Center after sustaining damage from weather and pests.

The swimming portion of the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship in Cleveland is good to go for this weekend.

Heavy rainfall this week spiked bacteria levels in Lake Erie, causing Edgewater Park’s beach to close until Thursday.

A teacher in a classroom
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A new bill signed into law by Gov. John Kasich is changing the way teachers are evaluated in Ohio.

A new bill signed into law by Gov. John Kasich is changing the way teachers are evaluated in Ohio.

A union representing some teachers says The Public School Deregulation Act is a move in the right direction.

The Summit Food Coalition released its new food guide to increase access to locally grown food.

The Local Food Advocacy Day on Tuesday highlighted local farms, farmers markets and other local food sources.

Beth Knorr, director of the Summit Food Coalition, said the guide makes it easier to support these businesses.