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A new Akron startup wants to create a community of people interested in learning about crypto-currency.

Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg (left) picked up an endorsement on Wednesday night from Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, during a speech at Bounce Innovation Hub.
Kabir Bhatia / WKSU

Billionaire and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg visited Ohio for the second time in a month on Wednesday night, picking up an endorsement from Akron's mayor.

The abrupt closure of an Akron trucking company last month came at the end of a difficult year for the industry.

GDS Express shut down, putting 75 drivers out of work right before Christmas. Last Spring, Falcon Transport in Youngstown closed suddenly.

Akron’s Chapel Hill Mall came perilously close to closing its doors Friday over a delinquent water and sewer bill. 

The city says its Office of Integrated Development gave the mall’s owner, New York-based Kohan Retail Investment Group, until 9:30 Friday morning to make a payment or face closure.

Northeast Ohio communities hope no one goes uncounted in the 2020 Census.

Complete count committees, local groups made up of area government and community leaders, will spend the next few months promoting the decennial count.

A report from the Eviction Lab at Princeton University says Akron has the highest eviction rate in the state and the 24th highest nationally, with nearly seven renters evicted every day.

It's not news to the Fair Housing Contact Service, a nonprofit housing support group in Akron. Lauren Green-Hull, the group's associate director, said they've been aware of that data for years, and they've organized a task force to combat the problem.

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Forty-five cadets have begun intensive training in the first Akron Police Academy since the city ended its training program in 2008 due to budget cuts.

The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority says more than 20,000 families are waiting for housing assistance. A federal grant will allow it to help some of those most in need.

The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) is calling the project the Mainstream Voucher Program.

AMHA has about 4,000 families with disabilities who could benefit from the program. But the half million dollar grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development will only fund help for 80 families.

The Akron Public School district is making history this year: it’s transforming the way students are educated.

Racing legend Mario Andretti was on hand as Bridgestone America offered a sneak peek Monday of its new race tire production facility in Akron.

John and Linda Beaty stand in their front yard.
M.L. Schultze / WKSU

You don’t need GPS to figure out which west Akron house belongs to John Beaty. “I’m a bumper sticker Christian,” he says. 

Sexual assault cases that have gone unsolved in Akron will receive more attention thanks to a nearly $2 million grant.

The funding supports the Akron Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, a collaborative effort meant to provide the resources and training needed to better handle assault cases.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh says the grant will allow her office to review cases and charge people more quickly.

Community pride got a boost along Kenmore Boulevard this week with the Akron business district’s placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tina Boyes, executive director of the Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance, says the designation is rejuvenating pride among residents.

Boyes says the organization has been working toward the designation since 2018.

Carmen Fultz, an employee of Buckeye Relief LLC, sorts the male and female marijuana plants inside a Veg Room, in Eastlake, Ohio.
David Dermer / Associated Press

Since Ohio passed its medical marijuana law in 2016, very few growing sites, processing facilities and dispensaries have actually been approved by the state. This delay is slowing down the expansion of the cannabis industry. 

A local organization is trying a new way to satisfy the community’s cravings for traditional Jewish food. Every other year, Temple Israel Sisterhood hosts the Art and Jewish Food Festival in Akron.

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