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Imokhai Okolo (right) is a University of Akron law student and student director of the drivers license amnesty clinic.
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Ohio suspended the driver’s licenses of more than 1 million people, many of whom can’t afford to get those licenses back. But that doesn’t mean they’re not on the road. So until July 31, the state is offering a limited amnesty. 

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Over the last seven years, Ohio’s been slowly changing a set of laws that many believe keeps ex-offenders from getting jobs, paying child support and even volunteering in their community.

Akron company Hedgemon was inspired by a hedgehog's quills to design a new football helmet.
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Among the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent to try to solve the crisis of concussions in football, one effort is inspired by a hand-sized ball of quills: the hedgehog.

Gov. Mike DeWine was in Akron Wednesday, telling business leaders that his proposed increase in the state gas tax is crucial for Ohio’s economy.

Engineering students at the University of Akron spent the weekend making a canoe – out of concrete.

Two-dozen civil engineering majors got up early Saturday morning to pack specially formulated concrete into a 19-foot mold for the canoe, which took 2,000 hours to create.  It’s part of the school’s decades-long participation in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Concrete Canoe competition.

A new study shows that the drilling boom in south east Ohio is not contributing as much as it could to the local economy.

One of the authors, Amanda Weinstein of the University of Akron, says part of this loss is because many of the workers in those drilling areas are spending their earnings elsewhere.

The University of Akron has been touting its new football coach as someone who can turn the program around. But, the firing of former coach Terry Bowden and the hiring of Tom Arth is costing the university more than $1 million before Arth even starts the job.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says he asked interim university president John Green and athletic director Larry Williams how they plan to pay the bills amid an ongoing university budget deficit.  

University of Akron and city officials have laid out plans to make Exchange Street safer after several incidents along the corridor this semester.

Some of the improvements proposed are increased street lights in the area and better communication between the city and landlords about property maintenance.

University of Akron officials believe they’ve found their coaching star in Tom Arth. Arth has been hired as the new football coach after the team fired Terry Bowden at the end of the season. Arth, 37, is a Westlake native who has deep roots in Northeast Ohio as a player and coach. 

The University of Akron football team is regrouping after another disappointing season. But the men’s soccer team has its eye on a championship this weekend. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says it’s a contrast that paints a picture of how college sports work.      

Screenshot of Untested app by Mike DeWine
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With two weeks remaining until Election Day, the fight to win your vote is intensifying. Candidates are working hard to garner support, and media plays a large role in how they do that.

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A new poll by the University of Akron finds that Ohio voters are almost evenly split between Republicans and Democrats heading into this fall’s election.

The University of Akron football team won its biggest game in more than a century over the weekend. The Zips stunned Northwestern, 39-34. Akron hadn't beaten a Big Ten team since 1894, when it beat Ohio State, 12-6.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto said it was a remarkable come-from-behind win. 

"They were down 21-3 at the half," Pluto said. "So, Northwestern probably thought it was over." Then, the Zips scored 36 second half points, 21 of them defensive. 

The University of Akron’s decision to cut 80 degree programs is being met with disappointment from faculty – not just because of which programs will be terminated, but also due to new investments into a program for online gamers.

University of Akron student union
University of Akron

The University of Akron is eliminating about one fifth of its academic degrees. The move is part of an Academic Program Review presented to the Board of Trustees on Wednesday.

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