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Jan 18, 2017 2:44 PM

Flu now widespread across Ohio; 287 hospitalizations in one week

COLUMBUS – Influenza-like illness is now widespread throughout Ohio for the first time this flu season, and the number of associated hospitalizations are rising.

Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Children can celebrate Presidents' Day in Cuyahoga Valley

PENINSULA -- Discover the wintertime magic of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, just a 30-minute drive from Cleveland and Akron, at 1600 Mill Street West in Peninsula.

Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Up to 1 million Ohioans could lose coverage

COLUMBUS -- Between 900,000 and 1 million needy Ohioans could lose coverage if President Barack Obama's signature health care law is repealed outright, according to a report released Jan. 11 by a liberal think tank. Policy Matters Ohio also found that the state could lose some $3.

By Marc Kovac Dix Capital Bureau
Scenic railroad sets ridership record
Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Scenic railroad sets ridership record

PENINSULA -- The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad recorded the highest annual ridership in the history of the organization with 214,063 passengers in 2016. CVSR recorded the highest passenger counts for both its scenic excursions and special event trains in its 44-year history.

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Jan 17, 2017 1:31 PM

New laws in Ohio, Part 5

COLUMBUS -- Lawmakers moved legislation in recent weeks aimed at improving the health of Ohio's newborns and ensuring the property of law-abiding citizens isn't confiscated without cause. Here are 10 final law changes passed by the legislature during the lame duck session and signed by Gov.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 17, 2017 1:31 PM

New laws in Ohio, Part 4

COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich didn't sign everything lawmakers sent him following their lame duck session. He vetoed a bill that would have ceased requirements for utilities to meet renewable energy and efficiency benchmarks, turning those mandates into goals instead.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 17, 2017 1:13 PM

New laws in Ohio, Part 3

COLUMBUS -- Lawmakers moved dozens of bills during their end-of-year lame duck session in December. Some, like one focused on Ohio's concealed firearms laws, drew ample debate.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 17, 2017 1:13 PM

New laws in Ohio, Part 1

COLUMBUS -- Into every even-year holiday season, a few Christmas trees must fall, courtesy of state lawmakers scrambling to finish their work during their general assembly-ending lame duck session.

By Marc Kovac | Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 17, 2017 1:13 PM

New laws in Ohio, Part 2

COLUMBUS -- Disabled firefighters and parents of autistic children had something to cheer about following lawmakers whirlwind end-of-year lame duck session, with movement on a couple of long-sought law changes. Here are 10 more bills that were signed by Gov.

By Marc Kovac Capital Bureau Chief
Jan 11, 2017 12:00 AM

'Hidden in Plan Sight' display opens next week

Looks can be deceiving. That's the message behind a unique traveling exhibit created by the Bath and Copley Township Police Departments. The display is called "Hidden in Plain Sight." The departments constructed what appears to be at first glance the bedroom of the average teenager.

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Mole rats, walking batfish coming to Akron Zoo in Curious Creatures exhibit
Jan 10, 2017 3:07 PM

Mole rats, walking batfish coming to Akron Zoo in Curious Creatures exhibit

The year 2017 will be a bizarre year at the Akron Zoo.

Sears at Chapel Hill Mall slated to close in spring
Jan 10, 2017 11:18 AM

Sears at Chapel Hill Mall slated to close in spring

The Sears store at Chapel Hill Mall is slated to close at the end of March, according to a news release issued by Sears Holdings Jan. 4.

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Ilene Shapiro takes reins as first female Summit County Executive
Jan 9, 2017 3:59 PM

Ilene Shapiro takes reins as first female Summit County Executive

Akron— Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro was sworn in to office Jan. 5, becoming the first female executive in the county’s rich history.

By April Helms | Reporter
Jan 5, 2017 12:21 PM

Akron Zoo offers free admission on MLK Jr. Day

The Akron Zoo will be offering free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 16. The Akron Branch of the NAACP will be on-hand with an activities table, while supplies last. The event is free to all visitors and parking is $3.

Jan 4, 2017 2:25 PM

Martin Luther King Jr. Day hours in Summit Metro Parks

The visitors center at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (1828 Smith Rd., Akron) will welcome visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 16. The nature center at Liberty Park (9999 Liberty Rd., Twinsburg) will be closed.

Jan 3, 2017 1:31 PM

Cuyahoga Valley National Park seeking volunteer ambassadors

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is seeking park enthusiasts for a number of public education and interpretive positions for 2017-18. Park Ambassador volunteers have direct and regular interaction with park visitors through formal and informal presentations and interactions.

Dec 30, 2016 2:39 PM

Complaints against vailuation of real estate to be accepted by Summit County starting Jan. 1

Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scalise CPA, CFE reminds taxpayers that the Board of Revision will be accepting complaints against the valuation of their real estate beginning January 1, 2017.

CVNP to open new visitor center
Dec 30, 2016 1:54 PM

CVNP to open new visitor center

Peninsula Out-of-town visitors now make up about 20 percent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park users and more Northeast Ohioans are discovering the national park in their own backyard.

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Cleveland bishop retires; Toledo bishop to oversee his area
Dec 30, 2016 1:33 PM

Cleveland bishop retires; Toledo bishop to oversee his area

CLEVELAND — The leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland said Dec. 28 he is retiring because of health concerns. Bishop Richard Lennon said he asked to step down in a letter sent to Pope Francis about a month ago after being diagnosed with dementia.

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Dec 28, 2016 12:00 AM

'Recycle' Christmas trees to create mulch for Metro Parks

Since the early 1970s, tens of thousands of Christmas trees have been dropped off by local residents and chipped into mulch, used by crews to beautify Summit Metro Parks.