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Ohio considers clamping down on fake firearms

There are two brands of handguns that look virtually identical side-by-side but there's a big difference: one fires bullets and the other fires BB's. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports — lawmakers say this can cause confusion and tragic results. WKSU's Andy Chow reports.

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University of Akron faculty taking 'no-confidence' vote in president

The University of Akron Faculty Senate is taking a vote of "no-confidence" today in President Scott Scarborough. The resolution cites declining enrollment and reduction of services since he took office in 2014. Scarborough has cited the need for the university to tackle a $60 million budget gap.The university held a press conference Wednesday, announcing the renaming of their Honors College for Dr. Gary Williams and his wife, Pamela, who have given about $10 million since 1969. Dr. Williams offered a brief statement on the issues between Scarborough and the faculty. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.

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The Port of Cleveland criticizes the U.S. Army Corps' Lake Erie plan

The Port of Cleveland is criticizing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for rejecting a plan that would ensure dredged sediment is not dumped into Lake Erie.The Corps says the most polluted sediment from dredging the Cuyahoga River will go on-shore for disposal, while the less hazardous material will go into the lake. Jade Davis, vice president of the Port of Cleveland, says keeping Lake Erie clean is critical. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.

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Ohio's Secretary of State promises action soon on plan to cap drug prices

Ohio's Secretary of State may soon have a decision on a proposal to cap the price the state pays for drugs it buys for Medicaid, prisons and other state-run programs. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports. WKSU's Karen Kasler reports.

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Ohio's Sen. Brown is sponsoring a bill requiring notice of lead problems

Ohio's senior senator plans to introduce a bill tomorrow to make major changes in what happens when officials detect elevated levels of lead in water supplies. WKSU's M.L. Schultze has more. WKSU's M.L. Schultze reports.

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Pluto: The Browns split from Manziel is long overdue

The Cleveland Browns are signaling they're moving on from troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel. In a statement Tuesday, the Browns said that Manziel's actions run counter to their expectations of players off the field and undermines the reputation of the organization. Manziel is under investigation for a possible assault involving his ex-girlfriend over the weekend in Texas. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says that after a tumultuous two seasons, it looks like the Browns are finally saying they've had enough of Manziel. WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz reports.

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Stover: Akron General would not have survived without the Cleveland Clinic merger

The leaders of the Cleveland Clinic and Akron General came together Tuesday to give a status report on the health of the now-combined systems. WKSU's Jeff St.Clair reports that both say last summer's takeover has benefitted both organizations. WKSU's Jeff St. Clair reports.

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Six Sebring residents are found with elevated lead levels

A sixth person has tested positive for elevated lead levels in Sebring. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Brian Bull reports. Brian Bull reports.

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Ohio lawmakers pushes for mandatory sentences for child abusers

A state lawmaker wants to give judges the ability to put child abusers behind bars for as long as five years. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports. WKSU's Andy Chow reports.

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Ohio lawmakers consider a bill to shift cosmetology requirements

A proposal that would change the courses cosmetology schools offer is making its way through the state Legislature. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles has this update. WKSU's Jo Ingles reports.

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