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North Canton Water Main Break

A water main break is causing a road closure in North Canton. A portion of Glenwood Street SW is closed between Linwood Avenue SW and Lucille Avenue SW. City officials say they are working to repair a 12 inch water line break. The repair will be made at the intersection of Glenwood and Furbee Avenue SW. If you live in that area you'll still be able to get to your homes however; residents are reminded that water service to homes on Furbee, Glendale and in the 1100 block of Glenwood Street will be turned off starting at 3:30 this afternoon. Aultman North and North Canton Medical Clinic will close at 3:30, but Mercy State Care will be unaffected and will stay open. It's expected to take around four to six hours for crews to make repairs. 
 

Bill Burga Terrace Means More Jobs in Canton

Local jobs will be created through the 11.6 million dollar senior housing development coming to Canton. "You know you're getting high-quality work because the people are here in your community. And if you have a problem they're right here. They gotta look at you in the eye."Mayor William Healy adds that the this is overall a great move for the city. "It creates construction jobs and labor and workers. It creates some permanent full-time jobs to run the property. It creates housing for our seniors and of course it improves the quality of life in our city." Healy says the project will also include a team of city department heads. 15 percent of the funding will come from non-state agency funds.
 

Another Senior Housing Development for Canton

Workers will soon begin constructing a new 60 unit affordable senior housing development in Canton. "It's the aging of America I call it. Every 8 seconds somebody turns 65." Steve Protulis is the CEO of Elderly Housing Development & Operations, which is bringing the Bill Burga Terrace to the city. He says his developments across the country allow seniors to retire and live in dignity. He says less than 1% of the seniors in his developments go to a nursing home.  The development will be located on Market Avenue between 15th and 16th Street NW and will house seniors 55 years of age and older with incomes between 30 and 60 percent of the average median income. It's expected the project will be finished by the end of 2016. 
 

Sheriff Warns of Phone Scam

Scammers are at it once again.  Area residents have reported calls from people claiming to be with the Summit County Sheriff's Department in which they explain the victim owes fines stemming from traffic citations or for missing jury duty. Officials say the scammers ask the victims to pay the fine by purchasing a gift card or by meeting them in person to discuss the issues further. Inspector Bill Holland says this aspect has obviously caused officials to be on alert, because an in person meeting could lead to an assault or robbery. He says they are actively working to try and figure out where the calls are coming from. Anyone with information is asked to call the Summit County Sheriff's Department. 

WANTED: Woman to Replace Jackson on $20

A campaign is underway to kick Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replace him with a woman. The nonprofit group, Women on $20s,  has a list of possible candidates and is currently soliciting votes to narrow the field. The list includes early women's rights activists Susan B. Anthony — who made it onto a dollar coin briefly Alice Paul, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; civil rights icon Rosa Parks; anti-slavery activists Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman; three members of Congress, Patsy Mink, Shirley Chisholm, and Barbara Jordan; Frances Perkins, the first woman in the U.S. Cabinet; Red Cross founder Clara Barton; former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt; birth control activist Margaret Sanger, environmentalist Rachel Carson, and feminist Betty Friedan. The only woman on a currently circulating piece of U.S. currency is Sacagawea, on the dollar coin; the Mint lists two other coins depicting women: Helen Keller is on the reverse side of the 2003 Alabama quarter, and Susan B. Anthony was on the dollar coin until 1981.

SMART Act Proposed to Address Student Testing

With Ohio children in the midst of annual testing, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced new legislation to streamline and improve testing practices in our nation’s classrooms. Brown discussed efforts to improve reliability and effectiveness of mandatory tests. “More of our students’ time in school should be spent on learning, not on unnecessary testing,” Brown said. “While annual testing is critical in measuring student achievement, we should eliminate duplicative tests and realign focus to college- and career-ready standards. The SMART Act would accomplish these goals by giving states and school districts the tools they need to ensure tests are reliable and efficient – eliminating outdated and redundant tests while improving accountability and increasing instruction time.”Brown is a sponsor of the Support Making Assessments Reliable and Timely (SMART) Act, which would help states ensure statewide and local assessments are reliable and timely, while eliminating outdated or duplicative tests. The bill aims to improve mandatory state assessments and ensure they are efficiently and accurately measuring students’ progress and teacher effectiveness.

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear Ohio's same-sex marriage cases April 28

The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled an unusual 150-minute argument April 28 on whether Ohio and three other states violated the Constitution when they banned same-sex marriages. The court’s decision, which is expected toward the end of June, could finally end a controversy that has divided the nation for much of the past two decades. In 2013, the justices by a 5-4 vote struck down as unconstitutional a 1996 federal law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

Prisons want to release brain-dead inmates, those with severe dementia

Ohio prison officials want state lawmakers to tweak the law enabling judges to approve early release of severely incapacitated inmates, including two who are brain-dead and on life support. The state is paying $1 million a year for medical care for these inmates, many of whom don’t even know they are in prison, said Stuart Hudson, chief of medical services for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Ohio State to require proof of vaccinations for incoming students

Starting in August, incoming Ohio State University students won’t be allowed to schedule classes without evidence they’ve had shots to protect against a list of vaccine-preventable illnesses. The new vaccine requirement comes almost a year after a mumps outbreak on and around campus sickened almost 500 people. A subsequent measles outbreak north of central Ohio amplified discussions about boosting immunization rates throughout the state, including at universities and colleges. There are no statewide higher-education shot requirements in Ohio, but some states have put mandates in place.

Ohio State students - one Palestinian, one Jewish - work together to promote understanding

Matthew Frankel and Majd Zuhour first encountered one another as she demonstrated on the Ohio State University campus with other supporters of Palestinians in the Middle East. Frankel is Jewish. Zuhour is Palestinian. And while stereotypes would make them instant adversaries, Frankel had something else in mind. So he asked the group: “Does anyone just want talk about stuff, and not yell at each other?” Zuhour took him up on his invitation, and today the two OSU students call themselves friends. “We realized that, obviously, we disagree about a lot of things,” Frankel said. “But, if you set politics aside, personally we are compatible … and we did find a lot of things, within the conflict, that we do agree on.”

NATIONAL NEWS

Plane that skidded off LaGuardia runway did not touch water

NEW YORK (AP) — An official says a plane from Atlanta that skidded off a runway while landing in driving snow at LaGuardia Airport did not make contact with an icy bay but instead came to rest on an embankment next to the water.

Ringling Bros. Circus to give up elephant acts in 3 years

POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision.

Why is Ringling removing elephants from the circus?

POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced Thursday it will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018.

Jodi Arias won't be sentenced to death after jury deadlocks

PHOENIX (AP) — Convicted murderer Jodi Arias was spared the death penalty Thursday after jurors deadlocked on whether she should be executed or sent to prison for life for killing her lover in 2008.

Major survey shows most Americans support same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the late 1980s, support for gay marriage was essentially unheard of in America. Just a quarter century later, it's now favored by clear majority of Americans.

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