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Bryan Williams resigns from state school board amid ethics concern

Posted on in Community, State of Education Ohio |
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State school board member Bryan Williams of Fairlawn resigned Monday, telling colleagues that recent media reports have made him aware that as a publicly elected official, he may have violated Ohio ethics law by lobbying the government for private interests.

Direction of Ohio education depends on politics of ruling party

Posted on in Community, State of Education Ohio |
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The Ohio State School Board is one of three hybrid boards in the nation. The board has 11 elected and eight appointed members. Prior to 1995, the 11-member board was entirely elected. Now, with more governor appointments, the board has lost its independent nature. The Beacon Journal in Akron and The News Outlet based at Youngstown State University explore the workings of the board that directs education in Ohio.

Cuts in care may be linked to cuts in Medicare, Medicaid reimbursements

Posted on in Community, Health |
Maryann Steerman holds up a note expressing her frustration at the news that Valley Renaissance Healthcare Center is discharging her and 13 others because the respiratory care unit is being closed, a move that is happening more often because of Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement cuts. (Doug Livingston/TheNewsOutlet.org)

Fourteen residents have been asked to find a new place to live by Nov. 16 because Valley Renaissance Center, a nursing facility on South Avenue in Boardman, is discontinuing its respiratory care program.

Boardman voter decided for Obama, again

Posted on in Profiles |

Though he’s fed up with the campaign, the barrage of political ads and leaked videos haven’t swayed Joe Sullivan. He reads the USAToday and the Youngstown Vindicator daily, but doesn’t invest much in the headlines and anti-climatic campaign rhetoric on the evening news.

Fracking industry to make political news

Posted on in Inside Shale, Politics, WYSU |

One issue that concerns all of us in Northeastern Ohio is fracking. Although it’s not on the ballot this fall, it is on the political agenda. Doug Livingston reports.

Undecideds look to Round 2 for answers

Posted on in Archives, News, Politics |
Joe Sullivan, 60, a Boardman resident, is an undecided voter after President Barack Obama’s lackluster performance in the first of three presidential debates. He says his presidential pick now hinges on the final two debates.(Doug Livingston/TheNewsOutlet.org)

Joe Sullivan of Boardman looks forward to the end of nearly two years of campaigning.

After President Barack Obama’s lackluster performance in the first of three presidential debates, he is once again an undecided voter.

Boardman resident still committed to Obama

Posted on in Politics, Profiles |
Joe Sullivan, also known as Jocko the Clown, twists balloons for children and jokingly says that all the clowns are in Washington D.C. 
(Photo by Doug Livingston/The News Outlet)

Joe Sullivan of Boardman has voted for both major political parties in the past, but his decision to vote for President Barack Obama in November strengthens each day.

(Photo by Doug Livingston/The News Outlet)

Previous beliefs confirm leanings for undecided voters

Posted on in Archives, Community, News, Politics |
Illustration by Richard Darbey/The News Outlet

Kate DeMay and Jodie Jacobson were undecided voters in early September.

Then they joined more than 3 million people who viewed a YouTube video of a secret tape of Republican candidate Mitt Romney talking at a fundraiser May 17 in Florida.

Little can be done to regulate gas and oil industry at local level, legislator says

Posted on in Audio, Community, Environment, Inside Shale, WYSU |
Richard Darbey/TheNewsOutlet.org

From Cincinnati to Mansfield to Niles and Weathersfield, Ohio’s cities and townships are clamping down on injection wells, essentially banning the saltwater disposal sites that accept wastewater from oilfield operations.

‘Jocko the Clown’ finds nothing funny in today’s politics

Posted on in Politics, Profiles |
Joe Sullivan, also known as Jocko the Clown, twists balloons for children and jokingly says that all the clowns are in Washington D.C. 
(Photo by Doug Livingston/The News Outlet)

Joe Sullivan expects the presidential candidates to largely ignore the issues that matter most to him.

Sullivan, 60, is an independent voter who leans to the left. He joined 62 percent of Mahoning County residents in voting for President Barack Obama in 2008.