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Author conversation: Rick Henry's new novel, "Letters (1855)"

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 22:00
A new novel by SUNY Potsdam English professor, Rick Henry, is set in central New York State in the mid-nineteenth century. The novel is written entirely in letters between James, a doctor, and his wife, Sadie.
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North Country at Work: big metal works in Champlain

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 22:00
The offices of Modern Mechanical Fab, a custom metal fabrication company, take up 20,000 square feet of an old factory in Champlain. The space is peppered by stainless steel structures in the process of being built, and the sound of welding and metal grinding is a constant. This is where John and Heather Trombly, their son Brandon, and four other employees work to make giant things out of metal; things like stainless steel platforms for milling grains, metal carts and tables for pharmaceutical companies, and industrial staircases. Their scale? Large.
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Cuomo wants life in prison for domestic mass shooters

North Country Public Radio - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 22:00
Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed legislation Thursday to impose a penalty of life in prison without parole for acts of domestic terrorism, including mass shootings.
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Trump dismisses recession fears: 'Our consumers are rich'

Channel 10 news - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 20:21

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump dismissed concerns of recession on Sunday and offered an optimistic outlook for the economy after last week's steep drop in the financial markets.

"I don't think we're having a recession," Trump told reporters as he returned to Washington from his New Jersey golf club. "We're doing tremendously well. Our consumers are rich. I gave a tremendous tax cut and they're loaded up with money."

A strong economy is key to Trump's re-election prospects. Consumer confidence has dropped 6.4% since July. The president has spent most of the week at his golf club in New Jersey with much of his tweeting focused on talking up the economy.

Aides sought to reinforce that message during a series of appearances on the Sunday talk shows.

Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, dismissed fears of a looming recessionand predicted the economy will perform well in the second half of 2019. He said that consumers are seeing higher wages and are able to spend and save more.

"We're doing pretty darn well in my judgment. Let's not be afraid of optimism," Kudlow said.

Kudlow acknowledged a slowing energy sector, but said low interest rates will help housing, construction and auto sales.

Kudlow also defended the president's use of tariffs on goods coming from China. Before he joined the administration, Kudlow was known for opposing tariffs and promoting free trade during his career as an economic analyst. Kudlow said Trump has taught him and others that the "China story has to be changed and reformed."

"We cannot let China pursue these unfair and unreciprocal trading practices," Kudlow said.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said the U.S. needed to work with allies to hold China accountable on trade. He said he fears Trump is driving the global economy into a recession.

"This current trade war that the president has entered our country into is not working," O'Rourke said. "It is hammering the hell out of farmers across this country."

Last month, the Federal Reserve reduced its benchmark rate — which affects many loans for households and businesses — by a quarter-point to a range of 2% to 2.25%. It's the first rate cut since December 2008 during the depths of the Great Recession. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell stressed that the Fed was worried about the consequences of Trump's trade war and sluggish economies overseas.

"Weak global growth and trade tensions are having an effect on the U.S. economy," he said.

Breaking with historical norms, Trump has been highly critical of Powell as he places blame for any economic weakness on the nation's central bank for raising interest rates too much over the past two years.

"I think I could be helped out by the Fed, but the Fed doesn't like helping me too much," Trump complained Sunday.

Peter Navarro, who advises Trump on trade policy, shared that sentiment.

"The Federal Reserve chairman should look in the mirror and say, 'I raised rates too far, too fast, and I cost this economy a full percentage point of growth,'" Navarro said.

Trump acknowledged at least a potential impact on consumers when he paused a planned 10 percent tariff hike for many items coming from China, such as cellphones, laptops, video game consoles, some toys, computer monitors, shoes and clothing.

"We're doing (it) just for Christmas season, just in case some of the tariffs could have an impact," the president told reporters in New Jersey.

Navarro would not go even that far, saying Sunday "there's no evidence whatsoever that Americans consumers are bearing any of this."

Kudlow was interviewed on NBC's "Meet the Press" and "Fox News Sunday." O'Rourke spoke on NBC, and Navarro appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" and CBS' "Face the Nation."

Trump's trade war with China has been a target of criticism by Democrats vying to challenge him in 2020.

"There is clearly no strategy for dealing with the trade war in a way that will actually lead to results for American farmers or American consumers," said Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, a Democratic presidential candidate. He said on CNN that it was "a fool's errand" to think tariff increases will compel China to change its economic approach.

Trump maintained that China's economy is struggling because of the tariffs and would like to make a trade deal with the U.S. He said he could make a "bad deal" and the stock markets would go up, "but it wouldn't be the right thing to do."

"I'm just not ready to make a deal yet," Trump said. "China would like to make a deal. I'm not ready."

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"Cops and Barbers" events provide haircuts, school supplies to Columbus youth

Channel 10 news - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 20:08

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A few years ago, a Columbus police officer sat down in a barber's chair. The man with the scissors was once a prison inmate.

They struck up a friendship, which led to an idea to help inner-city young people. An idea that’s taken off.

Pete Casuccio has a job title — police officer. So does Robert Cayson — barber.

Their friendship produced a couple more mentors and community leaders. They created an initiative called Cops and Barbers.

Last year — their first year — they served a couple dozen young men in inner-city Columbus.

With this effort Sunday and one coming Monday, they want to reach a thousand young people. A number they never thought they'd reach so quickly.

“No, not in a million years. I did not think it would be like this. This is a shock to me,” Cayson said. “All the activities and everything people donated and stuff like that, it's out of this world.”

Cops and Barbers gives young men fresh haircuts and backpacks full of school supplies.

High school student Emmanuel Jennings doesn't take his new look for granted, either.

“Last year, probably got my haircut twice and that was it,” he said.

Fourth-grader Cameron Parker also enjoyed the experience.

“It feels good,” he said.

Robert and Pete both got some help themselves.

AEP Ohio signed on as the premier sponsor of their events and the non-profit, Starfish Assignment, helps connect law enforcement to the communities they serve.

Other Cops and Barbers events are Monday. They're in South Linden and on the north side.

Boys get a fresh haircut and girls can create friendship bracelets with female officers — and all kids get new school backpacks.

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Man killed in crash on West Broad Street in Franklin Township

Channel 10 news - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 19:54

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A man is dead after a crash on West Broad Street in Franklin Township.

The crash happened just after 6:30 p.m. Sunday on West Broad Street just east of I-270 and west of Georgesville Road

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said 71-year-old Michael Stakely of Columbus was driving east on West Broad Street when he lost control, went off the left side of the road and hit a light pole.

The sheriff's office said he was ejected from the vehicle and taken to Doctor's Hospital where he died.

Investigators said there is no indication alcohol or drugs played a factor in the crash.

Stakely was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to the sheriff's office.

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"We're still going": Man, 89-year-old grandma share inspiration for national park journey

Channel 10 news - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 19:19

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An 89-year-old woman is on the journey of a lifetime — thanks to her grandson.

Joy Ryan is from Ohio and her grandson, Brad Ryan, is an Ohio State grad.

The pair is halfway through a road trip to visit every national park in the U.S.

This started after brad learned Grandma Joy, as she's called, was looking for some excitement.

“She said she really regretted not seeing more of the great outdoors in her life. She'd never seen the mountains, and for someone who spends all of his vacations in the mountains, I thought that was unnecessarily tragic and I could do something about that,” Brad told 10TV.

“We started out just to do the national parks. We decided to do as many as we could before I kick the bucket, and we're still going,” Joy said.

Brad and Joy have received messages from people all over the world inspired by their journey.

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Police on scene of SWAT situation in Delaware

Channel 10 news - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 17:59

DELAWARE, Ohio — Delaware police are on the scene of a SWAT situation Sunday.

A police dispatcher said the scene is on North Franklin Street between West Lincoln Avenue and West Fountain Avenue.

The dispatcher said there are no evacuations but people in the area should shelter-in-place.

Police were not able to release any other information.

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Woman killed in Fairfield County crash

Channel 10 news - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 15:48

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Ohio — A woman is dead and a man is injured after a crash on U.S. 22 in Hocking Township, just southwest of Lancaster, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

OSHP said a driver was traveling east on U.S. 22 at around 1:10 p.m. when he crashed on Sunday.

Investigators said the driver went off the right side of the road, hit an embankment and a utility pole, and then flipped.

The driver was ejected from the vehicle and was flown to Grant Medical Center with serious injuries, according to OSHP.

OSHP said a woman who was a passenger in the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

She was identified as 86-year-old Marion Wheeler of Lancaster.

OSHP said neither occupant of the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt.

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Ohio man arrested for threatening Jewish community center

Channel 10 news - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 14:58

NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — A man arrested in Ohio for threatening a Jewish community center on Instagram is an avowed white nationalist and had an arsenal of firearms and combat gear in his home when he was taken into custody, police said.

James Reardon Jr., 20, was arrested by New Middletown Police on Saturday and faces charges of menacing and harassing. He's being held on $250,000 bond in Mahoning County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Vincent D'Egidio, the police chief in New Middletown, told CBS affiliate WKBN-TV that officers on Friday got a tip about the video, which shows a man who appears to be Reardon firing a semi-automatic rifle.

The caption on the post reads, "Police identified the Youngstown Jewish Family Community shooter as local white nationalist Seamus O'Rearedon."

The user tagged the Youngstown center in the Instagram post, which was dated July 11. Police said the account was determined to belong to Reardon.

"That kicked off an intense investigation, a very rapidly evolving investigation because of the way the world is," D'Egidio said. He said his officers ramped up protection at the community center and the department contacted the FBI.

On Friday, the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force obtained a warrant and raided Reardon's home, WKBN reports. Officers seized several weapons, a gas mask, body armor and dozens of rounds of ammunition, as well as anti-Semitic and white nationalist propaganda.

It was not immediately clear whether the FBI and federal prosecutors would pursue additional charges against Reardon. A New Middletown officer said the bureau would be releasing a statement Sunday afternoon about the case. It was not immediately known whether Reardon had an attorney.

Reardon attended the violent white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 and appeared in a documentary in which he espoused white supremacist views, according to WKBN.

"This is a person that has declared himself as a white nationalist. With the hate crimes and everything else going on, we want to make sure we did our part to make sure this person was taken off the streets very quickly," D'Egidio said.

On Saturday, the Anti-Defamation League's Cleveland chapter thanked law enforcement for their work on the case.

"Grateful for the work of the FBI, local law enforcement and our community partners in the Youngstown Jewish community," the group said on Twitter. "We will continue to employ all our resources to stop the spread of white nationalism and violent extremism."

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Police investigating suspicious death after man found dead in North Linden home

Channel 10 news - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 14:36

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus police said they are investigating a suspicious death after a man was found dead in a North Linden home.

Officers responded to a house on Lenore Avenue around 10 a.m. Sunday after a neighbor asked for a well-being check.

Police said an 88-year-old man was found dead in the house.

Police have not released the identity of the man as next of kin notifications are made.

An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death.

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for parts of central Ohio until 10 p.m.

Channel 10 news - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 13:47

Doppler 10 Weather Resources: Interactive Radar | Live Radar | Weather Warnings | Updated Forecast

Sunday afternoon update: Patchy fog possible this morning with scattered storm activity in northern Ohio. A weak disturbance will bring a slight chance for an early storm or two tonight, with clearing overnight but staying mild and muggy. Strong winds are the main threat.

3:40 p.m. Update: Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Ashland, Ashtabula, Champaign, Clark, Crawford, Delaware, Hancock, Hardin, Knox, Logan, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Union and Wyandot County until 10 p.m.

SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY GUIDE

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WATCHES & WARNINGS

Watch A Watch indicates the possibility of severe weather in a relatively broad area. For instance, a tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes. Go about your normal routines, but watch for threatening weather.

Warning A Warning is issued when severe weather is actually occurring. For instance, a tornado warning means a tornado has actually been sighted or has been indicated by radar. The warning usually encompasses a relatively small geographic area. If a warning is issued for the area in which you live, take cover immediately!

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TORNADOES AREN'T THE ONLY REASON TO STAY ALERT

Strong Winds Strong winds of 55 mph or more can cause significant damage even though no tornado is present. "Downbursts" are columns of air that slam to the earth and spread high winds in many directions. Downbursts can be just as damaging as tornadoes; if such conditions are present, take the same precautions as you would for a tornado.

Lightning Lightning claims more lives every year than tornadoes. When lightning is a threat, stay indoors and don't use electrical appliances. If you're caught outside, keep a safe distance from tall objects, and try to stay lower than anything nearby. A safe distance from a tree is twice its height.

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TAKING COVER

Storms producing tornadoes in Ohio often approach from the southwest. They can travel at speeds up to 70 miles per hour and contain winds estimated at over 200 miles per hour. Sometimes an approaching tornado will sound like the roar of a train or airplane. If you see or hear a tornado, take cover immediately. Seek shelter inside, preferably below ground level. Do not waste time opening windows; tornado-force winds will "open" the windows well before the pressure difference can cause any structural damage. Above all, protect your head and lie flat.

At Home Get away from windows, doors and outside walls. Go to the basement. If you have no basement, go to a first floor bathroom, closet or room at the center of the house. If possible, get under heavy furniture and cover your head with blankets or pillows.

At School Go the lowest floor or basement. Go to small interior rooms or hallways. Stay away from windows and avoid auditoriums, gyms and other areas with wide, free-span roofs.

In Public Buildings Go immediately to the designated shelter area or to an interior hallway or small room on the lowest level. Stay away from windows. Do not use elevators. Do not go to your car.

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Former Bengals running back Cedric Benson killed in motorcycle crash

Channel 10 news - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 11:20

AUSTIN, Texas — Former NFL and Texas running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, has died in a motorcycle crash in Texas. He was 36.

Benson's attorney, Sam Bassett, says Austin law enforcement told him that Benson was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday night.

One of the top high school recruits in the country out of Midland, Texas, Benson was a key player in the Longhorns' resurgence under former coach Mack Brown. Benson played at Texas from 2001-2004. He won the Doak Walker award given to the nation's top running back in 2004.

Benson was drafted No. 4 overall by the Chicago Bears in 2005. He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers.

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Police: Gunfire in Cincinnati neighborhood hits, kills man riding bus

Channel 10 news - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 10:40

CINCINNATI — Police say a man riding a bus has been fatally shot after gunfire broke out in a Cincinnati neighborhood.

Cincinnati police say 21-year-old Neko Larkin was a passenger on a Metro bus around 9 p.m. Saturday when there was an exchange of gunfire outside the vehicle in North Avondale. Police say a bullet apparently came through the bus and struck Larkin.

Investigators say the bus driver immediately drove to a hospital to get help for the wounded man. Authorities say Larkin was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police say the preliminary investigation indicates that neither Larkin nor the bus appeared to have been intentionally targeted in the shooting.

No arrests have been reported.

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Man killed in single-vehicle crash in Mansfield

Channel 10 news - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 09:52

LEXINGTON, OHIO - The Mansfield Post with the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash in Troy Township.

It happened Saturday just before 3 p.m. on State Route 546 near mile post 8.

Ronald Broeske, 62 of Bellville, Ohio was driving northbound on SR-546 when he failed to negotiate a curve and slid off the left side of the road and struck an embankment which caused his vehicle to rollover multiple times.

Broeske was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle.

Broeske was pronounced dead on the scene by the Richland County Coroner.

Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Nancy Parker, New Orleans TV anchor known for hard news with heart, dies in plane crash

Channel 10 news - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 07:02

New Orleans, Louisiana - New Orleans TV anchor Nancy Parker died in a fatal plane crash along side pilot Franklin Augustus on Friday.

The award-winning anchor was working on a story about a pilot whose work included helping at-risk youth when the fatal crash occurred. Parker spent 25 years as a broadcast journalist at WVUE Fox 8 and earned a reputation as a journalist who covered hard news but with tremendous heart, according to WWL-TV.

Parker was also active in the community as a speaker and active supporter of dozens of non-profits as well as community groups.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell released a statement expressing admiration for Parker's work as a reporter. "She told it to us straight, but with a combination of professionalism, intelligence, warmth and grace we may never experience again. New Orleans did not just lose a five-time Emmy-winning journalist, or a familiar, comforting face on our TV screens. We lost a loving mother of three, a beautiful human being, and an invaluable member of our community," Cantrell said.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards called the fatal crash a "shocking loss" in a statement on Twitter. "Please join your prayers to mine and Donna's for Nancy's husband and three children as they come to terms with this shocking loss," Edwards wrote.

For more than 20 years, Nancy Parker delivered the news to viewers in Louisiana, most recently joining New Orleanians in their homes each evening as an anchor on @FOX8NOLA. #lagov #lalege https://t.co/Ay76Lc9hiI

— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) August 17, 2019

WWL-TV reports Parker and her husband, Glynn Boyd, met while covering a political race in Tuskegee, Alabama. Boyd, who now works as a public information officer, also spent many years as a TV reporter.

"I remember noticing her when I walked in," Boyd said about meeting Parker for the first time. "I noticed she was really aggressive and asking all of the smart questions."

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Police offering reward for information on credit card theft

Channel 10 news - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 06:49

Columbus, Ohio - Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly stole and used credit cards from an LA Fitness locker room in July.

Around 8:00 p.m. on July 30 an unidentified black man parked his vehicle outside the LA Fitness on Goodale Boulevard.

The suspect was in the gym's locker room for a few minutes before leaving in a gray or silver Chrysler 300. A patron of the gym returned to the locker room to find that his credit cards had been stolen.

The cards were immediately used at the Target store on Olentangy River Road and a Speedway on West 5th Avenue. The man seen entering the locker room has been seen on security footage at those two locations.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest or indictment of the person responsible for this crime. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrime.org and e-mail a tip. Tips can also be submitted through the free P3 Tips mobile app, which is available on the iOS and Android platforms. All tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

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Police: 1 person killed after being hit by vehicle in Columbus

Channel 10 news - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 21:48

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One person is dead after being hit by a vehicle Saturday night, according to Columbus police.

Police said the crash happened near West Mound Street and Mount Calvary Avenue around 10 p.m.

The person was taken to Grant Medical Center and was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later.

The intersection of West Mound Street and Mount Calvary Avenue is closed to traffic while police investigate.

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U.S. 23 southbound closed near Circleville due to crash

Channel 10 news - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 21:20

PICKAWAY COUNTY, Ohio - U.S. 23 southbound is closed near Circleville due to a crash, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A dispatcher with OSHP said the crash happened around 10:45 p.m. Saturday near North Court Street, which is just north of Circleville.

OSHP said there are multiple vehicles involved and the dispatcher said U.S. 23 is expected to be closed for hours near the scene.

The Pickaway County Sheriff's Office advises drivers to use State Route 104 as an alternate route.

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Police looking for man reported missing from Dublin

Channel 10 news - Sat, 08/17/2019 - 21:01

DUBLIN, Ohio - Police in Dublin are asking for the public's help to find a missing man.

Police said 33-year-old Andrew Marcou was last seen on West Bridge Street around 9 a.m. Saturday.

If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, they are asked to call the non-emergency line for Dublin police at 614-889-1112.

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