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Congressman Regula Is Remembered as a Proud Republican Yet Nonpartisan Public Servant

Ralph Regula -- a farmer, teacher, lawyer and one of Ohio’s longest-serving congressman – has died at age 92. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the man known for his geniality and constituent service. Regula’s trademark during his 36 years in Congress was helping his constituents navigate the federal bureaucracy. It’s something he remained proud of right through his retirement in 2008. “It gives me a lot of satisfaction to help someone with a problem. My home telephone’s in the book. I never...

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In her speech to the City Club in Cleveland today , Ohio GOP Chairman Jane Timken called Donald Trump a great president, quoted Richard Nixon, and named the entire slate of Republican statewide candidates in next year’s elections. But as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, the speech itself did not raise the name of Ohio’s Republican standard-bearer, Gov. John Kasich.

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One of the longest-serving Ohioans in Congress is being remembered as a proud Republican, yet nonpartisan public servant. Ralph Regula, who represented Northeast Ohio for 36 years, died Wednesday in his home. He was 92.

'A good man'
People remembering Ralph Regula quickly get to two points.

“He was an exceptional person;” and “he got things done.” 

Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman wants to change federal law to continue his fight against on Backpage.com. He says the online site has made $150 million from ads trafficking sex with women and children and has used the Communications Decency Act to escape responsibility.

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OHIO RIGHT TO LIFE

Candidates for political office in Ohio who want to be endorsed by the state’s largest organization opposing abortion will have to meet new criteria.

Candidates who oppose abortion but think it should be allowed in cases of rape or incest will no longer be eligible for Ohio Right to Life’s endorsement. This litmus test, according to the organization’s Katie Franklin, will streamline candidate’s positions with anti-abortion legislation being passed in Ohio.

Ralph Regula park
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Ralph Regula -- a farmer, teacher, lawyer and one of Ohio’s longest-serving congressman – has died at age 92. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the man known for his geniality and constituent service.

Regula’s trademark during his 36 years in Congress was helping his constituents navigate the federal bureaucracy. It’s something he remained proud of right through his retirement in 2008.

Ralph Regula
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

Ralph Regula, who represented Northeast Ohio for 36 years in Congress, has died at age 92.

The Republican represented a district that centered on his native Stark County. He and then Summit County Democratic Congressman John Seiberling were key in creation of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in the mid-70s and he spoke often of the value of bipartisan efforts.

He told the Akron Press Club in 2008 – as he prepared to retire -- that his primary concern always was Ohio’s better interests.

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Northeast Ohio’s music scene is likely to change dramatically with the arrival of AEG. The world’s second-largest concert promoter is taking over the storied Agora venue, in a building in Cleveland's midtown that began life over a century ago as an opera house.

For this week’s Shuffle, Cleveland Scene music writer Jeff Niesel explains why the takeover is good for Cleveland and music fans.

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A year ago, northeast Ohio’s Diebold took over Germany’s Wincor Nixdorf. It created the world’s second largest ATM/banking technologies maker.  The new company has lost money since then, including $30 million last quarter.

Diebold-Nixdorf CEO Andy Mattes say the merger process itself was a factor. Legal expenses, regulatory delays and reconciling operations cost more than expected.

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A new state study reports that Ohio college students are doing more to educate themselves in sexual violence prevention.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education used data from a series of questions about university responses and education about sexual misconduct. From 2016 to 2017, students receiving prevention training at public universities grew from 29 percent to 56 percent. The number of students getting that training at private colleges also nearly doubled.

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The Ohio Supreme Court today ruled in a Miranda rights case from Cleveland. The court says being questioned in the front seat of a police car is not the same as being interrogated while in custody.

In 2014, a Cleveland motorist nearly struck an Ohio State Highway Patrol car at night. The patrolman pulled him over, had him get in the front seat of the cruiser and asked how much alcohol he’d been drinking. The driver said he’d had four mixed drinks at a wedding.

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