On Wednesday, the superintendent of Akron Public Schools addressed the state of the district over the last year and what is to come for the rest of 2017.

David James joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to recap what was brought up at Quaker Station. Among the topics were the health academy, the financial state of the district, and the update on the Kenmore-Garfield project.

A point of discussion was the research into students who may not necessarily be college material. James has been looking to help keep these students interested in the trades engaged and career oriented.

President Trump is actively filling out his cabinet, though he is encountering a few roadblocks from the political opposition.

Congressman Jim Renacci joined the Ray Horner Morning Show for his monthly visit, and he spoke about the “unique and different” cabinet the president is putting together. He wishes the Democrats could give the president a chance to succeed by getting the members on board as soon as possible, rather than delaying matters.

Rep. Renacci also touched on education, specifically about student loan debt and Betsy DeVos, the newly-confirmed Education Secretary. The Ohio congressman also spoke about the Congressional Review Act, which is an act that congressional leaders put forth to overturn certain bills pushed by an outgoing president at the end of his term.

Downtown Cuyahoga Falls is getting itself a facelift, and they are doing so rapidly.

Mayor Don Walters called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss the changes to the downtown, which are set to be completed sometime in 2018 and cost between $11-$13 million. The major project for Walters is increased retail development, since the previous model of foot traffic has not gone as planned.

According to the mayor, in order for the new retail to flourish, the section of Front Street must re-open. Walters stresses “visibility and accessibility” as far as retail development goes.

Speaking of retail, Walters believes a potential tweaking or closing of Chapel Hill Mall (which is in Akron city limits) would not affect the Howe Avenue corridor too much.

Friday, 03 February 2017 09:46

AUDIO: Rep. Tim Ryan on TPP, Trump

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Two weeks removed from President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and he has been as busy as any new president has ever been. He has had his supporters, but definitely seen a share of detractors.

Congressman Tim Ryan does not necessarily align politically with the new administration, but will admit if he agrees with a particular issue. One of those issues is withdrawing from TPP, and feeling a bilateral trade agreement is the preferred option.

However, Rep. Ryan feels President Trump has made Americans less stable in his two weeks in office. Ryan is against the refugee ban, and does not agree with irritation allies such as Mexico and Australia.

Thursday, 02 February 2017 09:12

AUDIO: Coach Sam Rutigliano To Appear In Akron

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Remember the glory days of the Cleveland Browns, when their late-game heroics would nearly give their fans heart palpitations, hence the nickname “The Kardiac Kids”? The brains behind those exciting teams called into the Ray Horner Morning Show on Thursday.

Coach Sam Rutigliano has maintained a residence in Northeast Ohio, more than thirty years after his dismissal from the Browns, but continues to care about this area. On Sunday before the ‘Big Game’, he will be appearing at the Branded Saloon in Akron at 6 PM to watch contest between the Patriots and Falcons. Proceeds from the auction will go to Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation.

The former Browns coach talked to Ray about growing up in Brooklyn, New York, moving on to Liberty University, and just how good of a quarterback Tom Brady is and where he ranks among the all-time greats.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:35

AUDIO: Ilene Shapiro On President’s Refugee EO

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In the last few days, a whirlwind of controversy has surrounded President Trump’s executive order to put a temporary blockade on refugees from entering the country. However, a number of American communities have pushed back, and a few of those are in the state of Ohio.

The greater Akron area happens to be one of those communities, and Summit County Executive Ilene Shaprio joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss it in detail. Shapiro is highly against this executive order, believing Summit County is a “welcoming community” and the people here and everywhere “should not live in fear.”

Shapiro urges the administration takes a hard look at the executive order, not just in the emotional sense, but as far as the economic impact. She says Summit County has embraced immigrants from all over, and that "broad statements” and rhetoric could and would have downstream effects both locally and nationally.

Friday, 27 January 2017 10:21

AUDIO: Rep. Renacci On Trump, TPP

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Week one of the Trump Administration is in the books, and his pen has used a lot of ink.

Congressman Jim Renacci was in attendance for the January 20th inauguration, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to recap the week that was. Renacci commented on Trump’s executive orders and bills being signed, saying it was “exciting” to see the new president accomplish this much this soon.

Rep. Renacci, also a businessman-turned-politician, touched on TPP, saying he has been frustrated with America’s tax codes and trade agreements over the years. He also talked about bipartisan leadership, the Alaskan pipeline, and the proposed wall on the Mexican border.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 10:14

AUDIO: Mayor Horrigan On City Budget, ACA

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A full year has gone by since Dan Horrigan took over as the mayor of Akron, and it is time to look at the budget into 2017.

Horrigan called into the Ray Horner Morning Show to touch on the two sections of the budget, and the subsequent cuts with it, totaling up to around $75 million over the last five years.

The mayor also discussed the Republicans’ repealing of the Affordable Care Act and the effect it can and will have locally. Other topics included the water and sewer supply and the future of Chapel Hill Mall.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 09:39

AUDIO: George Karl Reflects On Head Coaching Career

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His long NBA head coaching career began a few miles up the road in Richfield, Ohio. Now, he spent a few minutes speaking in his old stomping grounds.

George Karl, long-time head coach in the NBA, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss his new and controversial book, Furious George. Karl reflected on his coaching career, which included stops in Golden State, Seattle, Milwaukee, Denver, Sacramento, and of course Cleveland. He also talked about working his way up the coaching ranks, and touched on the Cavaliers’ championship run in 2016.

Karl is one of nine coaches who have won over 1,000 games in their coaching careers, finishing with 1,175. He wrapped up his career in 2016 with the Sacramento Kings.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 09:35

AUDIO: Kyle Kutuchief Talks Knight Cities Challenge

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On Tuesday, The Knight Foundation announced there will be 144 finalists in their third-annual Knights Cities Challenge. Of those 144 finalists, eight are located in Akron, out of 4,500 applicants.

Kyle Kutuchief, director from the Knight Foundation, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about the program in general and what all goes into the challenge. According to Kutuchief, the winners will be announced in April.

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