Thursday, 17 December 2015 15:49

Sommerville: Rolling Acres Revamp Should Bring Jobs

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Outgoing Akron city planning director Marco Sommerville isn't leaving City Hall next year.

He'll fill a new role as Deputy Mayor for Intergovermental Affairs, and serve as a senior advisor to new mayor Dan Horrigan. He says Horrigan "likes to listen more than he likes to talk".

One issue that'll be on the city's plate is the long-vacated Rolling Acres Mall, no matter if it's finally sold, or goes back to the city.

Whatever happens, Sommerville says the main priority for the former mall is to bring in new jobs.

"We in the city are landlocked as far as land, there's not a lot of land left in the city of Akron," Sommerville tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol. "And if we could have that land to develop it for jobs, that would be priority number one."

Sommerville says he'd like to see light industrial space or office space at the former mall site.

But he says the city will have to work with the owners of space once taken by the mall's former department stores. Those buildings won't be directly involved in any sale or sheriff's sale of the main part of mall itself.

Thursday, 17 December 2015 10:38

AUDIO: WAKR and Indians Celebrate a Renewed Contract

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Tom Hamilton of the Cleveland Indians joins Ray Horner to celebrate a renewed contract between the Indians and WAKR. Horner and Hamilton talk about baseball and additions to the team.

Thursday, 17 December 2015 10:30

AUDIO: Sherri Bevan Walsh on Take Me Home Program

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WAKR's Ray Horner talks to Summit County Prosecutor, Sherri Bevan Walsh, about her decision to run for re-election. Walsh also tells Ray about a program very close to her heart, Take Me Home.

Jason Segedy is getting ready to make the move from the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study (AMATS) to the cabinet of incoming Akron mayor Dan Horrigan.

Akron's new planning director has put forth a lot of ideas before being hired for Horrigan's cabinet.

Segedy says that those ideas helped him to get hired, but he's practical as well.

"They want someone in the cabinet that can kind of 'dream big', and I like to think that I'm a doer as well," Segedy tells WAKR's Jasen Sokol. "So, I try to do the pragmatic part of it too."

Segedy says he wants to bring people who come back to the area after leaving, back to Akron itself.

"We do get a lot of people who 'bounce back' to the area, that grow up here, move somewhere for a while and come back," Segedy says. "And I'd like to see the city do more to try to get them to maybe choose Akron over another community the region."

Segedy says he wants to help regrow Akron's shrinking population, and says he wants to end the "rust belt" population loss narrative.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 15:18

AUDIO: GOP Debate Recap

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In what was considered by many to be among the most substantive debates of the year, the nine highest polling Republican candidates for President squared off in Las Vegas with homeland security and the war on terror as the main focus. John Green from the Bliss Institute for Applied Politics at The University of Akron talks about his winners and losers and whether the race will change in the wake of the debate.

While all nine candidates got in their talking points on how to keep America safe, not all of them were true. Washington Post fact checker Michelle Lee ran down some of the most requested fact checks. 

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 10:04

AUDIO: APS's Ryan Pendleton Talks School Consolidation

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Treasurer of Akron Public Schools, Ryan Pendleton, joins Ray to talk about the plan to consolidate schools. Pendleton tells Ray about how much money the district will save and discusses other ways the district will benefit from the consolidation.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 18:27

AUDIO Mt. Union Ready For Stagg Bowl

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The Mt. Union Purple Raiders are heading back to Salem, VA in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl to take on St. John's (Minn) in the Division III national championship.

Coach Vince Kehres joined the Sam Bourquin Show says his team is focused and prepared for the task at hand.

"I think we've had a couple good days of preparation," coach Kehres said. "The game plan is set, the hay is in the barn, so the bulk of the work has been done."

Finals are this week as well, so the players are not only focusing on their opponent, but making sure their classwork is taken care of as well.

The Purple Raiders defeated Wisconsin-Whitewater 36-6 in the national semifinals down in Alliance last week.

 

 Coach says pretty much everyone is healthy heading into the title game, so they feel pretty good about where they're at as a team.

 

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 17:56

AUDIO: GOP Debate Preview

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The last Republican presidential debate of 2015 is tonight in Las Vegas with nine candidates set to be on the main stage for a debate that is expected to have a heavy focus on homeland security and fighting terrorism. Baldwin Wallace University political science professor Tom Sutton talks about what to expect from the candidates.

 

Ray Horner talks to outgoing councilman Mike Williams about the ending of his 28 year career. Williams tells Ray about the outstanding support he has recieved and how he has made it through 28 years as a councilman. 

 

WAKR's Ray Horner talks to the Superintendent of Akron Public Schools, David James. James explains what plans have been made for the district. He tells Ray what how the consolidation will help save money and help the district in the long run.

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