This week: How University of Akron students are helping NASA to create a new helmet for astronauts, a huge mobile carrier merger, new tech to control diabetes, video game addiction, talking robots, and an app that can tell you just how high you really are.
This week, we're talking Russian cyberattacks, smart power grids, GPS security, a new class action lawsuit against Facebook, and a music app that can help you get more information and enjoyment from your car radio.
A $10 million dollar, low-interest loan the City of Akron made to the Akron Public Schools for their new school administration offices, is also going to help the city settle a long-owed debt to the schools.
Part of the loan will cover payments the city owed the schools, to make up for tax abatements for businesses that set up shop in town.
The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the state's death penalty sentencing law is constitutional, and has upheld the conviction of Maurice Mason, who raped and murdered a woman in Marion County back in 1993.
The high court ruled that the process Ohio juries go through when deciding whether or not the death penalty is appropriate, is substantially different from death penalty jury procedures in other states where the US Supreme Court found them unconstitutuional.
Akron police investigating a homicide that happened Tuesday night, in the 800 block of East Exchange Street.
The shooting victim has been identified as Akron resident, 46 year old Jason Lamont Bradford.
The Akron woman who died as the result of a fire on Crouse Avenue over the weekend, has been identified as 89 year old Gertrude Stoebermann.
But, the Summit County Medical Examiner's office says they are continuing their investigation into the cause and manner of her death.
The legal age to buy tobacco products in Akron is now 21.
City Council passed a resolution raising the age limit from 18 to 21 last night. The new law also applies to e-cigarettes, vaping oils, and smoking paraphernalia.
The goal of the new legislation is to discourage teen smoking, and to help reduce the city's high rate of infant mortality.