Akron mayor Dan Horrigan joins the Ray Horner Morning Show each Thursday at 7:10 to discuss the most pressing issues around the city. And while many conversations dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, the mayor looked and the present and future development of Akron.

First, Horrigan looked at the towpath development and the use of Lock 3 Park outside the summer months. He also touched on the Ambassador Program inside the neighborhoods, the medical corridor, and what downtown Akron may look like as the years and even decades pass by.

Akron police have arrested one suspect in connection with a shooting on Bernice Avenue yesterday, which left a 19 year old man dead inside his car.
18 year old Christopher Blue is charged with felonious assault, after surrendering to authorities following a SWAT standoff at a home in the 700 block of Russell Avenue, last night.
Now, police say they are trying to determine whether anyone else was involved, and that additional charges are likely. 
Wednesday, 13 October 2021 07:47

Bullying Prevention Inside Akron Public Schools

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Bullying has been an issue in schools since in-person learning began, but due to social media, it has been exacerbated.

Dan Rambler is with Akron Public Schools, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about how proactive APS is in trying to head off instances of bullying. Due to social media, bullying is not just a kid getting picked on physically anymore at recess or after school, and Rambler talked about how to offset these instances, especially since much of it is being done away from the classroom.

During the game against the Houston Texans, quarterback Baker Mayfield suffered a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. How bad is this injury? Does Mayfield need surgery? Can he still play with this?

Dr. Aaron Lear is a family medicine doctor at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to educate the listeners on what a labrum is and how it can tear. Dr. Lear talked about how fixing a torn labrum is not to the level of reconstructive shoulder surgery, and how athletes can continue to perform with this affliction.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 04:16

Suspect Identified in Green Homicide

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The Summit County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help finding a Navarre man wanted for murder.

According to the Sheriff's Office report, back on October 10th, the deputies and the Green Fire Department responded to Raber Road in Green on a report of an unresponsive man with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene. He has only been identified as a 45-year-old male, at this point. 

Meanwhile, detectives identified Jeffrey J. Peasley of Navarre as the suspect and are now looking for him.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Summit County Sheriff's Office immediately. 

Friday, 08 October 2021 08:29

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro-10-8-21: Green Jobs Featured

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Ohio workers stand to win big when thousands of new green energy jobs are created through the proposed federal infrastructure bill-if and when it gets passed by Congress.

But how good will those jobs be?

US Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH -13) joined with labor leaders from the United Steelworkers (USW), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and the BlueGreen Alliance this week, to talk about how and why those new "green" jobs, should go to well-trained, and well paid Union workers.

They were responding to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council, which is calling for immediate action on climate change, but with "robust labor standards".

Listen now, to find out why.

Sherrod Brown

US Senator, Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

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US Representative, Tim Ryan (D-OH-13)

For our Student Athlete of the Week program, we jump across the border into Medina County and meet two Wadsworth Grizzlies.

Arianna Kaser finished the year with an average of 41 in 9-hole matches and broke 80 in two 18-hole tournaments. She will earn her 4th Varsity letter winner this fall, as well as earning medalist honors in 8 of 11 matches this season. Arianna was 2nd-Team All-League as a junior season and 1st-Team this year. Her leadership as team captain was key to her team shaving 53 strokes off of their 18-hole total from the beginning of the season to the end. Arianna currently carries an overall GPA of 4.333, and is entertaining many opportunities to play golf in college.

Brian Myers led his team to an undefeated regular season with a dual match record of (14-0). He had a 40.5 scoring average for 9-hole matches and will earn his 2nd Varsity letter this fall. Brian had a 79.5 scoring average in 18-hole Suburban League tournaments, which earned him 2nd-Team All-League honors this fall after being an Honorable Mention selection last year. Brian currently has an overall GPA of 4.144, and is interested in pursuing opportunities to play golf in college after high school.

The Student Athlete of the Week segment is powered by NECA-IBEW and Akron Children’s Hospital.

Akron Public Schools has been in session for a month and a half, and they continue to manage during the pandemic.

Mark Williamson is the director of marketing and communications with APS, and he joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to give an inside look into the district, from the continued masking of students and faculty, the stress the teachers have been under, and how their ESSER funds are being used.

Thursday, 07 October 2021 08:15

Hey Bobby! - 10/6/2021

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Time now for Hey Bobby!, a weekly Cleveland Indians (now Guardians) segment with VP Bob DiBiasio and WAKR's Ray Horner.

For the final installment of this segment in 2021, Bobby and Ray looked back at the team throughout the season, the strength of the American League, and a new film about the life and tragic death of Ray Chapman.

Hey Bobby! is powered by NECA-IBEW.

Nearly two weeks ago, Pfizer announced their rollout for their booster shots, and it is looking like Moderna and Johnson & Johnson will have their full approval and guidance for theirs by the end of the month, as well.

Donna Skoda is the commissioner of the Summit County Health Department, and she answered many questions revolving around these vaccines, from the boosters to the approval for children under 12. Skoda also looked at long-hauler symptoms in semi-recovered COVID-19 patients and how their goal is to prevent the spread, the question of natural immunity, and the hesitancy parents have about getting their kids vaccinated.

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