The Wake Up: Cleveland mayor’s budget proposal receives praise, criticism

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The Wake Up

What you need to know Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017



Slight chance of showers in the morning, then sunshine, high 66. Mostly cloudy overnight, slight chance of showers, low 50. Read more.



Cleveland mayor’s budget proposal receives praise, criticism: City Council on Tuesday questioned Mayor Frank Jackson about his proposed budget, and most of the pointed questions came from Jackson’s most frequent critics. Councilmen Jeff Johnson, Zack Reed and Mike Polensek all called for more attention to problems and services in neighborhoods. Jackson offered assurances that his budget provides for more police officers, better housing inspections, more street repairs, the addition of a fire station and the restoration of some other services that were reduced in past years because of tight finances. Read more  

John Kasich, Donald Trump set to meet: Donald Trump is scheduled to meet Friday at the White House with Ohio Gov. John Kasich — but neither is admitting to seeking the other’s company. After CNN broke news of the unexpected visit Monday night, a source close to Kasich told that the Trump administration had summoned the governor. But White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Kasich “has reached out on multiple occasions to meet with the president." Read more  

Cleveland to ‘phase out,’ not close, eight schools: Eight of the 13 struggling schools the Cleveland school district targeted for extra turnaround help four years ago have failed to make significant gains and need more “intensive" work, the district has decided. All eight will have their academic programs redesigned and their principals and staff possibly replaced. Read more  

Proposed state budget could cost RTA $19 million per year:  The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority could lose $19 million each year starting in 2019 if Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal is approved. RTA CEO Joe Calabrese said that $19 million “is crucial to providing the level of service" RTA historically has provided and that riders “need and expect." RTA and other transit agencies and counties are calling for increased transit funding in the state’s final biennium budget. Read more  

Body pulled from Chippewa Lake Read more

1 person pulled from burning car, another dies in multi-vehicle crash in Akron Read more

Former Cleveland police officer involved in deadly car chase convicted in impaired driving crash Read more

Akron man arrested in connection to woman’s shooting death Read more

Rocky River woman sentenced for dealing club drugs Read more

Five shot, including four teens, in ambush outside Cleveland grocery store, police say Read more

Man shot in robbery attempt at Mayfield Heights Dairy Queen charged Read more

Four shot after fight breaks out at bar in Cleveland’s Kamm’s Corners neighborhood Read more

Investigators say Cleveland, University Heights bank robberies may be connected Read more

Akron man charged with murder in suspected domestic violence shooting Read more

Admitted Cleveland drug dealer argues at trial that fentanyl he sold didn’t cause user to die Read more

Off-duty Cleveland firefighter carjacked on city’s West Side Read more

Lorain police investigate complaint regarding suspicious male following student to school Read more

Medina man sentenced to 41 years to life for Elyria murder Read more

Two Cleveland firefighters injured battling house fire Read more

Cleveland mayoral candidate calls council president a ‘wingman’ for Frank Jackson Read more

Cuyahoga County Council begins deliberations on public money for Quicken Loans Arena renovations Read more

Gov. Kasich’s proposed changes to transit funding would cost RTA $19 million a year Read more

Puppies left in plastic boxes found roadside in Streetsboro Read more

10-year-old Concord Township girl takes part in Westminster Dog Show Read more

Court indefinitely suspends disgraced Strongsville attorney tied to Cuyahoga County corruption figure Read more

Lorain City Jail closes during weekend manpower shortage Read more

Three overdose deaths reported in county on Monday Read more

North Royalton tightens building maintenance law Read more

North Royalton, Broadview Heights, Strongsville would receive more state aid under new allocation proposal; Brecksville’s aid would decline Read more

Akron plans to make 4 downtown one-way roads two-way: See where and why Read more

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan hears immigration panel at International Institute of Akron Read more

Cuyahoga Falls hospital deploys germ-zapping robot as cure to hospital-acquired infections Read more

Ohio taxpayers spent $1.7 million on TV ads featuring Josh Mandel, Urban Meyer Read more

Cracking down on four-legged fliers: Government may restrict airborne emotional-support animals Read more

Unused congressional pork funneled to Ohio transportation projects Read more

FirstEnergy to seek ‘zero emission credits’ for its 2 Ohio nukes Read more

Shots fired during Ashland road rage incident Read more

Nine-year-old Marion boy passes away from flu Read more

Columbus considers ban on “conversion therapy" for LGBTQ kids Read more