Here are some of today's top headlines from around the area, including a Cleveland sports fan creating a coloring book about disappointing sports moments, an increase in Ohio inmate education and an Ohio bill to extend the age of foster care.
FOSTER CARE: Democratic Akron Representative Zack Milkovich has proposed a bill that would extend the foster care age from 18 to 21 to help give the between 1,000 and 1,300 Ohio youths that leave foster care at 18 a better support system and chance of success, according to the Beacon Journal. The legislation will also give young adults who exit the foster care system the opportunity to re-enter. Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia have already extended or have pending measures to extend foster care programs. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.
AKRON GENERAL: Dr. Thomas Stover, President and Chief Executive of Akron General Health System, said Akron General is looking for a partners and will likely reach a deal within the next two months, according to the Beacon Journal. Akron General announced last month that it was not able to reach an agreement with Cleveland Clinic and national hospital chain Community Health Systems, with which it had been in talks to form a new joint venture. University Hospitals and Summa Health System are not on the list of potential partners. Akron General is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week. Click here to read more at Ohio.com.
INMATES: The Correctional Institution Inspection Committee reported this month that one in three Ohio inmates is in some type of class, either literacy, high school or GED, according to the Plain Dealer. The report says that 16,943 inmates were enrolled in classes in fiscal year 2013, a third of the 50,153 inmates. This is a 7 percent jump in enrollment from 2009, when 15,483 out of the state's 50,919 inmates were enrolled. An August report from the Rand Corp. said that inmates who enroll in a correctional education program had 43 percent lower odds of relapsing into crime than those who didn't and have a better chance of employment when they are released. Click here to read more at Cleveland.com.
EPA: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released an overview of The Hydraulic Fracturing Drinking Water Assessment Report, which is expected in to be completed in the spring of 2014, according to Ohio Gas & Oil. The objective of the assessment is to identify the potential effects of hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water sources. The assessors will use peer-reviewed literature, government reports and technical papers as well as results from EPA research and information submitted by outside sources. Click here to read more at OhioGO.com.
COLORING BOOK: Cleveland sports fan Scott O'Brien raised money through Kickstarter to publish a coloring book titled "Why is Daddy Sad on Sunday?" which depicts disappointing moments is Cleveland sports history, according to FOX 8. The book will be about 55 pages with 25 black and white illustrations for the children of Cleveland sports fans to color. The Kickstarter goal was to raise $2,000 and has raised more than $3,900, with 27 days left to fund. Click here to read more at FOX8.com.