1. Wind turbines on Lake Erie are one step closer to reality now that the Ohio Power Sitting Board has formally accepted an application from the Lake Erie Wind Development Corporation. The Lake Erie wind farm is projected to cost $126 million, be located eight to ten miles offshore and be the first fresh water wind farm the world. Power would be transmitted through under the lake bed cables to the a Cleveland Public Power substation in the whale building off the Shoreway. Do you think the Lake Erie wind farm will one day be a reality? Can it withstand the high winds and ice on Lake Erie?
2. President Donald Trump is backing legislation to cut legal immigration by 50%. It would seek an immigration system based on merit and jobs skills instead of family connections. The White House believes the changes proposed by Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue would raise wages and create jobs. What do you think of the immigration legislation?
3. The Indians open up a four game series vs. the Yankees today and Mike Trivisonno will be broadcasting from Progressive Field today. Are the Yankees the most storied franchise in all of sports?
4. A new survey finds that 63% of all Americans believe all children should be required to be vaccinated against childhood diseases like measles, mumps and whooping cough. Also, 53% of people believe children who are not vaccinated should not be allowed in public schools. Should all kids be required to be vaccinated in order to attend a public school?
5. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational kicks off today on the south course of Firestone Country Club in Akron, it is a 7,400 yard par 70 course. This year’s field includes the #1 ranked player and Open champion Jordan Spieth, last year’s champion and #2 ranked player Dustin Johnson along with Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlory, Jason Day, and U.S. Open Champion Brooks Koepka. Have you ever been to Firestone Country Club? Is it the best course in Northeast Ohio?
6. A legendary college coach, Ara Parseghian, has passed at the age of 94. Paraseghian led the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame to two national championships during his 11 seasons in South Bend. The Akron, Ohio native also coached at Northwestern. What are your thoughts his career? Are you a fan of the The Fighting Irish?
7. NASA is hiring a Planetary Protection Officer as a part of the Outer Space Treaty. The person hired will be responsible with making sure humans don't contaminate planets and moons and also be in charge of preventing alien microbes from taking over earth. The salary ranges from $124,000 to $187,000. Do you know any qualified candidates? Would George Noory or Art Bell be candidates?
8. Judge Sam Benningfield in White County, Tennessee is offering inmates a deal to get out of jail 30 days early if they agree to get sterilized. So far, thirty-two women had a Nexplanon implant put in their arm which can prevent child birth for up to four years and thirty-eight men have signed up to get a vasectomy. What do you think of the judge’s sterilization offer to inmates?
9. Chief Executive Officers make 271 times more than an average worker in their company and their pay increases have grown more than company profits based on a study by the Economic Policy Institute. The highest paid executive in 2016 was Wal-Mart CEO Marc Lore who made $243.9 million. What do you think about the disparity?
10. A school district in Texas has instituted a new disciplinary method, paddling. The Three Rivers Independent School District in South Texas will allow for a campus behavior coordinator or principal to deliver the punishment pending parent approval. What do you think of their new policy? Do you think it will help unruly kids get in line?