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The Cleveland Clinic is once again the top hospital in the country for cardiology and heart surgery . The U.S. News & World Report named the Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's five best hospitals and No. 1 in Ohio.
Akron General was ranked No. 7 in Ohio -- followed by Summa Akron City at No. 13.
Among other hospitals in the country, Akron General was listed in the top 50 for its specialty in gastroenterology and GI surgery. They also took the No. 31 spot for its speciality in pulmonology.
Akron Children's Hospital was also ranked in the top 50 hospitals nationally in seven pediatric specialities.
The University of Akron is planning to reverse its decision to add a $50 per credit hour fee on higher level courses.
President Scott Scarborough released a statement this morning announcing the change and plans to ask the Board of Trustees to remove the "upper-division program fee."
Scarborough plans to make the official recommendation at a special board meeting on July 27.
The Ohio Department of Higher Education was looking into the fee increase to determine if the fees were being used to get around Ohio's tuition freeze.
(UA President Scott Scarborough) "Following the passage of the state budget, The University of Akron has worked with the Chancellor's Office of the Ohio Department of Higher Education and with legislators to address how best our institution can achieve a sustainable financial position that protects academic quality and ensures the investments necessary to enable the University to fulfill its mission going forward.
"The University's Board of Trustees approved a FY2016 budget on June 10, prior to the adoption of the state budget. In addition to reducing expenditures significantly, the budget included several fee increases, including an upper-division program fee. The state budget adopted on June 30 contains an increase in the State Share of Instruction for higher education, with approximately $4 million in additional funding to UA. We are grateful to the legislature under the leadership of Senate President Keith Faber and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and to Governor John Kasich for the additional funding.
"We also appreciate the intention of Chancellor John Carey and State Representative Kirk Schuring to work with the state legislature to resolve a unique financial burden on UA resulting from its status as the only university participating in the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio (SERS). Due to SERS regulations, UA is forced to pay a 'surcharge' on its contribution to the system that artificially increases the university's payment by more than $1.2 million annually.
"I am asking our Board of Trustees to approve retracting the upper-division program fee previously established and amending the FY2016 operating budget accordingly. I will make that recommendation at a special Board meeting on July 27. The net change to the University's budget will be relatively flat due to the increase in state funding and the planned changes related to SERS."
Jonathan Pavloff, Chairman of UA's Board of Trustees, said, "The conversations with Chancellor Carey and legislative leadership have resulted in them better understanding and appreciating the steps we are taking to strengthen our financial position so that we can maintain our academic excellence and invest in the growth of the University. Their support of our efforts is very much appreciated."
A new development in the case of a North Canton woman who drowned in a pond in Green.
Charles Vlad was with Brandi Morgan, 18, when she got into the cold water of a pond on Greensburg Road in April and never came back.
Vlad is the one who called 9-1-1. And now he's the one facing a charge in the case.
On Thursday, Vlad entered a not guilty plea to a count of furnishing alcohol to a minor.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office reports Morgan was drunk when she drowned, but it was ruled accidental.
A 19-year-old Canton man is facing aggravated burglary and felonious assault charges after allegedly breaking into a home and seriously injuring a resident with a knife in the city of Green.
Summit County Sheriff's deputies say Andrew Ventura, 19, of Canton, wearing a bandana and armed with a 9mm handgun and a knife, entered the home through the garage door and was confronted by one of the residents in the basement.
Ventura allegedly demanded money and then physically assaulted the resident with the knife causing "serious physical harm."
The victim was taken to Akron City Hospital for treatment. Venture was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary and felonious assault.
Further charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.
U.S. Marshals were able to catch two Akron fugitives Tuesday night -- including a man wanted for murder.
Authorities first captured James Douglas Hosey, 48, of Akron, in Norton. He was wanted for a list of charges including abduction and attempted rape after forcing his girlfriend into his truck on Monday.
Hosey allegedly forced his girlfriend into his truck where he punched, choked and attempted to force her to have sex.
Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards said five hours later, Hosey dropped his girlfriend off at the same place he picked her up on West Waterloo Road.
The woman was treated at Akron General Medical Center for bruises on her face, neck, chest, abdomen, waist, back, arms and legs.
Police also captured Dashawn Marquice Tomlin, 24, of Akron, who was wanted for the murder of 26-year-old Charles Vinson -- found shot to death outside an after-hours house near Boulevard and West Thornton streets on May 24.
Tomlin was also wanted for a home invasion robbery on Aberdeen Street.
Kent police are investigating a homicide after a 26-year-old man was found dead inside his apartment last week.
Police said Franklin Benedict, 26, was found with a gunshot wound inside Lincolnwood Terrace Apartments on Fleeter Court around noon on July 8.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is also involved in the homicide investigation. Further details were not released.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kent Police Department as (330) 673-7732.
LeBron James is bringing his hollywood co-stars to his hometown tonight for a special screening of comedian Amy Schumer's new movie "Trainwreck."
The movie will premiere tonight at Regal Cinemas in Montrose - by invitation only.
The cast of the movie will walk the red carpet tonight before the movie begins at 7 p.m.
Two other premieres will take place in New York City and Los Angeles.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning to mark the beginning of creating a new community park in the city of Green.
City officials are calling it Central Park -- which will be nestled between the Central Administration Building and the Green Intermediate School.
The $5.3 million park will feature an amphitheater, playgrounds and walking trails.
Mayor Dick Norton said the city is also in need of another community center -- and that's one of the features that will be added to the park.
"It will include a major, modern, very attractive, community center that can be used as an open pavilion ," said Norton.
Norton said he understands that there are some residents who don't approve of the new park.
"But even those that are maybe having reservations, I can almost guarantee you that they will be at the park enjoying it and glad that we have it."
City officials are trying to track down the person responsible for defacing a temporary sign placed on the future home of the park. A sticker with the words "6.8 million tax dollars wasted" was placed on the temporary sign.
The park is expected to be completed next summer.
Akron General is moving ahead with plans to add a new emergency department to its campus.
Crews began tearing down the Laundry Building at the hospital's main campus Wednesday morning to make room for a new department that will more than double its current capacity.
"Frankly, we're just out of room," said Akron General president and CEO Dr. Tim Stover. "We're taking care of 56,000 people in a place that was designed for 30,000."
Below is a live feed of the construction project.
The current emergency department has been renovated and enlarged several times over the past 31 years.
The new building, expected to open in 2017, will be located directly across Akron General Avenue from the current emergency department.
Akron police are searching for three armed men who allegedly held two people at gunpoint during a home invasion robbery on Hardesty Boulevard.
Lt. Rick Edwards said three men, armed with short rifles or sawed off shotguns, kicked in the east side door of the house in the 1000 block of Hardesty Boulevard.
One of the suspects allegedly held the victims at gunpoint in the living room, while the other two suspects searched the house.
Police say the trio stole an iPad, a purse and a cell phone before fleeing. After officers arrived on scene, a third victim reported that the suspects took $2,700 in cash from a suitcase.
Only a vague description of the suspects were released.