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As Community Deals with GM Plant's Uncertain Future, Lordstown Schools Take on Special Significance

GM’s decision to cease production of the Chevy Cruze at Lordstown is bringing an end, at least for the time being, to one of the last super-size industrial sites that used to drive the Mahoning Valley economy. It’s also bringing an end to the plant’s defining presence for the community around it.

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The University of Mount Union football team is preparing to play for its 14th national title in school history. The No. 1 ranked Purple Raiders (14-0) play No. 2 ranked University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (14-0) in the Division III national championship Stagg Bowl Friday night. Mount Union is in the title game for the 21st time since 1993. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says their success lies in the Kehres family. 

The Browns are building momentum. At 5-7-1, they still have a slim chance of making the playoffs. And, while that’s unlikely this season, rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield is giving fans reason to believe. But, Mayfield had a message to fans after Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers: Show up to the last home game against the Bengals in two weeks. 

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says it’s hard for fans to relate to that sentiment, because Mayfield wasn’t around when the team went 1-31 with just one playoff berth since the team returned in 1999.

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Governor-elect Mike DeWine is giving a few hints about his inauguration next month. 

DeWine first wanted to run for governor nearly three decades ago. So he’s had a long time to think about what he wants.

“My goal is to be sworn in in the Capitol in the Rotunda. I was sworn in there the two times for Attorney General, and I would hope to be sworn in in the Capitol when I become governor of the state,” DeWine said.

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State lawmakers have proposed sending $15 million to the Columbus Crew to help build their new stadium. One legislator said this is a crucial moment in the Save The Crew movement.

Fans, businesses, and policymakers have been scrambling to keep the soccer team in Columbus after its owner said he wanted to relocate to Austin.

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Ohio’s Legislative Black Caucus is calling for the creation of a bipartisan committee to produce a comprehensive study on the contributions African Americans have made to Ohio and the way the state’s laws and policies have affected them. 

Democratic Representative Stephanie Howse of Cleveland says the legislature needs a study like this. “It will provide an opportunity for people to have some understanding and even put in a lens of empathy.”

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Community organizers are rallying against a bill that would make it harder for citizens to put an issue on the statewide ballet. They say the measure would deliver a huge blow to democracy. 

The House resolution would shorten timeframes for signatures and raises the threshold for voter approval to 60 percent majority.

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GM’s decision to cease production of the Chevy Cruze at Lordstown is bringing an end, at least for the time being, to one of the last super-size industrial sites that used to drive the Mahoning Valley economy. It’s also bringing an end to the plant’s defining presence for the community around it.  

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The city of Youngstown wants to improve its Central Business District with a $10.8 million dollar federal grant.

The Secretary of Transportation announced Tuesday that Youngstown is one of the 91 projects receiving a grant from the Department of Transportation through its new BUILD program.

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, December 11:

Elizabeth Lecron of Toledo, Ohio, was arrested on Monday after a months-long investigation by the Northwest Ohio Terrorism Joint Task Force as she allegedly planned pipe bomb attacks against multiple targets in the Toledo area and elsewhere. 

An unidentified member of the public tipped off law enforcement of Lecron's plans, and authorities tracked her activity over several months, according to FBI Special Agent in Charge Jeff Fortunato. 

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Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai is scheduled to appear before a congressional panel Tuesday. With politicians taking a harder look at the social and economic influence of tech companies, he could face inquiries about a wide variety of data and search practices, including consumer privacy.

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