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The View From Pluto: Akron Football Finds its Perfect Fit with Tom Arth

University of Akron officials believe they’ve found their coaching star in Tom Arth. Arth has been hired as the new football coach after the team fired Terry Bowden at the end of the season. Arth, 37, is a Westlake native who has deep roots in Northeast Ohio as a player and coach.

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The Coast Guard released a Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) that identifies problems on the Cuyahoga River and suggestions for how they can be fixed. 

The Coast Guard consulted waterway users over the summer about problems they encounter on the Cuyahoga River. Commander Steven Elliot from the Coast Guard’s Marine and Safety Unit in Cleveland says the resurgence of waterfront businesses and recreational activities on the river has led to many of the safety concerns.

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The incoming lieutenant governor says the office he now holds has saved so much money that he wants to give some back to the state. 

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted didn’t request money in the current state budget, saying online operations are helping him keep costs and staff levels low. Here he is in December of 2016.

“We have cut the staff in our office by a third and by using technology, we have been able to improve our services and cut costs.”

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Politicians in Washington have a few more days to agree on next year’s budget before risking a government shutdown Friday.

The biggest budget concern has been President Trump’s demand for funding for the border wall. He and GOP officials want $1.6 billion to support stricter border efforts.

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University of Akron officials believe they’ve found their coaching star in Tom Arth. Arth has been hired as the new football coach after the team fired Terry Bowden at the end of the season. Arth, 37, is a Westlake native who has deep roots in Northeast Ohio as a player and coach. 

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The Cleveland Indians have been overhauling the roster so far this offseason. And, while some moves were anticipated with a bevy of players becoming free agents, other moves have surprised and puzzled fans. 

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says it's all about trimming their $134 million budget after two disappointing trips to the postseason. 

Massillon City Council during decision to acquire Affinity
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Massillon City Council has taken what it hopes is the second-to-last step in ending the Stark County community’s year-long hospital dilemma. 

Council authorized Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry to make a deal with Canton’s Aultman Hospital for it to expand a clinic in Massillon into a core-services hospital satellite.

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The behind-the-scenes battle over who will lead the Republican-dominated Ohio House next year isn’t just between supporters of current speaker Ryan Smith and former speaker Larry Householder.  

Longtime state lawmaker David Leland says with recent bills on abortion and gun rights, he’s open to options besides backing the current speaker.

“Clearly there’s no difference between Smith and Householder, and if Democrats can impact the speaker’s race, then the question is, what can we do for our people, the people we represent?” Leland said.

ALEKSEI PAVLOFF

There’s a new effort afoot to try to draft U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown to run for president.

Democratic Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is one of the chairs of a committee circulating a national petition to convince Brown to run for president in 2020. Whaley says Brown would bring a needed change to the White House.

“We need a president who pays attention to people who work everyday.” 

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The Ohio House and Senate are bracing themselves for a busier than usual week after Christmas. What is usually time spent away from the Statehouse could be used to override potential vetoes from the governor. 

Two abortion bans, a pro-gun bill, and a pay raise for elected officials are all on Gov. John Kasich’s desk. All are bills he’s hinted he’ll veto.

But with supermajorities in both the House and Senate, leaders are preparing to come back after Christmas for possible overrides.

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The announcement that General Motors will stop production at its Lordstown plant has caused anxiety for more than just its workers. Their children are concerned, too.

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