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Gov. John Kasich still has almost two more months on the job, but he’s apparently starting to wind down his work and consider his legacy. And while he's not yet saying if he's running for president, he may be starting to forecast what he’s planning on doing next in talking about issues beyond Ohio. 

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, November 20:

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Retailers throughout Ohio are gearing up for the holiday shopping season. The industry expects consumers will be buying more this year than last.

Gordon Gough with the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants says a University of Cincinnati study shows this holiday season should be happy for retailers in Ohio.

“Ohio will see a 3.2 percent increase in Ohio retail activity, a 3.2 percent increase over 2017 numbers.”

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The city of Akron won’t force homeless people to move out of a tent city in the Middlebury neighborhood by Thanksgiving.

In September, city council rejected property owner Sage Lewis’s request to rezone the land and allow the tent city to remain. Lewis had sixty days to clear the property. As of last week 25 people remained.

Mayor Dan Horrigan says the city’s been working with a variety of community agencies who are part of the Continuum of Care to find placements for all of them and does not intend to evict them this week.

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Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan has kicked off his campaign to try to win a second term.  

Since voters approved moving the primary up from September to May, Horrigan says he wanted to remove any speculation.

His announcement comes on the heels of groundbreaking for the $42 million Bowery Redevelopment project downtown that was years in the making.

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