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Morning news headlines for November 7, 2012
Brown beats Mandel; Republicans take 2 hotly contested House seats; Cleveland and Akron pass school levies

Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
  • Renacci, Gibbs, Kaptur win hotly contested Congressional districts
  • Sherrod Brown re-elected to second Senate term
  • Voters reject Issue 2
  • School levies pass in Cleveland, Akron
  • Republicans secure both houses of Ohio Legislature
  • RTA fires bus driver who punched a passenger
  • Renacci, Gibbs, Kaptur win hotly contested Congressional districts
    Republican congressmen have taken two hotly contested U.S. House races in the state, with one ousting a Democrat in a battle of incumbents. Republican Congressman Jim Renacci defeated Democratic Congresswoman Betty Sutton, whose district was eliminated as a result of redrawn political maps. In a district that includes Canton, Republican incumbent Bob Gibbs defeated Democratic challenger Joyce-Healy Abrams.  In eastern Ohio's 6th District, GOP Congressman Bill Johnson defeated former Congressman Charlie Wilson to gain a second term. Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher -- better known as 'Joe the Plumber' -- was beaten by Democratic congressional veteran Marcy Kaptur in a redrawn district along Lake Erie.

    Sherrod Brown re-elected to second Senate term
    Democrat Sherrod Brown has won a new term in the U.S. Senate after one of the most expensive and closely watched match-ups in the country. Brown withstood an onslaught of attacks from conservative outside groups to top Republican challenger and Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel.

    Voters reject Issue 2
    Ohio voters have rejected Issue 2 - a proposal to change the process for redrawing state legislative and congressional maps. The constitutional amendment would have created a 12-member citizen commission to redraw Ohio's political districts every decade. It was prompted by discontent over the maps approved by the GOP-controlled state Legislature in 2011. Tuesday's vote leaves U.S. House maps in the hands of the state Legislature, and legislative districts in the hands of the five-member Ohio Apportionment Board.

    School levies pass in Cleveland, Akron
    Cleveland and Akron schools won big levies last night….Cleveland got about 55 percent support for its 15 mil levy that will bring in $65 million annually over the next four years, or about ten percent of the district’s operating budget. District CEO Eric Gordon says the money will largely go toward implementing a broad reform plan and help restore some of the cuts made in the last two years. Akron Schools passed a 7.9 mill levy that will bring in 19 million dollars a year.  Superintendent David James says that money will help them preserve some things that were previously on the chopping block. School issues appear to have been defeated in Tallmadge, Barberton and Medina…Issues were approved in Norton and Twinsburg.

    Republicans secure both houses of Ohio Legislature
    Republicans will continue their control over the Ohio Legislature, having secured enough seats to give them an edge in each chamber. The GOP had majorities in both the House and Senate going into Tuesday's election. It was a longshot for Democrats to take control of the state Senate, where the GOP has a 23-10 advantage. Republicans have a 59-40 edge in the House. The GOP's victories on Election Day mean that Republican Gov. John Kasich should have a smoother chance at getting his budget and other legislative priorities passed next session.

    RTA fires bus driver who punched a passenger
    Cleveland's transit agency has fired a bus driver who punched a female passenger during a September altercation that was captured on video. RTA driver Artis Hughes was charged with assault following the incident with Cleveland woman Shi Dea Lane, who was charged with disorderly conduct. A video posted on YouTube showed Lane and Hughes arguing before the driver got out of his seat and punched her. The RTA suspended Hughes without pay in mid-October. In explaining the decision to let Hughes go, the transit agency cited policies involving the use of force against a member of the public.























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