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2018 was a big election year in Ohio. Republicans held onto all five statewide executive offices including governor and super majorities in both the Ohio House and Senate. But there were a few bright spots for Democrats, among them the reelection of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and the election of two Democrats to the Ohio Supreme Court.With election 2018 over, the focus now shifts to governing. Stay connected with the latest on politics, policies and people making the decisions at all levels affecting your lives.

Morning Headlines: Trump Hosts Cleveland Rally; Vets Get Free Museum Admission Amid Criticism

Donald Trump victory in Cincinnati
Bill Rinehart
President Donald Trump at a Cincinnati rally.

Here are your morning headlines for Monday, November 5: 

  • President Trump to host election eve Cleveland rally;
  • Veterans receive free museum admission amid criticism;
  • One shot at Franklin Twp. apartment complex, suspect at large;
  • Survey seeks feedback about state patrol, traffic safety;
  • Schools get more time to apply for Ohio safety grant funding;
  • Case Western student shot in Little Italy neighborhood;
  • Singer-songwriter John Legend headlines early voting rally;
  • University of Akron closes recreation center, field house due to power outage;

President Trump to host election eve Cleveland rally
President Donald Trump makes his final midterm election push through the Buckeye State Monday, campaigning in Cleveland. The rally at the I-X Center begins at 3 p.m. with doors opening at noon. Trump most recently visited Ohio for an Oct. 12 rally in Warren County, near Cincinnati, where he boosted the campaigns of Republicans including gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWineU.S. Senate candidate Jim Renacci, and congressman Steve Chabot.

Veterans receive free museum admission
The new National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Ohio won't charge U.S. military veterans admission following public criticism of earlier plans to have them pay entrance fees. The museum in Columbus originally said adult admission was $17, while veterans would pay $12. The decision to charge veterans drew criticism, and officials decided to let them in free. The $82-million museum opened to the public Wednesday.

One shot at Franklin Twp. apartment complex, suspect at large
A suspect is still at large following a shooting just outside Kent. It happened at the Pebblebrook Apartments in Franklin Township Sunday night. Witnesses report the shooter ran from the complex toward the nearby Walmart. Portage County Sheriff David Doak says the victim sustained a shoulder wound. No other details are available.

Survey seeks feedback about state patrol, traffic safety
The State Highway Patrol in Ohio is seeking feedback about which traffic safety issues most concern people and about their interactions with the agency and perceptions of its responsibilities. The patrol said it's collecting anonymous responses through an online public survey accessed through the patrol's website until Dec. 2. The agency said the voluntary survey can be completed in about five minutes.

Schools get more time to apply for Ohio safety grant funding
The state attorney general is giving Ohio public schools more time to apply for their share of $12 million set aside for school safety grants. The original deadline for grant applications was last week, and more than $2.8 million was still unclaimed then. The application deadline is being extended to Nov. 30 to encourage more schools to claim their share of the funding. Schools were eligible to get $5.65 per student, or at least $2,500 per school. The state Legislature allotted that money earlier this year. It can be spent on efforts such as training school resource officers and funding programs to help students struggling with mental health issues.

Case Western student shot in Little Italy neighborhood
Case Western Reserve University officials said an undergraduate student was shot in the torso during an attempted carjacking Saturday night. After the shooting, University Circle police exchanged gunfire with two men matching a description from the victim. Authorities say one person was arrested and another one was injured in the shooting in the Little Italy neighborhood. The incidents are under investigation, and school officials said they will be stepping up security around campus.

Singer-songwriter John Legend headlines early voting rally
Ohio native and singer-songwriter John Legend headlined an early voting rally with Democrats in suburban Cincinnati. Legend co-hosted the rally with congressional candidate Aftab Pureval and other Democrats in Norwood on Sunday. Legend addressed the crowd and Pureval and a marching band led hundreds to the nearby Hamilton County Board of Elections to vote. Pureval is challenging GOP incumbent. U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot in southwest Ohio's 1st District

University of Akron closes recreation center, field house due to power outage
The University of Akron said its student recreation and wellness center, natatorium and Stiles Athletic Field house will remain closed today because of a power outage. All other buildings on campus have power and are operating normally.

Amanda Rabinowitz has been a reporter, host and producer at WKSU since 2007. After serving as WKSU's Morning Edition host for a dozen years, she moved to afternoons in March of 2022 to become the local host of All Things Considered. In addition to providing local news and weather, she interviews Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com for a weekly commentary about Northeast Ohio's sports scene called The View From Pluto. She also hosts and produces Shuffle, a podcast focusing on Northeast Ohio’s music scene.