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Backers of the six week abortion ban known as the “Heartbeat Bill” are upset after lawmakers’ attempt to override Gov. John Kasich’s veto failed. And some of them are retaliating against the Republican state senator who flipped his vote at the last minute.

Longtime “Heartbeat Bill” supporter Lori Viars is not happy with Sen. Bill Beagle. He voted for the bill earlier this month but didn’t vote to override the veto. Now Viars sees Beagle as a traitor and wants him fired from a new job with Ohio’s Treasurer-Elect Robert Sprague.

Larry Obhof
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The Ohio Senate President says he’s eyeing two high-profile gun laws for next year. The issues fall on both sides of the gun control debate.

Republican Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) said he’d like to revisit a self-defense bill that eliminates the “duty to retreat” provision.

Somewhat surprisingly, Obhof said he’d also like to take a closer look at the “red flag law,” which allows a court to take firearms away from a person who poses a threat to themselves or others.

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Here are the morning headlines for Friday, December 28, 2018:

Robert Ethington
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If you’re looking for some tips on something new to watch, read, or listen to, look no further than the library.


In this week’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Mark Arehart sat down with Robert Ethington, manager of the culture and audio visual department at the main branch of the Akron Summit County Public Library. They talked about the most popular picks of 2018 from the library’s collection.


Congressman Anthony Gonzalez

The stock market’s volatility and growing talk of recession won’t overcome the strength in the current economy. That’s the view of Northeast Ohio’s newest member of Congress—who is, among other things, hoping to be appointed to the House Financial Services Committee. 

Political newcomer Anthony Gonzalez won the 16th District congressional seat vacated by Jim Renacci, who left to run for the Senate. Gonzalez is a Republican who campaigned partly on his background in business. He built and runs his own company and has an MBA from Stanford.