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Mike DeWine
ANNIE WU / WCPN

  Invoking the words of President John F. Kennedy, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine spoke at the City Club of Cleveland Wednesday about the “unfinished business” of Ohio. For Ohio Public Radio,  WCPN's Annie Wu reports.

That “unfinished business,” according to DeWine, is the problem of at-risk kids, not just in urban areas but in every county in Ohio.

“There exists in this state today a very significant gap. It’s a chasm really. It’s a gap in opportunity.”

JEFF ST.CLAIR / WKSU

The head of higher education in Ohio is pleased with the current efforts to reduce the cost of a college education, but he says more can be done.

Ohio Chancellor John Carey toured Kent State University Wednesday two months after his office issued a task force report on college affordability and efficiency.

Carey says the report’s recommendations focus mainly on cutting costs by reducing the time spent in college.

The two-year state budget requires state universities to give students the opportunity to save five percent of total costs of an education.

A Summit County councilwoman has been indicted on federal charges including bribery and impeding an IRS investigation. 

According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Tamela Lee took cash, loans, campaign contributions, home improvements and other goods from area businessmen who operated area convenience stores.  The charges against the 57-year-old Lee, who’s been on council since 2013, include mail fraud, obstruction of justice and conspiracy.  Authorities say she intervened in criminal and liquor control cases in exchange for the bribes, which she solicited. 

Jack Schantz
SUSAN BESTUL / CLEVELAND JAZZ ORCHESTRA

The drum roll leading up to Christmas will have a jazzy beat this weekend. Traditional Christmas classics will get a hip twist from the region’s jazz musicians and visitors, too. 

As WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports, those well-known tunes provide an easy introduction to what some consider a difficult art form.

  The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra’s Jack Schantz is glad Christmas time is here, for musical reasons. The trumpeter and flugelhornist looks forward to performances at this time of year with band leader, Paul Ferguson.

McKinley's front-porch campaign
RICK SENFTEN / WKSU

Karl Rove – the Fox News analyst and architect of George W. Bush’s political victories -- was standing literally in the shadow of the McKinley Monument last weekend. He was in Canton to press the point of his new book: that the modern GOP has a lot to learn from one of Ohio’s often overlooked presidents. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on why Rove sees William McKinley as a better model for these political times than Donald Trump.

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