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Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

State lawmakers went home for the holidays after approving bills creating regulations for ride-sharing services, banning questions about criminal convictions on public-sector job applications and restoring a sales tax exemption for rare coins and bullion.

But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports, not included in the list is the controversial bill to defund Planned Parenthood.

 

There are two versions of the bill to strip $1.7 million from Planned Parenthood. 

Today's top headlines heard on Morning Edition:  Trump continues his dominance over GOP, Gov. Kasich returns to New Hampshire and testimony in dispute about Ohio voting laws wraps up.

Morning headlines for Friday, December 4, 2015:

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Governors of half the states – nearly all of them Republicans – are are objecting to plans to bring Syrian refugees into the U.S.

  Ohio’s John Kasich is among them. The Republican presidential candidate told the National Press Club today that he’s asked the federal government to temporarily block more refugees.

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A new study of a new test measuring what a student has learned over the course of a school year shows there’s still a big achievement gap between low-income school districts and wealthier ones. 

Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

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Case Western Reserve University's School of Law has received a $131,169 grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s office to establish a human trafficking law clinic.

Under the program, third year law students will represent victims of human trafficking and sexual assault in court though the supervision of faculty.

The grant will also help the law school increase awareness of human trafficking to students, social service providers and the public.

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Democrats around the country plan to talk a lot in the coming months about ways to make college more affordable.  Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee’s Kayla Wingbermuehle says many Democrats are backing a congressional plan to make college debt free by increasing federal aid to students and lowering higher education costs.

“It was the No. 1  issue that Democrats who didn’t vote last election cycle said would have motivated them to vote if political leaders had been talking about it.”

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The chairman of the Ohio Republican Party has come out with some of his strongest language yet on his party's leading candidate – Donald Trump.

Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Ohio Republican Party chair Matt Borges calls Trump’s comments against Muslims, including his proposal for a total travel ban, a divisive message.

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  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.”

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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. 

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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.

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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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John Kasich says he has no interest in being vice president. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the Ohio governor’s counter to speculation that -- if his GOP presidential bid fails – he’ll still appear on the November ballot.

After his speech to the Council on Foreign Relations Wednesday, Kasich was asked what he’d do  if Donald Trump asked him to be his running mate.

New Report Finds Hunger Affects Grades

Dec 8, 2015
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A new study finds a large achievement gap between wealthy school districts and districts with many economically disadvantaged students. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports -- one group says hunger has a big role to play in this problem.

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Dec 8, 2015
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As time ticks away for Congress to reach agreement on the omnibus spending bill, supporters of Ohio’s NASA facility in Cleveland hope to keep millions of dollars from being cut from its budget.

For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN’s Brian Bull reports.

 

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Northeast Ohio is playing a major role in developing NASA’s Orion spacecraft for the first manned flight to Mars. A prototype of the spacecraft’s service module will be undergoing atmospheric and strength simulations at NASA Glenn Research Center’s testing facility in Sandusky.

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Some Ohio cities already have police body cameras and others are considering getting them. 

As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, some state legislators want to make sure all cities have the same rules for using police body cameras.

Democratic Rep. Kevin Boyce says body cameras can be very helpful for police forces and as more around the state get that technology, he says a new bipartisan bill he’s co-sponsoring would make sure they have standards on how to use it.

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The Mt. Sinai Healthcare Foundation announced today a $1.2 million grant to help lower infant mortality rates among low-income mothers in Cleveland.

The money will support the Nurse-Family Partnership, which brings a nurse to a first-time mother, during and after a pregnancy, to monitor health issues, improve parenting skills and share child development information.

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A federal judge has ended a decade of court-ordered oversight of Ohio's juvenile prison system. 

Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

In 2004, two child-advocacy lawyers sued the Department of Youth Services, claiming excessive use of force against children, inadequate education, denial of proper medical and mental health care and failure to adequately train and supervise staff.

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The Ohio House of Representatives

A bill that’s meant to add safeguards for religious leaders has some lawmakers worried about the unintended consequences it could have on marriage equality. 

Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

Republican Rep. Nino Vitale of Urbana says his bill will help all sides avoid legal action.

The proposal would ensure that religious leaders and buildings owned by religious establishments have the right to not to perform or host marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples.

Deal to Close Lakewood Hospital Won't Stop Opponents

Dec 8, 2015
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Lakewood city officials and the Cleveland Clinic have agreed on a deal to close Lakewood Hospital and replace it with a family health center.  The Cleveland Clinic, which runs the in-patient facility, says the in-patient hospital cannot keep operating because it loses millions of dollars each month. But as WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, the effort to keep it open will not end.

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 Healthcare is more than just taking care of people’s health. With a $15 billion footprint in northeast Ohio, it is a key part of the regional economy. In this opening installment of our seven-part series, “The Business of Health,” WKSU’s Tim Rudell takes a look at this growing and evolving industry.

It seems like anywhere you go in northeast Ohio, there's an outpost of the Cleveland Clinic or University Hospital, and sometimes both -- or Summa or another big healthcare system. The major regional players keep expanding, acquiring smaller hospitals and merging.

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Akron’s mayor-elect introduced most of his cabinet this morning. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports it includes those with decades of experience and some who are new to Akron city government – though just about everybody is in a new role.

 

Among the nine appointments announced by Dan Horrigan is Charles Brown, Akron’s assistant police chief who will become public safety director.

Brown has headed all three divisions of Akron’s police department including community policing – something he says local and national events have made more crucial.

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  Northeast Ohio’s two biggest cities have continued to lose residents over the last decade. That’s one trend evident from the latest Census numbers released last week. For Ohio Public Radio,  WCPN's, Nick Castele has more.

This release allows us to compare two periods of time: the years leading up to the recession, and the years coming out of it. From 2005 to 2014, Cleveland lost 10 percent of its population. The decline in Akron was more modest, at 5 percent.

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Akron Mayor Jeff Fusco is transitioning back to City Council next month, but he will not be resuming his role as council president. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.

Mayor Fusco has been on-and-off City Council for 30 years, including a stints as council vice president in the mid-90s. Last summer, he was council president for 10 days before becoming mayor following the resignation of Garry Moneypenny.

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