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The View From Pluto: Northeast Ohio's Big-Time, Small College Football Teams Eye National Titles

There are three Northeast Ohio college football teams competing for national titles. Ashland University is in the Division II Sweet Sixteen, while in Division III, powerhouse Mount Union hosts Case Western Reserve University this weekend. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks to Amanda Rabinowitz about big time, small college football. Ashland's success with Lee Owens
This past weekend, Ashland University stunned Division II two-time national champion Northwest Missouri State. Ashland is...

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The Columbus chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced two lawsuits it filed against U.S. consulates abroad have been resolved. This means after years of waiting, a Syrian man and a Palestinian man are allowed to travel to Ohio from the Middle East.


Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, November 22nd:

Ashland University football
Ashland University

There are three Northeast Ohio college football teams competing for national titles.

Ashland University is in the Division II Sweet Sixteen, while in Division III, powerhouse Mount Union hosts Case Western Reserve University this weekend.

Howard Basin
M.L. SCHUTLZE / WKSU public radio

Akron’s effort to reduce the flow of sewage into streams and rivers has won state and national notice, not only for the way it’s being built but for how it’s being financed. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze took a closer look at a massive concrete bin known as the Howard Storage Basin that the city was showing off today.

WES GOODMAN
OHIO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

More information, including allegations of harassment, is coming out against the now former Ohio Rep. Wes Goodman. The top staff leader for House Republicans says they’ve been fielding rumors about Goodman for more than a year but, until this month, there was nothing to act on. 

Sen. Sherrod Brown and vets in Columbus
U.S. SEN. SHERROD BROWN

Ohio veterans as well as top VA officials met in Columbus today to talk about issues including suicide. For Ohio Public Radio, WOSU’s Esther Honig reports on the field hearing organized by a member of the Veterans Affairs committee.

Ohio is home to over 800,000 veterans, the majority of which are over the age of 55. Brown, who sits on the senate Veterans Affairs Committee, says he’s most concerned about the alarmingly high rate of suicides among vets-- about 22 individuals each day. He says it’s critical to get vets in touch with resources when they reenter civilian life.

Eric Wandersleben
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Starting today, the message “Start Talking!” will be on billboards across northeast Ohio…and the state. 

The outdoor advertising blitz involves hundreds of digital-display and conventional signs and is aimed at helping stem the Opioid crisis.  

Craig Butler
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

The Ohio EPA is planning this week to issue new notices of violations against the company building the 700-mile Rover Pipeline across the state.  WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has the latest developments involving the controversial natural-gas line.

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, November 21st:

Dr. Mark Hurst, Ohio Department of Health
Tim Rudell / WKSU

The deadline to submit new-tech ideas to the state of Ohio to fight the opioid crisis is growing near.

The challenge includes $8 million in awards and grants. It kicked-off Oct. 18th, with proposals to be in no later than Dec. 15th. 

Dr. Mark Hurst is medical director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.  He says hundreds of submissions are already in and the best of those, and of the hundreds more that are expected, will receive awards.

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Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice president of Zimbabwe who is poised to take the helm of the country, was met with cheers in the capital city Harare when he returned to the country on Wednesday.

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But a major transmission line then failed, and reduced power generation on the island to just 22%. This Thanksgiving Puerto Rico will have to make do with around 40% of its generating capacity.

The Trump Administration is ending a humanitarian program that has let almost 60,000 Haitians live and work in the U.S., giving them until summer of 2019 to leave the country — willingly or not.

Temporary Protected Status is just that — temporary. But it covers hundreds of thousands of others living in America.

How long can they stay? And if natural disasters have left them with no home to go back to, what then?

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