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Ohio Residents and Lawmakers Descend on Washington for the Inauguration

Today is Inauguration Day, as Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States. The Akron Beacon Journal's Doug Livingston is in Washington, D.C. for the events and talked with WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz on Morning Edition: Livingston spent the day on Thursday walking down Pennsylvania Avenue, where he met a lot of people assembling for today's events. "It was jubilation for Donald Trump. A lot of the supporters showed up early walking the parade route that will take place after he...

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Doug Livingston / Akron Beacon Journal

Today is Inauguration Day, as Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States. The Akron Beacon Journal's Doug Livingston is in Washington, D.C. for the events and talked with WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz on Morning Edition:

Livingston spent the day on Thursday walking down Pennsylvania Avenue, where he met a lot of people assembling for today's events. 

drawing of Donald Trump

WKSU will bring you live coverage of the inauguration throughout the day with special programming from NPR beginning at 10am.  Get more details about what's going on in Washington DC here from NPR's live inauguration blog.




About a dozen clergy and Cleveland City Ccouncil members held a protest yesterday at a Giant Eagle grocery store that’s closing on the city’s eastside. It’s one of two stores in the city the company is shutting down. Opponents says the move leaves many residents without easy access to fresh food and other services. 

James Mattis

Editor's note: The original story predated the confirmation hearing for Trump's nominee for Treasury SecretarySteve Mnuchin. Brown, who is ranking member of the Senate Banking committee, announced late today that he'll oppose Mnuchin, who Brown said "failed to answer critical questions about the fortune he made while military service members, seniors, and working families got kicked out of their homes."

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Two new studies have been approved to assess the health of Akron’s Summit Lake.

A century ago, Summit Lake -- about 2 miles south of downtown Akron -- was a recreation area that included an amusement park and hosted boaters, swimmers and fishermen. Since then, pollution from industry and stormwater runoff have strongly discouraged recreation.

Dan Rice, CEO of the Ohio & Erie Canalway, says the new studies funded by the EPA and the Knight Foundation will help officials decide how to restore the lake. But first, hard data needs to replace rumors.

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Ohio’s top attorney is taking on the Obama Administration one last time just as the president prepares to leave office.

President Barack Obama authorized a rule change to be implemented on his second to last day in the Oval Office. The change to the Stream Protection Rule requires mining companies to restore the quality of waterways once their work is done.

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A 59-year-old Cincinnati man is facing execution in April for stabbing the man who allowed Raymond Tibbetts and his wife to share his home. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports that the Ohio Parole Board heard hours of testimony on whether Tibbetts deserves mercy or should die.

GM Lordstown plant

GM's announcement this week that it's investing a billion dollars in its U.S. operations will have no direct effect on 1,200 people in Lordstown. They're the third shift at the GM plant and this week, they lose their jobs. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports on the layoffs and what’s next for Lordstown.

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A pro-school choice group says Ohio’s new laws to create oversight and transparency of charter schools are working.  Its study claims that the law is weeding out the bad schools.

The law that overhauled the charter-school accountability in Ohio played a role in closing more than 20 schools. That’s according to a report from the Fordham Institute, a group that advocates for efficient charter schools.

photo of Senator Rob Portman

The U.S. Senate is holding hearings on President Trump’s cabinet picks. And his nominee for Secretary of Education is raising eyebrows because of a court case in Ohio.  

During a recent teleconference, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said he couldn’t answer questions about fines owed to Ohio by a political action committee created by Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos.

“I don’t know the details of it. I haven’t heard about this yet.”

Portman later issued a statement saying he was told DeVos was not a party to this lawsuit.


The Inauguration of Donald Trump

Join us throughout the day on Friday for special coverage from NPR and WKSU of the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States

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With his hand on the Bible, Donald J. Trump has pledged to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States," taking the formal oath of office and completing an unlikely trajectory from real-estate mogul to the nation's 45th president.

A crowd that stretched along the National Mall assembled under gray, Washington skies to witness the ceremony. So did nearly every living former president, from Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush to Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, who was defeated by Trump last November after a costly and divisive campaign.

An inauguration protest in Washington, D.C., turned confrontational on Friday, as several hundred black-clad protesters broke windows and police responded with pepper spray and a concussive device.

The violence broke out in Northwest D.C., not directly along the parade route.

Patrick Madden, a reporter for member station WAMU, reports that protesters were running through streets, breaking windows with hammers and knocking over trash cans.

One of the biggest-ever overseas successes for Disney is grounded in a real-life story out of India.

Last year, Georgia's former governor, Sonny Perdue, called up a farmer named Gary Paulk for some advice about planting blackberry bushes. Paulk thought it was a prank.

"I picked up the phone and he said, 'Gary, how you doing? This is Sonny Perdue,' " Paulk recalls. "And I said, 'Yeah right, and I'm Mickey Mouse.' " Paulk says he apologized when he realized it actually was Perdue on the line.

Perdue is now Donald Trump's pick for secretary of agriculture, and Paulk expects that he'll keep calling farmers for advice, and maybe just conversation.

Frantic diplomatic efforts are underway to persuade longtime Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh to step down and make way for the newly sworn-in and democratically elected president, Adama Barrow.

Jammeh is facing a sizable military threat if he refuses to go. West African troops crossed the border into Gambia on Thursday and say they are prepared to remove him by force.

NPR's Eyder Peralta reports that the approximately 7,000 troops from Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana Togo and Mali stopped before they reached the capital. They encountered no resistance.

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