Ohio’s 4th Congressional District isn’t the longest in the state. Nor the most convoluted. Nor does it have the most disenfranchised voters. But it has the distinction of being near the top in all three categories -- and of being home to one of the most liberal communities in the country represented by one of the most conservative members of Congress. In the third part of our series “Gerrymandering: Shading the lines,” WKSU’s M.L. Schultze travels the 4th – a study of contrasts from south to north.

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As GOP Senators revealed their tax reform plan in Washington today, members of the House Ways and Means committee moved forward with amendments to their version of the bill. The House plan includes at least one provision that has university presidents up in arms.

The House GOP tax reform bill released last week would place a 1.4 percent tax on the endowments of private colleges and universities. On Thursday, a House committee approved an amendment to the bill that expands the tax beyond the universities themselves to affiliated non-profit organizations.

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A measure being introduced in Akron City Council next month could remove the federal Columbus Day holiday and replace it with something else entirely.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrates the Native Americans who were here when Christopher Columbus landed in the New World in 1492. City Councilman Russ Neal is proposing a switch to Indigenous Peoples Day, citing the atrocities committed by European explorers.

Sanctuary Cities in Ohio May Lose Federal Funds

Jan 26, 2017
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Cities like Oberlin, Lorain, and Dayton could be affected by President Trump’s executive order threatening to cut off federal funds to sanctuary cities.

Oberlin Plans Buyouts

Jun 25, 2016

A Northeast Ohio college has a plan to slow the increase in its tuition.  It includes the voluntary buyouts of more than 300 faculty and staff. 

Oberlin College expects savings of about 3 million dollars per year depending on how many employees opt to retire.

Marvin Krislov, the president at Oberlin, says "it allows us to think about our resources and to do it in a way that honors our employees but also allows us more flexibility."