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The other day, I was having lunch in downtown Cincinnati with four old friends, all of whom I have known since our days at Ohio University, when we worked together at The Post, the student newspaper.

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President Trump made his seventh visit to the Cincinnati area Thursday, with a "Keep America Great" rally at US Bank Arena on the riverfront. Now that the hoopla is over, what do the polls say about Trump's chances of repeating not just his eight-point win in Ohio in 2016, but of winning a second term? Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with WVXU's Jay Hanselman about where Trump goes from here.

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Book Review: Barbara Gray reviews Not Far From Me: Stories of Opioids and Ohio by Daniel Skinner and Berkeley Franz, both Assistant Professors at Ohio University.

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Sometimes, when there is a hot-button issue before the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, I am asked what I think the black-robed sages will do.

My answer is always the same.

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Ohio, which had a reputation as the nation's ultimate bellwether state in presidential elections, threw everyone for a loop in 2016 when voters here chose Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton.

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Ohio's new governor has changed personas several times in his long, long, long career in politics and now, as Ohio's brand-spanking new governor, seems to be in the process of doing it again.

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At midnight Monday morning, Republican Mike DeWine was sworn in as Ohio's new governor. What can Ohioans expect  from the 70th governor of the Buckeye State? WXVU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the new DeWine administsration. 

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As someone who grew up in Dayton and has called Cincinnati home since 1982, it is hard for me to imagine the mayors of the two central cities of my life talking to each other on a regular basis, much less liking each other.

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On Tuesday, Nov. 6, voters in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana head to the polls to vote on a host of issues and candidates to represent their states. Here's everything you need to know before heading to the polls. 

The Appalachian Regional Commission announced Thursday the latest recipients of grants designed to help struggling coal communities. The ARC will spend an additional $26 million for 35 new grants in its POWER initiative, the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization. Sixteen of those awards will go to projects in the Ohio Valley region.  

 

The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky was awarded one million dollars for their Community Oriented Access to Learning program. The initiative is focused on the health and information technology sectors. The program expects to add 50 health worker students in a field related to their training, 110 in information technology and 26 in broadband technology. Wendy Wasserman is the spokesperson for the Appalachian Regional Commission.


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This week's Tales from the Trail column will be the first of a two-parter on one of the most interesting people I have covered over the years, Sen. Bob Dole, the 1996 GOP nominee for president, and the highs and lows of running for president.

Two months into the fiscal year, the state budget department says its forecast for tax revenues is close to on track.

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We Ohioans live among bears.

So, too, do Kentuckians, but it's not such a big deal on their side of the river because they've gotten used to it.

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Editor's note: John McCain died Saturday at the age of 81 from brain cancer. In the story that follows, originally published in May, WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson recalls his many times on the campaign trail with the Arizona senator and former presidential candidate. 

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A new report shows only two of the 10 most common jobs in Ohio pay enough for a worker to rent a two-bedroom apartment.

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Many general election contests start out with TV ads that make you feel warm and fuzzy. Bluebirds chirping in the trees. The candidate, rolling around the front yard, playing with the family dog, the grandkids or both.

But not this Ohio Senate race between Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown and Republican challenger Jim Renacci.

A plan to exempt some Ohio counties from proposed new work requirements for Medicaid recipients is coming under fire from a Cleveland think tank.

Many people who receive Medicaid in Ohio could soon have to work at least 20 hours a week to receive the government health insurance. The Ohio Department of Medicaid is waiting for federal approval of the plan.

But under the state’s proposal, people in counties with high unemployment would fall under a special exemption.

Why Ohio's Relations With Israel Matter

Mar 27, 2018
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Last November, a 25-member delegation of Ohio state lawmakers, legislative staffers and community leaders visited Israel on a business and trade development mission. Funded by Ohio’s Jewish federations, foundations and corporate donors, the trip was designed to build better, deeper connections between the state and Israel.

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Food and good places to eat are the one constant of running for public office in Ohio. Every city and town, it seems, has a restaurant, a diner, a hamburger stand that is a candidate-magnet. I've been in dozens of them in every corner of the state. This is part one of a two-part Tales from the Trail on my memories of dining on the campaign trail. Part two will follow next Saturday.

The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe, Greenville

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When you are on the road with a presidential candidate, campaign press aides will promise you the moon and stars to make you happy.

They promise to make sure you are fed, that you have plenty of time to file your stories, that you will have dependable transportation to get from one event to another.

They may even promise you some quality time with the candidate.

After a while, though, you learn to take these promises with a grain of salt.

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