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A Highland Hills pastor says he has received death threats after his criticism of President Trump reached Congress.  

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A report by an independent fact-checking website shows a network of Facebook pages that appear to represent  diverse conservative groups belongs to an Upper Arlington woman. 

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It appears the United Auto Workers Union will not sign off on plans to sell the closed General Motors plant in Lordstown to Cincinnati-based eletric truck maker Workhorse Group. 

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President Trump says the U.S. did not pay 2 million dollars in medical costs to North Korea in 2017 to get Ohio native Otto Warmbier released. Warmbier died shortly after he was flown home comatose after 17 months in captivity. 

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The Washington Post reports North Korea insisted the U.S. pay 2 million dollars in medical costs in 2017 before it released detained Cincinnati college student Otto Warmbier while he was in a coma.

The longest-serving Republican in the Iowa Legislature announced he is switching to the Democratic Party, citing increasing discomfort with Republicans' stance on many high-profile issues and his unwillingness to support President Trump in the 2020 election.

Rep. Andy McKean said Tuesday that the Capitol is much more partisan than when he was first elected in 1978 and that the Republican Party has changed.

"I think the party has veered very sharply to the right," McKean said. "And that concerns me. It's a bit further than I would care to be."

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General Motors says in a statement last night the future of Lordstown and other plants scheduled to be closed will be resolved between GM and the United Auto Workers Union. 

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President Trump is set to travel to Lima and Canton next week to highlight his increases in defense spending and to raise money for his re-election bid. 

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After President Trump seemingly absolved North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the death of American college student Otto Warmbier, the Ohio man's parents say they disagree and that "Kim and his evil regime are responsible."

The issue arose in Vietnam on Thursday when Trump was asked at a news conference if he had talked to Kim — whom he has called a "friend" — about Warmbier, who died in 2017 shortly after his release from more than a year of detention in North Korea. Trump said he had asked Kim about it.

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President Trump says he doesn't think North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was involved in the mistreatment of Otto Warmbier, the college student from Ohio who died after being detained in that country. 

Updated at 11:49 p.m. ET

Donald Trump apparently blessed the meeting his son held with a Russian delegation to get dirt on opponents in 2016 and welcomed advance word of efforts by WikiLeaks to disrupt the election, his former lawyer told Congress.

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President Trump told governors yesterday that automakers are returning to Ohio and other states, a remark he’s said before that fact checkers have found to be untrue.

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Ohio is the number two state for vehicle production, behind Michigan. 

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Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio says Republican President Donald Trump a racist. 

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Four-thousand people are expected to participate in the Women's March on Saturday in downtown Columbus. 

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Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio says discussions with President Trump over border security should be separate from passing a federal spending bill to end the three-week long partial government shutdown. 

California billionaire Tom Steyer confirms to NPR that he will not seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, instead putting even more muscle behind his efforts to impeach President Trump.

"This is the biggest issue in American politics today," Steyer said of impeachment efforts. "We have a lawless president in the White House who is eroding our democracy and it is only going to get worse."

The Trump administration is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Columbus, three other cities and a Virginia couple for allegedly sabotaging the Affordable Care Act.  

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One of the last industrial anchors in what was once Ohio's manufacturing core is on life support, a little over a year after President Trump told people not to leave and promised jobs would return. 

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Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich now says he is strongly considering running for president in 2020. 

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Though he’s had some issues with the Statehouse press corps, Ohio’s governor is defending the role of the media. 

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An estimated 80 people held a protest at Westerville City Hall Thursday against President Trump's firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. 

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President Trump is scheduled to make a midterm campaign appearance Friday night at the Warren County Fairgrounds. 

Two women arrested with adult film actress Stormy Daniels at a strip club have sued Columbus vice detectives claiming the officers conspired to retaliate against Daniels for her sex allegations concerning Donald Trump before he became president. 

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Local billionaire Les Wexner says he is no longer a Republican. 

In a troubling sign for Republicans less than two months before November's elections, Democrats' advantage on the question of which party Americans are more likely to vote for in November is ballooning, according to a new NPR/Marist poll.

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President Trump headlined the Ohio Republican Party’s annual state dinner in August.

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A new Washington Post poll shows 60 percent of Americans disapprove of President Trump's job peformance, and 49 percent say impeachment proceedings should begin immediately. 

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President Trump didn't mention U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona during his speech at the Ohio Republican Party's annual state dinner in Columbus on Friday night,  hours after the family of the ailing Republican said he had chosen to discontinue medical treatment for brain cancer. 

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Ohio Governor John Kasich is skipping a Republican Party fundraiser in Columbus Friday, where President Trump is the headliner.

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