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An IRS commissioner at last?

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After months of waiting, Charles Rettig could be confirmed this week as Internal Revenue Service commissioner. It’s been nearly a year since the Trump administration passed the sweeping tax overhaul. If Rettig is confirmed, he will have his work cut out for him. The agency is underfunded, undermanned and overburdened. And the countdown clock to April 15 is ticking.

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Massillon City Council is slated to vote tonight on a plan to have a Tennessee-based startup reopen Affinity Medical Center.

About three-dozen Donald Trump supporters gathered just south of FirstEnergy Stadium yesterday to stage a counter-protest to NFL players kneeling for the National Anthem.

The rally, organized by the group Ohio Citizens For Trump, took place in Fort Huntington Park before the game. Charlie Calanni from Cleveland was among the protestors, and says politics should be left out of the NFL.

The 88th annual state NAACP convention took place in Canton over the weekend, and included a panel on community policing with officials from several Ohio police departments.

Feroza Mushtari shudders as she remembers when the Taliban took power in Afghanistan.

She was a teenager living in Kabul when the group gained control there in 1996. One day out of the blue, her parents told her she must wear a burqa — a long, loose garment that conceals the shape of women's bodies. They also told her she could no longer go to school. The Taliban had banned education for girls.

If you enjoy songs performed by female jazz vocalists, you'll enjoy this weekend's Swing with Bill Cartwright, a re-broadcast from September 6th, 2014.

Doris Day performs "The Very Thought of You," and Nancy Wilson sings "The Song is You."  You'll also hear a couple of songs by the legendary Ella Fitzgerald including "Coochi, Coochi, Coo" as well as "Let's Begin" from the Jerome Kern Songbook cd.

When Linda Tock heard her 5-year-old telling her he was going to be sick, she moved quickly. She sprinted for a trash can, ready to run upstairs to help her son, with her husband, Simon, close behind her. Then it happened: a rain of vomit from the balcony above. "I put the trash can over my head," Tock recalls. "We just got showered." Puke splashed onto every surface — and even into her unlucky husband's open mouth.

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Bob Woodward, the author of an explosive new portrayal of President Trump's White House, tells NPR that administration officials are denying his account out of "political necessity."

In his book Fear, which comes out Tuesday, Woodward describes Trump behaving erratically and impulsively, even on significant issues of national security, and insulting some of his senior officials.

President Trump has repeatedly denounced Woodward's book, calling the veteran journalist an "idiot" and his work a piece of "fiction."

William Shatner is still the captain of his entrepreneurial ship

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In a changeup from all of the economists we hear from, how about some business advice from a starship captain? For Monday, we took a few moments to chat with actor, author, singer and pitchman William Shatner. Every generation knows a version of "Star Trek," but Shatner's portrayal of Captain James Tiberius Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise still rings true for many people as the captain from the first incarnation of the TV series. Shatner is 87-years-old now, but is still boldly going at it on a variety of projects.

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