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Lieutenant governor-elect Jon Husted and governor-elect Mike DeWine celebrate at the Ohio Republican Party event, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

The swearing-in of Ohio's next state treasurer kicks off a long weekend of inaugural events for new statewide officeholders.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich sits for an interview with The Associated Press at the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Columbus.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

It was classic John Kasich.

At a wide-ranging final meeting with top advisers, the outspoken governor of Ohio reveled in big accomplishments, lamented defeats, recounted challenges, ribbed staff, castigated fellow Republicans and ordered at least one more program begun: "You got 24 hours. Do it."

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announces a law suit against five major drug companies.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Governor-elect Mike DeWine has announced more selections for his Cabinet as he prepares to take office next week. For observers of the Ohio legislature, some of his choices might be familiar faces.

Molly Shack

Last week, Liliana Baiman walked into Columbus City Hall with her infant son Dylan propped on her hip. Will Petrick from the group Yes We Can helped her fill out a speaker’s slip, making sure to get it timestamped before she slid it into a wooden box.

Gov.-elect Mike DeWine (center) introduces members of his transition team (l-r): Communications Director Lisa Peterson, Director of Transition Committee Laurel Dawson and LeeAnn Cornyn, in the newly created position of Director of Children's Initiatives.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

The transition to the administration of governor-elect Mike DeWine is bringing several changes to state government, including a new office dedicated to carrying out one of DeWine’s top campaign promises to  focus on the development and growth of infants and toddlers.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich
Charles Krupa / Associated Press

Over the years, Kasich's tone has changed dramatically, as he’s worked to accomplish his goals and create a national persona as a Trump critic and a promoter of bipartisan compromise.

Everett Road Covered Bridge at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Summit County.
National Park Service

The William Howard Taft National Historic Site was closed as usual on New Year's Day, but the doors weren't unlocked Wednesday morning. Callers heard the following message: "Due to the lack in federal appropriation, William Howard Taft National Historic Site is closed."

Ashley Nickloes is a busy woman. She's working toward her master's degree. She has four living children (she specified that a fifth died after a preterm birth). And when I caught her, she was in St. Louis, doing simulator training for her role as a pilot in the Air National Guard.

"You know, you can only be busy a hundred percent of the time," she laughed. "You get enough sleep when you're dead."

On top of all that, she also ran for Congress in Tennessee last year, but lost in the primary.

Following the weekend death of an inmate at the Cuyahoga County jail, county council president Dan Brady pledged to continue to shape plans to improve conditions there.

"We have been working for over a year to try to provide better health services to the jail system, and we'll continue to do that," Brady said. "We have a strong consensus on the council for that."

Delaware County Prosecutor's Office/Facebook

Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien is leaving her post to take a job back in state government.

The issue of gerrymandering — the ability of politicians to draw legislative districts to benefit their own party — burst into view as a major political issue in 2018.

Even as voters and courts vigorously rejected the practice this year, politicians in some states are doing their best to remain in control of the redistricting process. Critics argue that amounts to letting politicians pick their own voters.

Updated Dec. 18 at 5:28 p.m. ET

Planning a trip to the Grand Canyon over the coming holidays?

You might want to have a Plan B ... or at least bring your own trail maps.

While the Grand Canyon, along with the rest of the national park system, is expected to remain open in the case of a government shutdown, visitor centers at the facilities probably won't. And some iconic sites, including the Statue of Liberty, may be closed altogether if the park service follows past practices.

Derek Jensen / Wikimedia Commons

Ohio’s cities have seen about $450 million in cuts to their local government funds under Gov. John Kasich. The Ohio Municipal League, a lobby group that represents cities, is looking forward to establishing new relationships with Governor-elect Mike DeWine and the incoming legislature.

Pic: Gov.-elect Mike DeWine speaks at the winter gathering of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio and the County Engineers Association of Ohio.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

With just over a month before he takes office, Gov.-elect Mike DeWine spoke to the leaders of the state’s 88 counties – who plan to pressure him for more funding in the upcoming budget process.

Christopher Columbus statue in front of Columbus City Hall.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Columbus City Council has chosen 15 finalists to fill two upcoming council vacancies.

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