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Jim Jordan, Max Miller surface in Jan. 6 testimony: The Wake Up for Wednesday, June 29, 2022

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The headlines

Jan. 6: Republican Congressional hopeful Max Miller testified to the Jan. 6 committee that former President Donald Trump said he wanted to go to the U.S. Capitol with rally-goers at the same time Congress was certifying his electoral loss. Seth Richardson reports that the testimony of Miller, a former White House aide, was played during testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Mark Meadows, Trump’s White House chief of staff. Richardson reports that Hutchinson also said Rep. Jim Jordan, a Champaign County Republican, called Meadows.

Today in Ohio

Some of Ohio’s largest employers are already pledging to pay for travel if employees choose to leave the state for an abortion, which many would now have to do for abortions because of Ohio’s “heartbeat” bill. We’re talking about how Kroger, JPMorgan & Chase, Amazon, and Giant Eagle have announced plans to cover travel costs on Today in Ohio.

Statehouse & politics

ECOT: Years after becoming a controversial political talking point, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow still owes the state more than $117 million, reports Seth Richardson. Ohio Auditor Keith Faber said ECOT should not have received millions of dollars in state money between 2016 and 2018.


Watson judge: The retired Delaware federal court judge overseeing the disciplinary hearings for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is no stranger to issuing opinions on controversial topics, Cory Shaffer reports. Sue Robinson, a George H.W. Bush appointee, drew the ire of good government advocates in 2014 when she blocked the enforcement of a Delaware state law that required groups who disseminated election-related materials to disclose who was bankrolling them. And, according to an attorney’s memoir, she also torpedoed a negotiated settlement in 1993 to a yearslong lawsuit regarding the desegregation of Delaware’s schools.

Park Synagogue: The future of Park Synagogue’s Conservative Jewish congregation lies in Pepper Pike, where it is expanding a new religious and educational campus established in 2007 at Shaker Boulevard and Brainard Road. But an effort to plan a new, long-term future for the congregation’s old main building in Cleveland Heights, a globally admired, mid-century modern masterpiece by architect Eric Mendelsohn, is gaining traction and focus, thanks in part to nearly $3 million in new grants from the state of Ohio, reports Steven Litt.

Toxic chemicals: Earlier this year, reported that a quarter of Ohioans lived near a facility that emitted toxic chemicals into the land, water, or air. But where are those facilities, and how close are they to where you live? Zachary Smith reports that in Cuyahoga County, there were 141 toxic release facilities tracked in 2020 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

GardenWalk: The height of summer is here and to celebrate, gardeners around the Cleveland area will be opening their gates for a charming tradition called GardenWalk, where you can tour beautiful yards throughout Cleveland neighborhoods.

COVID-19 & healthcare

Socially responsible: MetroHealth System is Ohio’s most socially responsible hospital, according to the Lown Institute’s 2022 list of America’s most socially responsible hospitals. Julie Washington reports MetroHealth ranked 15th on Lown’s list of 66 U.S. hospitals that all earned straight A scores in the rankings of measurements of patient outcomes, value of care and health equity.

High-dose flu shots: A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine advisory panel recommends that Americans 65 and older get high-dose flu shots because the regular shot doesn’t offer enough protection. Julie Washington reports this is the first time the federal government has recommended a preferred vaccine for older adults.


Fannie May: Chocolate is a cottage industry in Northeast Ohio, from longtime favorite Malley’s to mom-and-pop operations like Sweet Designs Chocolatier in Lakewood and many others. But if you want to see a massive chocolate factory in operation, head to Stark County. Making and packaging chocolates takes almost 400 employees working in the Fannie May facility, which covers 220,000 square feet, reports Marc Bona.

Uncrustables: Wayne County-based J.M. Smucker Co. made 1 billion Uncrustables in the past year, and it still can’t produce the mostly PB&J sandwiches fast enough to keep up with demand. Smucker makes an average of 3 million Uncrustables a day and the brand has grown from $10 million to over $500 million in yearly sales since the company bought the brand in 1998. Sean McDonnell reports sales are expected to double again.

Arts & entertainment

The Chicks: The Chicks belted out the rocking opener “Sin Wagon” with vigor and lead singer Natalie Maines continued to show her range as the group transitioned into the more recent hit “Gaslighter” at Monday’s concert at Blossom. Troy Smith reports the fact you could even hear her was impressive given just how excited the crowd was.

Things to do: Fire up the grill and get ready for some colorful fireworks shows in Northeast Ohio. Fourth of July celebrations will take over Cleveland and its suburbs this weekend. Whether you want to see a concert, ride some carnival rides, check out a comedy show or watch a baseball game, Joey Morona and Anne Nickoloff have 35 things do to celebrate Independence Day.

Other headlines

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Broadview Heights developer proposes 60 new houses in southwest Brecksville Read more

Avon looks at redrawing City Council wards in wake of 2020 census Read more

Van Aken District developer seeks $4 million forgivable loan from Shaker Heights Read more

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