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'Young miracle:' Baby recovers from Ebola in Congo outbreak

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 05:23

JOHANNESBURG — They call her the "young miracle." A baby who was admitted to an Ebola treatment center just six days after birth is now recovered from the virus.

Congo's health ministry calls the baby the youngest survivor in what is now the world's second-deadliest Ebola outbreak.

The ministry late Thursday tweeted a photo of the infant, swaddled and with tiny mouth open in yawn or squall, surrounded by caregivers who watched over her 24 hours a day for weeks.

The baby's mother, who had Ebola, died in childbirth, the ministry said.

The infant was discharged from the treatment center in Beni on Wednesday. "She went home in the arms of her father and her aunt," the ministry said.

Experts have reported worryingly high numbers of children with Ebola in this outbreak, which Congo's health ministry says now has 515 cases, 467 of them confirmed, including 255 confirmed deaths.

The tiny survivor is named Benedicte. In video footage shared by UNICEF, she is shown in an isolated treatment area, cradled in the arms of health workers in protective gear or cuddled by Ebola survivors, called "nounous," who can go without certain gear such as masks. The survivors are crucial with their reassuring presence, the health ministry said.

"This is my first child," her father, Thomas, says. "I truly don't want to lose her. She is my hope." He gazes at his daughter through the clear protective plastic.

Children now account for more than one-third of all cases in this outbreak, UNICEF said earlier this week. One in 10 Ebola cases is in a child under 5 years old, it said, and children who contract the hemorrhagic fever are at greater risk of dying than adults.

While Ebola typically infects adults, as they are most likely to be exposed to the lethal virus, children have been known in some instances to catch the disease when they act as caregivers.

Few cases of Ebola in babies have historically been reported, but experts suspect transmission might happen via breast milk or close contact with infected parents. Ebola is typically spread by infected bodily fluids.

The World Health Organization also has noted that health centers have been identified as a source of Ebola transmission in this outbreak, with injections of medications "a notable cause."

So far, more than 400 children have been left orphaned or unaccompanied in this outbreak as patients can spend weeks in treatment centers, UNICEF said. A kindergarten has opened next to one treatment center in Beni "to assist the youngest children whose parents are isolated" there, it said.

Health expert have said this Ebola outbreak, the 10th in Congo, is like no other as they face the threat of attack from armed groups and resistance from a wary population in a region that had never faced an Ebola outbreak before. Tracking suspected contacts of Ebola victims remains a challenge in areas controlled by rebels.

The latest WHO assessment, released Thursday, simply calls the circumstances "unforgiving."

And now, Congo is set to hold a presidential election on Dec. 23, with unrest already brewing.

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Stethoscopes loaded with bacteria, including staph, study finds

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 05:22

The stethoscope is one of the most important and perhaps the most recognizable of all tools used by health care professionals. But new research finds they are often crawling with bacteria, including some germs that can cause serious infections.

The study, published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, found that Staphylococcus, the bacteria responsible for staph infections, was found in abundance on many stethoscopes, with more than half of the devices having confirmed contamination with the bacteria.

Other bacteria that can lead to health care-associated infections, including Pseudomonas and Acinetobacter, were also found on many of the stethoscopes, though in small quantities.

For the study, researchers used molecular sequencing to analyze stethoscopes in use in an intensive care unit (ICU), including 20 traditional reusable stethoscopes being carried by physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists, and 20 single-patient-use disposable stethoscopes used in patient rooms. They compared these to 10 unused single-use disposable stethoscopes as a control.

All 40 of the stethoscopes in use in the ICU were significantly contaminated with a rich and diverse community of bacteria, the researchers said.

However, it is unknown if the stethoscopes ever made patients sick.

The researchers also found that cleaning stethoscopes using a hydrogen peroxide wipe, alcohol swabs, or bleach wipes reduced the amount of bacteria but did not totally eliminate it.

"This study underscores the importance of adhering to rigorous infection control procedures, including fully adhering to CDC-recommended decontamination procedures between patients, or using single-patient-use stethoscopes kept in each patient's room," senior study author Ronald Collman, MD, a professor of medicine, pulmonary, allergy and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, said in a statement.

Collman said future research should focus on improving cleaning methods and studying bacteria on other medical devices used on multiple patients.

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Auditor recommends changes to how state funds online schools

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 05:15

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As lawmakers consider changing how Ohio funds online charter schools, the state auditor recommends they consider models factoring in student performance or testing.

Ohio's traditional school funding is enrollment-based, but e-school funding in recent years has been calculated using documented student participation. In a report released Thursday, Republican Auditor Dave Yost's office says virtual schools and their information systems weren't equipped for that.

The massive Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is among e-schools that closed after Ohio found they didn't have participation data to justify their funding and moved to recoup some.

Yost is now recommending clarifying how e-schools are evaluated for funding and having lawmakers review a manual that guides that process.

Democrats criticize Yost for taking political donations from ECOT's founder and not pushing more accountability for it sooner.

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Regulators: $2.1M more needed for marijuana legal fees

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 05:12

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State regulators are seeking $2.1 million in additional money to cover legal costs tied to medical marijuana lawsuits against Ohio's Department of Commerce.

The department is one of three state agencies overseeing Ohio's Medical Marijuana Control Program.

A department senior official told the state's Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee in Columbus on Thursday that the agency needs the extra money to cover legal costs from lawsuits that were brought by companies denied medical marijuana cultivators' licenses.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the department official, Mark Hamlin, told the committee that the $1 million budgeted for the legal costs wasn't enough. He says the department has requested a loan from the state emergency fund for the additional $2.1 million.

That request would have to be approved by the state Controlling Board.

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Florida man executed for fatally stabbing woman in 1992

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 04:40

STARKE, Fla. — A man convicted of the fatal stabbing and beating death of a woman in Miami-Dade County 26 years ago was executed Thursday night in Florida.

Jose Antonio Jimenez, 55, received a lethal injection and was pronounced dead at 9:48 p.m. at Florida State Prison in Starke. He was sentenced to death for the 1992 killing of 63-year-old Phyllis Minas in her North Miami apartment.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected his last-minute appeal earlier Thursday.

The execution took about 15 minutes to complete and Jimenez had no last words to say. As the three-drug protocol was performed, Jimenez appeared to take numerous rapid, deep breaths and occasionally moved his head.

Minas' nephew, Alan Pattee, said in a written statement that his family believes justice was done.

"Mr. Jimenez has shown no remorse or repentance for his crime. My aunt was innocent and loving, and a faithful sister to my father," the statement said. "His execution will allow closure to a painful memory of the vicious murder Mr. Jimenez was responsible for."

Court records show that on Oct. 2, 1992, Minas found Jimenez in her second-floor apartment. During his trial, neighbors said they heard her screaming, and they tried to enter, but someone inside had locked the door.

Prosecutors at the trial said a fingerprint found on the inside of the apartment's front door matched Jimenez' print. Also, the building's custodian said he saw Jimenez jump from a balcony of Minas' second-floor apartment.

The defense argued that Jimenez didn't stab or kill Minas, and that all of the evidence against him was circumstantial.

Authorities say Jimenez was a cocaine addict who was burglarizing Minas' apartment when she came home and surprised him. Investigators said Minas, a longtime employee of the Miami-Dade Court Clerk's office, was stabbed eight times

After a weeklong trial, Jimenez was found guilty and subsequently sentenced to death.

After his arrest, Jimenez also was convicted of a prior burglary and second-degree murder in the 1990 death of another woman in Miami Beach.

Over the years, he filed various appeals. In an appeal filed with the U.S. Supreme Court this week, Jimenez and his attorneys said detectives who investigated the case gave "false or, at best, misleading testimony." Also, they said, several key police reports were lost.

Additionally, his attorneys filed a motion asking the court to issue a stay of execution and consider whether Florida's lethal injection protocol is cruel and unusual punishment and violates the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The lawyers pointed to the February execution of Eric Branch using the same drugs in which experts later concluded he felt significant pain, including screaming out the word "murderers!" several times as he thrashed about on the gurney.

The justices denied Jimenez's appeals and request for a stay of execution Thursday night.

In July, Gov. Rick Scott signed Jimenez's death warrant and scheduled the execution for August.

But the Florida Supreme Court issued a stay to consider a number of Jimenez's claims, including that he was denied access to public records, that the Florida drug protocol can cause him harm and that it was cruel for him to be executed after 23 years on death row. In October, the court denied all those claims and lifted the stay.

According to corrections officials, there have been 28 executions since Scott took office in 2011.

That's the most of any Florida governor since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.

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City wrapping up work in the Short North just in time for holiday haul

Channel 10 news - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 01:22

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One of the most iconic neighborhoods in the City of Columbus, the Short North, has seen a lot of change over the last year.

The most obvious change for visitors so far has come in the form of new businesses and orange barrels popping up like wildflowers.

But the city tells 10TV some of the latest changes in the Short North were much needed and they are just about complete.

The improvements made to the High Street Corridor, from the Columbus Convention Center to the south end of the University District, have mainly impacted pedestrian safety.

Now, those improvements are wrapping up, just in time for a major shopping haul, according to the Columbus Department of Public Service.

The completion comes as a relief to area businesses and residents.

“We’re very excited that the construction season is wrapping up here for 2018, just in time for the holidays,” said Betsy Pandora, executive director for the Short North Alliance. “You know, folks that maybe haven’t had an opportunity to come down to the Short North in a while, we’re really excited to see them back.”

Getting to this point has been a long road for the businesses and construction crews alike.

“Our sidewalks were buckling and there were really a lot of lighting and safety issues, so community members came together over a number of years to provide feedback to the city on things that could make for the neighborhood to be safer and to help beautify the neighborhood and the city began making those investments last year and continued that this year in the Short North,” Pandora said.

In an effort to improve safety and walkability in the neighborhood, the city repaved and widened the sidewalks.

Crews extended curbs, protecting parked cars and helping pedestrians cross the street in less time, and the city also laid out brighter crosswalk markings and planted trees that would not block the lighting.

“A lot of the major work is done,” said James Young, with the City of Columbus department of public service. “So now it’s going to be more rolling work, like planting shrubs or grasses or what not and taking down the rest of the overhead wiring.”

But the work hasn't been without challenges.

“We’ve lost at least 20 days to rain this year so it’s been a real challenge to get all the work done and get it ready for winter,” Young said.

The area felt it, according to Pandora.

“This has been an a-typical year and I think it’s been challenging for people to weather that much construction,” she said.

Ninety percent of the business community in the Short North is locally owned or headquartered, while 75 percent are extremely small, Pandora said. That fact alone can make things challenging when major construction digs in.

“We really had to do a lot of education to the city as to how they could create a supportive environment for small businesses to exist with that level of construction,” Pandora said.

While area goers may still see roadblocks, the city’s work is just about through, according to Young.

“There’s still private work going on in the area and that’s been one of the struggles with the projects,” Young said.

Much of what people see now is work commissioned by the businesses and building owners themselves.

At this time, the city is prepping for the next phase of the High Street Streetscape, from 2nd Ave to 9th Ave in January.

But the improvements made thus far give Short North advocates hope for an even brighter future.

“We really want to see everybody come back down and support small businesses for the holiday season. Construction like that is challenging and people certainly need support now,” Pandora said.

Pandora also told 10TV that the district is running a shopping incentive through the month of December.

Shoppers can pick up a sticker at participating businesses in the Short North. After collecting five, they can redeem a $50 parking meter gift card at Le Meridian, the Joseph Hotel.

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"Heartbeat Bill" passes Ohio House; Gov. Kasich says he plans to veto

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 23:35

The Ohio House of Representatives has voted 53-32 to approve House Bill 258. It comprises Senate amendments to a highly restrictive anti-abortion bill despite indications it has little chance of passage this year. The vote came just before 1:20 a.m. Thursday morning.

The GOP-controlled Ohio Senate by an 18-13 vote Wednesday passed House Bill 258, nicknamed the "heartbeat bill." The measure bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected at 12 weeks. The original proposed bill wanted to ban abortions at six weeks of conception.

Outgoing Republican Gov. John Kasich has promised to veto the bill as he did with a similar measure in 2016. He has 10 days to veto the bill.

If Gov. Kasich vetoes the bill, lawmakers would be forced to return over holiday break for an override vote to try and get the law to pass before the session ends for the year.

Ohio Right to Life, the state's oldest and largest anti-abortion group, remains neutral on the bill due to concerns over its constitutionality.

Republican Gov.-elect Mike DeWine, who takes office in January, has said he would sign such a bill if it crossed his desk.

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Nancy Wilson, Ohio native Grammy winning jazz singer, dies at 81

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 22:19

LOS ANGELES — Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning "song stylist" and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died.

Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park, her manager and publicist Devra Hall Levy told The Associated Press late Thursday night. She was 81.

Influenced by Dinah Washington, Nat "King" Cole and other stars, Wilson covered everything from jazz standards to "Little Green Apples" and in the 1960s alone released eight albums that reached the top 20 on Billboard's pop charts. Sometimes elegant and understated, or quick and conversational and a little naughty, she was best known for such songs as her breakthrough "Guess Who I Saw Today" and the 1964 hit "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am," which drew upon Broadway, pop and jazz.

She resisted being identified with a single category, especially jazz, and referred to herself as a "song stylist."

"The music that I sing today was the pop music of the 1960s," she told The San Francisco Chronicle in 2010. "I just never considered myself a jazz singer. I do not do runs and — you know. I take a lyric and make it mine. I consider myself an interpreter of the lyric."

Wilson's dozens of albums included a celebrated collaboration with Cannonball Adderley, "Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley," a small group setting which understandably could be called jazz; "Broadway — My Way"; "Lush Life"; and "The Nancy Wilson Show!" a best-selling concert recording. "How Glad I Am" brought her a Grammy in 1965 for best R&B performance, and she later won Grammys for best jazz vocal album in 2005 for the intimate "R.S.V.P (Rare Songs, Very Personal)" and in 2007 for "Turned to Blue," a showcase for the relaxed, confident swing she mastered later in life. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded her a "Jazz Masters Fellowship" in 2004 for lifetime achievement.

Wilson also had a busy career on television, film and radio, her credits including "Hawaii Five-O," ''Police Story," the Robert Townshend spoof "Meteor Man" and years hosting NPR's "Jazz Profiles" series. Active in the civil rights movement, including the Selma march of 1965, she received an NAACP Image Award in 1998.

Wilson was married twice — to drummer Kenny Dennis, whom she divorced in 1970; and to Wiley Burton, who died in 2008. She had three children.

Born in Chillcote, Ohio, the eldest of six children of an iron foundry worker and a maid, Wilson sang in church as a girl and by age 4 had decided on her profession. She was in high school when she won a talent contest sponsored by a local TV station and was given her own program. After briefly attending Central State College, she toured Ohio with the Rusty Bryant's Carolyn Club Big Band and met such jazz artists as Adderley, who encouraged her to move to New York.

She soon had a regular gig at The Blue Morocco, and got in touch with Adderley's manager, John Levy.

"He set up a session to record a demo," Wilson later observed during an interview for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. "Ray Bryant and I went in and recorded 'Guess Who I Saw Today,' 'Sometimes I'm Happy,' and two other songs. We sent them to Capitol and within five days the phone rang. Within six weeks I had all the things I wanted."

Her first album, "Like in Love!", came out in 1959, and she had her greatest commercial success over the following decade despite contending at times with the latest sounds. Gamely, she covered Beatles songs ("And I Love Her" became "And I Love Him"), Stevie Wonder's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" and "Son of a Preacher Man," on which she strained to mimic Aretha Franklin's fiery gospel style. She was so outside the contemporary music scene an interviewer once stumped her by asking about Cream, the million-selling rock trio featuring Eric Clapton.

"It took me years to know what that question was about. Remember, I was constantly working or I was traveling to perform. The '60s for me were about work," she told JazzWax in 2010.

In the 1970s and after, she continued to record regularly and perform worldwide, at home in nightclubs, concert halls and open-air settings, singing at jazz festivals from Newport to Tokyo. She officially stopped touring with a show at Ohio University in September 2011, but had been thinking of stepping back for years. When she turned 70, in 2007, she was guest of honor at a Carnegie Hall gala. The show ended with Wilson performing such favorites as "Never, Never Will I Marry," ''I Can't Make You Love Me" and the Gershwin classic "How Long Has This Been Going On?"

"After 55 years of doing what I do professionally, I have a right to ask how long? I'm trying to retire, people," she said with a laugh before leaving the stage to a standing ovation.

In accordance with Wilson's wishes, there will be no funeral service, a family statement said. A celebration of her life will be held most likely in February, the month of her birth.

She is survived by her son, Kacy Dennis; daughters Samantha Burton and Cheryl Burton; sisters Karen Davis and Brenda Vann and five grandchildren.

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2018 favorites from Photo of the Day

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 22:00
We could have scared up some pinch-faced academic juror to compile a best-of-the-year selection from Photo of the Day, or I could have just imposed my own taste upon everyone, but it seemed more in the spirit of a crowd-submitted photo feature to let the crowd decide. After running the math on the various platforms where we publish these photos, here are the 26 Photo of the Day images that received the most visits on the website and/or most engagement on social media. The crowd seems to have plenty of wisdom, because the selection is awesome.
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New St. Lawrence County Opioid Task Force holds first meeting today

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 22:00
St. Lawrence County is launching a task force to try to combat the opioid epidemic. According to North Country Now, the task force aims to collect data such as the number of overdoses, arrests, emergency room visits and 911 calls related to drug use.
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Books: Paul Hetzler's "Shady Characters"

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 22:00
Naturalist and educator Paul Hetzler will stop by The TAUNY Center in Canton tonight to talk about and sign copies of his book, Shady Characters: Plant Vampires, Caterpillar Soup, Leprechaun Trees and Other Hilarities of the Natural World. Copies of Paul Hetzler’s book will be for sale at this event, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Hetzler's work has appeared in magazines, and the medical journal The Lancet. He also writes weekly natural-history columns for newspapers and magazines in northern New York State, as well as NCPR's All In blog.
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North Country at Work: Howard Glass on a back-country helicopter rescue in Keene Valley

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 22:00
Howard Glass didn't move to the Adirondacks to jump out of helicopters. Howard came up to the Adirondacks in 1977 with a masters degree in biochemistry and cell biology and worked at a lab in Lake Placid for four years before it closed. Howard then went on a huge job search around the Northeast, but decided to stay in the Adirondacks to avoid jobs "surrounded by concrete."
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Farm Bill amendment aids New York malting barley growers

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Barley farmers supporting New York's craft beer industry will get some help under an amendment to the federal Farm Bill passed by the House and Senate.
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Officials: Jail cook in Canton had sex with inmates working for her

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 22:00
CANTON, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say the former head cook at a northern New York county jail has been indicted on rape and other charges for having sex with inmates who worked in the facility's kitchen.
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Vermont State Police end helicopter-aided pot investigations

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 22:00
COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) Vermont State Police have ended a longstanding program that used military helicopters to search for illegal marijuana farms.
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This weekend in the Adirondacks, 12/14/18

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 22:00
Although we'll see some warmer weather this weekend, ice and deep snow rein in the backcountry. Plan for the possibility of encountering light rain or show showers, especially through tonight and again on Sunday.
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How will upstate GOP House members in minority work with Democrats?

North Country Public Radio - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 22:00
Next year will be the first time some upstate House Republicans will be in the minority. Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) said he has built a lot of bridges with Democrats over the last four years.
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Homes evacuated in Lancaster due to gas leak

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 18:08

LANCASTER, Ohio - Several homes in Lancaster have been evacuated because of a gas leak Thursday night.

The leak is in the area of 5th Avenue and Maple Street.

The Lancaster Fire Department and Lancaster Municipal Gas are on the scene working to locate and fix the leak.

The Red Cross is on the scene to assist those who had to evacuate.

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Kasich continues serious look at 3rd presidential run

Channel 10 news - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:31

BEXLEY, Ohio (AP) — Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Thursday that he'd prefer to run for president as a Republican, but only if he's entering a primary he could win.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Kasich acknowledged he probably couldn't defeat President Donald Trump if the election were held today.

He says he's seriously considering his options and letting his advisers monitor the daily troubles Trump is facing, including talk of impeachment.

"If you're going to run as a Republican you have to have a sense that if you get into primaries you can win. Right now, probably couldn't win," he told the AP. "But that's today. It's ever changing."

Primary challenges against incumbent presidents are rare but not unprecedented. The last time it happened was in 1992, when Republican Pat Buchanan unsuccessfully challenged President George H.W. Bush. Twelve years earlier, Democrat Ted Kennedy mounted a challenge to President Jimmy Carter.

Kasich, leaving office after eight years because of term limits, has previously made two presidential runs. Should he enter the Republican fray in 2020, it would put in play his electorally critical home state, which Kasich won resoundingly in the 2016 primary against Trump and others.

Kasich didn't address recent developments such as Wednesday's sentencing of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to three years in prison for crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money to conceal Trump's alleged sexual affairs.

Kasich said he's been told there's money around the country for a run but acknowledged that fundraising would be a factor.

"If you're not around the hoop, you can't get a rebound," Kasich said. "So we're hanging around the hoop, and we're very serious about this. How would we not be?"

"It's not like I wouldn't do it," he said of a potential run. "You can't be afraid to do it."

Trump said in a Fox-TV interview Thursday that he hopes Kasich or retiring Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake mount a primary challenge.

Kasich's political adviser John Weaver responded: "Be careful what you wish for."

Kasich was the last primary challenger left in the GOP race when he stepped down in 2016, even though he only won his home state of Ohio. But he has been a consistent critic of Trump since then, dinging the president on everything from tax cuts that weren't paid for to the immigration policy of family separation.

Asked if Trump has done anything he agrees with, Kasich said border control, lower taxes, and higher financial contributions from European allies are all needed. But the president has set too negative a tone when he's not wrong, with an overall "dismal" record, Kasich said.

"Tariffs are a bad idea. Debt is a bad idea. Family separation is a bad idea. Demonizing immigrants is a bad idea. And breaking down our alliances is bad too," Kasich said.

The Ohio Democratic Party chairman, no fan of many of Kasich's actions as governor, said Thursday that he admired Kasich's willingness to take on Trump.

"For the sake of the country, I do think having someone, one person in that party, willing to actually speak out, is something that's a good thing," chairman David Pepper said.

Dressed in slacks, a pullover and casual shoes, Kasich spoke for about 30 minutes at the governor's residence in suburban Bexley, about 2 miles (3 kilometers) from his downtown Columbus offices. Unlike previous governors, Kasich chose not to live in the residence, keeping his home in another Columbus suburb.

Kasich said he's not worried about defending his anti-Trump positions to the Republican National Committee in the event of another run, saying he goes "right to the folks."

Though Republicans control nearly all statewide offices in Ohio, Kasich has faced problems with his own party here. He backed expansion of Medicaid over party members, and also unsuccessfully pushed for taxes on the oil and gas industry because of booming revenue from natural gas fracking.

Just this month, Republican state lawmakers have pushed a strict abortion ban Kasich previously vetoed and a gun bill leaving out a Kasich-backed measure that would allow gun rights to be temporarily stripped from people who show warning signs of violence.

The governor called those actions a political consideration by fellow Ohio Republicans he had no plans to fight over.

He also said he didn't want to be known as a critic of Trump, but rather as a national voice for every person mattering, and every person thinking about their impact on the world.

"These things matter to me a great deal, in that we can all live a life a little bigger than ourselves," Kasich said.

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