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Grim (But Important) News

Mark Szelagiewicz stands at the DHL airport hub entrance just moments after he was layed-off December 18, 2008 in Wilmington, Ohio. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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If you listen to us in the morning, I hate to start your day off with grim news. But we really wanted to check in with someone from Ohio. Ohio, along with Michigan, seems like ground zero for bad economic news. The General Motors plant in Moraine closed last week after 27 years because of poor SUV and truck sales, and express shipping company DHL is closing its hub in Wilmington as it scales back U.S. operations and focuses on business overseas.

We decided to check in with the Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, Lee Fisher. If positive thinking can turn things around, then Ohio might be okay. Listen for yourself.

But, then it was on to murder.

Some things cannot be ignored. A new study (pdf) by one of this country's preeminent researchers on crime and violence, James Alan Fox at Northeastern University, reports that murders are actually surging among black teen males, while the homicide rate is falling or stable for others. This is not going to be a shock to some of you who live in certain communities or who read certain newspapers, or who watch the local news in some cities.

The question is ... why? We need to talk more about this.

You might also find interesting today's conversations about avoiding financial scams ... and how to keep your teens safe on New Year's Eve.

I know I'm dating myself, but what did that old sergeant say on that long ago police drama, "Hill Street Blues"?

"Be careful out there."