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Shuffle: Cleveland Female Musicians Take Center Stage To Benefit Women In Need

A group of female-fronted bands in Cleveland is coming together for a cause. The second annual Women Rock CLE concert at the House of Blues next month was organized by the roots rock band AJ & The Woods , fronted by musican Alison Tomin. Tomin says the show on July 6th is all about rallying around women -- from the bands on the bill to the proceeds that will go to Laura’s Home , a Cleveland shelter for women and children. She says the idea actually came from one of the male members of her...

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, June 22: 

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Some major proposed changes are coming to a bill that passed the Ohio House overwhelmingly earlier this month cracking down on the payday lending industry. Borrowers here pay an average of 591 percent annual interest, the highest in the nation. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports while one Republican senator is hoping for a compromise, supporters of Houses-passed crackdown are furious.

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The immigration raids at a meat supplier in Salem this week have triggered concern among people who work at other plants owned by the same company.

Immigration officials arrested more than 140 people on Tuesday at the Fresh Mark plant in Salem, and also seized documents at Fresh Mark facilities in Canton and Massillon.

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A pro-gun group is taking two Ohio cities, Columbus and Cincinnati to court over their new gun laws. The dispute revolves around a ban on bump stocks.

Columbus and Cincinnati banned bump stocks in the wake of last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Derek DeBrosse with Ohioans for Concealed Carry says those cities are out of line, citing Ohio Revised Code that says the state has sole discretion over gun laws in Ohio.

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Ohio’s top Democratic elected official is fighting the state’s process when it comes to scratching voters off the rolls. The new bill is in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing Ohio’s voter-roll cleanup process. 

A bill from U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says no voter should be kicked off the rolls just because they failed to cast a vote or respond to a notification letter.

That’s the process in Ohio now, a process that takes six years before someone loses their registration.

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Summit County’s first Financial Empowerment Center is now open in Akron’s Kenmore neighborhood. The center will provide free, ongoing financial counseling to any individual in the county regardless of income.

United Way of Summit County President Jim Mullen says counselors have laid out a plan to track their success.

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while most attention has been focused on the White House and competing immigration bills in the House, senators began meeting this week to talk about their own immigration bill. But as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, there are big questions on whether enough Democrats would go along.

The Hill newspaper is reporting that a group of Democratic and Republican senators met Wednesday afternoon to lay out the guidelines for a compromise bill. It includes a focus on keeping families together when they’re stopped at the southern border.

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The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that the state can cut funding to certain communities using traffic cameras. But the ruling may not have much of an effect.

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The former Speaker of the U.S. House was honored yesterday at his former workplace, the Ohio Statehouse.

John Boehner spoke after a resolution honoring his six years as a state representative in the '80s before he was elected to Congress. Boehner says since he retired in 2015, he’s come up with a list of life lessons.

“One is, you can disagree without being disagreeable," Boehner says. "I think the world would be better off, get along a little better with each other. Second, another Boehnerism, as my staff would call it, is that it doesn’t cost anything to be nice.”

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, June 21:


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Despite the cloudy skies that have been looming over Senegal's seaside capital of Dakar the past few days, there is plenty of sunshine in the streets.

The country's national colors, yellow, green and red, can be spotted all over the city as part of growing enthusiasm over the national team's World Cup hopes. The excitement is building as the Lions of Teranga head into their second World Cup match this weekend after their 2-1 win over Poland in Moscow on Tuesday.

Kandace Vallejo thought she knew Southwest Key Programs: a big nonprofit based in Austin, Texas. Runs a charter school. Works with youth.

And holds thousands of migrant children in facilities paid for by the U.S. government.

That was news.

More than a decade and a half after a weeks-long sniper rampage paralyzed the region around Washington, D.C., one of its two perpetrators is likely to get new sentencing hearings. An appeals court in Virginia confirmed Thursday that several of Lee Boyd Malvo's life sentences without parole must be vacated.

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The Great Wall of China. A walk on the moon. Genome sequencing. How did we humans, who share almost all of our DNA with chimpanzees, end up doing all that, while they ended up pretty much where they started?

Some scientists will tell you it was language, or tools, or brainpower.

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