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Who's Wearing the White Hat in Ohio's GOP Statehouse Battles?

Accusations are flying at the State Capitol as the Ohio House continues in chaos without a speaker. The lawmaker considered to be the frontrunner says his rivals, such as the payday-lending industry, are delaying a vote. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, a top lending association is mounting its own, major accusation. The chaos within the Ohio House Republican caucus continues to build. As more time passes without a vote for a new House speaker, leaders and lobbyists are...

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio House sessions for this week have, once again, been cancelled due to controversy over who will be the next speaker. As Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports, the fight that’s been brewing among majority Republicans is now affecting the business of the Legislature -- and is quickly becoming a campaign issue.

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DAN KONIK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Accusations are flying at the State Capitol as the Ohio House continues in chaos without a speaker. The lawmaker considered to be the frontrunner says his rivals, such as the payday-lending industry, are delaying a vote. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, a top lending association is mounting its own, major accusation.

The chaos within the Ohio House Republican caucus continues to build.

As more time passes without a vote for a new House speaker, leaders and lobbyists are making their issues more public.

West Point Market
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Fairlawn’s West Point Market has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

CEO Rick Vernon says delays in construction and permitting for its on-site bakery have required the restructuring of the business. He says he expects the market will stay open and keep its employees.

“We’ve got things to sell, and we plan going forward on putting the store back together and getting stronger. And having the customers’ support has been great, also,” he said.

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Tim Rudell / WKSU

Since 1960, Akron has lost more than 90,000 residents. According data released this week by the Census Bureau, the city has lost another 1,100 since 2010. But Akron has actually seen a recent, though slight, bump in population.

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RICK SENFTEN / WKSU public radio

Democrat Ken Harbaugh is making his first run at political office in a district that leans so Republican that incumbent Bob Gibbs didn’t even have a challenger four years ago. But Harbaugh is also one of the hundreds of vets taking a run at Congress this year with the backing of partisan and nonpartisan veterans groups. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports from one of a series of town halls that Harbaugh has organized throughout Ohio’s 7th Congressional District.

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, May 24:

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OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

A bill co-ponsored by Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown aimed at curbing national security threats posed by China and other countries got approval from a key Senate committee this week. 

Brown says countries like China have adopted new tactics to acquire sensitive American technologies, such as buying into U.S. companies to get seats on their boards. He maintains the U.S. must update the tools it has to block those threats.

Summit Metro Parks

The Summit Metro Parks will again be filled with music this summer, as its ensemble returns for its 18th year. 

The Metro Parks Ensemble is made up of 34 of the hardest working musicians in the region. And they’re all volunteers, some in their 80’s. Director Karen Bennett of Munroe Falls says it's all for the love of the parks and the camaraderie.  

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The Akron Zoo is using 3-D printing to keep better track of some of its animals. The zoo is using its new 3-D printer to create custom bands holding microchips for birds in the aviary.

Dr. Kim Cook, the zoo’s director of Animal Health and Conservation, says they’re using receivers in the aviary to help with research and conservation.

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SECRETARY OF STATE

Voters approved an overhaul of the way Ohio’s Congressional district map will be drawn in the future. But a lawsuit has been filed in federal court against the current map, which opponents say is a result of partisan gerrymandering.

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