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Northeast Ohio Vinyl -- And Cassette -- Lovers Have Plenty To Look Forward to On Record Store Day

Record stores around the country will be participating in the 11 th annual Record Store Day today. A boxed set of a 1969 Grateful Dead concert is expected to be one of the most sought-after releases for Record Store Day. The list of more than 400 new or limited edition titles includes everything from a 1956 performance by Ella Fitzgerald to the soundtrack for the “Spongebob Squarepants” musical. David Wolfe owns The Vinyl Groove in Bedford and says he serves vinyl fans ranging from teens to...

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The Cavs are getting ready for their second game in their first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers.

They lost game one 98 to 80. LeBron James says he’s not focusing on the hole the team is in.

“I can’t think about advancing. I’m thinking about tonight you know, what my job is, how I can help change the game, help affect the game, try to be as dominant as I can," he said.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Q. 

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The Democratic race for governor is taking a nastier turn. The two candidates thought to be the front runners are sparring over their ties to certain organizations. 

Former Gov. Ted Strickland, who has endorsed Richard Cordray, says voters need to know more about Dennis Kucinich’s ties to a pro-Syrian group that paid him $20,000 that wasn’t disclosed in previous campaign finance forms.

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A federal appeals court has unanimously upheld a decision that says a state law defunding Planned Parenthood is unconstitutional. 

The law has been on hold since abortion rights advocates sued two years ago. It would allow the Ohio Department of Health to strip $1.5 million in tax funding from Planned Parenthood.

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The American Lung Association's 19th annual “State of the Air” report shows Cleveland with the 10th -worst year-round particle air pollution, and downgraded Summit County's air rating from an A to a B for ozone.

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein and state Rep. David Leland are criticizing HB 228, a measure that would establish Ohio as a "Stand Your Ground" state while limiting local gun control measures.

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The Cavs play a crucial game tonight in their first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers.  They’re in an unfamiliar spot this early in the playoffs, down 0-1 after being blown out on Sunday. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says it's a must-win game. 

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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is doubling down on his doubts about a bill that would protect special counsel Robert Mueller.

Portman says that his understanding of the bill — which would prevent President Trump from firing Mueller unless it went through a three-judge panel — could be unconstitutional.

Despite his opposition to the bill, he maintains he supports Mueller finishing his investigation.

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Another state representative has confirmed he’s interested in the job of speaker of the Ohio House, now that Cliff Rosenberger has resigned following reports that the FBI is questioning his travel with lobbyists connected to payday lending. 

Republican Rep. Andy Thompson of Marietta says he has a lot he’d like to see the House do in the next few months. He says since he’s term limited, he’s uniquely positioned to step into the short-term speaker’s role through the end of the year.

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What was once the state’s largest online charter school has been shut down since January – after saying it couldn’t pay the bill the state says it owes for over-counting students. But the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is still trying to win at least one battle in its ongoing legal war with the state.

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Naked Gunman Kills 4 In Waffle House Shooting

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Nashville Police are warning residents to keep their doors locked and their eyes open for a partially nude man following a shooting early Sunday morning that left four people dead.

A man wearing only a green jacket shot three people dead at a Waffle House. One person later died at a hospital where two others are being treated for injuries. Police say the suspect fled on foot, and is still on the loose. Eye witnesses tell police he stripped his jacket off near the restaurant, went back to his nearby apartment and put on a pair of pants. He was last seen wearing only black pants.

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