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State lawmakers are trying to hash out a final budget deal that they can send to the governor’s desk. This includes how they’ll spend money to fight the opioid epidemic while closing a more than $1 billion budget hole. There’s a big issue that looms over the discussion.

The largest chunk of state spending is Medicaid. 

But the Congressional health care debate includes talks of dramatically cutting federal funding for Medicaid and Medicaid expansion, the latter has enrolled more than 700,000 Ohioans.

Canton's Fireworks Show Will Go On

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Fireworks at the McKinley Monument
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Despite worries about funding, Canton’s annual 4th of July fireworks show will go on, according to one of its sponsors.

This marks the second year in a row the display lacked funds.

Organizer Bob Harper, president of United Steelworkers Local 1123, says they needed $15,000 dollars to pay for the fireworks, along with police and fire department personnel.

Harper says even though big sponsors fell through, the community has come through. 

Ohio Attorney General's Office

Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office says his office is doing something it doesn’t normally do: It's asking the public for specific information in connection to the murders of eight Piketon residents a year ago.

DeWine admits it's unusual, but he's asking people for information about the Wagner family - George “Billy” Wagner III, Angela Wagner, George Wagner IV and Edward “Jake” Wagner, 24. DeWine says they used to live in Pike County but are now in Alaska.

The State of Ohio / Ohio Public Television

Some state lawmakers have been questioning how much revenue is lost as a result of a recent tax break for small businesses. One Democratic representative says an analysis of that tax cut shows it's only helping a select few Ohioans. 

Representative David Leland says he asked the Legislative Service Commission to determine who is taking advantage of Ohio’s personal income tax exemption for small businesses. Leland says he was shocked to find the tax savings were primarily going to the top one half of one percent of high wage taxpayers.

photo of War painting
CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART

The Cleveland Museum of Art has acquired a rare German expressionist painting from an artist later condemned by the Nazis.

The painting by Heinrich Davringhausen was acquired in a Munich auction earlier this month and had a price-tag of more than $300,000. The 1914 painting shows a violent scene of World War I with burning buildings and people running for their lives.

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