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WCPN

If you’re looking for an entry-level job in politics, and you don’t mind being a thorn in the opponent’s side, campaigns have a gig for you: tracker.

Trackers follow opposing candidates wherever they go and record them with handheld video cameras. If candidates say embarrassing, hypocritical or offensive things, those videos might end up in the next attack ad.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Although he’s no longer in the presidential race, Gov. John Kasich is still delivering his message to a national audience -- and sometimes that message varies from his party's presidential nominee. Kasich now has strong words for any leaders who suggest cutting foreign aid.

Kasich told the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition in Columbus that the best way to promote the freedoms America enjoys is to continue spreading international aid.

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STATE OF OHIO

A bill requiring lawmakers review the need for state commissions, boards and agencies passed the Senate along party lines today – with Republicans pushing it and Democrats pushing back. 

The bill had been dropped in May and didn’t get much attention. It hadn’t moved since its introduction –until a hearing just hours before it came to the Senate floor. Both the content and the speed of the bill had Democrats upset.

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A top Democratic lawmaker says some kids are having trouble in school because of a problem happening inside and outside of classrooms – and he says the state can help address it.

A bill in the Ohio Senate would create a $4 million pot over the course of two years for schools looking to prevent bullying.

Schools that have ideas on stemming the harassment can apply for grants.

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OHIO SENATE

The Ohio Senate has passed a bill aimed at preventing infant mortality.

One of the sponsors of the legislation, Republican Senator Shannon Jones, says a lot of research and collaboration went into it.

“The bottom line is we are trying to focus and target our efforts in those proven and evidence-based interventions to sort of scale those interventions so that we can actually, in a way that’s meaningful and timely, improve those outcomes.”

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