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Most Ohio schools are already in session for this school year, but the Ohio Department of Education has its eye towards the next one.

StateImpact Ohio’s Michelle Faust reports the state is beginning a series of meetings seeking community input on its implementation of a new federal law.

The Every Student Succeeds Act—or ESSA—passed last December with bipartisan congressional support, replacing the George W. Bush administration's No Child Left Behind.  

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Statehouse News Bureau

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said repeatedly that he thinks the voting system could be rigged. And recently, the FBI raised questions about hackers trying to disrupt voting systems in Arizona and Illinois. 

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says his office works with law enforcement to test the integrity of electronic voting machines. But even if someone were able to hack into those machines, Husted says there would be a backup way to verify votes.

“Every vote has a paper trail attached to it.” 

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Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority

Each year, ports on the Great Lakes dredge tons of material to keep shipping lanes open. But disposing of the spoils is a big problem. The Port of Toledo has a creative approach:  farming.

The Port of Toledo dredges more sediment than any port on the Great Lakes – up to a million cubic yards every year. The Port’s Joseph Cappel says the idea of reusing sediment as soil for agriculture is new for the Great Lakes region and ideal for Lake Erie’s western basin. 

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This story has been updated to reflected the withdrawal of a second set of ads.  

Two major Democratic groups are pulling back on planned TV ad spending to support former Gov. Ted Strickland in his race against incumbent Republican Rob Portman. But Strickland’s campaign says, don’t read too much into that. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports.

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Greater Cleveland partnership

The push to increase Cleveland’s income tax by a half percent has gotten some strong backing. The Greater Cleveland Partnership, the area’s chamber of commerce, is endorsing the November ballot issue to raise the tax to 2.5 percent.