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There have been some changes to the proposed bill that would legalize medical use of marijuana in Ohio. It goes before the full Ohio Senate on Wednesday.

 

Jon Husted
OHIO SECRETARY OF STATE

Soon, Ohioans will be allowed to register to vote online instead of only via the old paper application. But some lawmakers are still skeptical about the plans.

The state’s top elections official, Secretary of State Jon Husted, says being able to register to vote online is a good idea for many reasons.

“It’ll make voting more secure; it’ll make it easier; it’ll save a lot of money," says Husted.

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Members of Chicago-based Cure Violence are in Cleveland this week to help the city implement programs to defuse deadly conflicts in high-crime areas.

Today they met with government, business and hospital officials. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, at least one of the group’s programs could soon be operating in Cleveland where the murder rate is surging.

Rob Portman
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  Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is endorsing Donald Trump for president, but emphatically ruling out any interest in being Trump’s running mate.  

Portman was vetted as one of the handful of people considered for GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012. This year, he says he wouldn’t even consider filling out the questionnaire that campaigns usually give to potential VP candidates.

“I’ve been through this before so I kind of know what the drill is. And I would simply say what I’m telling to you, which is it’s not something I’m interested in pursuing.”

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A federal judge says an Ohio law eliminating the week in which voters can both register and vote is unconstitutional. 

Democrats challenged the change GOP lawmakers made in 2014. They argued that cutting golden week disproportionately hurt African-American voters. And a federal judge has agreed, citing Census data that underscored the point.

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