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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.

DAN KONIK

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, April 18:

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The NAACP held a forum in Akron for gubernatorial candidates over the weekend. It was attended by the four Democrats seeking their party’s nomination but neither of the Republicans.

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As the primary comes closer, the four Democratic men who would like to be Ohio’s next governor are talking up their ideas to battle the state’s opioid crisis. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports the options range from using Ohio’s rainy-day fund to medical marijuana.

If you ask state Sen. Joe Schiavoni about how to stem the rising tide of opioid deaths in Ohio, he’ll tell you he’s been pushing a proposal to deal with that.

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