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The head of the Trump campaign in Mahoning County has stepped down after she made comments blaming racism in the US on President Barack Obama.  Former campaign chair Kathy Miller, a real estate broker from Boardman, has apologized for that and other comments made this week to the British newspaper the Guardian that Democrats have called racist and bigoted.  Youngstown radio host , Tracey Winbush, who is African-American, has been named the new GOP campaign chair in the predominantl

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  Governor Kasich has signed legislation legalizing medical marijuana in Ohio, however it won’t be available anytime soon.  The law takes effect in 90 days.  But the medical marijuana program isn’t expected to be fully operational for about two years.  The measure lays out a number of steps that must happen first, including the writing of rules for retailers and cultivators.  The legislation allows patients to use marijuana in vapor form for certain chronic health conditions, while barring patients from smoking marijuana or growing it at home.  Employers could continue to maintain drug-free

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  Akron is a step closer to owning a dead mall.  The Beacon Journal reports there were no takers at yesterday’s sheriff’s sale for the vacant Rolling Acres Mall.  The paper reports there will be one more attempt to sell the mall, in about two weeks.  If there are no takers, the Summit County Fiscal Officer will begin procedures for seizing the property… which would then be turned over to the city.  This isn’t the first time the

Picture of a dredging operation in Cleveland's shipping channel
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  The U.S. Senate is weighing in on the dumping of dredge sediment in Lake Erie.  Cleveland.com reports the Senate passed a bill yesterday that would bar the U.S.

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Authorities in Cleveland are looking at clearing out the county jail ahead of the Republican Convention should the space be needed for arrested protestors.  WKYC is reporting the plan could involve moving prisoners from the jail to other facilities further away.  The police chief in Bedford Heights confirmed that he’s had talks about his jail, which is mostly empty.  WKYC reports discussions are also underway about relocating some prisoners to the Geauga County jail.

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