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MELISSA ACKISON FOR US SENATE CAMPAIGN

There are ten weeks till the May primary and while the Ohio Republican Party has already voted to endorse Jim Renacci as their U.S. Senate nominee, there are other candidates – including Melissa Ackison, who says she’s a political outsider. 

Melissa Ackison, of Marysville, became a vocal critic of the Affordable Care Act because of the effect she says it had on her as a small business owner and as someone with a rare disease trying to find coverage.

Trump's 2019 Budget Would Slash Great Lakes Funding

Feb 13, 2018
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ALLIANCE FOR THE GREAT LAKES

President Trump’s 2019 budget outline proposes drastic cuts to Great Lakes funding again. But the region's political forces are vowing to fight back.

The Trump budget would cut Great Lakes funding by 90 percent -- to just $30 million.  The money is used for projects like cleaning up pollution, protecting wildlife and rebuilding wetlands.

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Feb. 2:

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OWEN M. MCCAFFERTY II

Thousands of people gathered in downtown Cleveland on Saturday for the Women's March marking one year since President Trump took office.

Last year’s marches were partly a protest against Trump's inauguration. Laura Smith of South Euclid says that sentiment was still present at this year’s march in Cleveland.

“I think if we had someone who supported women and their rights, we’d still be active," Smith said. "But I don’t know if we’d still be marching and making our voices heard as loudly as we have in the past year and a half.”

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The Trump administration is clearing the way for states to attach work requirements for peole on Medicaid. The announcement has sparked outrage among health-care advocates and could mean some changes for the Ohio's program.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released new guidelines that allow states to require a Medicaid recipient to work in order to get their health-care coverage.

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