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On Tuesday, a panel of judges shot down "golden week", 7 days during which Ohio citizens could both register and vote at the same time.

For PoliticsOhio, WYSO's April Laissle talked to Statehouse News Bureau Chief Karen Kasler about why the issue was so contentious, and how it may affect the November election.

PoliticsOhio is a wrap-up of the week's important political news in the state. Each Friday during All Things Considered, the WYSO news department talks with political reporters and experts from across Ohio about local and statewide news.

The National Weather Service says four tornadoes touched down in one western Ohio county during a storm that moved across Indiana and Ohio.

Emergency officials in Van Wert County near the Indiana state line say they're fortunate that the tornadoes rolled across mostly rural farmland during the storms Wednesday night. They say six properties had just minor damage.

The weather service also confirms that it was a tornado that damaged eight homes in Putnam County.

A county official says the homes lost siding, shingles and have a few broken windows.

Police in Cincinnati are asking for the public's help in finding the source of the suspected heroin behind an estimated 78 overdoses in just two days this week.

Authorities believe the same batch is linked to three recent deaths.

They say there were an estimated 78 overdoses on Tuesday and Wednesday and a total of 174 overdoses in emergency rooms within the past week.

Local officials are calling it a public health emergency.

Tonight you can go to an outdoor movie. "Homeward Bound" will be shown outdoors at SICSA in Kettering. Local vendors will be on site from 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM with pet-related items for sale, as well as snacks and treats. The movie will begin at 9:15 PM. You are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating in the lawn.

Conrad Balliet reads Robert Paschell's "Rhyming Poem."

ECOT

The Ohio Department of Education wants to know how much learning is actually going on among the more than 17,000 students at the state’s largest online charter school, ECOT. Some of the school's students are taking a stand. 

18 year old Gabriel Young is featured in one of ECOT’s latest commercials, in which he states, “I was adopted for seven years and then put back.”

Young lives on his own, and says ECOT’s flexible system fits his schedule. And he adds that the work students do can’t always be tracked through log-in information.

Office of Governor John Kasich

Ohio's governor sees progress in the state's anti-drug efforts, despite a new report that shows another record death toll from accidental overdoses.

Accidental drug overdoses killed a record 3,050 people in Ohio last year.

Republican Gov. John Kasich says he feels "terrible" about the deaths, but believes lives are being saved by steps taken, including increased monitoring of drug prescriptions and crackdowns on "pill mills."

Libertarian Party of Ohio delivers petitions to put Charlie Earl on the ballot as presidential nominee in hopes of swapping Earl out for Johnson.
Credit Statehouse News Bureau

The Libertarian Party of Ohio made a dicey move to try to get their presidential nominee, Gary Johnson, onto the ballot. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, that move ultimately paid off.

According to Chow, Ohio’s Libertarians always planned on swapping in Gary Johnson for former gubernatorial candidate Charlie Earl, who was listed on the official paperwork.

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Once again, kids are going back to school in Ohio. And once again, a state lawmaker is saying that school shouldn’t be starting in the middle of August.

medical marijuana
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The state has authorized nearly two million dollars to be spent to set up the new medical marijuana program – which is supposed to take effect in less than three weeks.

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