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Following Agreement, Early Voting Will Be Easier For Ohioans

Apr 20, 2015
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Ohio may see an end to the long debate over early voting access after advocates reached a deal with the state’s top elections official. 

Ohio voters have more opportunities to vote early and in-person starting this November because of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU. 

The expanded schedule includes a full work week where polls will be open until 7 p.m. And Mike Brickner with the ACLU says voters will also have another Sunday open for voting during next year’s presidential election.

Marcus Jordan is a senior at Trotwood-Madison High School. latino
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Today in Graduating Latino, we head to Trotwood—a community that’s trying to get on its feet after years of losing jobs and industry. At Trotwood-Madison High School, teachers are scrambling to help struggling students. But in this case, the Latino population is very small, just over one percent.

One Spanish teacher, Alicia Pagan is trying to bridge the gaps between Latino and Black students—while dealing with even bigger problems.

Janeal Ravndal reads Lianne Spidel's poem, "Harmony."

We live in a culture that restricts the use of some very powerful drugs. Some of these drugs can only be obtained with a prescription from a doctor. Others can only be found through illicit channels. You have to be an adult to purchase alcohol and nicotine products. No such regulations restrict the usage of one of the most ubiquitous drug substances in our society. Little kids can find it almost anywhere. Many adults cannot face the day without it. The drug is caffeine and oh how we love it.

Garden Station's EarthFest 2015 is leading the way to Go a Shade Greener on Saturday from 10 AM until 7 PM. Bring your whole family and join your neighbors in an Earth Week celebration of a healthier and more sustainable way of living.

If you want to hear about the historic and prehistoric properties at Wright Patt Air Force Base then on Saturday, 10:30am at SunWatch Indian Village some Air Force cultural specialists will provide an overview of this.

During the past decade, Ohio’s income tax has been cut several times. And it looks like it might be cut again as the Republican led legislature considers the state budget. But some lawmakers are questioning the value of those cuts.

Republican Finance Committee Chair Ryan Smith says it is important to cut income taxes, especially for small businesses. They would get another tax break under the house’s proposed budget.

Javier meets with an immigration lawyer to find out what his options are for going to college. latino
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Outside Javier’s house in Twin Towers, we’re looking under the hood of my car, a ‘98 Camry. He teaches me the difference between a line-4 and a V-4 engine—I’m just concerned about whether my car is okay at this point.

“It looks pretty nice, yeah,” says Javier. Maybe he’s just being polite.

Steve Broidy reads his poem, "Patient Writing."

Here's another debut crime novel on the Minotaur imprint by a promising young author. Ausma Zehanat Khan has set her story in the Canadian city of Toronto. This is a story the author felt compelled to tell. The novel opens with a mysterious death. A man has died after falling off of a cliff one dark night. It looks like it was an accident. We know better, don't we?

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Communities that still have red light cameras in operation right now are questioning part of the budget plan proposed by the Ohio House. There’s disagreement over a part of the bill designed to take away revenue that’s generated through those cameras.

Some cities are continuing to operate red light cameras while they sue over a new state law that restricts the usage of those devices. State Rep. Ron Maag says there’s a part of the newly proposed House budget that deals with those communities.

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