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A homeless advocacy organization and a Black Lives Matter group are challenging the fatal Cincinnati police shooting of a black man with a history of mental illness.

The Hamilton County prosecutor called the shooting justified. The police chief said the white officer was under "vicious, violent attack" by a knife-wielding robbery suspect.

The Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition and Black Lives Matter Cincinnati have issued a joint statement saying Jawari Porter's death was avoidable. They say police escalated the Sunday confrontation.

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Certain students in Ohio who are returning to school this fall must be immunized against meningitis under a new law.

The state's health department says all incoming 7th graders must have one dose of the meningococcal vaccine, and all incoming 12th graders must have a second dose of the vaccine.

It's the first school year the requirement has been in place. With few exceptions, it applies to students at public and nonpublic schools that are subject to state standards. Students could be exempt for medical or religious reasons.

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More than 200 people gathered at a rally remembering a man fatally shot by police two years ago inside an Ohio Wal-Mart.

The event Saturday afternoon in Dayton honored John Crawford III, a black man from Fairfield.

A 911 caller had reported a man waving a gun at the Beavercreek store on Aug. 5, 2014. It was actually an air rifle from a shelf. Police say he refused to drop it.

The officer wasn't charged, in one of a series of cases around the nation raising concern about police encounters with black men.

Ohio Governor John Kasich
Office of Ohio Governor John Kasich

Republican Gov. John Kasich says he's focused on backing his party's congressional candidates this fall and won't talk about any support for a presidential candidate.
 

Kasich has declined to endorse GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Police say a man playing "Pokemon Go" in an Ohio park was robbed of his cellphone and shot three times. 
 
Columbus police say 26-year-old Gregory Wheeler and a woman were playing the smartphone game Tuesday night when a 14-year-old boy asked to use the phone to call his mother. 
 
Police say the teenager fled with the phone and Wheeler was first struck in the head by another person when he chased after the boy, then shot. Wheeler's condition wasn't immediately available Wednesday.
 

Army Corporal Charles "Perky" White Jr.
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The remains of a Korean War veteran who was captured in 1950 have been returned to his Ohio family, and he'll be buried Friday next to his parents.
 

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New York's Hofstra University says it's honored to be called on to host the first 2016 presidential general election debate.

The Sept. 26 debate is moving to Hofstra after Wright State University withdrew as host Tuesday, citing rising security concerns and costs.

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced quickly that Hofstra would take over. The Hempstead, New York, university had agreed last year to serve as an alternate site. It hosted debates in 2012 and 2008.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is encouraging staffers with licenses to carry to bring their weapons to work.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports Jones also urged civilian employees to carry their weapons while operating any department vehicle away from headquarters.

Jones encouraged employees to carry their guns in a memo on Friday after recent attacks against police officers in other parts of the county. In the memo, Jones urged employees to plan their attire appropriately and carry their weapons discreetly when in public view.

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Union Institute and University in Cincinnati has been awarded a $150,000 grant from an anonymous foundation that aims to help veterans earn their college degrees.

The grant will continue to fund living allowance stipends for honorably discharged, Pell Grant-eligible veterans working toward their bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees at the school.

Geri Maples, Union's veterans services coordinator, says education is vital to veterans' transition into the civilian world.

A federal judge is deciding whether a young Ohio man's bond should be revoked as he awaits trial on a charge he tried to rush the stage at a Donald Trump rally.

Judge Sharon Ovington scheduled a hearing Monday afternoon on 22-year-old Thomas DiMassimo's bond. She earlier this month found that he violated conditions she set in March allowing him to be free under his own recognizance.

It wasn't clear what conditions he violated, but she ordered him to be electronically monitored and placed on home detention.

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