Ohio's largest county has decided to expand health care benefit access for gay county employees to include their partners' children.
The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland reports the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Council voted 6-4 to approve the change Tuesday.
The county doesn't give the same benefits to the children of unmarried heterosexual couples. Council members noted that heterosexual couples could wed to get benefits for their children, but gay couples didn't have that option.
The Cincinnati Museum Center and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center are merging in an effort to prevent the civil rights institution from closing its doors.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the merger will allow the Freedom Center to close a $1.5 million annual budget hole and the Museum Center to increase efforts to pay $8 million debt. About 15 jobs will be eliminated.
The Museum Center houses a history museum, a children's museum and a natural history and a science museum. The Freedom Center will be its fourth wholly owned subsidiary.