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The Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court distributed more than $6 million to 226 Ohio charities last Thursday.

As part of a civil action heard by Judge John J. Russo, more than $11 million in total is being distributed by The Honor Project to charities in Ohio.

A West Virginia sawmill that serves the coal industry is facing an $85,000 in federal penalties for what the government says is a workplace that puts its workers at risk of serious injuries.

The USA TODAY College Contributor network is recognizing Ohio University's Marching 110 as one of the "5 college marching band covers you absolutely have to hear."

Here's a summary of the stories making headlines this afternoon:

Ohio Elections Chief Issues New Early Voting Hours

Local car dealer Mark Porter is expanding his business, with plans to open a new-28,000 square foot dealership in the Rocksprings area of Meigs County.

Ohio's elections chief has set extended early voting hours for the fall following a federal judge's order.

Court records show that Secretary of State Jon Husted issued a directive late Friday to county boards of elections containing an expanded voting schedule.

Former narcotics officers are being used at some West Virginia pain clinics to screen patients.
The Charleston Gazette reports Hope pain clinics in Beckley, Fairmont and Kanawha City are charging patients $150 for an initial screening and $75 for subsequent visits.

Officials are drawing attention to the potential hazards of falling for older Ohioans as a state effort marks its anniversary.
The STEADY U Ohio is a falls prevention initiative led by Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Aging.

State officials say Ohio has more than 500 medical practices delivering a teamwork-based model of health care.
The approach is known in the industry as patient-centered medical homes.

Whether a first time attendee, or a pawpaw veteran, there were plenty of new and interesting sites to see and be part of at the 16th annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival over the weekend at Lake Snowden.