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Court Dismisses Ohio Prison Farm Action; Union Vows to Fight

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The union representing Ohio’s corrections officers is vowing to continue protesting the closing of Ohio prison farms after losing its latest court battle. The Ohio Civil Service Employees Association said it learned Wednesday the Franklin County Common Pleas Court had dismissed its request for an injunction on the closings by citing… Read More

West Virginia Flooding

West Virginia Governor Asks Obama for $310M in Flood Aid

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is asking President Barack Obama for another $310 million to fuel West Virginia’s long-term economic recovery and community rebuilding after deadly floods in June. Tomblin requested the Community Development Block Grant in a letter Wednesday. Tomblin spokeswoman Jessica Tice says the money would come in a congressional… Read More

DeWine Takes Abortion Clinic Dispute to Ohio Supreme Court

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – Attorney General Mike DeWine has appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court to overturn lower court rulings that have kept open Toledo’s last abortion clinic. In a Monday filing, DeWine asked justices to reconsider two earlier decisions that found abortion restrictions imposed on Capital Care Network of Toledo were unconstitutional. Lower courts… Read More

Why are Black Women NOT Elected to Statewide Offices Throughout the Nation?

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There are only two black women in the nation who hold statewide elective executive offices, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Spectrum wants to know why. Although there are numerous women of color elected to state and federal legislative offices, the numbers don’t translate to statewide executive offices, according… Read More