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A debate between Zack Space and Keith Faber, the two candidates for Ohio State Auditor, turned to discussions of legal histories and honesty.

At Zane State College in Zanesville Friday, Faber brought up Space’s late tax payments — as well as other issues. 

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Local law students are getting a new insight into the Cuyahoga County justice system thanks to the latest season of "Serial."  A new Cleveland State University law school course will focus on the popular podcast.

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Two more Ohio school districts want to join in the court case against the now closed online charter school, ECOT. The districts say they don’t trust Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to fight for their best interest. 

Lake Local Schools in Wood County and Springfield City Schools in Clark County are the latest districts trying to join the fight against ECOT’s founder Bill Lager.

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People who are getting food assistance through the program called SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) in Cuyahoga and 11 other counties are now exempt from a work requirement. The state expanded the list of exempted counties because they had unemployment rates 20 percent higher than the national rate.

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A new lab at an energy incubator in downtown Warren is hoping to bring in startups and entrepreneurs from around the country.  The Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center (TBEIC) unveiled its new battery testing lab Thursday, which can simulate blackouts or test life expectancy of power sources.

Rick Stockburger, vice president of TBEIC, says they’ll be mentoring energy companies that deal with everything from the power grid to energy storage.

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