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Morning news headlines for October 25, 2012
Brown, Mandel set for final Senate debate; Closing arguments to start in Brogan Rafferty case; Kasich considering changes to college funding formula

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  • Candidates continue planning Northeast Ohio stops
  • Brown, Mandel set for last debate tonight
  • Judge OKs “right church, wrong pew” votes
  • Supreme Court candidates blast controversial ad
  • Brogan Rafferty case headed for closing arguments
  • Kasich mulling changes to college funding formula
  • Antioch College offers free tuition as it rebuilds
  • Candidates continue planning Northeast Ohio stops
    President Barack Obama and Bill Clinton’s joint campaign appearances include a stop in Youngstown on Monday. Details have not yet been released. Mr. Obama has a rally at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland tonight. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will hold a rally in North Canton at Hoover High School Friday evening, then Ryan will campaign across Ohio by bus this weekend, making eight stops in two days, including in New Philadelphia and Zanesville on Saturday.

    Brown, Mandel set for last debate tonight
    The candidates in Ohio's U.S. Senate race are preparing to meet in the final debate of their heated campaign. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and GOP state Treasurer Josh Mandel face off again tonight in a Cincinnati TV studio. They have clashed on the auto industry bailout, which Brown supported and Mandel says was fiscally irresponsible. You hear the debate live tonight at 7 streaming here at and on WKSU HD 4.

    Judge OKs “right church, wrong pew” votes
    A federal judge has granted a request by a group of voter advocates to expand the conditions under which provisional ballots are counted in Ohio. A U.S. District Judge ruled Wednesday that provisional ballots cast not just in the wrong precinct but in the wrong polling location altogether must still be counted. The state had opposed the expansion, saying it could create Election Day chaos because of new training requirements for poll workers.

    Supreme Court candidates blast controversial ad
    An Ohio Supreme Court race is turning nasty in the final weeks of campaigning. State Republicans have issued a TV ad accusing Democrat William O’Neill of being sympathetic to rapists. The video ad unveiled Wednesday targets a 2000 ruling that reversed a rape conviction because no expert witness was called for the defendant. O'Neill stands by the ruling and says his rival, Justice Robert Cupp, should be ashamed of the ad. Cupp called the ad inappropriate. He said he knew nothing of it before Wednesday.

    Brogan Rafferty case headed for closing arguments
    Closing arguments are expected today in the trial of a Summit County teen accused of helping to murder three men in a phony Craigslist job scheme. 17-year old Brogan Rafferty of Stow faces life in prison. On Wednesday, both prosecutors and defense attorneys called separate psychiatrists to the stand to defend and rebuke Rafferty’s claims that he helped his mentor Richard Beasley in the killings out of fear for his own life.  Beasley of Akron will be tried separately. He has pleaded not guilty.

    Kasich mulling changes to college funding formula
    Gov. John Kasich says he's considering whether Ohio should tie college and university funding to graduation rates, rather than enrollment. Kasich told reporters Wednesday that university presidents are expected to come to him by Thanksgiving with a new funding formula. Kasich said changing how state subsidies to institutions are determined would be a part of legislative discussion next year. Kasich said he also wants Ohio's community colleges and four-year universities to show incoming students what they can get for their education, similar to a menu.

    Antioch College offers free tuition as it rebuilds
    A small, western Ohio liberal arts college that reopened as an independent school after a three-year shutdown plans to continue offering all its students free tuition through a fellowship program for two more years. Antioch College in Yellow Springs says students who start in 2013 and 2014 will be offered the fellowships as the school works toward accreditation and increased enrollment. It has about 100 students now. Its trustees have approved a plan to enroll 75 or more students in each of the next three years. The college had closed in 2008 amid financial problems and reopened with the help of an alumni-led group.







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