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Honda and GM pledge to boost fuel-cell production; Ohio is among top five in fuel-cell manufacturing
Other noon news: Big boosts in American auto sales, Ohio's anti-abortion debate, historical documents.

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Sales of the Lordstown-made Chevy Cruze shot up 73 percent.
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In The Region:
  • Honda and GM crank up work on fuel-cell vehicles
  • U.S. automakers post big gains; GM is led by Cruze sales
  • Ohio's anti-abortion debate rages with differing interpretations of the budget language
  • Ohio's historical documents go on line
  • Honda and GM crank up work on fuel-cell vehicles
    General Motors and Honda have signed a deal to jointly develop hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. The two announced today they also plan to develop the infrastructure needed to refuel the cars.

    Northeast Ohio has invested in a big way in fuel-cell research and development, including a prototype center at Stark State College and research at Case Western Reserve University and NASA Glenn.

    And Ohio is ranked as one of the top five in the country for fuel-cell manufacturing. The state’s Third Frontier program has invested $85 million into the technology, which converts chemical energy into electricity with water as the only emission. But the technology has been stalled in large part by the lack of fueling stations.  

    U.S. automakers post big gains; GM is led by Cruze sales
    Meanwhile, American automakers are posting better than expected sales numbers for June. The figures released today show GM’s numbers were led by a 73 percent gain in sales of the Chevy Cruze, made in Lordstown. It was the best month ever for the compact car.

    Ford had its best June since 2006, boosted in part by production of the Lincoln MKZ, whose EcoBoost engine is made in Brook Park. The car makers say overall they had their best month since 2007. And analysts say – as consumer confidence grows -- many people are replacing older vehicles they held onto during the recession.

    Ohio's anti-abortion debate continues with differing interpretations of the budget language
    The anti-abortion provisions in Ohio’s new budget continue to draw fire and praise, as advocates and doctors try to figure out the practical effects of the new language. That includes a claim that the new laws could restrict women from getting birth control until they have an ultrasound that proves they’re not pregnant.

    The language – which was signed by Gov. John Kasich -- is expected to be a touchstone in next year’s gubernatorial race. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald is challenging Kasich and appeared at a rally with morning with the Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus.

    Democrats condemn the language as inserting politics into healthcare to an unprecedented degree. Republicans praise the language, saying it protects unborn children and women from being pressured into having abortions.

    Ohio's historical documents go on line
    Ohio’s Secretary of State Jon Husted has launched two new Web sites to feature documents that are important to the history of Ohio.

    The sites, and include elections statistics, the Ohio Constitution and historical rosters of federal, state and local elected officials.

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