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Ohio Secretary of State adds new voting hours after federal court order
Other morning headlines: Top aide to Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald resigns; Cleveland Hopkins Airport raises parking rates
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ
and LYNDSEY SCHLEY


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
  • Secretary of State adds new voting hours after federal court order
  • Appeals court sets dates to hear arguments in Ohio's gay marriage ban challenge
  • Third-grade reading test pass rate up to almost 90 percent
  • Cleveland Hopkins Airport raises parking rates
  • Top aide to Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald resigns
  • Disabled children hospitalized after pool chlorine leak
  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base opens up land for private development 
  • Browns sign Johnny Manziel with contract worth over $8 million
  • Indians sign top draft pick
  • Ohio Secretary of State adds new voting hours after federal court order
    Ohio's elections chief has issued new early voting hours for the final days before Election Day following a federal judge's order last week. Voters in the battleground state will get a total of 18 hours to vote in person on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before presidential primaries and presidential and gubernatorial general elections. Secretary of State Jon Husted’s directive follows a federal ruling in a 2012 lawsuit filed by President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and Democrats. The hours that Husted had previously set for the governor’s election this fall included the final two Saturdays before Election Day but not the final Sunday and Monday. The new added hours will be Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m and Monday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the three days before elections.

    Appeals court sets dates to hear arguments in Ohio's gay marriage ban challenge
    A federal appeals court has scheduled oral arguments in gay marriage fights in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. Though each case is unique, they all deal with whether statewide gay marriage bans violate the Constitution. The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Aug. 6 on whether to uphold gay marriage victories in the four states it oversees. The 6th Circuit is the third federal appeals court to weigh challenges to state gay marriage bans. More than a dozen federal and state judges have struck down part or all of state-level bans in recent months. No rulings have gone the other way.

    Third-grade reading test pass rate up to almost 90 percent
    The state says nearly nine of 10 Ohio third-graders met new reading targets and can move onto the fourth grade after follow-up testing. Students can be held back if they do not meet the literacy goals under the state's new Third Grade Reading Guarantee. The Department of Education said Tuesday more than 110,000 third-graders or 88 percent of the total have earned the necessary score in testing in October or May. The figures are up from the 63 percent who passed in October. Officials say students lacking the standards may have already been re-tested by districts or can re-take reading in the summer. Children still lagging this fall could advance to fourth grade midyear once the targets are met.

    Cleveland Hopkins Airport raises parking rates
    Parking rates are on the rise at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. Beginning Monday, prices will rise by $1.50 a day at the Orange, Blue and Red lots and the Smart Parking Garage. The airport’s director tells the Plain Dealer that the prices are low compared to other airports and revenue will go towards reducing airline operating costs.

    Top aide to Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald resigns
    A key member of the team of Cuyahoga County Executive and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald has resigned. Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Sharon Cole said she was leaving for “personal reasons.” The politically ambitious Cole originally said she would challenge State Representative Bill Patmon for his seat, but also stepped down from that campaign citing the same reasons. FitzGerald is now looking for Cole’s replacement.

    Disabled children hospitalized after pool chlorine leak
    Six disabled children and two adults were taken to hospitals from a Portage County school after an excessive amount of chlorine leaked into a swimming pool. The Portage County Department of Disabilities says about a dozen disabled campers were swimming in the pool when one of the children hit an emergency shutoff pump for the pool, which was then restarted, releasing an excessive amount of chlorine. Portage County Health and OSHA officials are meeting today to review safety standards at the facility.

    Wright-Patterson Air Force Base opens up land for private development 
    Ohio's largest military base is opening up more land to private development to help generate income. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base says it has opened nearly 80 acres next to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to future private development through a land lease program. The Dayton Daily News reports the site will become the seventh spot on the nearly 13-square-mile military base where the Air Force has looked for a developer to lease land and possibly build shared-use buildings. The base now has offered more than 200 acres for potential development to academia, industry or government agencies as the defense budget has declined.

    Browns sign Johnny Manziel with contract worth over $8 million
    The Browns have agreed to terms with quarterback Johnny Manziel on his rookie contract. He signed his four-year deal Tuesday worth about $8.25 million, including a $4.3 million signing bonus and about $6.7 million guaranteed. The deal includes a club option for a fifth year. The Browns moved up in May's NFL draft to select the popular and polarizing Manziel in the first round with the No. 22 overall pick. The former Heisman Trophy winner will enter training camp next month as Cleveland's No. 2 quarterback behind veteran Brian Hoyer, who is coming off knee surgery. The Browns have signed four of their six 2014 draft picks.

    Indians sign top draft pick
    The Indians have signed their top pick in the draft: Outfielder Bradley Zimmer for a $1.9 million signing bonus. The Indians took the University of San Francisco outfielder with the 21st pick in the draft.


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