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Next month, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum will open to the public. But this one of a kind facility isn’t in the nation’s capital. It is in Ohio’s capital city.  

The $82 million, 53,000 square foot project in downtown Columbus is the vision of late astronaut, U.S. Senator and Ohio legend John Glenn. Amy Taylor was involved in the design and fundraising for the new facility. She says it is the only museum of its kind in the country.

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You don’t have to look far in Ohio to find something named after John Glenn. The astronaut-turned U.S. senator and educator has his name on schools and even the main Columbus airport. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, there’s a move to add one more memorial.

The Statehouse is often called the “people’s house.” School children and adult visitors from all over the world visit the building daily. Democratic State Rep. Michael Sheehy says he wants John Glenn to be memorialized there.

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Ohioans from all over the state have converged on the Statehouse today to pay their respects to American icon John Glenn, who lies in response in the Capitol’s Rotunda. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles caught up with a few of those people and files this sound portrait.

Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. He explored space a second time when he was in his 70s.

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Many are gathering this weekend to pay their respects to an American icon John Glenn in memorial services. One of Glenn’s last major public appearances was in July at a ceremony renaming Port Columbus International Airport for him. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow looks back at Glenn’s comments that day and the message he wanted to share.

The first American to orbit the Earth told the crowd that he was captivated by aviation at a young age. When he was a boy visiting Columbus, Glenn said he'd ask his parents to stop by the airport on the way home to New Concord.

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Astronaut, veteran and U.S. Sen. John Glenn will lie in repose at the Statehouse so mourners can honor the Ohio-born legend.

This Friday, observers can pay their respects to John Glenn in the Statehouse Rotunda. Statehouse spokesman Luke Stedke says the public is welcome to come to the Rotunda to remember the American icon.

“It’s just a way for the citizens of Ohio to pay honor and tribute to a man who has done so much for not only all Ohioans but for all Americans.”

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Tributes have pouring in from people who knew, worked with and admired Ohio’s John Glenn – the first American to orbit the earth, the oldest person ever to fly in space and Ohio's only four term US Senator.

Longtime Democratic strategist Dale Butland was Senator Glenn’s press secretary and chief of staff.

He says Glenn’s commitment to his country through the military and the space program goes back to a time when Americans believed in their institutions and in the government to do big things.

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Former U.S. senator and astronaut John Glenn has passed away at the age of 95. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles spoke with the head of Ohio’s Democratic Party.

Glenn was a popular four-term U.S. senator from Ohio. State Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper says Glenn was a driving force in Ohio politics.

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Fighter pilot, astronaut and former US Senator John Glenn has passed away.

John Glenn launched his career from eastern Ohio. He quit college to enlist after Pearl Harbor, became a Navy pilot, and then a test pilot. That led him to the US's newly formed space agency, NASA, which sent him up as the first American in orbit around the earth in 1962.

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The main airport in Columbus has been renamed to honor John Glenn. But the American icon says the new name will play a much bigger role for people flying in and out of Columbus. 

A stage was set right in the middle of the busy terminal at what used to be called the Port Columbus International Airport. And even though travelers were rushing to the ticketing counter or over to the security line or down to baggage claim, the sight of John Glenn seemed to stop them in their tracks.

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Flags will fly at half-staff to remember former Cleveland mayor, Ohio governor and U.S. Sen. George Voinovich, who died suddenly over the weekend at 79. And some are saying his bipartisan approach to politics demonstrates how different things are since he retired from elected office in 2010.

 

George Voinovich certainly viewed himself as a conservative on major issues such as spending – which he talked about in an interview with Ohio Public Television as he was leaving the U.S. Senate in 2010.

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The Ohio House and Senate took on a packed slate of bills during the last day of lawmaking before leaving for summer break. 

The bang of the gavel could be heard throughout the day inside the House and Senate chambers as the General Assembly cranked through about 50 pieces of legislation.

To put that into perspective, the House and Senate usually see five to eight bills on a typical day in session.

And while medical marijuana was the blockbuster issue of the day, the Legislature had plenty of other big measures on its plate.