Ohio Organizing Collaborative

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Groups representing low-income people are calling on state regulators to reject AT&T’s plan to drop out of a federal program that helps over 10,000 of its Ohio customers afford telephone service.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Ohio Poverty Law Center and the Alliance for Retired Americans are among those defending the Lifeline program, which offers a credit that covers a quarter of the $36 average monthly cost of a landline telephone.

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A collaborative of unions, faith leaders and student groups reports it has been busy registering new voters in Ohio. 

The Ohio Organizing Collaborative wants to register 150,000 Ohio voters this year.

The group reports it is already two-thirds of the way there now that it has 100,000 new registrations. More than 38,000 have been registered in Cincinnati, more than 33,000 in Cleveland and more than 14,000 in Columbus.

The group has also signed up new voters in the Youngstown area, Akron and Dayton.

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JO INGLES / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

Groups around the state are starting to mobilize the people they hope will turn out this fall by organizing statewide voter-registration drives.

The Ohio Organizing Collaborative encompasses 20 organizations, including liberal-leaning churches. It's trying to get Ohioans to exercise their right to vote this fall. Pastor Michael Harrison is with the Union Baptist Church in Youngstown.

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JO INGLES / OHIO PUBLIC RADIO

A group of bus riders and union leaders from Cleveland was in Columbus today. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports the group is telling state lawmakers to dedicate more money to funding public transit.

Clevelanders for Public Transit, the Ohio Organizing Collaborative and union representatives say the state needs to kick in more money to fund public transit.