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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, March 20:

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DAN KONIK / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The Ohio Senate is preparing to roll out its revised version of the transportation budget, which right now includes a gas tax hike of just under 11 cents. Republican leaders have hinted at some possible changes that could lead to debate among the Senate, House, and governor’s office. 

Gov. Mike DeWine said an 18-cent gas tax increase will help Ohio keep up with major infrastructure costs. The House brought it down to a 10.7-cent increase over a two-year span.

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The Ohio Senate has passed the so-called “Heartbeat Bill” which bans an abortion when a viable heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks. Republican leaders expect a possible legal challenge.

Pro-choice groups have said if the “Heartbeat Bill” is signed into law, they plan to challenge it in court. This would likely result in a pricey court battle that could go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sherrod Brown at Ohio military installation
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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, March 8:

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Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio’s secretary of state is warning voters to be vigilant when they come across information regarding politics and government on social media. He says misinformation remains a top priority in the fight against elections meddling.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Ohio’s elections system -- the casting and tabulation of votes -- is secure.

His comments come after receiving a classified briefing from Homeland Security.

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