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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, December 6:

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Opponents of a bill that would ban abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, rallied outside the Ohio Statehouse while supporters of it gathered inside for a committee hearing. 

Opponents say the bill would deny legal abortion before many women know they are pregnant. Ohio State medical student Erica Reese talked about a woman she met named Anna, who had to decide whether to abort the fetus that was unlikely to survive or complete her pregnancy with people asking painful questions.

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JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A controversial bill that would make it easier for someone to shoot and kill someone in self-defense is one step closer to becoming law. The so-called “Stand Your Ground” bill is starting to move through the Senate.

The bill would remove the “duty to retreat” in cases where someone feels threatened. Opponents fear it would make it easier for people to be cleared of wrongdoing in gun deaths.

Democrats Pick Up Central Ohio Senate Seat

Nov 28, 2018
TINA MAHARATH FOR OHIO SENATE

The results in a razor close race for a central Ohio Senate seat have flipped after officials counted the remaining provisional and absentee ballots. The race is just the latest seat to flip from Republican to Democratic.

Democratic nominee for state senate and first time candidate Tina Maharath was declared the winner over Rep. Anne Gonzalez after the Franklin County Board of Elections finished its official tally.

Maharath had been trailing by around 300 votes, but received a majority of provisional ballots.

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