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Retired federal judge and local civil rights icon Nathaniel Jones has passed away. 

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A federal appeals court has unanimously upheld a decision that says a state law defunding Planned Parenthood is unconstitutional. 

The law has been on hold since abortion rights advocates sued two years ago. It would allow the Ohio Department of Health to strip $1.5 million in tax funding from Planned Parenthood.

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Gov. John Kasich is pushing back execution dates for nine Ohio death row inmates. 

Earlier this month, three judges from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals put Ohio's executions on hold over questions of whether the drug cocktail the state wants to use is unconstitutional. And the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Ohio issued a stay for the first three executions planned for this spring and summer.