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Around Ohio for Oct. 19, 2016

Published: October 19, 2016 12:00 AM

Ohio gets lots

of attention in

presidential race

Cincinnati -- Ohioans are again getting plenty of attention in the presidential race's final weeks.

Republican Donald Trump campaigned here Oct. 13, while President Barack Obama and former president Bill Clinton followed Hillary Clinton's return to the state earlier in the week with two Ohio scheduled campaign stops each.

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The state's role this year shapes up to be potential spoiler for Trump's chances of reaching 270 electoral votes.

While Clinton appears to have paths to the total needed for election without Ohio, the state's 18 votes are considered crucial for Trump.

History says so, too: No Republican has won the White House without Ohio.

Polls indicate Ohio, where early voting began Oct. 12, is one of only a handful of states that are tossups with less than a month to go.

-- Associated Press

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New high school graduation rules come under fire

Hamilton -- School administrators in southwest Ohio say the state's new graduation requirements will hurt many high school juniors' chances of earning a diploma.

Hamilton City Schools Superintendent Tony Orr tells The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News the new rules have juniors headed toward an academic "cliff."

State education officials abandoned the previously required Ohio Graduation Tests in favor of new testing.

The new system involves seven tests -- two English, two math, two social studies and one science -- that are graded on a 1-to-5 point scale. Students must earn a total of 18 points to graduate.

Orr predicts as many as 40 percent of the state's high school seniors will not be eligible to graduate during the 2017-2018 school year because of the new standard.

-- Associated Press

Same-sex marriage plaintiff honored

Cincinnati -- The lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the state is being honored with an award recognizing people and organizations striving to live up to the ideals of the Underground Railroad movement to better their community.

Jim Obergefell will receive the Everyday Freedom Hero award. A lawsuit by Obergefell and his dying partner John Arthur sought legal recognition of their marriage.

The lawsuit lead to the 2015 Supreme Court decision on lawsuits challenging same-sex bans in four states.

Obergefell has continued as an activist for gay rights and other causes.

The Cincinnati center's president, Clarence G. Newsome, praises Obergefell as "a champion of civil rights."

The award presentation is Oct. 22.

-- Associated Press

Jail time for mother of boy who tried to sell toy for food

Lebanon -- The Ohio mother of a 7-year-old boy who police say was found trying to sell a stuffed animal to buy food has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Tammi Bethel and her husband Michael Bethel both pleaded guilty last month to child endangering charges.

Tammi Bethel was sentenced Oct. 14 in Franklin Municipal Court in southwestern Ohio. Defense attorney David Chicarelli said she was taken to the hospital afterward after falling ill, possibly from the flu and anxiety.

Chicarelli said Bethel is looking forward to reuniting with her children after serving her time.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal News reports Michael Bethel was not sentenced Oct. 14 because he was also in the hospital. A message was left with his attorney.

The boy told an officer in September he hadn't eaten for days.

-- Associated Press

Cleveland Cavs NBA

trophy hits the road

Columbus -- The national championship trophy won by the Cleveland Cavaliers is taking a victory lap around the state ahead of the beginning of the NBA regular season.

The Larry O'Brien championship trophy arrived at the Ohio Statehouse Oct. 18 at an event allowing fans to get an up-close picture.

The visit is part of a tour with scheduled stops in Akron, Canton and Youngstown before the regular season begins Oct. 25.

The Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in June, completing the biggest comeback in NBA history and ending Cleveland's 52-year championship drought.

-- Associated Press

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