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This week on "The State of Ohio": A state representative suddenly passes away, leaving lawmakers in shock. A national political party chooses Ohio for its convention - but it's probably not the party you think it is. And two groups are hoping to put two very different questions about voting laws before the voters
Ohio Supreme Court rules courts can’t require defendants to post bail with cash only
By Karen Kasler - July 8, 2014
The Ohio Supreme Court says a judge can’t order defendants to put up cash only to get out of jail, but that they must accept surety bonds and other forms of bail as well. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler has details.

Kasich - possible candidate for president - reacts to RNC's pick of Cleveland for 2016
The state’s most visible Republican says he’s thrilled that the Republican National Committee has chosen Cleveland as the site of its 2016 convention. More from Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler.

How sports affected the GOP’s choice of Cleveland for 2016
Ohio’s US Republican Senator agrees with Dallas that the GOP’s choice of Cleveland for its 2016 convention could have been affected by sports. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.

ACLU calls on state to end its contract with private food provider for prisons
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is calling on the state’s Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections to end its contract with the private company that provides foods to Ohio’s prisons. The A C L U’s Mike Brickner says the food company, Aramark, has a pattern of problems. Brickner says his organization isn’t ruling out any options, including a possible lawsuit, if the state doesn’t take action. In a written statement, Jo Ellen Smith with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections says they food safety very seriously. She says the department has made its concerns clear to Aramark and adds the company is taking steps to correct the problems, including plans to bring in a third party company to review food sanitation and preparations at the prisons.

RNC makes it official: the 2016 convention will be in Cleveland
It’s official: Cleveland will host the Republican National presidential convention in 2016. The RNC committee opted NOT to have red-friendly Dallas host the event, but will plant their flag squarely in one of Ohio’s bluest territories. From WCPN in Cleveland, Brian Bull reports:

Republican Party's choice of Cleveland for national convention is a big deal
The Republican National Committee has chosen Cleveland as its host city for the party’s 2016 national convention. And that could mean hundreds of millions of dollars for Cleveland’s economy. A University of Tampa study showed the 2012 GOP convention resulted in a total economic impact of $404 million for that city. And more than 50,000 Republican delegates, party officials and reporters converged in Tampa for the convention. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, University of Akron Political Science Professor John Green, explains why Cleveland could be a smart choice for the GOP..

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