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It’s the Great American Smokeout Day, when the American Cancer Society urges smokers to quit cold turkey.  Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles says anti-smoking advocates are considering how the indoor smoking ban has impacted the state.

Friday is the national Transgender Day of Remembrance, for people who committed suicide or were killed in acts of violence against trans people. Two state lawmakers are observing it with a bill they say will help trans and LGBT teens.

Jo Ingles

There’s bipartisan support for two companion bills in the legislature that would get rid of management training for cosmetologists. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports the plan has lawmakers, salon owners and cosmetologists splitting hairs over what should be required of future hair stylists in the Buckeye State.

Karen Kasler

The first piece of bipartisan legislation to come out of Gov. John Kasich’s task force on police action and community relations is out. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Andy Chow

Ohio House Republicans agreed to send a message to the president that they want to stop accepting refugees from Syria. But it seems that the top House leader doesn’t want to completely shut the door to people in need.

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Gov. John Kasich has pushed back again against Donald Trump.

Andy Chow

The House wants to block state-directed funding from going to groups that perform abortions, including their main target: Planned Parenthood. 

A U.S. Senate contender wants to make gun control a top issue in his race against a former governor. 

Karen Kasler

Lawmakers in the Ohio House approved a resolution urging President Obama to stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the US.

Republican Rep. Tim Derickson (R-Oxford), who’s running for the southwest Ohio seat recently vacated by US House Speaker John Boehner, sponsored the resolution. “This resolution really is about screening, security screenings," Derickson said. "It’s not about not welcoming immigrants.”

Karen Kasler

The multi-year project to repair the crumbling dam at Buckeye Lake State Park is moving along quickly – in fact, boats may be able to get back out on the water late next summer. But Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports some businesses say it’s not fast enough.

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