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Like the primary, the 2020 general election will be unique for voters due to the pandemic. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has met opposition from his own Republican colleagues at the statehouse for his support of some measures to extend access to voters. And now he's upset Democrats for resisting the expansion of county-level ballot drop boxes.

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The Supreme Court, the global pandemic and nationwide protests are all up for debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden Tuesday in Cleveland. Ohio's Case Western Reserve University will set the stage for the first presidential debate.

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When you fill out your mail-in ballot or step into the voting booth this Nov. 3, you may find yourself a little overwhelmed by the 20+ judicial candidates listed on this year's ballot. The Cincinnati Bar Association wants to help.

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On Cincinnati Edition's weekly news review, live at noon on Friday:

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The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has added another level to the battle for the White House.

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The decision to shorten the 2020 census schedule by a month was not made by officials within the bureau, according to a report from the bureau's watchdog agency. The report also warned the shortened schedule for the decennial population count increases the risks of not obtaining a complete and accurate count.

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An estimated 20 veterans die by suicide every day, according to the latest Veterans Affairs report. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and K9s for Warriors is working with veterans to raise awareness.

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Students in the Cincinnati Public Schools district are going back to school in-person. The board of education voted Monday night to move to a blended learning model. Under the 1-2-2 model all students will engage in distance learning on Mondays, then half of the students will go to school in-person on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the other half on Thursday and Friday. In-person classes will resume Oct. 5.

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Americans are on a gun-buying spree. Sales spiked during the first months of the pandemic, according to data from the FBI's background check system. In Ohio, the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System recorded its second-highest statewide tally since 1998.

Arm the Populace

America is seeing a surge in gun sales under the pandemic, and Black Americans are among those purchasing firearms during these uncertain times. The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports African Americans account for the highest increase in gun purchases of any group. And the National African American Gun Association is reporting an increase in membership.

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To Kill a Mockingbird has remained one of Americans' most beloved novels since its release in 1960, but its author, Harper Lee, produced only one other book, Go Set a Watchman, which was supposed to have been released after her death.

Maria Hinojosa joins the WVXU lineup Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. with a full hour of Latino USA. The show brings insight into the lived experiences of Latino communities and is a window on the current and merging cultural, political and social ideas impacting Latinos and the nation.

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati (CTC) had hoped to dazzle its young audiences with big productions like Disney's Descendants and the world-premiere musical Princess & Frog, but the pandemic has had other plans for live entertainment this year.

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The United American Cemetery, established in Madisonville in the 19th century, is the oldest in Ohio designated for Black people. But it is in need of repairs and care.

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Not long after leaving prison in 2015, Troy Parker was ready to launch his own business. Using the public library as his office, he founded his own commercial cleaning company, began hiring employees and taking on clients. After five years in business, Innovative Labor and Cleaning Services, Inc was a success. Then the pandemic hit.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic leading to virtual learning in many schools this fall, it is an unprecedented time to be serving on a local school board. Perhaps that is in part why a Cincinnati program focused on educating aspiring school board members is experiencing growing demand.

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With ongoing protests against police violence and conversations around police reform, Cincinnati Police Union President Sgt. Dan Hils has questions for City Council. In fact, he handed them to council members directly last week.

Two film festivals will soon play in Cincinnati, though in two different formats due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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With the 2020 presidential election upon us, election scholars are now predicting several dire scenarios. Along with the threat of Russian hackers, some are now worried that should President Trump lose, he may refuse to concede. Legal scholar Richard Hasen points to four dangers threatening the voting process in 2020 in his book Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy.

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On June 24, 1973, the patrons of the Up Stairs Lounge enjoyed an evening of socializing in a bar that was their refuge from anti-gay abuse. But that evening, a fire set on the steps leading up to the lounge, killed 32 people. The arson remains unsolved.

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