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News Minute: Here is the latest Ohio news from The Associated Press

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A federal judge has refused state lawmakers' request to become part of a lawsuit challenging early voting rules in Ohio. They had sought to be added to the list of defendants. The state ACLU, NAACP and other groups filed the suit in May saying changes to the program made it more difficult for many residents to vote.

CINCINNATI (AP) - A court hearing will be held today in Cincinnati in the case of 9 Greenpeace activists arrested during a March protest at Procter & Gamble's headquarters in the city. Prosecutors say they offered a plea deal to the activists but the group balked with an attorney saying they didn't think they should be charged with felony burglary charges.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Scioto (sy-OH'-tuh) County's prosecutor is challenging a procedure allowing the state's prisons chief to recommend early release for some offenders. Mark Kuhn says it violate the constitutional separation of powers.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio health officials have revoked the license of Toledo's last abortion clinic. The order for Capital Care Network takes effect August 12 although The (Toledo) Blade reports the clinic's owner plans to appeal.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The fired director of Ohio State's marching band says he had been working to change a culture of hazing and other rituals among band members. Jonathan Waters' attorney released a document he prepared when the university began investigating the band. Band alumni overnight also issued a statement supporting Waters.

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