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

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State attorneys have laid out their arguments as Ohio appeals a federal judge's ruling expanding early voting, saying the schedule for voting exceeds the time allowed by most other states and doesn't burden voters. The judge ordered Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) to set additional voting times, including evening hours.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl is defending his pepper spraying of a 15-year-old girl during a melee at a downtown street fair last weekend. Biehl tells the Dayton Daily News he was helping officers break up the fight, saying that since he was already dealing with an unruly crowd, the spray was the only way he could stop the girl.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Additional complaints have spurred state education officials to expand their review of an embattled charter school chain to two more cities. The state already was probing a Dayton area Horizon Academy and has expanded the review to schools in Columbus and Cincinnati also run by Chicago-based Concept Schools.

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- A mysterious sheen on the Muskingum River has been identified as an algae bloom. State environmental officials say the diatom algae bloom doesn't create harmful toxins like the blooms that have threatened Lake Erie and Grand Lake St. Marys.

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