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Mandates drive up vaccinations at colleges, despite leniency

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Universities that adopted COVID-19 vaccine mandates this fall have seen widespread compliance even though many schools made it easy to get out of the shots by granting exemptions to nearly any student who requested one.
Facing pockets of resistance and scattered lawsuits, colleges have tread carefully because forcing students to ... (full story)


GOP bill would target Ohio protesters with terrorism law

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COLUMBUS (AP) — People attending a rally who end up accused of violating an anti-riot law could be targeted with a provision normally used against terroristic activity under GOP legislation in the Ohio House proposed in the wake of racial injustice and police brutality protests in summer 2020.
The bill also would increase ... (full story)


Gerrymandering surges as states redraw maps for House seats

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North Carolina Republicans are well positioned to pick up at least two House seats in next year's election — but it's not because the state is getting redder.
The state remains a perennial battleground, closely split between Democrats and Republicans in elections. In the last presidential race, Republican Donald Trump won ... (full story)


Why Ohio lawmakers want less teacher gun training

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COLUMBUS (AP) — School districts could set their own training requirements for armed employees under Republican legislation arising from a court battle over one district's reaction to a school shooting.
The legislation pending in the GOP-controlled House Criminal Justice Committee would set a minimum of 20 hours of trainin ... (full story)


Biden: Notorious bridge may finally get fix in $1T bill

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden launched his sales pitch for his recently passed $1 trillion infrastructure bill, predicting that a notoriously congested bridge that sits in Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell's backyard will finally get a long overdue overhaul.
Biden said in an interview with WKRC-TV that he e ... (full story)