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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 denied the Ohio Legislature's request to be party to a lawsuit challenging early voting rules in the state. Lawyers had argued that Ohio legislators have a right to defend the statutes they enact. The lawsuit claims early voting changes will make it difficult for residents to vote and unfairly affects black voters.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has sided with challengers of voting laws in Ohio and Wisconsin, saying measures in those states unfairly affect minority voters. At issue are an Ohio law that limits when voters can cast an early ballot and a Wisconsin law that requires voters to present photo ID at the polls.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's largest anti-abortion group has endorsed a slate of sitting Republicans in the upcoming fall elections. Ohio Right to Life PAC's backed incumbent Gov. John Kasich and the rest of his party in the November election. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio previously endorsed an all-Democrat slate for statewide office.

CLEVELAND (AP) - A jury has convicted two brothers of murder in the death of a bystander while allegedly shooting at each other last year in Cleveland. Twenty-five-year-old Jonathan Catron and 23-year-old Carvin Catron were found guilty in the death of a neighbor, 20-year-old James Swindler III. The brothers were sentenced to 21 years to life in prison.

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