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Friday March 10th, 2023 day edition

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Former state House Speaker Larry Householder and former Ohio Republican Party Chair Matt Borges were convicted Thursday in a $60 million bribery scheme that federal prosecutors have called the largest corruption case in state history.

Attorneys for Householder and Borges did not immediately respond to messages left by The Associated Press on Thursday.

They alleged that Borges, then a lobbyist, sought to bribe an operative for inside information on the referendum to overturn the bailout.

Then-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder sits at the head of a legislative session in Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 30, 2019.

Householder testified that he never retaliated against those who voted counter to his wishes or who donated to his rivals.

Under a deal to avoid prosecution, FirstEnergy admitted using a network of dark money groups to fund the scheme and even bribing the state's top utility regulator, Sam Randazzo.

Randazzo resigned as chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio after an FBI search of his home, but he has not been charged and denies wrongdoing. »

Donald Trump: I’d have let Putin annex part of Ukraine to end the war

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Donald Trump indicated that he may have “made a deal” allowing Russia to take over parts of Ukraine to end the war if he were president at the time of the invasion.

Mr Trump has repeatedly said that the Ukraine invasion would not have taken place had he been re-elected in 2020.

Mr Trump has also said that he could end the current war in “no longer than one day” if he was in the White House. »

Transgender health care is now protected in Minnesota

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order protecting and supporting access to gender-affirming health care for LGBTQ people in the state on Wednesday.

The move comes amid Republican-backed efforts across the country to limit transgender health care for minors and young adults.

States like Tennessee, Arizona, Utah, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, South Dakota and Florida have passed policies or laws restricting transgender health care. »

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe update rebalances the game and adds 5 blank character slots

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The latest update for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe adds five new blank slots on the character selection screen.

The Fruit Cup includes Amsterdam Drift from Mario Kart Tour, Riverside Park from Mario Kart Super Circuit, DK Summit from Mario Kart Wii, and an original course set in Yoshi’s Island.

Meanwhile, the Boomerang Cup includes Bangkok Rush from Mario Kart Tour, Mario Circuit from Mario Kart DS, Waluigi Stadium from Mario Kart Double Dash and Singapore Speedway from Mario Kart Tour. »

Exotic cat that escaped during Oakley police stop, tested positive for cocaine, now at zoo

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Exotic cat that escaped during Oakley police stop, tested positive for cocaine, now at zoo.

A serval is recovering at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden after a traumatic experience that left it drugged and injured earlier this year.

As Cincinnati police were arresting the man in Oakley, the serval jumped out of the man’s car and ran up a tree, according to Ray Anderson with Cincinnati Animal CARE. »