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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Democrats and Republicans are stepping up their spending on state legislative races as they draw nearer to the next round of redistricting. Republicans currently hold two-thirds of the state legislative chambers across the U.S, but Democrats are doubling their spending on targeted races. Republicans also have increased their spending compared to 2016. Both want to be in charge for the redrawing of congressional and state legislative districts following the 2020 Census.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ohio University is honoring a former faculty member who served as chief official White House photographer for both President Barack Obama and President Ronald Reagan. The university says Pete Souza will receive the Outstanding Federal Government Alumnus Award on Thursday at the National Press Club. Souza is a Washington-based freelance photographer and retired Ohio University Visual Communication professor.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The billionaire CEO of the company behind Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works is no longer a Republican. L Brands founder Leslie Wexner said during a Sept. 13 gathering on civility that he's become an independent. The Columbus Dispatch reports Wexner said he "won't support this nonsense in the Republican Party." One of the country's top political donors, Wexner said he'd been a Republican since his college days at Ohio State University.

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio man convicted of killing three down-and-out men lured by fake Craigslist job offers has appealed his death penalty conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court. Richard Beasley's latest appeal argues Ohio Supreme Court Justice Patrick DeWine should have recused himself because he's the son of state Attorney General Mike DeWine. The Ohio Attorney General's Office argued the case before the state Supreme Court, which upheld Beasley's death sentence Feb. 9.

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