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“I didn’t see a lawsuit occur when six counties had weekend voting and extended hours and 82 of them didn’t,” Mr. Husted said. “I’m sympathetic to the idea that we should have consistency because that’s exactly what we’ve been doing on a number of fronts.”

Obama for America was joined in the lawsuit by the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party.

Ohio is one of 32 states that allow voters to cast an early ballot by mail or in person without an excuse. About 30 percent of swing state’s total vote — or roughly 1.7 million ballots — came in ahead of Election Day in 2008.


Industrial production increased last month

U.S. industrial production rose in June as factories made more cars, machines and business equipment, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday. Factory output recovered to levels reached earlier this spring but appears to be leveling off.

Factory output rose 0.7 percent last month after falling by the same amount in May, the Fed said. Factories produced more machines and vehicles used by businesses. Production of consumer goods edged higher. Auto production rebounded after its first decline of the year.

Overall industrial production, which includes mining and utilities, rose 0.4 percent in June. Mining activity increased 0.7 percent, while utility output fell 1.9 percent.

June’s strong results follow a period of shaky growth for the factory sector, which is a crucial contributor to economic expansion. Factory output fell in two of the past four months.

“The trend has downshifted,” said Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics. “I wouldn’t extrapolate the rebound in June as a sign that momentum is picking up again.” Factory growth slowed in the second quarter to an annual rate of 1.4 percent after leaping 9.8 percent in the first quarter, Mr. O’Sullivan noted.

Other indicators of factory output also have weakened. A manufacturing survey by the Institute for Supply Management fell in June for the first time in nearly three years. Indexes for exports, production and new orders all softened.

Demand for exports has weakened in recent months as Europe battles a deep recession and China’s economy grows more slowly.


Not guilty plea planned in Kennedy driving case

ARMONK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ex-wife, Kerry Kennedy, plans to plead not guilty at her arraignment this week on a drug-impaired driving charge.

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