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News Minute: Here is the latest Ohio news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - President Donald Trump has endorsed state Sen. Troy Balderson for the 12th Congressional District. In tweets Saturday night, the Republican president says Balderson "loves our Military, Vets & 2nd Amendment." He calls Balderson's opponent, Democratic Franklin County Recorder Danny O'Connor, "a Nancy Pelosi Liberal." Balderson and O'Connor will face off in an Aug. 7 special election to fill the unexpired term of former U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi (TEE'-behr-ee), who retired in January.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's delays in selecting processors and giving cultivators the green light to grow plants have pushed the availability of medical marijuana even further past the Legislature's Sept. 8 deadline. The Columbus Dispatch reports a meeting between the Medical Marijuana Council and an advisory board Thursday provided no answer about when the state's program will finally become operational. Cultivators have been selected, yet only two have permission to grow plants.

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a van driver who fled from a trooper during an attempted traffic stop has crashed into a utility pole, killing himself and injuring two passengers. The Highway Patrol has identified the man killed early Saturday as 30-year-old Cleveland resident Antonio Whitley. The patrol says a trooper tried to stop Whitley's van for running a red light and quickly ended a pursuit for safety reasons but later found the crashed van a short distance away.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A federal judge has rejected an effort by the Department of Justice to strip a terrorist of U.S. citizenship. Pakistani-born Iyman Faris is a former Ohio truck driver and is serving the last years of a 20-year sentence imposed in 2003 for his guilty plea to plotting with al-Qaida to destroy New York's Brooklyn Bridge. The Department of Justice argues Faris entered the U.S. using someone else's passport, but his Chicago lawyer says his plea agreement never included the possibility of deportation.

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