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     The day’s top stories from Courthouse News in short takes with links.
     
     1.) Cartoonist Ted Rall Crowd-Funds for Legal Fight Against L.A. Times
     Cartoonist and columnist Ted Rall is raising money using a crowd-funding platform as he fights the Los Angeles Times’ bid to have his defamation and wrongful termination lawsuit dismissed.
     
     2.) Clinton Blasts Tax-Break Scheming at Ohio Rally
     Drawing thousands at an Ohio rally, Hillary Clinton had tough words Wednesday for her Republican opponent’s plan to give tax breaks to rich business owners like himself.
     
     3.) News Outlets Seek Trump Video Deposition on Chef Feud
     Six news organizations asked a judge in Washington D.C. on Wednesday to release videos of Donald Trump’s deposition in his dispute with a celebrity chef.
     
     4.) Watchdog: Florida Authorities Failing Residents on Safe Drinking Water
     
     Little-to-no assessments, almost no enforcement of violations and historically-low penalties of violators are leaving the health of Florida residents exposed, according to the director of a watchdog group that analyzed the state’s environmental protection agency’s own data on public drinking water for 2015.
     
     5.) Michigan Must Allow Straight-Ticket Voting
     The Sixth Circuit denied Michigan’s request to implement a ban on straight-party voting, allowing voters to easily select all Democrat or all Republican candidates on their November ballots.
     
     6.) Teacher Contracts Saved From Cost-Cutting Move
     Dire financial straits at the Philadelphia school district do not justify canceling contract-protected teacher benefits, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled
     
     7.) Wyo. Insurers Bound by Notice-Prejudice Rule
     Answering a question from the Eighth Circuit, the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled that insurance companies can’t deny coverage for lack of timely notice unless they can prove they were unfairly prejudiced.
     
     8.) Judge Benched for Claims She Let Clerk Fill In
     A Cook County Circuit Court judge was reassigned to administrative duties Wednesday after she was accused of letting a law clerk put on a judge’s robe and hear cases in her courtroom.

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