Democrats ask high court to delay cut to early voting in Ohio

Columbus -- Ohio Democrats are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to delay a reduction in early voting in the presidential swing state while they appeal the issue.

The state's Democratic Party asked the court Sept. 1 to suspend a ruling that would trim early voting opportunities.

That lower court decision from last month upheld a law eliminating days in which people could register and vote at the same time, a period known as "golden week."

Democrats want the days reinstated.

The Supreme Court justices divided 4-4 in a move to reinstate North Carolina's voter identification requirement. A 4-4 split in this case would be a loss for the Ohio Democrats.

-- Associated Press

Akron Zoo closing underwater exhibit

Akron -- The Akron Zoo is closing its underwater exhibit.

The zoo says the Journey to the Reef exhibit will close in November. The exhibit opened four years ago and features 18 aquariums with more than 40 aquatic species. The zoo says the exhibit was designed to change every few years.

Zoo officials say the new exhibit will have aquatic and terrestrial animals along with carnivorous plants.

-- Associated Press

Cases of contagious diarrheal disease continue to grow

Columbus -- Public health officials say a contagious diarrheal disease continues to grow in central Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch reports health officials say 423 cases of diagnosed cryptosporidiosis were reported as of Aug. 29.

The outbreak in Franklin and Delaware counties is being linked to recreational water facilities and possibly poor home hygiene.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cryptosporidiosis is most commonly spread through water. It also can be transferred through human-to-human contact in homes, schools and daycare centers.

Symptoms include stomach pains, watery diarrhea and vomiting.

The Ohio Department of Health says the entire state typically logs about 400 cases a year.

-- Associated Press