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The Democratic challenger in the Alaska Senate race against indicted incumbent Ted Stevens, will pay a $1,420 fine over a complaint on his state financial disclosure forms. The Alaska Public Offices Commission imposed the fine stating that Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich had failed properly fill out his disclosure report. Begich is currently heavily favored in the polls to win the senate seat from Stevens who is currently on trial on federal corruption charges. (Anchorage Daily News)

The Ohio Supreme Court ended a voting rights dispute yesterday, ruling that pre-registration was not necessary to vote by absentee ballot. The decision upheld a 2005 law which permits all state residents to mail in their vote, meaning that same-day voting could occur for a one-week period this year. Republicans had sought to overturn the measure, while Democrats charged that they were trying to depress voter turnout by generating confusion about the rules. (AP)

More than 90 percent of nursing homes violate federal safety and health regulations investigators charged Monday, saying that the principal abuse was neglect and abuse of patients. The nation's nursing homes, which house more than 1.5 million people, must meet the standards to receive Medicaid and Medicare funding. (New York Times)