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Anonymous releases personal information of Cincinnati police officers; officials lower standards to pass the GED; Cincinnati's veterans express frustration with new VA clinic program

Good morning, Cincinnati! Hope you enjoyed the warm weather this weekend! Here are your morning headlines. 

The hacking group Anonymous says it is targeting the Cincinnati Police Department. In a video announcement released Sunday, the group claimed it will release the personal information of 52 CPD employees, including Police Chief Eliot Isaac. The group said the information dump is in response to the shooting of Paul Gaston, who was killed by CPD officers on Feb. 17 while reaching for a pellet gun in his waistband. CPD released two videos of the incident taken by witnesses the following day. Information released by Anonymous includes the names, ages, street addresses, email addresses and social media account information of two officers seen in the videos. Cincinnati Police Lt. Steve Saunders said the department is investigating the situation to see if there was any breach of security in CPD's system.  

• Hundreds showed up in front of Cincinnati's City Hall on Saturday to march in support of Democratic presidential primary candidate Bernie Sanders. The rally was organized by local groups supporting the Vermont Senator's bid for the White House. Sanders has been gaining on opponent Hillary Clinton's lead for the Democratic nomination. Later in the day, however, Sanders lost in the Nevada Democratic caucus to Clinton.  

• Officials have lowered the standards required to pass the GED, the high school diploma equivalency exam. Both states lowered the number of pointed required to pass the GED after GED testing officials recommended it on Jan. 26. CityBeat reported last year on the test's major overhaul that caused the passing rate to plummet by 90 percent from 2013 to 2014. 

• A national $10 billion reform program implemented by Cincinnati's Veteran Affairs Medical Clinic has left many veterans claiming they're struggling with bureaucracy and a reduction in services. The congressionally mandated Veterans Choice Program is supposed to aid accessibility issues some veterans have experienced with their local VA clinics by allowing them to choose their own doctors if the wait time is more than 30 days or they live more than 40 miles away from the clinic. But a WCPO investigation found that some are claiming the Cincinnati VA has cut some medical services because of the new program, forcing veterans to use the choice program — all to make the clinic's budget look better. 

• Gov. John Kasich's second place victory in the New Hampshire primary was short lived. The Republican presidential primary candidate finished fifth Saturday in South Carolina's GOP primary with just 7.6 percent of the vote. GOP frontrunner Donald Trump once again was victorious. Kasich, unlike Jeb Bush, who dropped out of the race following the primary, is still fighting hard for the nomination. He says he's planning on campaigning hard in Midwestern states like Michigan, which will hold its primary on March 8, and here in Ohio, where the primary will be on March 15.

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