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WOUB reporter Taylor Mirfenderski has been named a national winner by the Society of Professional Journalist Mark of Excellence awards. “Researchers Investigate Links Between Fracking and Water Contamination” was recognized as a first place winner in the Region 4 competition and went on to win the top national prize in the Television In-Depth Reporting category…. Read More
Students from Ohio University Lancaster have spent the last semester working towards ending the use of the word “retard” when referring to those with mental disabilities. The semester long campaign spearheaded by students in Shianne Swinehart’s Communication Studies 1010 class was called “Spread the Word to End the Word.” “Using language that incorporates everyone makes… Read More
Athens County Commissioners have agreed to commit up to $26,000 to the Athens County Sheriff’s Office by the end of the year, which will allow Sheriff Patrick Kelly to fill a position that has been vacant since 2012. Although the money is coming later, Kelly said the commissioner’s agreement is enough for him to make… Read More
Two bills stripping Ohio unions of the ability to compel membership and automatically collect dues face an uncertain fate at the Ohio Statehouse. Gov. John Kasich has reserved judgment on the proposals being prepared by state Reps. Kristina Roegner and Ron Maag, his fellow Republicans. GOP House Speaker William Batchelder has also been cautiously noncommittal…. Read More
UPDATE 5:12 p.m. Lawyers for two men charged with conspiring to obstruct justice in the Boston bombing case say their clients had no idea the attack was being planned. The lawyers for Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev held a brief news conference Wednesday after their clients' initial court appearance. Attorneys Robert Stahl and Harlan Protass say… Read More
A black bear on the loose in Parkersburg has been killed by law enforcement officers. Officers fatally shot the male bear around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, about 45 minutes after it was sighted. Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin says officials were concerned about public safety. The bear weighed about 250 pounds to 300 pounds.
Construction on an underground pipeline across Ohio and sections of three more states is expected to employ up to 4,000 workers over eight months and should start in early May. Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners says about 1,500 construction jobs will be in Ohio. A company spokesman says construction will start south of Dayton, and sections… Read More
UPDATE 11:40 a.m. An Ohio man convicted of killing a 6-month-old girl while raping her has been executed despite his arguments that he never meant to hurt her. Steve Smith was executed at 10:29 a.m. Wednesday by lethal injection at the state prison in Lucasville after his pleas for mercy were denied. The 46-year-old was convicted… Read More
The Licking County Sheriff's Department responded to a fatal traffic crash Tuesday morning. The accident occurred between Hopewell Drive and Dorsey Mill Road. A Big-O truck was southbound on State Route 13 when a red Ford Escape attempted to turn left into a driveway in front of the truck. The truck then struck the passenger… Read More
UPDATE 3:32 p.m. Marshall University's Board of Governors has expressed its support of President Stephen J. Kopp after faculty took a symbolic vote of no confidence in him. Of 420 faculty members who took part over the past week, 290 voted no confidence in Kopp, 107 supported him and 23 abstained. A statement issued Wednesday by… Read More
Officials say the white powder that led to an evacuation of an Ohio University building last week was a common household item. A black bear was shot and killed by Parkersburg Police this morning. Details in your morning update.