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An Ohio effort to require billions of dollars in state investment in alternative energy has re-emerged. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine certified the petition Monday for the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative's constitutional amendment. DeWine said the proposal met an initial signature requirement and that its summary was "fair and truthful." It's the fourth such petition… Read More
Experts say the aviation industry is growing, and that means hundreds of thousands of openings for qualified job seekers. Experts in the state known as the “birthplace of aviation” say now’s the time to launch efforts to fill those jobs. Half a million pilots will be needed around the world in the next 20 years,… Read More
As Ohio Gov. John Kasich continues to push for a severance tax on gas and oil drilling, questions have been asked of his Democratic challenger about where he stands on that issue. Ed FitzGerald’s answer hasn’t been so clear to reporters. If you read some major Ohio newspapers last week, you probably came away with… Read More
The budget update that went into effect with the start of the new fiscal year last week includes some extra money for small fire departments to join a statewide radio system. For years, the state has been working to upgrade the way first responders converging on big emergency scenes talk to each other, since their… Read More
West Virginia has entered into a concealed handgun reciprocity agreement with Nebraska. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey made the announcement Monday. Under the agreement, each state will honor a valid concealed carry permit issued by the other. Morrisey says Nebraska previously recognized concealed handgun licenses issued by West Virginia. West Virginia now has full… Read More
A wide variety of groups representing agriculture, business and public health associations are joining forces to tackle a pressing issue: how can they protect and improve Ohio’s water quality? The coalition known as Healthy Water Ohio will start by conducting a statewide public poll in order to identify major challenges. Larry Antosh with the Ohio… Read More
Former Mingo County prosecutor Michael Sparks has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty in a federal corruption case. Sparks was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Charleston. In addition to his time behind bars, Sparks was sentenced to a year of supervised release. Sparks pleaded guilty in 2013 to depriving… Read More
A Columbus attorney has been convicted in a sex crimes trial in which some of the allegations came from his clients. A Franklin County jury found attorney Javier Armengau guilty Monday on nine of 18 charges, including one count of rape, four counts of sexual battery and two counts of gross sexual imposition. According to… Read More
The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced Monday that it made 749 arrests over the July 4 weekend for impaired driving and 318 arrests on drug-related charges. Twelve people died in 11 crashes from July 3-6. Four of those crashes were OVI-related. In 2013, six people died over the holiday reporting period, which was only a… Read More
A former area police chief was arrested on drug charges, including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Charles A. Wachenschwanz, 46, was taken into custody on Wednesday after a "clandestine marijuana growing operation" was found inside a residence on Kempton Drive in Chauncey. Wachenschwanz, a former Chauncey Police Department chief and village marshal, was… Read More
Just five years after introducing his barbecue to Athens, Sean Kiser is slated to open his third Kiser’s Barbeque location this summer – this time on Court Street. Kiser said he hopes to open a new restaurant in the former Quiznos location (42 S. Court St.) near the beginning of August. The restaurant will be… Read More
Hocking County finances are “almost right on par” for the year, said Hocking County Auditor Ken Wilson. He presented Hocking County Commissioners with a financial report covering the first half of 2014 at their Thursday meeting. One budget area he urged commissioners to watch closely is that of Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail costs. So far… Read More
Sinclair Community College recently got news of a $4 million grant from the state to improve its facilities for teaching about drones. Now Sinclair will team up with Ohio State – offering people who get UAS certificates or associate’s degrees options to complete a degree at OSU in data analytics or geospatial precision agriculture, and… Read More
The Ohio University portion of the video above begins at 11:10 Isaac Smith* is receiving vast media attention nationwide for his first amendment lawsuit against Ohio University. Video of Smith, a 22-year-old political science and Spanish major at OU, announcing the lawsuit at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, went live Friday on… Read More
Last spring, 88 percent of Ohio’s third-graders scored enough on the reading assessment to advance to the fourth grade. That leaves 12 percent, or about 13,000-14,000 kids who scored below the promotion cut-off score of 394. The assessment is being offered in districts across the state one last time this week for those who fell… Read More
An Ohio Department of Taxation report finds that since 2012 the amount of tax credits granted businesses promising to create and retain jobs has been going up. The report finds the value of the incentives grew from $56 million that year to $63 million last year to an estimated $65 million in the fiscal year… Read More
Tests of soil to gauge possible contamination could help settle a debate over where to locate a new jail to replace a chronically overcrowded facility in southeastern Ohio. The new Fairfield County Jail will cost at least $30 million and will replace three old and overcrowded buildings that often flunk state inspections. County commissioners expect… Read More
The Athens Dance Collective and ARTS/West will present an evening of dance and performance art on Saturday, July 12.
The show, which provides a community-oriented opportunity for local dancers, choreographers and performance artists to showcase original work, will also feature a spoken word and sound collaboration by Wendy McVicker and Andrew Lampela.
CVS Pharmacy is no longer selling some cold medications that contain pseudoephedrine at its stores in West Virginia. The sales ban applies to medications that have pseudoephedrine as their only active ingredient. Pseudoephedrine also is used to illegally manufacture methamphetamine. The company has 50 stores in West Virginia. The sales ban also is in effect… Read More
Host George Ebert talks to local astronomer Bob Eichenberg about competitive astronomers, travelling to Florence and what is available there for astronomers and what people will see in the sky this summer. They also talk about telescopes, the history behind them and how far they have come since they were invented.