WOUB News Digest: Read And Be Informed

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Here's a summary of the stories making headlines this afternoon:

Thursday Athens Road Closures

The Athens County Engineer’s Office will close County Road 143, Potter Road between County Road 53, Bethany Ridge Road and US Route 50 Thursday from noon to 7p.m. The roadway will be closed for roadway repaving.

Feds to Review Ohio Wal-Mart Shooting

The Justice Department is reviewing police department practices after a grand jury decided Wednesday not to indict officers in the Aug. 5 fatal shooting of 22-year-old John Crawford III at the Beavercreek Wal-Mart. The federal government says the investigation will be “thorough and independent” and will take appropriate action if evidence is found that civil rights laws were broken.  

West Virginia Starts Ad Push for Secondary School

West Virginia is kicking off a $300,000 advertising push to promote education beyond high school. The campaign targets middle- and high-school students stressing that students can build dream careers in West Virginia, but need to take charge of their lives and education.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Early Voting Ruling

A federal appeals court upheld an Ohio judge’s ruling that expands Ohio’s voting schedule this fall. Voting rights groups and other had claimed another early voting measure would make it difficult for residents to vote and disproportionately affect low-income and black voters. Ohio’s attorneys argued the early voting schedule exceeds most states and doesn’t burden voters.

US Airstrikes Hit Refineries to Cut Money to ISIS

The United States and its allies sent airstrikes to pummel the oil refineries in Syria used by the terror group to help fund its operations. The attacks are focused on the “infrastructure around the refineries” says Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. This will affect ISIS and its ability to produce oil. We’ll have the full story on Newswatch at 5:30.  

Suspect Denied Bond in Hannah Graham Disappearance

A Texas judge ordered Jesse Matthew to be held without bond pending his extradition to Virginia. Matthew is a suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. Matthew was found Wednesday on a Texas beach some 1,300 miles from where he is wanted in the disappearance.

Denver-area Students Stage Walkout of School

Hundreds of students lined the streets from at least seven Denver-area schools Tuesday and Wednesday to protest a proposal by a member of the Jefferson County School Board. The proposal calls for a new panel to review the schools’ curricula. Students and parents are outraged with the Advanced Placement curriculum for U.S. history class that aims to ensure that teaching materials present positive aspects of U.S. history and its heritage. Casey McAndrew, a high school senior, says “I understand that they want to take out our very important history of slaver and dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki because it portrays the U.S. in a negative light.”