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Demolition Of President Street Academic Center Postponed

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An Ohio University Board of Trustees discussion regarding the demolition of the President Street Academic Center has been postponed by the university due to “unforeseen site conditions.” The trustees were slated to hold a joint meeting of their Academics Committee and Resources Committee on Thursday morning to discuss the project. However, in an email to… Read More

Council Passes $2 Million Parking Garage Renovation Ordinance

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Athens residents will be paying more to park later this year. Athens City Council passed anordinance Monday night to renovate the city’s East Washington Street parking garage. Athens mayor Paul Wiehl said the $2 million in repairs are needed to maintain safety, a need made evident two years ago when concrete fell off the structure…. Read More

Bill Protecting Ohio Pupils From Testing Impacts Advances

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A bill protecting students from the academic impacts of Ohio’s new proficiency tests is headed toward the expected signature of Gov. John Kasich. The measure cleared its final legislative hurdle Tuesday with unanimous Ohio House concurrence. It prohibits the state from using results of tests being rolled out this year from determining a student’s academic… Read More

West Virginia Chemical Spill Law Approved By House

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A House panel narrowly approved a bill to scale back protections to prevent chemical spills from sullying water supplies. The January 2014 chemical spill that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents for days spurred the tank law. At 11:30 p.m. Monday, the committee voted 13-12 to send the proposal to the floor. Several Kanawha County… Read More

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Ohio Lawmaker Wants Tougher Penalties For Wastewater Dumping

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A state senator wants increased penalties and stiffer permit rules for improperly disposing of gas-drilling waste and toxic brine in Ohio. Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni’s legislation would raise the state’s penalties for knowingly disposing of oil and gas waste illegally to levels found in the federal Clean Water Act. The Boardman Democrat says violators… Read More

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Advocates To Push Vaccine Legislation At Ohio Statehouse

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The father of a boy killed by bacterial meningitis and an expert in infectious diseases are among advocates coming to the Ohio Statehouse to promote new vaccine legislation. The Immunization Advocacy Network of Ohio has organized an event Tuesday to speak to state lawmakers. The organization of immunization providers and supporters says vaccines are valuable… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court Weighs Exceptions To Sex Offender Label

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The Ohio Supreme Court is considering whether the state’s sex-offender labels amount to cruel and unusual punishment if the classification is a significantly harsher punishment than an offense warrants. At issue is a sex offender label given a man convicted following his consensual affair with a 15-year-old girl when he was 21. Ohio law classifies… Read More