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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

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West Virginia Senate Panel Backs Away From Full Common Core Repeal

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State senators have backed away from repealing the Common Core educational standards. A Senate committee voted Monday to drop the repeal and study English and math standards further. In the amended bill, the state schools superintendent will suggest any changes after a comprehensive review ending in 2017. The review group would include a parent, teachers… Read More

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Ohio Casino Revenue Numbers Released

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Only one of Ohio’s four full-service casinos was a revenue winner in February. Cleveland’s Horseshoe Casino saw its revenue up 14 percent to just over $20 million last month. The Ohio Casino Control Commission monthly revenue figures released Monday show that numbers were down slightly at the casinos in Toledo, Columbus and Cincinnati. Overall, the… Read More

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Marshall County Mine Accident Under Investigation

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State officials are investigating a coal mine accident in Marshall County that killed one worker and injured two others. In a statement, Murray Energy identified the miner who was killed as John M. “Mike” Garloch of Neffs, Ohio. The company says Garloch was a management employee. The injured miners haven’t been identified. Murray Energy says… Read More

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Man Sentenced in Burglary Case

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Michael Dale Wright, 25, appeared before Athens County Common Pleas Judge Patrick J. Lang on Monday and changed his plea to guilty to an indictment charging one count each of aggravated burglary and felonious assault. Judge Lang sentenced Wright to six years in the State Penal System, to begin upon completion of the sentence he is… Read More

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Sherrod Brown Backs Strickland Over Sittenfeld For U.S. Senate

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is endorsing former Gov. Ted Strickland as the Democrat best suited to challenge fellow senator Rob Portman next year. Strickland, a one-term governor and former congressman, announced plans last month to challenge Portman, a Republican. Strickland first must defeat 30-year-old Cincinnati city councilman P.G. Sittenfeld in the 2016 Democratic primary. Sittenfeld… Read More

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Appeal of Glouster Man’s Conviction Connected To Reversed Case

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Sentenced to a mandatory five-year prison term, a Glouster man convicted of gross sexual imposition is appealing his prison sentence and believes new case law will help his appeal. Thomas Shifflet, 78, was found guilty by a jury in Athens County Common Pleas Court of gross sexual imposition. He was acquitted of sexual imposition and… Read More

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Ohio’s Public Universities Owe $6.5B In Debt

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Ohio’s 14 public universities owe $6.5 billion for debt mostly created by what some education experts call unnecessary campus building booms. The Dayton Daily News reports college officials say they have been constructing necessary facilities. But some higher education experts say universities have gone on unnecessary spending sprees to lure students to their campuses. An… Read More

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Auditor Thompson Sworn In To 5th Term

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Calling public service a “blessing,” Athens County Auditor Jill Thompson was sworn in to a fifth term Friday, cementing her status as one of the county’s longest-tenured auditors. The ceremony at the Athens County Courthouse was highlighted by the presence of Dave Yost, Ohio auditor of state, who administered the oath of office. Thompson thanked… Read More

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Ohio Online Charter School Spent More Than $2.27M On Ads

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Ohio’s largest online charter school reported at least $2.27 million spent last school year on advertising to attract students. The Columbus Dispatch reports that’s about 2 percent of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow’s revenue for the school year, which was $112.7 million. About 90 percent of that revenue was funded by the state. The charter… Read More

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Thousands Attend Union Rally At West Virginia Capitol

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The West Virginia AFL-CIO estimates that about 7,000 people attended a rally protesting actions and proposals by the state’s Republican Legislature. The “Mountaineer Workers Rising Rally” at the state Capitol Saturday was organized to protest Republican proposals that union leaders say are bad for workers. Labor groups are opposing the introduction of charter schools, changes… Read More

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Ohio’s Attorney General Warns Consumers Of Phone Scams

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Ohio’s attorney general says one of the top phone scams reported to his office includes callers posing as employees of the IRS and asking for immediate payment. Attorney General Mike DeWine says the scams often involve detailed and believable stories.  Last year, his office received roughly 1,200 complaints about phone scams. Prevalent scams include those… Read More