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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