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Ex-Freedom Officials Head Back To Court In West Virginia Spill Case

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Two former Freedom Industries executives who face federal charges in a massive chemical spill last year are returning to court. Ex-Freedom officials Gary Southern and Dennis Farrell are scheduled for a motions hearing at 10 a.m. Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston. The January 2014 Freedom Industries spill in Charleston spurred a ban on… Read More

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Ohio Gov. Kasich To Return To New Hampshire, South Carolina

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to return to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state of New Hampshire next month. The two-term governor visited the state last week in a trip designed to assess his political strength as he considers a 2016 Republican presidential bid. Kasich plans to attend the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit… Read More

Youth Group Pushing Republicans On Gay Marriage Visits Ohio

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Activists who don’t want the Republican Party’s 2016 platform to oppose same-sex marriage will promote their effort in a swing through Ohio. The Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry will have representatives in Cincinnati on Tuesday, followed by Columbus and Cleveland later this week. They’re talking about their “Reform the Platform” campaign ahead of… Read More

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School Leadership Summit Set In Charleston

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Educators from across West Virginia are gathering in Charleston for a school leadership summit. The West Virginia Board of Education is hosting Tuesday’s School Leadership Stakeholder Meeting. Teacher groups, higher education staff, school principals and others will examine current leadership standards, the characteristics of good education leaders and how to replicate best practices across the… Read More

Ohio Governor’s Panel Weighs More State Oversight of Police

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The panel commissioned by Gov. John Kasich to study police and community relations in Ohio is looking at whether state oversight of police officers should be increased. Panel members are suggesting things like statewide committees to investigate police-involved shootings and a central database of any officer fired by a department. Other… Read More

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Ohio’s Top Utility Regulator Says He’s Resigning As Chairman

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Ohio’s top utility regulator says he is resigning as chairman of the Public Utilities Commission but will continue to serve as a commissioner. Thomas Johnson, a former state budget director, was sworn in to lead the regulating agency less than a year ago. He replaced Todd Snitchler, who decided not to seek reappointment when his… Read More

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New Pollution Guidelines For EPA

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An Ohio Supreme Court ruling could change how environmental regulators impose pollution limits on state bodies of water. The court said last week that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency must give out public notices and hold hearings before issuing pollution limits. The ruling stems from an issue involving a wastewater-treatment plant in Fairfield County. Commissioners… Read More

West Virginia Students To Take New Online Standardized Test

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West Virginia students will take a new online standardized test this year that’s based on the national Common Core standards. The testing window for the Smarter Balanced Assessment begins next week and runs through June 24. Counties and schools will set their own testing schedules. State Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano tells the Charleston Daily… Read More

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US Senate Rivals Strickland, Sittenfeld Note Differences

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Two Democrats seeking Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat in 2016 didn’t mention each other by name, but they did point out their differences at party’s annual legacy dinner in Columbus. Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland and 30-year-old Cincinnati councilman P.G. Sittenfeld were among the featured speakers at the sold-out event Friday night. The winner of next… Read More

Athens Police Department Annual Report Shows Quieter City

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The numbers are in and it looks like the Athens Police Department has achieved one of its main goals for 2014. The 2014 annual report released this week by the Athens Police Department details the improvement in noise complaints along with other arrest, citation and investigation data for the department over the past year.  When… Read More

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Athens Superintendent Remains On Paid Leave, Investigation Continues

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Six weeks after the Athens City School Board placed Supt. Carl Martin on paid administrative leave after an alleged failure to make required reports by employees of the school district, no formal action has taken place in regards to the leave. The board met Thursday night and were updated on the progress of a review… Read More