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US Sen. Manchin Blasts NRA, Says Group Has Changed Its Focus

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Again facing heat from the gun lobby, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is criticizing the National Rifle Association, saying it moved from promoting gun safety and culture to being “big business.” The West Virginia Democrat made the comments Tuesday to The Associated Press. Recently, the NRA criticized Manchin for opposing a state measure to drop permitting… Read More

Commissioners Take Action Requested By Fed Hock In Holzer Tax Case

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Actions requested by the Federal Hocking School Board, which is embroiled in a tax dispute with Holzer Clinic, were taken Tuesday by the Athens County Commissioners —  at least in part. School board member Tom McGuire met with the commissioners last month to reiterate his request that the commissioners take three actions relating to Holzer…. Read More

State Testing Water After Northeast Ohio Chemical Spill

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Residents in northeast Ohio are waiting to hear from state environmental officials whether their water is safe to drink following a chemical spill at an injection well facility. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has been testing water in Vienna Township near Warren after residents last week reported dead animals near a local pond and a… Read More

Groundwater Tests Considered Near Injection Wells

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A proposal to do baseline groundwater testing at a K&H Partners injection well site near Torch is being considered by the Athens County Commissioners. K&H Partners of West Virginia received a state permit March 18 to drill its third injection well in Troy Twp. near Torch. Injection wells are used to dispose of saltwater and… Read More

Mandel Pushing Local Governments To Post Spending On Ohio Checkbook


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Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is asking local governments to post their expenditures online. Mandel’s office sent letters to more than 18,000 government officials and local school boards around the state urging them to join OhioCheckbook.com. Mandel said his objective is simply to let Ohioans know how their tax dollars are spent. “What we’re trying to… Read More