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Courts Rejects Challenge to Ohio Law on Judicial Ballots

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CINCINNATI (AP) – A federal court has rejected a challenge to Ohio law excluding political-party labels from judicial candidates’ general-election ballots. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling granting Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s request to dismiss the lawsuit. The Democratic Party, some individual candidates… Read More

New Nelsonville-York Football Coach

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Nelsonville-York High School named their new football coach for the 2016 season: Rusty Richards. After 48 applications, one being from India, the N-Y School Board believed Richards to be the best fit for their historic program. Over 45 seasons, the Buckeyes have only employed three full-time coaches, all three falling in the same family tree. Dave Boston Sr…. Read More

Ohio Softball Picked as MAC Regular Season Champs in Preseason Poll

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For the second year in a row, the Ohio University softball team is selected to win the MAC regular season. The Bobcats went 15-32 overall and 7-11 in conference. Even after this lackluster 2015 campaign, they still received four votes from the coaches’ preseason poll to reign as the MAC regular season champions. Both Central Michigan… Read More

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OH Supreme Court OKs Sale of Prison


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state Supreme Court says the sale of a northeast Ohio prison to a private company didn’t violate the state constitution. The Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut was sold to Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America in 2011. It was the first state prison in the nation to be sold to… Read More

Kentucky Could Have 2 Marriage Licenses


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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky lawmakers have proposed two marriage license forms, one designed for gay couples and another for straight couples. One form would note the “bride” and “groom” while another form would note “first party” and “second party.” Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Stephen West of Paris said couples, both gay and straight, could… Read More

West Virginia House Approves Religious-Exemptions Bill

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Update 2:00 p.m. CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia religious-exemptions bill that opponents say would allow for discrimination has cleared the Republican-led House of Delegates. Approved by Thursday’s 72-26 vote, the proposal would let people cite religious objections to state actions in certain court proceedings. It moves to the Senate. Proponents say it protects… Read More