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Richardson, Howard Help Alexander Top Athens

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The Alexander Spartans’ ended their regular season in a home finale against the Athens Bulldogs Friday night. The Spartans came out on top 59-31. Alexander used the night to honor its eight seniors on the team. Two seniors stood out for the Spartans on the night. Seth Richardson notched 22 points and three steals. Richardson… Read More

The West Virginia State Capitol at night

Lawmakers Override Veto, Will Make WV Right-To-Work State

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia is set to become the 26th right-to-work state. In House and Senate party-line votes Friday, lawmakers rebuked Thursday’s veto by Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Some House Republicans voted no. A simple majority was required. So-called “right to work” states prohibit companies from requiring employees to pay union dues… Read More

Hocking College (hocking.edu)

Hocking College Education Assn: President: Complaints ‘Ignored’ By Administration

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Days after a “no confidence” vote was announced by the Hocking College Board of Trustees, the head of the union representing faculty and professional staff said the environment at the college has deteriorated so much that  leaving the college has become an option. “I suspect we’re going to have a lot of retirements…because of the… Read More

A gavel on a set of scales

Attorney General tries to Revive Lawsuit Bevin Dropped

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s Democratic attorney general wants to revive a lawsuit the state’s Republican governor decided to drop. Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration won’t defend a state law requiring life insurance companies to verify whether policyholders have died and notify their heirs so they can receive benefits. Several insurance companies have sued, arguing the… Read More

Test Show Legionella Bacteria Found in Government Building

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – State officials say a potentially harmful bacterium has been found in a government skyscraper in Ohio’s capital city. The state Department of Administrative Services released test results Thursday afternoon that show Legionella bacteria was discovered in the Rhodes State Office Tower. The bacteria was found at three locations in the building…. Read More

Ohio Officials say Fentanyl Pills being Sold as Lookalikes

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CLEVELAND (AP) – Authorities in northeast Ohio say they’re seeing a disturbing trend in the sale of the powerful painkiller fentanyl to people who possibly think they’re buying less-potent oxycodone. Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson said during a news conference Friday that 19 people died from fentanyl overdoses in January while 21 died… Read More

West Virginia on a map

W. Va. Legislature Rebukes Governor Veto, Eliminates Prevailing Wage

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia is eliminating its prevailing wage for public construction projects. In House and Senate Republican party-line votes Friday, lawmakers rebuked Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto Thursday. Some House Republicans voted no. A simple majority was required, a relatively easy bar compared to other states. Republicans believe the wage is… Read More

Court 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

Council Pushes WV to Add LGBT Protection to Hate Crime Law

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Huntington City Council has approved a resolution to urge West Virginia lawmakers to include protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals under the state code dealing with hate crimes. The Herald-Dispatch reports the council unanimously approved on Monday the resolution, which is to include protection for individuals based upon the… Read More

Naloxone

Kroger to Offer Anti-Overdose Drug Without Prescription

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Update 11:21 a.m. CINCINNATI (AP) – Ohio-based grocery chain Kroger Co. is going to make the heroin overdose-reversal drug naloxone available without a prescription in its pharmacies across Ohio and northern Kentucky. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, joined Kroger officials at a Cincinnati store for Friday’s announcement. Kroger says… Read More