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Dolly’s Literacy Program for WV?

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FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A group is looking to revitalize a literacy program in Marion County that was started by country music singer Dolly Parton in her home county in Tennessee. Diana Marple, of Marion County’s West Virginian University Extension Office, tells the Times West Virginian  that a committee is investigating funding for the Dolly… Read More

Opponents of Drug-Price Plan in Ohio Sue Over Its Signatures

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Opponents of a proposal to control the price Ohio pays for prescription drugs are challenging the validity of the initiative’s petition signatures. In a complaint filed Monday with the Ohio Supreme Court, opponents including the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association claim that petition circulators failed to comply with four areas of Ohio law… Read More

Two Meth Labs Busted in Nelsonville


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According to the Athens County Major Crimes Unit (AMCU),   investigators recently neutralized two methamphetamine labs in Nelsonville – including a home where a child was present. Acting on tips, detectives searched 990 Poplar Street in Nelsonville on Friday, February 26. Investigators say they found methamphetamine and the tools used to make the drug, including a “one… Read More

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Super Tuesday Eve (video)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 on the eve of Super Tuesday (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Republican front-runner Donald Trump is the star of a Democratic ad in the Arizona Senate race. “Donald Trump is dangerous for America,” says the commercial by Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, who is challenging longtime GOP Sen. John… Read More

Police Chief: Hiring Limits Could Hurt Diversity in Ohio

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OREGON, Ohio (AP) – A northwest Ohio police chief says proposals that would limit who can be a police officer could hurt minority recruitment. The Blade reports a state commission is mulling whether to include some misdemeanor convictions as grounds for disqualification. A felony conviction eliminates recruits under current policy. Oregon Police Chief Mike Navarre… Read More

Muskingum U. Announces New President


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NEW CONCORD, OH – According to a press release, Muskingum University is announcing a change of leadership. The Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Susan Schneider Hasseler as Muskingum’s twenty-first president.  Dr. Hasseler will take office on July 1, 2016.  She succeeds Dr. Anne C. Steele who has served as President since January 1, 2000. Steele,… Read More

Bill Passes Ohio House Making Cockfighting a Felony Offense

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Legislation has cleared the Ohio House that would make a deeper involvement in illegal cockfighting a felony offense. Engaging in cockfighting or any other instances of pitting animals against one another would remain a misdemeanor, but greater participation would bring tougher penalties. The bill stipulates that anyone found to be employed… Read More