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Picturing The Future: A Coal Community’s Comeback

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Can a photograph help a community grow? One photographer is shedding some light on ongoing efforts in a region looking for some new ways to sustain itself. Rebecca Kiger is a documentary and portrait photographer raised in West Virginia. The images she captures are often exceptionally emotionally evocative. She says it takes a lot of… Read More

CASA: Caring For Kids Caught In The Addiction Crisis


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W The Ohio Valley’s opioid epidemic has effects far beyond the individuals struggling through addiction, with families and children suffering as well. An organization that helps children in abuse cases now sees substance abuse as a leading contributor, and could be overwhelmed by the addiction crisis. Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children —CASA for short—… Read More

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Audit Finds Closed Ohio Charter School Didn’t Repay $478K

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s auditor says a now-closed charter school in Columbus failed to repay nearly $478,000 in state foundation overpayments after overstating enrollment. Thousands more dollars in expenses are considered questionable in the closeout audit of the ScholArts Preparatory and Career Center for Children, which closed in February 2013. Auditor Dave Yost’s office… Read More

Oil and Gas Industry Would Get Tax Benefit Under Ohio Bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s oil-and-gas industry would get a retroactive tax benefit that will cost state and local governments a combined $264 million under a bill passed during the Legislature’s lame-duck session. The expanded sales-tax exemption on drillers’ tangible personal property was contained in a multi-faceted bill. It’s now awaiting action by Republican Gov…. Read More