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Miners’ Health Benefits Secured But Pensions Remain Uncertain

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United Mine Workers retirees are celebrating a permanent fix for health benefits secured in the federal spending agreement Congress reached over the weekend. However, the deal left them with more work ahead to shore up faltering pension funds. Coal retirees have been fighting to secure benefits for nearly five years. With benefits set to expire… Read More

Southeast Ohio History Center to Open Doors May 2

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April 15, 1917, Athens’ First Christian Church opened its doors. Exactly 100 years later, another institution, the Southeast Ohio History Center (SOHC), celebrated its grand opening on exactly the same day in that very historic building. Due to on-going construction, the grand opening served as a way to acquaint the public with the recently renovated… Read More

Ohio Governor Delays 9 Executions as Court Fight Continues

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich has delayed nine executions as a court fight continues over the constitutionality of the state’s lethal injection process. The Republican governor’s announcement Monday postpones an execution scheduled for next month until July. It also pushes eight other procedures back months. Kasich said the timing of arguments before… Read More

Alexander Schools Sees Levy As Lifeline


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Once again, the Alexander Local Schools District is asking voters to approve the continuous 1.5 percent earned income tax operating levy. The proposal was voted down in November but the district’s school board president, Fred Davis, says there’s no choice but to go back to the voters. “Basically, what we’re saying is expenditures are outrunning revenue…. Read More

Cedar Point Adding Metal Detectors

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SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Amusement park visitors to the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World” can expect slightly longer wait times to pass through new metal detectors. The parent firm of Cedar Point added another level of security to all of its parks. Cedar Point spokesman Tony Clark says the process for passing through metal… Read More