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Prisoner Acquitted Of Escape After Prosecutors Can’t Prove Location of Prison

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LOGAN — Based on an error that the Hocking County Prosecutor’s Office was unable to correct in court, a convicted murderer who fled from Hocking Correctional Institution on March 27, 2016, has been acquitted of a felony escape charge. John Modie, 59, was indicted on April 26, 2016 after escaping from the Correctional Institution but… Read More

College Announces Layoffs, Pay Cuts to Handle Debt


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WILBERFORCE, Ohio (AP) – One of the country’s oldest historically black private colleges is laying off workers and imposing steep pay cuts in an ongoing struggle to survive. Wilberforce University cut $750,000 from its payroll last year, but the president of the small Ohio school says that’s not enough to deal with large debts that… Read More

‘Under the Elms’ Celebrates 70th Anniversary This Summer


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The “Under the Elms” Summer Concert Series will present five free concerts this summer, beginning Wednesday, May 31, and continuing each consecutive week until Wednesday, June 28. Each of these outdoor concerts begin at 7 p.m. on the College Green adjacent to Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The “Under the Elms” Concert Band, or “Communiversity Band,” is comprised of Ohio University faculty, students, and… Read More

West Virginia Groups See Disease Threat from Surface Mines

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LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia environmentalists are urging a National Academies of Sciences committee examining the health risks from surface mining to look at rates of cancer, asthma and birth defects among people living near large-scale coal mines. Representatives of Coal River Mountain Watch, West Virginia Highlands Conservancy and Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition say… Read More