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West Virginia’s Education Improvement Plan Gets Federal OK

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Gov. Jim Justice says federal authorities have approved West Virginia’s plan for improving student success, whose long-term goals include significantly raising overall academic proficiency over the next decade. The West Virginia Department of Education’s Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, Plan targets raising overall proficiency from 47.5 percent to 73.8 percent… Read More

Ohio Lawmakers To Receive Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – All Ohio state lawmakers must receive sexual harassment training following the sexual misconduct scandals that have swept the nation and forced resignations in both chambers of Ohio’s state Legislature. Senate President Larry Obhof, a Republican, imposed the requirement on all senators and staff members in October, after then-state Sen. Cliff Hite… Read More

Ohio Among States Whose Amazon Pitches Aren’t Public

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Republican Gov. John Kasich has made no apologies for championing the confidentiality of Ohio’s job-creation office, a structure currently shielding records that could show what incentives the state has offered to attract Amazon’s second headquarters. Ohio is among more than 15 states and cities, including Chicago, Cleveland and Las Vegas, that… Read More

’50 Year Journey: Ron Kroutel Paintings’ Opens at The Ridges Jan. 20


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A retrospective exhibition featuring 36 works spanning the career of Ron Kroutel, Emeritus Professor of Art at Ohio University’s School of Art + Design, will open January 20 and run through April 22, 2018 at the Kennedy Museum of Art, located at 100 Ridges Circle, Athens, OH 45701. The opening reception is planned for Friday,… Read More

Woodcuts and Letterpress Exhibition on Display at ARTS/West


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Wednesday, January 3 through Friday, January 26, ARTS/West will host “We’ll Take What We Can Carry,” an exhibition made up of letterpress and woodcuts by Marietta’s JustAJar Design Press. The outfit utilizes antique and contemporary technology to create stunning, unique designs that can be used for logos, website images, customs illustration and more. The exhibition… Read More