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A new study from the Government Accountability Office finds that the federal fund supporting coal miners with black lung disease could be in financial trouble without congressional action. As NPR has reported, the GAO found that the fund’s debt could rise dramatically at the same time that black lung disease is surging. Most federal benefits… Read More
Clergy members and advocates for the poor from around the state converged at the Statehouse on Monday for what’s being called a “die in.” This event was the third weekly protest for these activists, and the most dramatic so far. As some drummed or carried signs, others laid down on the pavement in front of… Read More
Sunday at the Nelsonville Music Festival is always a slow, easy, at first sleepless and then perfectly exhausting comedown. Check out these photos of the event, taken by WOUB’s Jordan Kelley.
After the lazy Sunday that wrapped up Nelsonville Music Festival 2018 I found myself once again wandering the streets of Athens, Ohio in search of food, as I often had the past four years. I needed a rebirth or a sign or something to latch onto. Like last year I had given Nelsonville all that… Read More
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Gov. Jim Justice has named the head of the West Virginia National Guard to oversee a program for federal housing assistance to 2016 flood victims after complaints that residents had received no help. Justice said Monday that Adjutant General James Hoyer will take control of the RISE West Virginia program. The… Read More
Tune-yards perform “Water Fountain” from the 2014 “Nikki Nack” (4AD) at the 2018 Nelsonville Music Festival. Video and Audio by Joe Votaw, James Miller, Mitchell Sturkey, Adam Ignasky and Evan Hamilton. Edited by Joe Votaw.
River Whyless perform “All of My Friends” from their 2018 album “Kindness, A Rebel” (Roll Call Records) at the 2018 Nelsonville Music Festival. Video by Joe Votaw, Adam Ignasky, Evan Hamilton, and Mitchell Sturkey. Audio by James Miller. Edited by Mitchell Sturkey.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State University plans to expand a financial aid program from its main campus to include regional campuses. The university expects to spend some $3 million a year starting in spring 2019 to extend the program aiming to close the aid gap for low- and moderate-income students. The aid package begins… Read More
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A study shows tax revenues from the sale of fireworks in West Virginia are far below projected estimates. A state Tax Department report to the Legislature found fireworks sales last year generated $710,000 from a 12 percent safety fee and $355,000 in sales tax collections. The total of slightly more than… Read More
CLEVELAND (AP) – An Ohio solid waste district has launched a campaign to teach residents proper recycling techniques because of a growing amount of contaminated recyclables. Christie Snyder is a spokeswoman for the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District in northeastern Ohio. She says that people have good intentions but have developed bad habits. The paper… Read More
AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Ohio landscapers say low unemployment rates, a cap on seasonal immigrant workers and drug use is causing a shortage of workers. Sandy Munley is executive director of the Ohio Landscape Association. She says that difficulty getting seasonal workers “is a huge, huge issue this year.” Changes limiting the number of seasonal… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Then-Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill’s decision last year to remain on the court well after announcing his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination prompted a storm of controversy. Response to the court’s proposed fix was less enthusiastic. Only six people submitted comments in response to a proposal to clarify Ohio’s… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Lawmakers in Ohio are considering a bill that would allow schools to start the academic year after Labor Day. The Ohio House Education Committee recently held a second hearing on the proposal. Under the measure, schools opening before Labor Day would need to hold a public hearing before voting on the… Read More
CLEVELAND (AP) – Some Ohio nurses say stress and staff shortages are burning them out and patient care is suffering. The concerns are echoed by nurses across the state who say they love what they do but are overburdened by low staffing levels, greater numbers of patients and added responsibilities. Some nurses consider leaving the… Read More
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The gridlocked Ohio House has set a vote Wednesday to pick its new speaker despite deep uncertainty about the outcome. Republican Rep. Kirk Schuring, the chamber’s acting leader, announced the decision Friday after taking a straw poll of members. A majority of House Republicans have so far been unable to settle… Read More