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Former Judge Pleads Not Guilty In Ex-wife’s Stabbing Death

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CLEVELAND (AP) – A former Cleveland-area judge and state lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges in the fatal stabbing of his ex-wife. Lance Mason’s bond was set Tuesday at $5 million. Messages seeking comment were left for his appointed attorneys, Kevin Spellacy and Thomas Shaughnessy. Mason was arraigned in Cuyahoga… Read More

US Coal Consumption Drops To Lowest Level Since 1979

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WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal report says Americans are using less coal this year than at any time since Jimmy Carter’s presidency. That’s despite the Trump administration’s efforts to revive the country’s coal industry. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projected Tuesday that the country will end 2018 having used less coal than at any time… Read More

Environmental Group Teams Up With Coal Company To Support Ohio Solar Energy Farm

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The Natural Resources Defense Council and Boich Companies, a coal investor, are calling on the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to approve what would be the largest solar farm in Ohio. The renewable energy project would be developed in Highland County, an Appalachian area the coalition says is in need of support. AEP Ohio is proposing the solar… Read More

Piles of coal

Mine Workers Sue Federal Regulators Over Controversial Mine Safety Decision

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The United Mine Workers of America is suing the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, or MSHA, after the agency reduced its heightened oversight of a West Virginia coal mine with a poor safety record. MSHA has the power to declare mines with a history of significant safety violations as having a “Pattern of Violations.”… Read More

Police: Woman’s Remains Recovered 35 Years After Slaying

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – Police in West Virginia say they have recovered the remains of a slain woman last seen in 1983. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin announced Monday that authorities located the remains of 21-year-old Leslie Diane Marty last month after her killer, Mark Hanna, revealed that he… Read More

Last Of 4 Suspects Pleads Not Guilty In Ohio Family Slayings

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WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) – A man charged in the slayings of eight people from another family has pleaded not guilty in southern Ohio days after his wife and two adult sons did the same. Forty-seven-year-old George “Billy” Wagner III acknowledged the 22 counts against him but said little else Tuesday in Pike County court. The… Read More