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Some “Heartbeat Bill” Supporters Want Lawmakers To Work On Christmas Day If Necessary

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Backers of the so called “Heartbeat Bill,” legislation that bans abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat is detected, are getting some help from evangelical leaders. And they are sending a strong message to Gov. John Kasich and Ohio lawmakers. Pastor JC Church with the Family Research Council is calling on Kasich to either sign it into… Read More

Audit: $5 Million IOU As West Virginia Missed FEMA Deadlines

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A state audit says West Virginia’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management didn’t comply with federal regulations, forcing localities to pay for disaster relief. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports on the Legislative Auditor’s Office audit released on Sunday. It says the state has been late for years in submitting a grant… Read More

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Beshear Donates $14,000 To Atone For Tainted Contributions

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s Democratic attorney general says he has donated more than $14,000 from his 2015 campaign fund to make up for tainted contributions orchestrated by his former chief deputy. Andy Beshear told reporters Monday his campaign has sent a check for $14,302.79 to Common Cause of Kentucky, a government watchdog group. But… Read More

Digging For Answers: New Report Points To Industry Obfuscation Of Mining’s Health Effects

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Jason Walker spends $50 per month on bottled water. He spends three hours each week standing by the small stream that runs near his house, pumping creek water into a thousand-gallon tank.   “You have to catch the creek at the right time, when it’s clear,” Walker said. “Whatever you pump, whatever the creek looks… Read More

Darlene Love to Plead ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ to OU Dec. 11


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On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., Darlene Love will bring her number one, Phil Spector produced holiday classic, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” to the Templeton Blackburn Memorial Auditorium. No Christmas star shines quite as bright as the talent of the legendary Darlene Love. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will… Read More

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Landowners Alongside Ohio Pipeline File Lawsuit Against It

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CANTON, Ohio (AP) – Several landowners along northeast Ohio’s NEXUS gas pipeline are suing the pipeline’s owner and its construction company, saying the companies broke agreements. Michael Thompson, the Canton-area attorney representing the landowners, has filed a dozen lawsuits in Stark, Summit, Wayne and Columbiana counties in the last couple of weeks against NEXUS Gas… Read More

Radio Free Athens: a Playlist for December 8, 2018


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Every weekend volunteer DJs fill the airwaves with their favorite sounds. Check out this playlist curated based on what those volunteer music geeks were spinning this past weekend. This week, enjoy “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copeland and the London Symphony Orchestra through “Shame” by Elle King from R@T; “Blood” from Band of Skulls through “This… Read More

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W. Va. Justices Take Fact-Finding Tour

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s newest Supreme Court justices are spending their first few weeks in office on a fact-finding tour. Court officials say Justices Evan Jenkins and Tim Armstead have been touring courts and court system-related institutions. Their first stop last month was at Highland Hospital in Charleston, where they met with staff… Read More