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Sensitive Santa: A Kinder, Gentler Kringle For Kids With Special Needs

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I’m not usually one to name-drop but my brother Pat Meehan is Santa Claus. A real, professional Santa. Sitting in his home office fresh from work, he’s wearing black suspenders and a red T-shirt. There at least six other Santa outfits in his closet including beach Santa. His thick, white beard (yes, a real one)… Read More

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Report: Distributors, DEA Failed To Abate US Opioid Crisis

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A congressional report on prescription pill dumping in West Virginia blames U.S. prescription drug distributors and the Drug Enforcement Administration for not doing enough to help mitigate the nation’s opioid addiction and overdose crisis. The report released Wednesday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee follows an 18-month investigation and focused… Read More

Kasich’s Take On Why “Blue Wave” Was Weaker In Ohio

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In what’s being billed as his last public appearance as governor, John Kasich says there’s a reason why Ohio Republicans held the state’s top offices and many legislative seats when their colleagues in other areas of the country didn’t. Kasich says this November’s election was good for Republicans because Ohioans don’t want change. “Why change?… Read More

Still, They Persist: Black Lung Advocates Demonstrate At McConnell’s KY Office

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With just days left before a Congressional deadline, advocates for black lung treatment are still pushing Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell to secure funding for miners’ benefits. About two dozen people demonstrated Wednesday near McConnell’s regional office in London, Kentucky, carrying placards reading “Black Lung Kills” and singing along with a banjo tune modified for the occasion…. Read More

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Agency Warns Pension Ruling A ‘Credit Negative’ For Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Supreme Court ruling striking down changes to Kentucky’s troubled pension systems has earned a warning from one of the country’s largest credit ratings agencies. Moody’s on Thursday declared the court’s ruling a “credit negative” for Kentucky, saying it delayed reforms to the state’s severely underfunded pension plans that were set… Read More

In this July 18, 2016 file photo, Speaker of the Ohio House Larry Householder speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Report: Widespread Fraud Within Prison Industries Agency

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A state lawmaker says free furniture received by his office was promptly returned when allegations arose that the table and chairs were provided improperly. The state’s inspector general said in a report Thursday that an employee of Ohio Penal Industries wrongly provided the furniture to GOP Rep. Larry Householder at no… Read More

West Virginia Population Drops For 6th Straight Year

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The U.S. Census Bureau says West Virginia’s population has dropped for the sixth straight year. Estimates released Wednesday show West Virginia’s population shrank by 11,216 residents. It was among nine states to lose population. As of July 1, the state’s population was estimated at about 1.81 million residents. West Virginia’s population… Read More

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Kasich Signs Order Against Gender Identity Discrimination

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Gov. John Kasich has included a new category into state protections against discrimination in an executive order he signed Wednesday. But those protections might not last very long. Kasich’s order includes gender identity, which wasn’t included in previous executive orders or in state law on discrimination. This is a change for Kasich, who says he’s a conservative but… Read More

Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty In Excessive Force Case


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio policeman accused of kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head has pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to using excessive force. The federal prosecutor in Columbus says former Franklin Township officer Robert Wells pleaded guilty Wednesday to deprivation of rights under color of law. Authorities say cellphone… Read More

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Episode 044: Captain Julius Pryor says Diversity and Inclusion Programs Should Reflect Broader Company Goals


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Today’s guest is Julius Pryor III, a retired Navy captain and a certified Navy leadership instructor. He is widely known as an innovative, goal-focused executive, and a no-nonsense consultant. What really sets Julius apart is that he has succeeded as the Chief Diversity Officer at five global companies. In his book, THRIVING IN A DISRUPTIVE… Read More