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Ohio House Democrats To Pick New Leaders After Speaker Battle Fallout

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Ohio House Democrats will pick a new leadership team next week, more than a week after their leader resigned in the fallout from the battle over which Republican would be Speaker. Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) resigned on Friday, after voting for now-former Speaker Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell), who lost the overall House vote to Speaker Larry Householder… Read More

EPA Plan to Manage Toxic ‘Teflon’ Chemicals Delayed by Shutdown

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During a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing Wednesday on his nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler was pressed by members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works about the impact of the government shutdown on the agency. Wheeler noted one casualty of the ongoing partial government shutdown, now in its fourth… Read More

Ohio University Names Interim LGBT Center Director

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Editor’s Note: delfin bautista uses the pronoun they/their and does not capitalize their name. ATHENS — Ohio University has named Tyrone Carr as interim director of the LGBT Center, just shy of a week after removing delfin baustista as director. “I have dedicated my life’s work to promoting a positive culture that celebrates difference, challenges prejudice and ensures… Read More

Group Says No Money For Road Projects Means Gas Tax Hike Could Possible

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A coalition of business leaders and local elected officials say there’s no money for big road construction projects in the transportation budget that will come out next month, so lawmakers have to at least consider the possibility of raising the gas tax. Spokesman Curt Steiner said the group Fix Our Roads Ohio is worried about a projection… Read More

Beshear Files For Kentucky Governor, Urges Opponents To Release Taxes

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has officially filed to run for governor, calling on his Democratic opponents to release their tax returns ahead of the primary on May 21. Beshear is the second Democrat to file for the race, joining former state employee Geoff Young. Two other Democrats say they are… Read More

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West Virginia: Proposal To Give $10M For Trump’s Border Wall


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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some lawmakers in drug-ravaged West Virginia want to pitch in millions of dollars for President Donald Trump’s wall-building effort along the U.S.-Mexico border. The GOP-led House of Delegates issued a statement Monday that a bill planned by three delegates would divert $10 million from West Virginia’s current $186 million budget surplus… Read More

Federal Food Assistance Arriving Early Because Of Shutdown

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohioans who receive food stamps are getting February’s benefits this week. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asked states to issue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program aid no later than Jan. 20 for the nearly 40 million Americans in the program. The Trump administration said SNAP will be funded through February despite the partial federal government… Read More

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2nd Suit Filed Over Pain Meds Given To Near-Death Patients

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An attorney says a second wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against an Ohio doctor accused of ordering that near-death hospital patients get potentially fatal doses of pain medicine. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System announced this week it has fired the doctor, notified authorities and removed 20 employees from patient care pending… Read More

In this Aug. 17, 2018 file photo, family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses protest outside Purdue Pharma headquarters in Stamford, Conn.

Filing: OxyContin Maker Forecast ‘Blizzard Of Prescriptions’

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BOSTON (AP) — A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller’s launch party in the 1990s that it would be “followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition,” according to court documents filed Tuesday. The details were made public in a case… Read More

Marijuana plants sit under LED lights inside the Veg Room, in Eastlake, Ohio.

First Medical Marijuana Sold In State As Dispensaries Open

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The first Ohio sales of medical marijuana are being made with the opening of four dispensaries in the state. Fifty-six-year-old Joan Caleodis was the first customer to buy cannabis Wednesday morning at the CY+ Dispensary in Wintersville near Steubenville in eastern Ohio. Caleodis, of Martin’s Ferry, received a doctor’s recommendation for medical… Read More

Wildlife Conservation in a Warzone: Perils and Triumphs in Afghanistan


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A new book, “The Snow Leopard Project and Other Adventures in Warzone Conservation” has been recently authored by Dr. Alex Dehgan. Dehgan is an entrepreneur, expedition leader, diplomat and development official who specializes in creative science, technology and leadership. The book is about his efforts as the Country Director for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Afghanistan… Read More