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Former LGBT Center Director’s Reinstatement Denied, Appeal Process To Continue

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Editor’s Note: delfin bautista uses the pronouns they/them, and does not capitalize their name. ATHENS (WOUB) — The former director of Ohio University’s LGBT Center plans to take the next step in the grievance process after the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion refused to reverse her decision to remove them. “Based on the fact… Read More

The West Virginia state capitol building

W.Va. Lawmakers Forward Bill Despite Teachers’ Concerns

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia Senate committee has forwarded a draft bill to revamp the state’s education system. The Republican-led Senate Education Committee voted 7-5 along party lines Friday to send the draft to the Senate Finance Committee. Two committee members were absent. At the end of the five-hour hearing, some Democrats said… Read More

Dairy Dilemma: Food Shelters Awash In Surplus Milk They Can’t Afford To Store

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Cyndi Kirkhart has some 26,000 square feet of warehouse space at the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington, West Virginia, where she is executive director. That sounds like a lot of space. But very little of it is cooler space. “This is the only cooler we have,” Kirkhart said, stepping into a walk-in cooler the size of… Read More

Former Senator Slams Parole Board Members, Saying They Lack “Integrity, Decency”

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A former state senator has left the Ohio Parole Board, saying there are serious problems with how the prisons system is operated. Former Sen. Shirley Smith (D-Cleveland) spent three years on the parole board, but left last month out of what she calls “sheer frustration”. “They operate without any integrity. They don’t seem to care… Read More

The Southern Ohio Correctional Facility

Video Shows Brutality Of Knife Attack On Helpless Inmates

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A newly released video shows the brutality of an Ohio inmate’s knife attack on four prisoners who were handcuffed to a table and unable to defend themselves. The video obtained by The Associated Press reveals for the first time the extent of the victims’ injuries and raises questions about how the… Read More

Mount Carmel West

2 More Lawsuits Say Doctor Ordered Lethal Meds For Patients

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Two more lawsuits are alleging hospital patients were negligently or intentionally given lethal doses of pain medicine ordered by an Ohio doctor without the families’ knowledge. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System says Dr. William Husel ordered excessive doses for at least 34 patients over several years. It fired Husel, notified… Read More

The West Virginia state capitol building

Conversion Therapy Ban Bill Pulled From Schedule For Edits

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A bill that would ban child conversion therapy in West Virginia has been pulled from the schedule of a state Senate committee for possible edits. Senate Health and Human Resources Committee Chair Michael Maroney changed the committee agenda Tuesday so staff attorneys can make improvements to the bill. Maroney was the… Read More

Humane Society: Include Tethering Laws In Dangerous Dogs Discussion

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A bill has been drafted to strengthen the laws against owners of dogs that carry out serious attacks against other people, but pro-animal groups are saying another topic must be added to the conversation: tethering. Corey Roscoe with the Humane Society of the United States says dogs suffer neglect by being tied or chained up for days on… Read More