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New ARC Grants Combine Economic Recovery And Addiction Recovery

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The Appalachian Regional Commission announced Thursday another $22.8 million in funding to 33 projects aimed at revitalizing economies in places affected by the decline in the coal industry. The awards are the latest in the ARC’s POWER Initiative, an acronym for Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization. Congress has funded the initiative for four years specifically… Read More

Politicians React To Proposed Gas Tax Increase

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COLUMBUS (AP) — The recommendation by Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration to increase Ohio’s gas tax by 18 cents a gallon beginning July 1 with annual adjustments for inflation to maintain roads and bridges has drawn some mixed reactions. A senior policy analyst for the County Commissioners Association of Ohio, said Thursday the association supports the… Read More

The West Virginia state capitol building

Senate Passes Bill That Gives Incentives for Consolidation

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Senate has approved incentives for cities and counties to consolidate services. The Intelligencer reports the measure calls for counties that consolidate to become eligible for a 10 percent discount in their monthly regional jail bill for a decade following the consolidation. It also would allow counties and municipalities… Read More

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Southeast Ohio Receives ARC Grant to Study Broadband Expansion

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MCARTHUR, Ohio — The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded a grant to study broadband internet expansion in two southeast Ohio counties. Vinton County Commissioners received $49,000 from the ARC for the Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Project. Vinton and Meigs County will conduct a broadband feasibility study looking into creating the necessary infrastructure needed for a high-speed internet… Read More

OU Theater Division’s First Play of Spring Semester Kicks Off Feb. 21

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Ohio University Theater Division’s first play of the spring semester tells the story of a young girl who hides herself away in a basement full of talking dolls rather than face the struggles of growing up while pregnant. In Holly Down in Heaven, written by Kara Lee Corthron, 15-year-old Holly banishes herself to the basement… Read More

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Ohio To Readjust Food Stamp Distribution Again This Month And Next

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Last month, Ohio issued food stamp benefits for February to low income Ohioans. The idea was to get needy families the assistance up front so they wouldn’t go hungry due to the federal government shutdown. But now, families are finding it hard to stretch those dollars into March. So the state is making another adjustment…. Read More

Senate President Pushes Back On Report Blaming Lawmakers For Prison Population

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A report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio says nearly one in eight bills introduced by state lawmakers either creates a new crime or expands sentences. But the leader in the Senate is pushing back on claims that lawmakers are to blame. Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) said criminal sentencing reform is one of his… Read More

The Kentucky Statehouse

Kentucky GOP Trying Again With Teacher Pension Bill

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Republicans in Kentucky are trying again with a bill that would make changes to the state’s troubled public pension plan for teachers. Republican Rep. Scott Lewis filed House Bill 504 on Wednesday. It would make changes to the retirement system for any teacher hired after Jan. 1, 2020. Teachers would still… Read More

A gas pump in Athens

Governor’s Administration Proposes Gas Tax Increase

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CINCINNATI (AP) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration has recommended increasing the state gas tax by 18 cents a gallon beginning July 1 and annually adjusting that tax for inflation to maintain roads and bridges. Ohio’s Department of Transportation director introduced the governor’s $7.43 billion transportation budget proposal on Thursday to the House Finance Committee…. Read More

A miner is tested for lung function and signs of black lung disease

West Virginia Coal Miners Rally For Black Lung Legislation

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Miners and advocates rallied Wednesday at the West Virginia Capitol in support of a series of bills aimed at preventing and treating severe black lung disease. Five bills introduced by lawmakers would make it easier to make qualify for state benefits and provide benefits to miners who have early-stage black lung. The bills come at… Read More