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Ohio Men’s Basketball: ‘Cats Lose Close Game At Kent State

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KENT, OH — Ohio played one of their most complete offensive games of the season on Tuesday night. The Bobcats shot the ball nine percentage points better, 52.9, than their season average of 43.4 and shot nearly 15 percentage points better, 44.4, from beyond the arc than their season average of 30 percent. Ohio turned… Read More

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Rural Broadband Funding Could Connect More Ohio Valley Communities To High-Speed Internet

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Vivian Livingood is the mayor of Gilbert, a southern West Virginia  town of under 500 people that has struggled for years without reliable internet. Livingood said that hampers Gilbert’s tourism, businesses and schools. “We get kicked off the internet here every two minutes, and that’s if we can afford the internet,” Livingood said. “And it’s… Read More

Senate President “Absolutely” Wants Income Tax Cut If Gas Tax Is Hiked

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Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed 18-cent hike in the gas tax is still before state lawmakers. They would have to approve it as part of the transportation budget, which must be signed into law by March 31. Senate President Larry Obhof said if lawmakers have to hike the gas tax, it should be paired at some… Read More

DeWine Talked To Trump About Lordstown Shutdown Before Surprising Comment

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President Trump told governors yesterday that automakers are returning to Ohio and other states, a remark he’s said before that fact checkers have found to be untrue. Gov. Mike DeWine was among the guests who heard that comment. DeWine said he talked with Trump at a dinner the night before, and that the president is… Read More

DeWine Appoints First Woman To Head Ohio Department Of Health

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Gov. Mike DeWine has filled the final position open in his cabinet, which is likely the most diverse in state history. Amy Acton has decades of experience as a doctor and administrator. She’s the first physician to lead the agency in almost five years. And Acton says she has a holistic approach. “The food we… Read More

Workers’ Compensation Requests More Investment In Safety, Wellness Programs

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The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is requesting an increase in its budget, saying it’s crucial to encouraging safety and wellness among workers while keeping employer rates down. Ohio BWC is requesting a $644 million biennial budget, an increase of nearly 9%. BWC Administrator Stephanie McCloud told the Ohio House Insurance committee its programs help keep workers safe and healthy,… Read More

Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra Headed to Peoples Bank Theatre March 1

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The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra will bring their unique live show to the Peoples Bank Theatre on Friday, March 1 starting at 7 p.m. WOUB’s Emily Votaw interviewed the director of the group, Andrew Greene, about the formation of what the Washington Post called “the premiere ragtime ensemble in America,” in the interview embedded above. 

Governor Nominates Physician to Lead State Health Department

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Gov. Mike DeWine has nominated a licensed physician with more than 30 years of experience in public health and preventive medicine to direct Ohio’s Department of Public Health. The state’s Republican governor on Tuesday announced the selection of Dr. Amy Acton to lead the department. A news release from the governor’s… Read More

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State Defends School Takeover Law in Ohio Supreme Court Case

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state is arguing that lawmakers didn’t violate the Ohio Constitution or a procedural rule when they passed the divisive House Bill 70, which shifted control of poor-performing school districts. The Ohio Supreme Court is considering a case challenging the so-called Youngstown Plan, which puts operational control of such districts in… Read More

A Reflection of Home: Charles Wesley Godwin’s ‘Seneca’

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Earlier this month, Morgantown, West Virginia’s Charles Wesley Godwin released his solo debut, Seneca. The album is an achingly intimate portrait of life in Appalachia — from the region’s deeply characteristic landscape to the rich sense of family that is a celebrated part of Appalachian culture. WOUB’s Emily Votaw spoke to Godwin in the interview embedded… Read More

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Federal Judges Changes Trial Sequence for Opioid Lawsuits

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The federal judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits filed against manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs is changing the lineup for the first “bellwether” trial in Cleveland. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster ruled Monday that claims made by the Ohio counties of Cuyahoga, which includes Cleveland, and Summit County, which includes Akron, will… Read More