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ODOT Director Responds To House Lawmakers’ Cut To Gas Tax Increase Proposal

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The director of the Ohio Department of Transportation isn’t pleased with the decision by the House Finance Committee to cut Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed 18 cent gas tax increase down to just under 11 cents. But he’s holding out hope, even though that plan is likely to be on the House floor Thursday. ODOT Director… Read More

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Profiting Off Prisoners: State Inmates Mean Big Bucks for Local Jails

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Rural jails in Kentucky are increasingly relying on income derived from payments for holding state prisoners in county facilities, according to a new report by a think tank that advocates for criminal justice reform. To address overcrowding, states make payments to counties to hold convicted prisoners and pretrial detainees. States save money, and counties get… Read More

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W.Va. Budget Heading for Showdown Over Teacher Raises

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Senate has passed a state budget that doesn’t include funding for teacher raises, almost certainly setting up a potential showdown with the House of Delegates. Senators voted 20-14 on the proposal Wednesday, one day after they gutted a House version of the budget that would have raised teacher… Read More

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Political Feud Complicates Kentucky’s Fight Against Opioids

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A political feud between Kentucky’s top elected officials is complicating the state’s effort to hold drug companies accountable for their part in the opioid epidemic. That fight is reflected in a lawsuit that comes before Kentucky’s Supreme Court this week. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has hired some high-powered law firms… Read More

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W.Va. House Passes Free Tuition Bill for Community Colleges

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill that would allow state residents to attend community and technical college for free. The bill was approved on an 85-13 vote Wednesday. It now goes back to the Senate, which had previously passed the bill unanimously and now must address House… Read More

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Bill to Allow Concealed Carry on W.Va. Campuses Fails


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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Legislation to allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry guns on West Virginia college campuses has been defeated. The Senate judiciary committee voted Tuesday night by a narrow margin to keep the measure from going to the full Senate. The House of Delegates had passed the bill last week. Leaders… Read More

Morrisey Among Attorneys General Seeking Robocall Measure

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s attorney general is joining with others around the country to support federal legislation to help cut down on illegal robocalls. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said that his office receives frequent calls from residents complaining about scams, robocalls and call spoofing. The release said a coalition of 54 state and… Read More

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House GOP Plan Trims Governor’s Proposed Gas-Tax Increase

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio House Republicans have proposed cutting Republican Gov. Mike Dewine’s 18-cents-per-gallon recommended gas-tax increase to maintain roads and bridges to 10.7 cents. Republicans unveiled their plan Tuesday in a substitute version of Ohio’s transportation budget. The House finance committee plans to vote on it Wednesday with a full House vote expected… Read More

Ohio Men’s Basketball: Ohio Loses Nail-Biter to MAC-Leading Buffalo

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ATHENS, Ohio — The Ohio men’s basketball team (13-16, 5-12) scratched and clawed for all 40 minutes Tuesday, but ultimately came up short against the MAC-Leading Buffalo Bulls (27-3, 15-2) 82-79 in the Convo. After falling to the Bulls in New York by 47 points on Feb. 19, the Bobcats showed far more resistance in… Read More