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Gov. Mike DeWine delivers his first State of the State address

DeWine Calls For 30 New Drug Courts In Ohio

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Gov. Mike DeWine will propose the creation of 30 new specialty dockets, known as drug courts, as part of his budget expected to be officially released Friday. The move is one of DeWine’s first major announcements when it comes to fighting the opioid crisis. DeWine wants the state to spend $7.5 million over the next… Read More

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Volunteers Sought to Drive W.Va. Disabled Vets to Hospitals

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia is seeking volunteer drivers for a partnership to transport disabled veterans to hospital medical appointments. State Veterans Assistance Secretary Dennis Davis tells The Herald-Dispatch the volunteers are needed at least one day per month for the program that resumes July 1. Davis says on average about 500 veterans each… Read More

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Kentucky Governor Signs Concealed Carry Bill

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Legislation allowing adults to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training has been signed into law by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. The Republican governor signed the bill Monday. Under the legislation, Kentuckians age 21 and up who are able to lawfully possess a firearm can conceal their weapons without… Read More

Ohio’s Auditor Wants More Sunshine

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Many local and state government records must be provided, upon request, to the public. When there is a dispute over whether records are public, parties involved participate in a mediation program. Now, a state officeholder wants to expand that program. State Auditor Keith Faber says he wants to expand the mediation program so it includes… Read More

Bill Would Stop State Takeover of More School Districts

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio lawmakers have proposed undoing a law that shifted operational control of poor-performing school districts to state-run panels and unelected CEOs, though three districts already affected would remain under state control. Democratic Rep. Kent Smith, of Euclid, and Republican Rep. Steve Hambley, of Brunswick, say their bill introduced Monday would prevent… Read More

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Report: Opioid Prescribing Down in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state’s prescription reporting system shows the number of prescription opioids dispensed to Ohioans declined for the sixth consecutive year in 2018. A recently released annual report from the State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy’s Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System shows the total number of opioids dispensed to Ohio patients decreased… Read More

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New Ohio Business Group Focuses on Education, School Choice

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A new coalition of Ohio business leaders focusing on education and related policy is expressing support for school choice, saying families should decide the best school for their children and have funding for that. The non-partisan group unveiled Monday, called Ohio Excels, includes executives from the Ohio Business Roundtable, large companies,… Read More

WOAP’s 10th Anniversary Gala March 23


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The Ohio University Multicultural Center is pleased to announce the Women of Appalachia Project’s (WOAP) 10th Anniversary Gala, a fine art exhibition and juried presentation of poetry, story and song, showcasing women artists from throughout seven Appalachian states, and featuring special guests Ohio University President Duane Nellis and oldtime string band The Trophy Wives. Passion… Read More

Open Call For Submissions to ‘Essentially Athens’ Anthology Through March 25

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Athens’ Poet Laureate, Kari Gunter-Seymour, has extended her call for submissions for Essentially Athens, an anthology that she is curating that will be made up of poems, stories, and songs that all illuminate various senses of place associated with Athens, OH and that will be published later this year. WOUB’s Emily Votaw spoke to Gunter-Seymour,… Read More

Ohio Men’s Basketball: Bobcats Fall in 1st Round of MAC Tourney, Face Big Offseason

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DEKALB, IL — The unofficial motto of March in college basketball is “survive and advance”. Ohio came into the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament playing their best basketball of the season, but Northern Illinois threw a game at them that they could not survive. So, the Bobcats did not advance. The Huskies (16-16)… Read More