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Conservative Group Suggests Billions In Cuts State Could Make

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A conservative think tank has put out a list of ways it thinks Gov. Mike DeWine is wasting $2.5 billion in his proposed budget. They’re listed in the latest edition of what’s called the Piglet Book. The Buckeye Institute says there’s no reason for the state to set aside $224 million on high-tech Third Frontier program grants, or… Read More

Coal Community Residents Again Ask Congress For Health Study Of Mountaintop Removal

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Residents of Appalachian coal communities told a Congressional subcommittee Tuesday that the controversial mining practice known as mountaintop removal should be halted until its health effects are better studied. Late in the Obama administration the National Academy of Sciences launched a study into the health effects for communities near mountaintop removal coal mines. Donna Branham of Lenore,… Read More

Proposal to Honor Ohio Popular Presidential Vote Withdrawn

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A ballot measure proposing to give Ohio’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote has been withdrawn. The proposed amendment would have forced lawmakers to assure the Electoral College’s votes were delivered to whichever candidate won the most votes nationally, rather than the most votes within… Read More

W.Va. Tax Collections Fall Below Estimates in March

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia revenue collections are $191 million ahead of estimates with three months left in the fiscal year. Gov. Jim Justice says tax collections in March were $3.8 million lower than estimates. He says the performance reflected an anticipated slowdown in winter construction. Justice says the state remains on track for… Read More

20 Ohio Counties Eligible for Federal Aid After Storms

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Federal funding is being made available to help repair damage in Ohio from storms, flooding and landslides after severe weather in February. Local governments, state agencies and certain nonprofit organizations in 20 southern Ohio counties are eligible for that federal assistance under a disaster declaration granted this week by President Donald… Read More

Kentucky to Use Rapid DNA Tests For Sex Assault Cases

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky authorities say the state will start using rapid DNA testing for sexual assault investigations. Authorities said Wednesday that the rapid DNA system has proven successful at identifying suspects within hours. For the last several months, Kentucky State Police forensics’ laboratories have piloted use of the system. Gov. Matt Bevin and… Read More