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A long highway

West Virginia Officials: Staffing Issues Slowing Road Repair

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia officials say staffing issues are slowing road repairs and they’re seeking ways to hire more to increase fixes and maintenance. New outlets report Gov. Jim Justice has asked each of the state Transportation Department’s 10 districts to make secondary road maintenance a priority amid shortages of workers and equipment…. Read More

“Rough Translation” Podcast Returns April 17


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Rough Translation, NPR’s award-winning international podcast, returns April 17 with a third season about people challenging what’s ‘normal,’ wherever they are. New 12-episode season will release stories every other week through September Nothing tells us more about the rules we follow than the stories of people who break them. Rough Translation, NPR’s award-winning international podcast,… Read More

Larry Householder

Energy Bill Achieves Two Big Goals For FirstEnergy

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The plan to overhaul Ohio’s energy policy would get rid of the state’s green energy standards and would likely bailout nuclear power plants. The major utility company, FirstEnergy, has been strongly advocating for those two things to happen for years now. FirstEnergy gave more than $150,000 to House Republicans in 2018 leading up to the… Read More

The Southern Ohio Correctional Facility

Inmate Who Stabbed 4 on Hunger Strike, Alleges Mistreatment

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An inmate who stabbed four fellow prisoners and a guard in separate bloody attacks is on a hunger strike inside Ohio’s toughest prison, alleging mistreatment. Greg Reinke is housed at the state’s supermax prison in Youngstown. He says he’s being harassed by guards, denied proper recreation time and lives in a… Read More

This Aug. 22, 2018, file photo shows a sign declaring the future home of Braidy Industries' aluminum mill in Ashland, Ky.

Kentucky Aluminum Plant Investor Is Russian Company Formerly Under U.S. Sanctions

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Russian aluminum company Rusal announced Monday it plans to invest in a new Kentucky aluminum mill to be built near Ashland in eastern Kentucky. The $200 million investment in Braidy Industries is Rusal’s first U.S. project since the Trump administration lifted U.S. sanctions placed against the company. Rusal had been sanctioned by the U.S. government because its major controller, Russian… Read More

Lower Speed, More Patrols Aimed At Making I-77 Safer


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PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say they hope some new measures will make a dangerous section of Interstate 77 safer to travel. The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports West Virginia Parkways Authority said it would lower the speed limit from 70 to 60 by the end of April, increase patrols, and check tractor-trailers’ equipment more often…. Read More

Ex-WV Commerce Secretary Thrasher Running For Governor


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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former West Virginia commerce secretary Woody Thrasher is running for governor. The Republican businessman announced his 2020 bid Tuesday, saying the state needs “real leadership” to create economic growth in the state. Thrasher is the founder of an engineering company with about 700 employees and offices in seven states. Republican Gov…. Read More

Ohio Lawmakers Get Feedback on Plans for More School Funding

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers considering public input on proposed changes to school funding are hearing from interested parties who say it’s a solid start, but want more: more money for certain schools, more clarity on charter-school funding changes and more help for the economically disadvantaged. Two proposals are on the table. One, crafted… Read More