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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin delivers the State of the Commonwealth address to a joint session of the state legislature at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky.

Bevin in Colorado While Kentucky Lawmakers Meet in Session

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – While Kentucky lawmakers are working on a pension bill he wants them to pass, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has been in Colorado talking trade with the vice president. The campaign of Bevin’s Democratic challenger calls it a “complete lack of leadership” for Bevin to be out of the state while lawmakers… Read More

The Kentucky Statehouse

Pension-Relief Measure Clears Kentucky Senate Committee

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s pension-relief proposal is one step away from final passage after winning approval from a Senate committee as a special legislative session continues. The Senate State and Local Government Committee advanced the bill on Tuesday without making any changes. That sets the stage for a vote in the… Read More

Gun Safety Group Starts Collecting Signatures For Petition

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State officials have approved the petition language that calls on expanded background checks for gun purchases and transfers. This allows the group, Ohioans For Gun Safety, to collect signatures for the initiated statute. Secretary of State Frank LaRose leads the Ohio Ballot Board which approved the issue as following the single-subject rule. Because this is… Read More

A sign outside of the Nelsonville voter precinct lets people know where they can vote.

Conservative Group Sues Ohio Elections Board Over Video Ban

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A conservative group known for its use of undercover sting videos has sued Ohio’s election board, alleging it enforced an unconstitutional state law banning the use of such videos in campaigns. At issue are videos that the group, Project Veritas, says it made by secretly recording Democrat Ted Strickland during his… Read More

The flag of Ohio

Commission Awards 5 Grants to Programs Bolstering Fathers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio has awarded grants to five groups that promote fathers. The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood says the two-year grants of $260,000 each are aimed at advancing the organizations’ efforts to help fathers become better parents, partners and providers. Executive Director Kim Dent says research shows children with fathers present in their… Read More

Piles of coal

WV Lawmakers OK Tax Break for Struggling Coal-Fired Power Plant

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a bill to give a tax break to a struggling coal-fired power plant. The Senate and the House of Delegates passed the measure Tuesday without much debate, sending it to the governor’s office. The proposal would exempt FirstEnergy Solutions, which has been operating in bankruptcy,… Read More

Pope Gives West Virginia Diocese New Leader After Scandal

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s new Roman Catholic bishop vowed Tuesday to work toward restoring faith in the diocese after a scandal over the former bishop’s sexual harassment of adults and lavish spending of church money. Pope Francis named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan to lead the state’s Catholics. The 72-year-old Brennan replaces Bishop… Read More

Lawmakers Pass Blockbuster Bill Overhauling Energy Policy In Favor Of Nuclear, Coal

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The Ohio House has voted in favor of the sweeping energy bill, HB6, that bails out two nuclear power plants through $150 million in ratepayer subsidies. The comprehensive bill also sets new coal subsidies, allots credits for solar, weakens renewable energy requirements, and eliminates energy efficiency programs. Supporters have said the subsidies are needed to save… Read More

WYD II Gladden House Sessions 2019

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WYD closed out Sunday night at the 2019 Nelsonville Music Festival with a delicate, yet piquant and dignifying performance, leaving the audience in awe amidst the trio’s organic lyricism, oscillating keyboards, and smooth punk percussions. Traveling just over an hour north from Columbus, Carly Fratianne, Maddy Ciampa, and Courtney Hall provided a beautiful and striking… Read More