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Zahn’s Corner Middle School in Pike County is framed by the air quality monitor

Tests Find No Unusual Radioactive Material at Closed School

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PIKETON, Ohio (AP) – State health officials and the U.S. Department of Energy say dust samples taken in late May from Zahn’s Corner middle school showed no radioactivity beyond naturally occurring levels. Scioto Valley Local School District had closed the school in Piketon in mid-May after traces of radioactive material were discovered. But the Department… Read More

Power Plant: How A Grass Might Generate Fuel And Help Fix Damaged Mine Lands

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Down bumpy back roads deep in central West Virginia, a flat, bright green pasture opens up among the rolling hills of coffee-colored trees. Wildflowers and butterflies dot the pasture, but West Virginia University Professor Jeff Skousen is here for something else that stands above the rest of the Appalachian scenery – literally. Thick stalks of… Read More

Motorists drive past a sign warning of upcoming traffic cameras in Cleveland.

Traffic Camera Speeding Citations Trigger Federal Lawsuit

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NEW RICHMOND, Ohio (AP) – Motorists cited for speeding have filed a federal lawsuit against a southern Ohio village for using traffic cameras. The lawsuit in U.S. district court in Cincinnati alleges that New Richmond officials installed two fixed cameras on U.S. 52 without receiving required permission from the state Department of Transportation. Four motorists… Read More

Poll Shows Ohioans Favor Legalized Abortion And Gun Restrictions

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A new Quinnipiac University poll shows a majority of Ohioans support background checks for gun sales, favor legalized abortion and oppose one of the most recent state restrictions on it. The poll shows just over half of Ohio voters oppose a ban on abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. It is on a court… Read More

Retired Chief to Serve as Interim Pike County Sheriff

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WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) – A retired police chief will serve as interim sheriff in a southern Ohio county. The Columbus Dispatch reports that 71-year-old Jim Nelson was selected Thursday night by the Pike County Democratic central committee. The retired Piketon chief will lead the department after Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader accepted suspension earlier this… Read More

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State Plane Was Poised to Retrieve Lawmakers For Energy Vote

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio House leaders almost sent a state-owned airplane to Chicago to retrieve lawmakers from a conference to vote on a key energy bill that had fallen short of needed votes days earlier. The scramble preceded Tuesday’s passage of the roughly $1 billion financial rescue of Ohio’s two nuclear power plants. The Dayton Daily… Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Group Seeking Possible Energy Law Referendum For 2020 Ballot

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Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts is leading the charge for a possible ballot referendum to stop the new energy law that would bail out the state’s two nuclear plants through $150 million in ratepayer subsidies a year. The new law would also create new subsidies for coal and solar. The group registered with the Secretary of… Read More

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Hearing on Bidding Process for Coal Operator Continued

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal hearing adjourned Thursday without a decision on a bidding process proposed for mines owned by a bankrupt West Virginia-based coal company. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank Volk told the parties in federal court in Huntington the emergency hearing would resume Friday morning in Charleston. Volk heard nearly two hours of… Read More

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West Virginia University Announces Rural Telehealth Program

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A researcher at West Virginia University is heading up a telehealth program to quickly connect people in rural areas with medical care. The college announced the year-long pilot Thursday and said it will start this fall. Participants will have recently left a long-term care center and will be given devices to… Read More

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How A Proposed SNAP Eligibility Revision Could Affect Ohio Valley Recipients

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week a proposal to tighten the rules on who qualifies for food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). USDA estimates more than three million people across the country would lose SNAP benefits in an effort to prevent fraud. Anti-hunger advocates in the Ohio Valley say the more than… Read More

Vice President Pence to Visit Ohio Next Tuesday

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LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is expected to visit southeast Ohio next week for the groundbreaking ceremony of an automotive supplier’s plant. Fairfield County Republican Party chairman Jeff Fix tells the Lancaster Eagle Gazette that Tuesday’s event at Magnum International will be by invitation. The company is expected to initially employ 300 workers… Read More