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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

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