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Kentucky Democrats: ‘Just Say Nyet to Moscow Mitch’

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Democrats in Mitch McConnell’s home state are pitching “Moscow Mitch” merchandise to try and capitalize on a bitter dispute involving the Kentucky senator over election security legislation. The Kentucky Democratic Party said Wednesday it’s launching the “Moscow Mitch” webstore in a dig at the Senate majority leader. The party is selling… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Governor: Ohio Having Difficulty Finding Execution Drugs

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Gov. Mike DeWine says the state is having difficulty finding a new set of execution drugs following concerns raised by a judge over the constitutionality of Ohio’s current lethal injection system. DeWine said Wednesday that a significant obstacle is the possibility of drugmakers cutting the state off from supplies of drugs… Read More

Solar Panels

Ky. Regulators Seeking Opinions on Renewable Energy Law

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky regulators are seeking input on implementing a new law changing the way utility customers receive credit for electricity generated from solar panels and other renewable sources. The Kentucky Public Service Commission says public comments will be useful in future rate cases that will determine net metering rates for electric utilities…. Read More

ARC Awards Grant To Help Pave Road To Addiction Recovery

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The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded a major grant to what it calls an innovative pilot program for a region hit hard by the addiction crisis. The goal is to help people struggling with addiction get on the road to treatment, recovery, and – ultimately – employment. People with substance use disorders can have trouble… Read More

Pence Uses Lancaster Visit To Push Trade Agreement

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LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence urged congressional ratification of President Donald Trump’s trade agreement with Canada and Mexico while attending the groundbreaking for a car seat manufacturing facility in Ohio. Vice President Pence told about 300 people at the Magna Seating site in Lancaster on Tuesday that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement “will… Read More

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice

W.Va. Governor Signs Tax Break for Company Amid Debt Claim

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has approved a tax break for a struggling coal-fired power plant whose operator says a company owned by the governor owes it $3.1 million. The Republican governor on Tuesday signed a bill to stop charging FirstEnergy Solutions a $12.5 million state tax. The company has been… Read More

A sign for Ohio State University in Columbus

Audit: OSU Unit Didn’t Report 57 Possible Felonies

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An audit has found an Ohio State University center intended to support sexual assault survivors failed to report 57 potential felonies to law enforcement as legally required during the three years it was open. The school closed its Sexual Civility and Empowerment unit in June 2018 after finding workers didn’t properly… Read More

Protesting miners blocked the tracks in the morning fog.

Blackjewel Miners Block Railroad To Demand Pay From Bankrupt Coal Company

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Some coal miners left without pay by the bankruptcy of coal company Blackjewel LLC are protesting by blocking a coal train in eastern Kentucky. The stand-off began early Monday when five miners blocked the train from leaving the Cumberland, Kentucky, plant. Despite police asking them to leave, miners spent the night blocking the railroad to… Read More