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The West Virginia state capitol building

West Virginia Delegate Resigns to Take Lobbying Job

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Del. Jason Harshbarger is resigning from the legislature to become a lobbyist for Dominion Energy. The Republican from Ritchie County submitted a resignation letter to the speaker of the House of Delegates on Wednesday. He’ll leave his post Aug. 30. Harshbarger is the House’s assistant majority whip and chairman… Read More

Damon Smith message to Dayton shooting victims

Shooter’s Friend Who Bought Body Armor to Remain in Jail

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A longtime friend of the Dayton shooter who authorities say bought him body armor and helped assemble the weapon used in the massacre will remain in jail on a charge unrelated to the shooting. Authorities said there’s no indication Ethan Kollie knew his friend was planning a mass shooting, but they… Read More

Pedestrians pass through The Ohio State University's student union

Ohio State University Seeks to Trademark the Word ‘The’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University wants to trademark the word “The” when used as part of the school’s name on university merchandise. The Columbus Dispatch reports the school submitted a trademark application this month to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The application requests a standard character trademark for the title “The Ohio… Read More

Frank Walker

Tantrum Festival Features ‘Blackbone,’ ‘Beyond Words,’ More Aug. 16-24


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Tantrum Theater will present its first annual Tantrum Theater Summer Festival—a theater-focused, multi-disciplinary event over two weekends, featuring world-renowned artists at venues located on the Ohio University campus. In its first weekend, Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17 at 8 p.m., the festival will spotlight Bill Bowers in Beyond Words at the E. E…. Read More

Goodman’s family farms 4,000 acres of corn and soybeans in Fulton Co., KY.

USDA: Ohio has its Worst Weather-Prevented Planting Season

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers show Ohio farmers have been hit with the state’s worst weather-prevented planting season on record. The Columbus Dispatch reports the data released this week shows Ohio had the highest rate nationally of acreage on which insured farmers were prevented from planting because of weather. The data showed Ohio’s… Read More

CBD oil from hemp on the shelves in Winkin’ Sun Hemp Company.

New Hemp Law Doesn’t Make Marijuana Possession Legal But It Is Harder To Prosecute Now

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There continue to be concerns by cities and police agencies that they can no longer easily prosecute people who are carrying small amounts of marijuana because of the state’s new law allowing hemp and CBD oil. Some say the problem is there’s no good way to test marijuana to see whether it complies with the… Read More

Vehicles drive along the Ohio Turnpike in Strongsville, Ohio.

Backers Tout Program Helping Drivers Get Licenses Reinstated

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of a program waiving or reducing reinstatement fees for Ohioans with suspended driver’s licenses say nearly 77,000 people benefited from the program during a trial period. A report released Wednesday by the Ohio Poverty Law Center and Southeastern Ohio Legal Services found the Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative saved residents a… Read More