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U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration David Zatezalo

Mines That Change Owners Have Worse Safety Record, Audit Finds

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A new federal government report shows that mines that changed ownership had worse safety records than mines where ownership did not change. According to an audit from the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General, mines that changed ownership during a 17-year period were nearly twice as likely to have safety violations, and five times as likely to report severe accidents… Read More

Andy Beshear

Beshear Puts Health Care at Forefront in New Ad

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Democrat Andy Beshear is trying to nudge health care to the forefront of Kentucky’s race for governor with a new TV ad. In the ad, Beshear said he’s fought to protect coverage for pre-existing conditions as attorney general and promises to do the same if elected governor. He personalizes the issue… Read More

Red and blue lights, as if from a police vehicle

Fourteen Charged in Alleged Athens County Drug Ring

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UPDATE 11:30 A.M. 8/23 – Two more people allegedly connected to an Athens County drug ring have been apprehended and appeared in court. Athens County Common Pleas Judge George McCarthy set bond at $250,000 for Kasandra Curry, according to the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office. Curry is accused of buying enough heroin and methamphetamine to sell on… Read More

Other Years Gladden House

The Other Years II Gladden House Sessions 2019

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The Other Years brought a timeless performance from Louisville, KY, to the Gladden House — one embellished with banjo, fiddle, and guitar. With roots in the regional music scene, they were welcomed by a collection of fans both old and new. After meeting as college roommates at the University of Louisville and singing together for the… Read More

A gas pipe

Developer Cuts Plans for Power Plant After Nuclear Bailout

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LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio electricity company says it is canceling plans to build a gas-fired power plant because of the state’s recent nuclear bailout. The Vindicator reports that the plant would have been Clean Energy Future’s third in Lordstown in northeastern Ohio. The company had already spent more than $1 million in development and permitting… Read More

A gavel in front of some legal books

Man Convicted of Impersonating US Prosecutor at Traffic Stop

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Michigan man has been convicted in West Virginia of impersonating an assistant U.S. attorney. A federal jury found 55-year-old Joseph Ziegler guilty Wednesday after a two-day trial. Court records show Ziegler said during a traffic stop in Clay County that he was a federal prosecutor on assignment by U.S. attorney… Read More

Gov. John Kasich

Duo Hopes to Push Opioid Settlement Toward Hospitals

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are creating a nonprofit that will fight to steer cash from any national opioid settlement to hospitals, rather than to local and state governments already sparring for control of the dollars. Gee and Kasich say Citizens for Effective Opioid… Read More