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Five State Employees File Lawsuit Against State Leaders And Unions

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Five state employees have filed a lawsuit in federal court, claiming their rights have been violated by being required to pay union dues. Four employees with the Ohio Department of Transportation and one with the Ohio Department of Public Safety have filed suit against two labor unions, Gov. Mike DeWine and Department of Administrative Services Director Matt Damschroder…. Read More

Sen. Sherrod Brown gives his victory speech at the Ohio Democrats 2018 Midterm Election Night Watch Party at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio on November 6, 2018.

Sherrod Brown Wants Companies To Offset Impact Of Automation Displacement

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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is touring the state pushing for a way to soften the blow for workers who lose their job to automation by adding requirements for companies. Brown’s bill would require companies to give workers 100 days advanced notice if they’re going to be displaced by new technology, six months of severance… Read More

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Kentucky Auditor: Pension Funds Not Following Transparency Law

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s state auditor says two of its largest public pension systems haven’t been properly disclosing information about how they invest money and pay investment managers in the spirit of a 2017 law requiring more transparency. News outlets report State Auditor Mike Harmon held a news conference Tuesday morning in Frankfort to… Read More

Voters cast their ballots on Election Day in McArthur, Ohio.

Pro-Nuclear Bailout Group Joins Battle Over Ohio’s New Energy Law

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A group is looking to collect signatures statewide to ask voters to overturn the law that bails out nuclear power plants. But a competing group has formed to argue in favor of the ratepayer subsidies. Ohio voters could soon face an important decision regarding the future of the state’s new energy law, without even looking at a… Read More

Prize winners and other observers look on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio, as another $2.4 million is awarded through the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge.

Ohio Awards Final Prizes in Opioid Science Challenge

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio has awarded the final round of prizes in its global technology challenge seeking scientific breakthroughs to address the U.S. opioid crisis. Four winners were announced Tuesday, with each receiving $1 million as part of the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge. Winning ideas included “Brave Button,” an in-home device from Vancouver, Canada-based… Read More

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Amanda Anne Platt II 2019 Gladden House Sessions

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Nelsonville Music Festival alumna Amanda Anne Platt provided a pensive, poignant performance fitting for the final afternoon of the 2019 Nelsonville Music Festival during her Sunday Gladden House Session. Platt usually plays as Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters, a group that first performed at the Nelsonville Music Festival in 2009, directly after the release… Read More

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New Public Health Commissioner Named for Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department for Public Health has a new commissioner. The agency’s Cabinet for Health and Family Service on Monday announced that Dr. Angela Tackett Dearinger, of Versailles, has taken on the role. Dearinger is an associate professor at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and is board certified in… Read More

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Judge: Ex-coal CEO Blankenship’s Conviction Should be Tossed

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Former coal CEO Don Blankenship’s misdemeanor conviction for conspiring to violate mine safety laws should be tossed out, a federal magistrate judge in West Virginia recommended Monday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Omar Aboulhson wrote that Blankenship’s rights were violated under the Brady rule, which says suppression of evidence favorable to the accused… Read More

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FanDuel Debuts Sportsbook App in West Virginia

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia resort owned by Gov. Jim Justice has launched a sportsbook app with fantasy sports company FanDuel. The app debuted Monday for use by people inside West Virginia’s border. Last year, New York-based FanDuel reached an agreement for retail, online and mobile sports wagering services for The… Read More

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West Virginia Couple Found Dead in House Fire

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say two people have died in a house fire. WTAP-TV reports Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews identified the victims as 84-year-old Raymond Tanner and his 86-year-old wife, Beverly. The couple’s son was able to escape the home after the fire broke out early Monday. The cause of the fire… Read More