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W. Va. Magistrate Judge to Take GED Test After Suspension

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A lawyer for a West Virginia magistrate says the judge will take a GED test after being suspended for not finishing high school. Attorney Teresa C. Toriseva issued a statement Thursday saying Ohio County Magistrate Janine Varner didn’t graduate high school but instead completed a vocational program. The state Supreme Court… Read More

Police: Man Charged in High-Speed, Multi-County Chase

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COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) – Authorities say a driver who led law enforcement on a multi-county, high-speed chase in Ohio has been charged with felonious assault. Court records show 47-year-old Stephen Wolfe was charged Wednesday in Licking County. The Coshocton Tribune reports court documents say Wolfe fled a state trooper who tried to stop him Monday… Read More

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Long Running Emancipation Celebration Set For Sept. 21 in Gallipolis


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The Emancipation Proclamation has been celebrated and observed in Gallia County, Ohio continuously since 1863. The Gallia County Emancipation Day Celebration is reported to be one of the longest continuous running celebrations of the Emancipation Proclamation in the United States. The 2019 theme for the Emancipation Celebration is “Our future is to be forever free.”… Read More

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17 Charged in California-to-West Virginia Drug Operation

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say 17 people have been charged with distributing methamphetamine and heroin in shipments from California to West Virginia. U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced the charges in a statement Wednesday. The statement says packages containing meth were being shipped from the San Diego area to southern West Virginia through postal… Read More

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Purdue Pharma Asks Judge to Stop Lawsuits Against Sacklers

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OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma on Wednesday asked a bankruptcy court judge to halt all lawsuits against the company and its former directors, including members of the Sackler family, which owns the company. The request is a standard ask for a company that’s filed for bankruptcy , as Purdue did this week in an effort to settle some… Read More

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Federal Biologist: Black Vultures are Invading West Virginia

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BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal biologist says federally protected vultures are invading West Virginia, having migrated from Central and South America about 45 years ago and now settling up the East Coast. Thomas Elliott is a wildlife biologist and district supervisor with the wildlife services program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and… Read More

Voters cast their ballot early at the Franklin County Board of Elections last November.

More Threatened Voter Registrations Under Review in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State election officials are reviewing about 1,000 more Ohio voter registrations that were flagged for cancellation during a recent purge to assure they weren’t improperly deleted. Cleveland.com reports Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office undertook the review after Democratic state legislative staffers said they’d identified another flaw in the state’s system for… Read More

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Kentucky Scraps Plan for Distributing Real ID Licenses

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has backed off plans to have circuit court clerk’s offices distribute new driver’s licenses that comply with a federal travel law stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Instead, the state Transportation Cabinet said Wednesday that it will work with Kentucky lawmakers on developing a network of regional offices to… Read More

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Paychecks Cut For Some Blackjewel Miners; Others Still Wait

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West Virginia employees of coal operator Blackjewel LLC have received their final paychecks more than two months after the company declared bankruptcy on July 1. In an agreement reached last week between the Department of Labor and the company, Blackjewel cut paper checks for all owed wages to a few dozen employees working at the… Read More

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Ohio Football: Rourke Wants More Than Personal Records

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ATHENS, OH — When asked following the Bobcats’ 33-31 loss to Marshall how he felt about breaking Ohio’s all-time touchdowns record, senior quarterback Nathan Rourke’s response was short but firm. “I wasn’t even thinking about it,” he said with a serious look on his face. It was hard not to believe him. Rourke’s touchdown pass… Read More