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The Paducah Water lab tests a variety of different water samples

Ohio To Test For Toxic PFAS Chemicals In Drinking Water

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Ohio will begin testing some public and private water systems for the presence of toxic nonstick, fluorinated chemicals, broadly called PFAS. In a press release issued Friday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced the state’s environmental and public health agencies will analyze drinking water systems located near places with known contamination. That includes near firefighting training… Read More

Norton City Manager Fred Ramey poses at Flag Rock Recreation Area.

The Coal Town Betting Big On Outdoor Recreation

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Standing on the breezy outlook at Flag Rock Recreation Area, Norton City Manager Fred Ramey is taking in the panoramic view of downtown Norton, Virginia. The brick building-lined streets are framed by the verdant, rolling Appalachian mountains. Jagged, brown scars from mountaintop mining operations can be seen in the distance, reminders of the region’s history… Read More

Sen. Sherrod Brown speaks at Ohio University's Baker Student Center in Athens, Oh on August 29, 2018.

Brown Says 50K Ohioans Left Out Of Trump’s New Overtime Rule

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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is taking on President Donald Trump’s new overtime rule, saying the increased salary threshold to require overtime pay isn’t high enough. A rule created under President Barack Obama increased the salary threshold so everyone making $47,000 or less would be required overtime pay. But it’s Trump’s proposal that will go… Read More

A gavel on a set of scales

W.Va. Man Gets 30 Years in Machine Gun, Carjacking Case

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man convicted of threatening two county workers with a machine gun before stealing their truck and leading authorities on a chase has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. A news release from U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart says 20-year-old Justin Michael Wilson received his sentence Wednesday. Wilson was… Read More

Vortex rollercoaster cars make the climb up the tracks.

Vortex Roller Coaster at Kings Island Closing After 33 Years

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MASON, Ohio (AP) — Kings Island amusement park in Ohio says its beloved Vortex steel roller coaster is closing permanently this year after giving thrills to riders for 33 seasons. When it opened in 1987, the Vortex was the world’s tallest, full-circuit roller coaster with the highest drop and six inversions. Park officials say that… Read More

The Athens County Board of Elections Office

Athens Co. BOE Disputes Characterization of State Auditor’s Findings

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ATHENS, Ohio — The chairperson of the Athens County Board of Elections said the organization made changes to timesheets and other policy after a state audit found they overpaid employees. “To resolve this problem the BOE has revised the time sheet layout,” Board Chairperson Kate McGuckin wrote in a statement. State Auditor Keith Faber announced Thursday… Read More

Teachers from across Kentucky gather inside the state Capitol to rally for increased funding for education, Friday, April 13, 2018, in Frankfort, Ky.

Kentucky Judge Removed from Teacher ‘Sickout’ Case

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge whose social media interactions raised questions about his impartiality was removed Friday from presiding over a politically hot-button lawsuit challenging an investigation of mass teacher protests by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration. The state’s chief justice, John D. Minton Jr., disqualified Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd from… Read More

Former Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith

Lawmaker Who Lost Bid to Remain Ohio House Speaker Resigns

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A former Ohio House speaker who lost a contentious bid to retain the post is resigning. State Rep. Ryan Smith submitted a resignation letter Thursday. The Gallia County Republican departs Oct. 3 to become president of the University of Rio Grande (reye-oh-GRAND’) and Rio Grande (reye-oh-GRAND’) Community College. He faced term… Read More