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400 W. Va. School Buses Among Those Affected by Upcoming Recall

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia officials say 400 school buses will soon be recalled over concerns their seat backs may lack sufficient cushioning to prevent injuries. A nationwide recall is set to begin in December. Education Department spokeswoman Kristin Anderson said the state’s bus dealer is locating the affected vehicles. Most are being left… Read More

Rep. Jamie Callender (R-Concord) accepts more than 800,000 signatures for an informal petition calling for Ohio to ban foreign investments in energy generation.

HB6 Sponsor Now Seeking Ban on Certain Foreign Investments

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Republican House members are sponsoring a resolution that would prohibit foreign businesses and individuals from having a majority ownership in things like power plants, power lines, pipelines, and water. The Ohio Critical Infrastructure Protection Amendment would have to be approved by voters. The sponsors, Rep. Jamie Callender (R-Concord) and Rep. Don Manning (R-New Middletown), would like… Read More

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Schools Can Now Apply for Share of $10M in Safety Grants

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio schools can now apply for their share of $10 million in school safety grants for the 2019-20 school year. Public schools, chartered nonpublic schools and schools operated by county boards of developmental disabilities are eligible to receive either $2,500 or $4.49 per student, whichever amount is greater. Funding for the… Read More

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DC Police: W. Va. Man Sold $2K in Fake World Series Tickets

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Police in Washington have arrested a West Virginia man accused of selling $2,000 in fake World Series tickets. Metropolitan D.C. police said Sunday they charged 54-year-old Ondre Nelson of Huntington, West Virginia, with first-degree fraud. The Washington Post reports Nelson sold five counterfeit tickets for $400 each to a man near the… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

DeWine Suggests no Executions at all in Ohio This Year

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For the first time in three years, there likely won’t be an execution in Ohio this year. That’s according to Gov. Mike DeWine, who says an execution planned for December probably won’t go forward. James Galen Hanna is set to die for a Toledo murder in 1978 on Dec. 11. But DeWine has doubts. “No, I… Read More

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Few Ohioans Opting for Federally Compliant ID So Far

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Only a small percentage of Ohio’s licensed drivers and identification card holders have opted to get a new federally compliant ID needed in the future for boarding planes and entering federal facilities. About 14% of the state’s licensed drivers and identification card holders so far have obtained the new compliant IDs… Read More

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Talks Resume in Lawsuits Over Sex Abuse by Ohio State Doctor

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers are resuming mediation toward a potential settlement in lawsuits against Ohio State by men who collectively allege two decades of sexual misconduct by a now-deceased team doctor. Nearly 250 men are plaintiffs in about a dozen lawsuits against the university over its mishandling of Richard Strauss. The plaintiffs’ lawyers say… Read More

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Disastrous Disconnect: Coal, Climate And Catastrophe In Kentucky

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This story is part of a series about the insufficient protections for vulnerable people as natural disasters worsen in a warming climate. The Center for Public Integrity and four partners – the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, High Country News, Ohio Valley ReSource and StateImpact Oklahoma – are contributing stories. REGINA, Ky. — Todd Bentley stepped onto his… Read More

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State Lawmakers Hope to Prevent Crashes With Rumble Strips

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some Ohio lawmakers say they hope to prevent numerous vehicle crashes by gradually installing rumble strips down the center of some roads. Ohio Rep. Timothy E. Ginter, a Salem Republican, is chief sponsor of a bill to require the state Department of Transportation to add rumble strips on all undivided, two-way… Read More