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Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Says Addressing Increase in Uninsured Children is a Priority

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There are about 133,000 children in Ohio that do not have health care insurance, according to a report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The study analyzed census data from 2016 to 2018 and found Ohio had the fifth largest rate of increase of uninsured children. Researchers found this was a national trend with… Read More

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Kentucky Officials Fight to Keep Out Fatal Deer Disease

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife is increasing efforts to prevent the spread of a disease that afflicts deer and elk herds. The agency is asking for help from hunters in preventing chronic wasting disease from crossing into the state as the fall season begins. The neurological disease kills deer,… Read More

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Proposal Offers High School Diploma with Associate Degree in W.Va.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – An education plan under development in West Virginia aims to have some students graduate with simultaneous degrees from high school and community college. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Kanawha County school system counseling and testing director Jon Duffy says the plan would allow students to attend a community college for free during… Read More

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ODOT Says Gas Tax Hike Returns Agency To Solid Financial Ground

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As of November 1, Ohio’s 10.5 cent gas tax increase from the state’s transportation budget has been in place for four months. And the director of the Ohio Department of Transportation said the money his agency fought lawmakers to get is already making a difference. Lawmakers had opposed the increase for weeks, leading to a delay in passing the transportation… 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.

2 More Ohio Executions Delayed Amid Lack of Lethal Drugs

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Gov. Mike DeWine has delayed two more executions, citing Ohio’s continuing struggles to find supplies of lethal injection drugs. James Hanna was scheduled to die Dec. 11 for the murder of his cellmate in 1997. Governor DeWine on Wednesday moved his execution date to July 16. Kareem Jackson was sentenced to… Read More

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West Virginia Reading, Math Scores Below National Average

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia fourth-grade students showed drops in math and reading scores on the latest Nation’s Report Card and remained below the national average. Results released Wednesday on the National Assessment of Educational Progress show fourth-graders in the state scored nine points below the national average math score and six points below… Read More

Rep. Adam Holmes (R-Nashport, center) talks about his "surprise billing" bill along with Reps. Jim Butler (R-Oakwood. left), Jay Edwards (R-Nelsonville) and Sara Carruthers (R-Hamilton).

Republicans Propose “Free Market” Solution To Unexpected Medical Bills

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Several Ohio House Republicans are backing a bill that they say provides options to avoid “surprise billing”, when patients get unexpected big invoices from out of network providers after visiting an in-network hospital or health care facility. “Surprise medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy in Ohio,” said Rep. Adam Holmes (R-Nashport), introducing… Read More