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A scene from inside Portal 31.

Portal 31: How A Closed Mine Opened New Prospects For One Coal Town

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Devin Mefford is sitting in the squat metal buggy of a modified mantrip, the train-like shuttle coal miners use to travel underground. Mefford is dressed for work, in a hardhat and a navy shirt and pants with lime green reflective stripes. It’s a uniform his father and grandfather — both Kentucky coal miners — would… Read More

The LGBT Center at Ohio University

OU Names Three Finalists for LGBT Center Director Position

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ATHENS, Ohio — Three candidates have been named as finalists to direct Ohio University’s LBGT Center, which hasn’t had a permanent director since the controversial firing of the previous director in January. Micah McCary, Nicolas Franco and Kerr Mesner will participate in open forums on the Athens Campus Nov. 20, 21 and 22, respectively, as part… Read More

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New Bill Would Crack Down on People Who Make Human Trafficking Lucrative

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Ohio lawmakers are proposing a new bill to crack down on human trafficking by going after the people who fund the practice – those who recruit and force people into prostitution and those who pay for it. Ohio has passed bills to stop human trafficking but Republican Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) says it is still a big… Read More

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin announces his intent to call for a recanvass of the voting results from Tuesday's gubernatorial elections during a press conference at the Governor's Mansion in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019.

Some in GOP Warn Against Election Challenge in Kentucky

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Some Kentucky Republicans are warning Gov. Matt Bevin against challenging the election results in his reelection bid unless he finds evidence of massive fraud. U.S. Rep. James Comer, who lost to Bevin by 83 votes in the 2015 GOP gubernatorial primary, is among Republicans suggesting Bevin may need to accept those… Read More

The sun sets over the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Pike County, Ohio on May 6, 2019.  Earlier this week, a number of Pike County residents filed a lawsuit alleging more than 2,000 people are adversely affected by the release of radioactive materials from the plant.

Companies: Nix Lawsuit Over Contamination Near Piketon Uranium Plant

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Companies involved in work at a former uranium enrichment plant in Ohio say a federal court should dismiss a lawsuit alleging nearby residents were unknowingly exposed to radioactive contaminants that spread to other properties. Several residents sued the companies over contamination from the site of the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant… Read More

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W. Va. Officers Seize Exotic Pets from Shop Accused of Cruelty

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia animal control officers have seized multiple animals, including venomous snakes, from an exotic pet store they say was in poor condition. The Herald-Dispatch reports S&S Reptiles and Exotics in Huntington closed its doors Thursday after the Cabell Wayne Animal Shelter seized control of its animals. Animal control officer Jon… Read More

Pike County Sheriff's Deputies

New Search Warrant Executed in Rhoden Family Murder Investigation

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PIKETON, Ohio (AP) – Ohio authorities have executed a new search warrant as part of an investigation into the 2016 killings of eight family members. The warrant targets the Flying W farm in southern Ohio owned by Fredericka Wagner, whose son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons are accused of killing eight members of the Rhoden family… Read More

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New Suit Claims Ohio State Doc Raped Wrestler, Abused Minors

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The latest federal lawsuit against Ohio State over two decades of alleged sexual abuse by a now-deceased team doctor means nearly 300 men are listed plaintiffs in the matter. Forty-three plaintiffs filed a new case Thursday, including a wrestler alleging Richard Strauss raped him and two men alleging they were sexually… Read More

Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague (R-Ohio) backs a proposed House bill that would reduce interest rates for loans used for adoption.

Proposed Plan Reduces Interest Rates for Loans Used for Adoptions

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In Ohio, as many as 19,000 children are projected to be in the foster care system by this time next year. State leaders are offering a plan that could address the crisis by alleviating some of the financial stress that comes with adoption through reduced interest rates. The pending legislation, to be introduced in the… Read More

Gridiron Glory crew on set

WOUB’s Gridiron Glory Wins College Broadcasters Student Production Award


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Ohio University students say working on the show prepares them for great jobs ATHENS, OH – WOUB Public Media’s Gridiron Glory has picked up some more hardware. The weekly, 30-minute high school football program recently received 2nd place for Best Video Sportscast in the 2019 College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) National Student Production Awards. The winners… Read More