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The Statehouse building

Lawmakers Pass Tax Break Bills, but Also Say They’re Concerned About Them

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State lawmakers have touted their support of a bill that eliminates the so-called “pink tax” on feminine hygiene products and gives a tax credit to teachers buying supplies. It also restores a $250,000 income tax break for lawyers and lobbyists. And it can seem to be a mixed message Republican leaders are sending on tax policy. This… Read More

Kentucky on a map

Regional Offices in Kentucky to Issue Real ID Licenses

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky transportation official says the state plans to set up 12 regional offices to issue special driver’s licenses that will be needed in less than a year to board domestic airline flights. Media outlets report that the transportation official, Matt Henderson, told state lawmakers on Monday that the state eventually… Read More

Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray speaks at the EnVision Forum

Black Lung Trust Fund Likely Burdened by Murray Bankruptcy

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The recent bankruptcy of Murray Energy is likely to significantly increase the debt of a struggling federal trust fund that supports disabled miners’ health care expenses. According to court filings, Murray Energy could be responsible for as much as $155 million under the Black Lung Act and general workers’ compensation, but testimony from the Government Accountability… Read More

West Virginia on a map

Audit: W.Va. Not Checking Criminal History of Child Care Staff

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A statehouse watchdog says West Virginia isn’t doing criminal background checks on its child protective services workers. A legislative audit released Tuesday on the state Department of Health and Human Resources identified multiple problems with the agency as it grapples with booming caseloads in the national opioid epidemic. The report says… Read More

The Paducah Water lab tests a variety of different water samples

Ohio Valley Residents Among Millions in America Lacking Access to Clean Water, Sanitation

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Communities across the Ohio Valley are among an estimated 2 million Americans that do not have consistent access to clean drinking water and basic indoor plumbing, according to a report published Monday by two nonprofits, DigDeep and the US Water Alliance. The report titled, “Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States,” synthesized data… Read More

Andy Beshear and Gov. Matt Bevin

Beshear Praises Bevin Administration’s Help in Transition

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Gov.-elect Andy Beshear says Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration is giving its “best efforts” to assist his transition team as he prepares to become Kentucky’s governor next month. Beshear told reporters on Tuesday that Bevin’s cabinet secretaries and other officials are being “very accommodating.” The governor-elect says his transition team hasn’t hit… Read More

The Sigma Pi house

9 Indicted in 2018 Death of Ohio University Student

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(UPDATE 12/2 3:22 p.m.) The final defendant in the case surrounding the death of an Ohio University student will stand trial in early February. Joshua Thomas Androsac, 20, was arraigned in court Monday. He is charged with five felonies, including involuntary manslaughter and two counts of trafficking harmful intoxicants. Androsac pleaded not guilty on all counts…. Read More

Ohio Supreme Court

Future of Nuclear Bailout Law Could Depend on Ohio Supreme Court

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The window has closed for parties to file in the Ohio Supreme Court case over whether the new energy law, HB6, can be subject to a citizen referendum. The energy law bails out nuclear and subsidizes coal plants through rate increases. Attorneys for FirstEnergy Solutions argue that those rate increases should be considered tax increases. State… Read More

Pedestrians pass through The Ohio State University's student union

Medical Board Taking Longer to Review Sex Misconduct Cases

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Medical Board of Ohio says it will need to work past an original February deadline to finish reviewing about 2,000 closed cases of alleged sexual misconduct or impropriety by doctors. The board is trying to determine whether any of those cases from the past 25 years involved evidence of… Read More

Motorists drive past a sign warning of upcoming traffic cameras in Cleveland.

Ohio Supreme Court Keeps Camera Challenge Alive

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Supreme Court has rejected Toledo’s motion to dismiss a challenge to how the city handles appeals of citations related to camera-captured traffic violations. The high court recently rejected the motion to dismiss a challenge by Susan Magsig, of Woodville. The Toledo Blade reports Magsig received a citation alleging a camera held by… Read More

Audit: W.Va. State Police Went Years Sans Formal Buying Rules

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A legislative audit says West Virginia police went without formal, written purchasing rules for years, increasing the risk of fraud, abuse and waste. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the legislative Performance Evaluation and Research Division audit says the department was left without formal, written rules once legislators exempted the department from state Purchasing Division… Read More

Opponents of abortion bills protest at Ohio Statehouse in May 2019

Why the Bill to Ban Abortion Faces Challenges in Ohio’s Legislature

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A new bill that would ban abortions in Ohio has been introduced by Statehouse Republicans.  A similar total ban bill was introduced last year didn’t pass. So why is this bill being introduced now? The President of the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio, Margie Christie, says this abortion bill has one goal. “We’re tired of it being regulated. We… Read More