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Retired Huntington Workers Won’t Have to Return Overpaid Pensions

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city isn’t going to force retired police officers and firefighters to return miscalculated and overpaid pension payments. The Herald-Dispatch reports the Huntington City Council decided Monday to keep the overpaid pensions where they are and correct any underfunded pensions. Those whose pensions were underpaid will also receive back pay…. Read More

A sign promotes a climate activist group in Athens, Ohio

WATCH: Despite Extreme Weather and Surging Activism, 2019 Saw Political Paralysis on Climate

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By almost any measure, 2019 was a year of especially sobering news on climate change, with grim warnings about what could happen in the future along with extreme weather events occurring now. The year also saw a global protest movement, initiated by young people, arise to try to tackle the problem. But as Miles O’Brien… Read More

A large balloon in support of the Heartbeat Bill.

2019 Year in Review – Attempts to Ban Abortion in Ohio Continue

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Abortion was a big issue in Ohio in 2019, as it has been for several years.  A strict abortion ban was one of the 21 bills that passed, and more bills are still under consideration. The remnants from Gov. Mike DeWine’s inaugural party were barely removed from the Statehouse before the controversial bill to ban… Read More

A statue of John Marshall on the campus of Marshall University

Marshall University’s Marching Band to Perform in London Parade

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — London’s New Year’s Day Parade is set to feature a little touch of West Virginia. Marshall University’s marching band is heading to perform in London’s parade ringing in 2020. The college announced the performance on Friday and says more than 100 band members are scheduled to take part in the parade…. Read More

The U.S. Capitol

WATCH: What’s the Outlook for U.S. Foreign Policy as a Tumultuous Decade Ends?

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The past ten years have seen both transformation and inertia in global politics. In many countries, as heads of government have changed, authoritarian leadership has not. Nick Schifrin sits down with the Hudson Institute’s Rebeccah Heinrichs, the American Enterprise Institute’s Kori Schake and Michele Flournoy of WestExec Advisors to discuss why the decade is concluding… Read More

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Proposed Ohio Law Stops Coaches from Implementing One-Sport Rule

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Lawmakers want to crack down on schools and coaches that force students to participate in only one extra-curricular activity. They say the one-sport rule can hamper a teenager’s ability to adapt. Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) says the bill, HB459, would stop coaches from requiring their players to only participate in their particular activity. Miller says allowing… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse Looking Back at 2019

2019 Year In Review – Budgets Brought Struggles Between Governor and Lawmakers

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2019 brought new leadership in the governor’s office and in the Ohio House. But though Republicans were still in charge in both those places and in the Senate, there were only 21 bills that were signed into law, including four required budgets. And passing those budgets wasn’t easy. The week before Mike DeWine’s inauguration in January,… Read More