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Ohio Men’s Basketball: Preston, Vander Plas Lead ‘Cats to Blowout Victory over CMU

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ATHENS, Ohio — Jason Preston and Ben Vander Plas sat together at the podium in the post-game press conference. It wasn’t the first time, and it surely won’t be the last time these two sophomores face questions from the media after a game. It is, after all, largely due to the play of Preston and… Read More

In this May 29, 2013 photo, a Eucharistic Minister serves communion during Mass at a Catholic church in Caracas, Venezuela. Church officials say food shortages and foreign exchange restrictions are causing a lack of ingredients needed to celebrate Mass: altar wine as well as wheat to produce communion wafers. Economists say the shortages stem from the socialist government’s controls on the prices of some goods and on foreign currency, which makes it hard for producers to pay for things they need to import. President Nicolas Maduro blames the shortages on hoarding and says anti-government forces are trying to destabilize the country.

Local Catholic Churches Directed to Suspend Handshakes, Distribution of Wine

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — The Diocese of Steubenville is asking churches to suspend distributing wine during the Eucharist and allowing handshakes during the sign of peace for public health reasons. This diocese serves 13 counties in southeastern Ohio. Bishop Jeffrey Monforton, the leader of the diocese, posted an announcement to its website last week. Monforton… Read More

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Fifteen Arrested After Multi-County Methamphetamine Bust

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LANCASTER, Ohio (WOUB) — Fifteen people have been indicted in Fairfield, Hocking, and Pickaway counties after a multi-county drug trafficking operation. The Fairfield-Athens-Logan-Circleville Major Crimes Unit announced Friday that “Operation Krystal Ball” broke up an organization that distributed more than 62 and a half pounds of methamphetamine across Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway, and Franklin counties. The… Read More

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton holds up a mask as she gives an update at MetroHealth Medical Center Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Cleveland, on the state's preparedness and education efforts to limit the potential spread of a new virus which caused a disease called COVID-19. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, left, watches.

Coronavirus in Ohio: Officials Confirm First Three Cases Of COVID-19

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Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday declared a state of emergency after the first three cases of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, were identified in the state. DeWine announced that three Ohioans tested positive for the virus, but the state won’t release information on who the patients are until they’re notified. All three patients are from Cuyahoga… Read More

Ohio Men’s Basketball: Late-Season Surge Earns ‘Cats Home Game in MAC Tournament

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ATHENS, Ohio — Somewhere along the 220-mile trip back to Athens from Muncie, Indiana on the 1st day of February, Ohio coach Jeff Boals decided his team needed a pick-me-up after a tough 55-64 loss to Ball State. What did Boals think would jump-start his team in the wake of their four-game losing streak? Dairy… Read More

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WATCH: What You Need to Know About the 2020 Census

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This week, the United States Census Department rolls out their 2020 census nationwide, aiming to count everyone living in the country and the U.S. territories. The findings will determine how federal dollars are distributed. Hansi Lo Wang, a national correspondent for NPR, has been reporting on the 2020 census and joins PBS NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Governor to Announce Changes to Paroled Inmate Monitoring

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is announcing changes to the way Ohio monitors inmates who have been released from prison but are still being monitored by the state. The governor ordered a review of the state parole system following the alleged involvement of a recently released offender in a crash that killed… Read More

Ohio Department of Health conducting tests for COVID-19 with new testing equipment.

Ohio Sets Coronavirus Testing Protocols to ‘Maximize Resources’

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The state now has the ability to conduct tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Due to limited resources the state has created a protocol to determine who to prioritize for testing. Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton said the state will prioritize the most vulnerable people for COVID-19 testing this includes the elderly,… Read More

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Three-part documentary series “Niall Ferguson’s Networld” Premieres Tuesday, March 17


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Social Networks Might Seem Like a Modern-Day Phenomenon but They and Their Problems Have Been Around for Centuries Three-part documentary series Niall Ferguson’s Networld, premiering March 17 on PBS, provides unique insights from history into the viral spread of ideas and how social media’s technology is a battlefield of the future   Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,… Read More