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Gov. DeWine Finalizes New COVID-19 Reporting Requirements For K-12 Schools

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As many Ohio kids go back to in-person classes, Gov. Mike DeWine says it’s important for Ohio’s students, parents and communities know about coronavirus spread. So, he’s signed an order to require better reporting in schools starting next Tuesday. DeWine’s order requires three things: “One for parents to notify schools if… Read More

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Householder Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Racketeering Charge

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Former House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) has pleaded not guilty in federal court to charge of racketeering. Householder, who was among the most powerful Republican leaders in the state, is accused of taking part in a bribery scheme in exchange for passing a nuclear power plant bailout. Householder, who is… Read More

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Athens County Upgraded To Level 2 Public Health Emergency

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — After weeks of being listed as a Level 1 Public Health Emergency, the state determined an increase in the spread of coronavirus warranted Athens County being upgraded to Level 2. Gov. DeWine released this week’s Ohio Public Health Advisory System map during his press briefing Thursday. Athens County had previously been a… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms Five COVID-19 Cases For September 3

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 404 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after five cases were confirmed Thursday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the news in a press release sent September 3. Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates all five new cases involved people… Read More

Miners assemble on railroad tracks to block a shipment of coal from a Blackjewel mine.

Former Blackjewel Miners Could Get More Money From Proposed Settlement

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CASPER, Wyo. (OVR) — A proposed $17.3 million settlement of a class action lawsuit would provide additional payment for hundreds of Appalachian coal miners who were suddenly left jobless by the abrupt bankruptcy of the Blackjewel mining company. The settlement must be approved by the judge overseeing the complicated Blackjewel bankruptcy case. Although it is not… Read More

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More Inmates, Staff Test Positive At West Virginia Jails

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Coronavirus outbreaks at West Virginia correctional facilities continue to grow, the governor announced on Wednesday. Five additional inmates have tested positive at Mount Olive Correctional Complex since Monday, according to state data, bringing the total to 143 positives cases. Gov. Jim Justice said 18 staff members there were also confirmed to be infected. The state’s… Read More

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) speaks to reporters after session on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

Ohio Senate President Says He Favors “Straight Repeal” Of Nuclear Bailout Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) has appointed the members of a committee that will consider the nuclear bailout law at the center of a $61 million federal bribery case that led to the ouster of former Speaker Larry Householder.  Democrats say Republicans are slowing down the repeal process with a new committee. But in… Read More

WOUB Receives Our America: Documentary in Dialogue Grant


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Four local high schools will participate in community engagement activities ATHENS, OH – WOUB Public Media will be working with four high schools in the region this fall on a grant project which combines independent documentary film, Appalachian cultural pride and multimedia storytelling. WOUB was selected to receive an “Our America: Documentary in Dialogue” grant… Read More

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Investigate Revolutionary Gene-Editing Tech on “NOVA: Human Nature” – Sept. 9 at 8pm


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PBS SCIENCE SERIES, NOVA, INVESTIGATES THE HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF REVOLUTIONARY GENE-EDITING TECHNOLOGY IN FEATURE FILM:  “HUMAN NATURE”  A One-Night, 90-Minute Feature Film, Premieres Wednesday, September 9, 2020  at 8 p.m. ET on PBS  pbs.org/nova | @novapbs   On September 9, 2020, the PBS science series NOVA, a production of WGBH Boston, will premiere HUMAN… Read More