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Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray speaks at the EnVision Forum

Bob Murray Announces Retirement From Coal Company He Founded

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (OVR) — After applying for black lung benefits, Robert Murray, founder and former president of the now-bankrupt coal company Murray Energy Corp., announced Monday he was leaving the business after more than 60 years in the industry. Murray Energy emerged from bankruptcy protection last month as American Consolidated Natural Resources (ACNR). The 80-year-old Murray was named chairman… Read More

Piles of coal

ARC Investing Over 15 Million In Ohio Valley Economic Projects

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — The Appalachian Regional Commission is investing another $43.3 million in communities affected by the downturn of the coal industry. The latest POWER grants from the ARC will support 51 projects in coal-dependent communities, including over $15 million for 20 projects in the Ohio Valley. The investments are going towards projects that will support broadband expansion,… Read More

A poll worker helps a voter to a machine at Franklin County's early voting center in Columbus on Sunday, March 15. In-person voting for the March 17 primary was cancelled the next day and the mail-in deadline was extended to April 28.

What Happens If There Are Power Outages On Election Day?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — On Election Day two years ago, wind gusts knocked out power for at least part of the day in four Northeast Ohio counties. What happens if there are more power outages on Election Day this year when voter turnout is expected to be higher than usual? In 2018, counties… Read More

FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Ohio GOP Lawmakers Favor Remake Of Tainted Energy Bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There appears to be consensus among Republican lawmakers to replace a bill tainted by an alleged bribery scandal to provide $1 billion in subsidies to two Ohio nuclear plants. Some say they support most of what’s in the bill known as HB6 but want its replacement to include audits proving the… Read More

Some demonstrators at an anti-mask rally at the Statehouse in July. Event planners said security would be provided by "militia". Proud Boys are often identified by black collared polo shirts with yellow stripes on the sleeves.

Hate Groups Active In Ohio, Even Before Group Accused In Michigan Plot Met Here

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Federal authorities have charged more than a dozen men with plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and overthrow the government. And the feds say that group did some of its planning this summer in Ohio, where extremist groups have been active since at least 1994. The group was… Read More

A banner over Court St. in Athens urges people to wear masks.

Athens Co. Confirms 12 COVID-19 Cases For October 19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 1,157 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 12 cases were confirmed Monday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the new cases in a press release sent October 19. Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates five of these new cases involved… Read More

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) speaks to reporters before session on September 1. It was the first time he was back in the House since being stripped of his speakership in July.

Ex-House Speaker Runs For Reelection Despite Federal Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Rep. Larry Householder’s name will be on the ballot Election Day as the disgraced Ohio lawmaker intends to serve his district for another term. This despite facing federal bribery charges for his alleged involvement in a $60 million bribery scheme that shook the Statehouse over the summer and led his… Read More

Boxes of mail-in ballots

Vendor Blames Higher Than Expected Demand For Delayed Mail-In Ballots

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A direct mail company that’s been hired to print and distribute absentee ballots to Ohioans who requested them has not been able to get them to voters as fast as was promised. Midwest Direct was hired by 20 Ohio counties to print and distribute ballots, but tens of thousands have not yet been sent out…. Read More

“Everything is just scary,” Folz says of the uncertainty around trade.

Awash In Relief Money, Ohio Valley Farmers Reflect On Trump Promises — And Their Ballots

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CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — Rick Murdock drives past his neighbors on rural back roads in southwest Calloway County, Kentucky, most days in his pickup truck, where he’ll pass by some signs of the season — “Trump 2020” flags and signs. Murdock said he’s never been the type to put up signs or banners himself… Read More