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A life guard observes swimmers during lap swim at the Athens Public Pool, in Athens, Ohio, on Monday, July 26, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Staffing Shortages And Delayed Action Forced Cutbacks At Athens City Pool

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A few months ago Athens officials made it clear they wanted the city pool fully open this summer. But halfway through the season, they were forced to cut hours significantly and offer refunds to season pass holders.  This was a direct result of several lifeguards quitting, frustrated by working long hours… Read More

Licking Valley Head Football Coach Randy Baughman

Licking Valley’s Randy Baughman Enters 46th Season As Head Coach

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NEWARK, Ohio (WOUB) — The name Randy Baughman is synonymous with Licking Valley football. The long-time head coach is heading into his 46th season and has a long list of accomplishments.  He has over 300 wins and has made the state championship game three times, in 2001, 2007 and 2019.  Baughman is also in the Ohio… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in Spring

Lawmakers Wrestle with Impact Policies Have on Criminal Justice System

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AKRON, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — When it comes to reforming Ohio’s criminal justice system, changing the laws tends to start at the state-level. But while lawmakers look at shifting sentencing from prison to treatment, there’s also an urge by officials to increase penalties, resulting in what can be a contrasting approach to reform. Ray… Read More

In this March 31, 2021 file photo, a nurse fills a syringe with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine at the Vaxmobile, at the Uniondale Hempstead Senior Center, in Uniondale, N.Y.

Health Committee Reconvening Early For Bill Banning Vaccine Mandates

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Some members of the Ohio House will be returning to the Statehouse earlier than expected to continue hearings on a bill, HB248, that would ban vaccine mandates for most entities. Republican leadership in the House granted approval for the health committee to reconvene at the request of committee chair… Read More

The U.S. Capitol at sunset

The Senate Approves The $1 Trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill In A Historic Vote

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Senate voted 69-30 Tuesday to approve a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, a historic piece of legislation that could reshape American lives for decades. The measure fulfills a call from President Biden for the two major parties to work together to deliver one of his top priorities, but it faces an… Read More

In this March 21, 2018, file photo, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley listens during a city council meeting in Cincinnati. Cranley has made it official: he's running to be governor of Ohio. With the launch of his campaign, he joins his friend, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, in the Democratic field.

Cincinnati Mayor Officially Enters The Race For Governor

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CINCINATTI (Statehouse News Bureau) — Cranley has been saying he’s running for governor for months. But now, he’s making it official. Cranley said Cincinnati was going through some tough times when he became mayor. But he said he brought the city back and wants to do the same for Ohio. “Ohio needs a comeback and… Read More