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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says it's 20 years since the last time changes have been made to the Supplemental Security Income program.

Brown Wants To Update A Benefit Program For Older Adults And People With Disabilities

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Statehouse News Bureau) — Brown is calling on Congress to update the federal program that helps older adults and people with disabilities. The U.S. Senate held a hearing on possibly raising the asset limit for people who receive Supplemental Security Income. Brown said the SSI is to help people meet basic needs, such… Read More

A hallway at the Pickaway Correctional Institution in Orient.

For Ohioans Who Committed Crimes Before July 1996, Chance Of Parole Is Slim

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MANSFIELD, Ohio (WCPN) — Charles Crawford is 70 years old. In 1988 he was sentenced to a prison term of 12 to 80 years. “They’re not going to let me go. I don’t feel that they are,” said Crawford, on the phone from Mansfield Correctional Institution. Sindrick Tucker is 59. Back in 1984 he was… Read More

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Hocking Hills Music Festival 2021 WOUB Culture Interviews: Del McCoury

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WOUB Digital · Hocking Hills Music Festival 2021 WOUB Culture Interviews: Del McCoury There is a kind of rare warmth to Del McCoury’s voice when he picks up the phone for our interview. Does it sound like the voice that has claimed the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year Award four times… Read More

Coronavirus Pandemic

42 New COVID-19 Cases Were Reported In Athens County For Sept. 24

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 7,059 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 42 new cases were reported Friday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Sept. 24, 2021. According to ODH data, 11 people 0-19, nine people 20-29, eight people 50-59, five people 60-69,… Read More

FILE — 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. The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said it was investigating clots in six women in the days after vaccination, in combination with reduced platelet counts.

Booster Shots Are Coming. Here’s How To Figure Out If You Need One

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — For the past several weeks, Dr. Boghuma Titanji has been swamped with questions about COVID-19 vaccine boosters. Even the experts seem confused, she says. “I’m even getting questions from my colleagues, who are doctors, asking me, ‘What should I do?’ ” says the infectious disease specialist at Emory University. The messaging… Read More

The seven-member Ohio Redistricting Commission is made up of five Republicans - co-chair Speaker Bob Cupp, Gov. Mike DeWine, Auditor Keith Faber, Secretary of State Frank LaRose and Senate President Matt Huffman. There are two Democrats on the commission: co-chair Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron) and House Minority Leader Emiilia Sykes (D-Akron).

A Lawsuit Has Been Filed Over Maps That Preserve Republican Supermajorities In The Ohio House And Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As expected, a lawsuit has been filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio on behalf of the League of Women Voters of Ohio against the new four-year Ohio House and Senate district maps, which experts say are gerrymandered to preserve Republican supermajorities in both chambers. The lawsuit… Read More