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Virtual reality brings ‘soft skills’ training to law enforcement in Appalachian Ohio

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ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (OVR) – On a chilly fall morning deputies with the Athens County Sheriff’s Department reported for annual training in Nelsonville, OH. Sitting among bullet proof vests and diagrams of guns and safety measures, the officers’ weapons remained holstered. Instead of target practice, this morning officers wore virtual reality headsets to watch  interactions… Read More

A healthcare worker prepares Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines for third doses at a senior living facility in Worcester, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021.

COVID boosters and what you need to know before holiday gatherings

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Starting this weekend, COVID-19 boosters will now be available for any of the three federally approved vaccines. At least 10 states had already made this change as COVID cases rose — climbing by 33 percent in the last two weeks. For the moment, death rates are stable. But the country is… Read More

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23 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Nov. 21 and 22

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 8,194 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 23 new cases were reported for Sunday and Monday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Nov. 22, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved seven people 50-59, six people 0-19,… Read More

A sign outside Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland, encourages people to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Companies tell unvaccinated workers to pay more for health insurance

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — As Covid cases surged over the summer, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian took action: Unvaccinated workers would have to pay an extra $200 a month for their health insurance, starting Nov. 1. It felt less onerous than the vaccine mandate imposed on workers by rival United Airlines. But still, it… Read More

Voter rights advocates scrutinize the Congressional district map proposed by Republican lawmakers.

DeWine approves new Ohio Congressional map that gives GOP advantage in most districts

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — In a statement released Saturday, DeWine said “When compared to the other proposals offered from House and Senate caucuses, both Republican and Democrat, the map in S.B. 258 makes the most progress to produce a fair, compact, and competitive map.” DeWine goes on to tout the map’s city and county… Read More