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The Chillicothe VA Medical Center sign with the road in the background

Southeast Ohio veterans and lawmakers push to keep Chillicothe VA Med Center’s doors open

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WOUB) — Veterans and lawmakers across Southeast Ohio are fighting to keep open the Chillicothe VA Medical Center, which has served veterans in the region for close to 100 years. A recent U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs report recommended closing the center, which oversees outpatient clinics in six rural Southeast Ohio counties —… Read More

Ohio University's class gateway at College Green, photographed on May 2, 2019

Ohio University student accused of urinating on dorm room door pleads not guilty

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — An Ohio University student accused of urinating on the door of a dorm room has pleaded not guilty to a charge of criminal mischief. Brady Linkel, 19, was scheduled for an arraignment Thursday in Athens County Municipal Court. His attorney, Susan Gwinn, filed the not guilty plea Tuesday, so there will… Read More

A woman receives a booster shot at a pop-up vaccination clinic in Las Vegas on Dec. 21.

The FDA OKs another Pfizer or Moderna COVID booster for people 50 and up

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — U.S. regulators are allowing people 50 and older to get another booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration’s decision aims to offer extra protection to the most vulnerable in case the virus rebounds. The FDA said Tuesday that age group can seek a fourth dose… Read More

People get tested inside their vehicles at a Covid-19 testing station

Free COVID tests and treatments no longer free for uninsured, as funding runs out

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The first real-world consequences of dwindling federal COVID-19 funds have started to be felt in recent days. Coronavirus tests for uninsured patients are no longer free in some places. That’s because the program that reimbursed clinics and hospitals for the testing, as well as for treating uninsured patients with COVID-19, stopped… Read More

U.S. Senate Democratic candidates Traci “TJ" Johnson, Morgan Harper and Rep. Tim Ryan stand during opening statements at Ohio’s U.S. Senate Democratic Primary Debate at Central State University.

Ohio Democratic hopefuls for Senate cover Supreme Court, Ukraine at Central State University debate

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WILBERFORCE, Ohio (ideastream) — Ohio’s three Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate met for a debate hosted by the Ohio Debate Commission at Central State University on Monday. The brisk midday debate saw Congressman Tim Ryan making workers the focus of his remarks while he tried to fend off challenges from Morgan Harper, who emphasized her… Read More

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at a press conference for Super Bowl LIV

The NFL is requiring teams to hire women or minorities as coaches for 2022 season

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The National Football League set forth new diversity and inclusion efforts for the 2022 season at its annual owners meeting, such as requiring its 32 teams to employ a “female or a member of an ethnic or racial minority” as an offensive assistant, the league said in a statement. Candidates must… 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).

Ohio Republicans abandon independent mapmakers to pass slightly modified GOP maps

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ohio Capital Journal) — In a 4-3 decision, Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission voted Monday night to pass slightly changed versions of Statehouse district maps previously rejected by the Ohio Supreme Court as unconstitutional. In doing so, they abandoned independent mapmakers they had hired. Commissioners said they did this to fulfill… Read More

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Award winning poet brings her talents to the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio for haiku workshops for children and teens

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WOUB Digital · Award winning poet Jennifer Hambrick brings talents to Decorative Arts Center for haiku workshop Award-winning poet, well-known Columbus-based public broadcaster, and Ohio Arts Council Teaching Artist Jennifer Hambrick will bring her talents to the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster (145 East Main Street) early next month for the purpose of… Read More