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Professor Nick Meriwether

Shawnee State University pays $400K to professor who refused to use a student’s pronouns

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PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (NPR) — A public university professor in Ohio who was disciplined four years ago for refusing to use a transgender student’s pronouns is being awarded $400,000 following a lawsuit against the university. Nick Meriwether, a philosophy professor at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, sued the college in 2018 after he was disciplined… Read More

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Efforts to legalize marijuana in Ohio get new life but faces opposition from top leaders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Some Ohio lawmakers are throwing their support behind an initiated statute that would legalize marijuana for Ohioans ages 21 and older — giving new life to the proposal on 4/20, a day when cannabis enthusiasts celebrate the plant. Rep. Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) said it’s time for Ohio lawmakers to pass… Read More

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Ex-finance director at Huntington Tri-State Airport pleads guilty to theft

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio woman who was finance director for a West Virginia airport has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $49,500 in federal funds from the facility. U.S. Attorney Will Thompson’s office says 46-year-old Melissa Sue Hall of South Point, Ohio, pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft from programs receiving federal funds. Thompson’s office… Read More

NYC art rock band Guerilla Toss showcases iridescent optimism of latest synth pop record

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NYC art rock band Guerilla Toss performed at the Richmond Music Hall at Capital Ale House (619 E Main St, Richmond, VA) on April 13, 2022. Invigorated with the synth pop brightness of their latest record “Famously Alive,” Guerilla Toss came through with a dynamic and exciting live show complete with psychedelic visuals, jam-band segues,… Read More

Lewis Black discusses his comedy of rage and the importance of education


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https://ohio.streamguys1.com/Spectrum/mp3/LewisBlack_220420.mp3 Veteran comedian Lewis Black is on the road with his “Off the Rails” tour. While traveling, he took some time to have a conversation with Spectrum’s guest host Emily Votaw of WOUB. They talked about his philosophy of comedy, the importance of education in our society and his work with the Kurt Vonnegut Library… Read More

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien speaks during a court hearing for defendant William Husel, second from left, as defense attorneys Diane Menashe and Jose Baez and assistant prosecutor James Lowe listen on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.

William Husel found not guilty in one of Ohio’s largest murder cases

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — A jury has found former Mount Carmel doctor William Husel not guilty on all 14 counts of murder. Husel was charged with murdering 14 patients at Columbus’ Mount Carmel West Hospital by prescribing them too much of the opioid fentanyl. The defense argued Husel was providing comfort care to dying patients. Husel… Read More

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Early voting for Ohio’s May 3 primary is lagging behind 2018’s primary turnout

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Despite hotly contested races on the Republican and Democratic primary ballots, the turnout for early voting in Ohio is down nearly 30% compared to the number of ballots cast at this point in the 2018 primary four years ago. There are two weeks to go before the May 3… Read More

Songwriter Kelleigh McKenzie exuberantly performs her song honoring Holocaust survivor Tibor Spitz.

Holocaust survivors partner with songwriters in “We Remember: Songs of Survivors” – April 26 at 8 pm


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New One-Hour Special We Remember: Songs of Survivors to premiere April 26, 2022 on PBS Witness the Healing Powers of Music and friendship As Holocaust Survivors Share Their Stories with Songwriters   PBS announces We Remember: Songs of Survivors, a one-hour special celebrating the live of Holocaust survivors through storytelling and music.  the documentary will… Read More