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A new justice joins West Virginia’s Supreme Court in an investiture ceremony

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court’s newest member has joined the court in an investiture ceremony. The court said Justice C. Haley Bunn of Oceana in Wyoming County is the youngest woman to serve in the post. The ceremony was held Thursday. Bunn succeeds Evan Jenkins, who resigned in February. The term… 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.

A doctor found innocent after murder trial permanently loses their license

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A doctor found innocent of murder charges in multiple patient deaths has surrendered his medical license after determining that practicing medicine again in Ohio would be impossible. William Husel was accused of ordering excessive doses of painkillers for 14 patients in the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System. Despite his acquittal last… Read More

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US Rep. Alex Mooney beats Rep. David McKinley in West Virginia GOP primary

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Congressman Alex Mooney has won the Republican nomination for one of West Virginia’s two seats in the U.S. House. Former President Donald Trump had endorsed Mooney instead of another Republican incumbent, congressman David McKinley, who has represented West Virginia in the House since 2011. Trump and Mooney sharply criticized McKinley for… Read More

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A guide to Tuesday’s primary election in West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Candidates in West Virginia’s primary are hoping for the chance to earn their party’s nominations for the U.S. House or the Legislature. The voting landscape changed after the state’s once-a-decade redistricting was completed last fall. Due to population losses, West Virginia lost one of its three U.S. House seats based on… Read More

Steve Dettelbach, candidate for Ohio Attorney General, speaks during a campaign rally, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.

Biden’s ATF pick is endorsed by ex-Justice Department officials

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WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 140 former Justice Department officials are throwing their support behind President Joe Biden’s nominee to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The ex-officials include two past attorneys general and worked for both Democratic and Republican presidents. They’re urging congressional leaders to quickly confirm Steve Dettelbach to the… Read More

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Ohio’s GOP elections chief beats a conservative foe in the primary

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Frank LaRose, Ohio’s Republican incumbent elections chief, has defeated conservative primary challenger John Adams, who questioned the 2020 presidential election results. In November’s general election, LaRose will face Democrat Chelsea Clark, who ran unopposed Tuesday. Despite Adams’ open questioning of the 2020 results, Trump’s endorsement of LaRose was expected given LaRose’s… Read More

Governor Mike DeWine and Fran DeWine visit Heritage Hall College of Medicine on Monday, April 12, 2021, in Athens, OH.

Ohio Gov. DeWine wins GOP nomination for 2nd term in office

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine has won his party’s nomination for governor. DeWine on Tuesday topped three far-right opponents, including ex-U.S. Rep Jim Renacci. The four-way Republican primary played to DeWine’s advantage as voters upset with his strict pandemic policies split their support among his challengers. DeWine will be a favorite… Read More

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Despite missing the NHL playoffs, the Blue Jackets see a bright future

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets wrapped up their season earlier than they may have hoped but the team packs its collective bags with a feeling that it has many pieces needed to move forward into a more successful future. Columbus finished with a record of 37-38-7, missing the playoffs for the second… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine signs SB263 into law on January 6, 2021.

Gov. DeWine faces a test of the far right’s sway in Primary Election

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine is facing a test of the far right’s sway as he seeks another term in office. DeWine remains the favorite in Tuesday’s primary despite losing the backing of some conservative groups who were angry over his aggressive pandemic policies. He’s up against three far-right challengers in… Read More

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Ohio legal marijuana backers sue over disputed petition deadline

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of recreational marijuana legalization in Ohio have sued state legislative leaders in an anticipated dispute over whether a referendum can appear on the state ballot in November. Ohio’s secretary of state submitted petitions on behalf of Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol to the Legislature Jan. 28, giving lawmakers four… 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

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Cities ask streaming services like Netflix and Hulu to pay cable fees

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court is debating whether Netflix and other streaming services should have to pay local governments the same fees levied on cable operators. The argument is similar to one in several other states, where cities are trying to force streaming service companies to pay cable operator fees. At issue… Read More

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Alabama signs Ohio transfer point guard Mark Sears

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Former Ohio point guard Mark Sears has transferred to Alabama after averaging nearly 20 points a game last season. Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats announced the signing of Sears. I’M COMING HOME #Rolltide pic.twitter.com/jZMMZTVS1D — Mark Sears (@imcsears) April 7, 2022 The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder was a two-time All-Mid-American Conference performer who… Read More

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Federal panel in Ohio punts dispute over congressional map

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judicial panel has declined to grant an order temporarily blocking certification of 2022 U.S. House races that have gone forward in Ohio under a disputed congressional map. In a largely technical ruling Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio advised a… Read More

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Federal judges to decide next steps in Ohio US House races

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judicial panel says it will decide by Tuesday whether to temporarily block the results of U.S. House races in Ohio that have gone forward under an unresolved congressional map. A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio announced the timeline Monday. Side parties… Read More

Ukraine's UN Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya speaks at the United Nations in New York

The UN ousts Russia from Human Rights Council

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly has voted to suspend Russia from the U.N.’s leading human rights body over allegations of horrific rights violations by Russian soldiers in Ukraine, which the United States and Ukraine have called tantamount to war crimes. Russia is the second country to have its membership rights stripped at… Read More

The Ohio Redistricting Commission in a meeting.

GOP leaders say they should not be held in contempt over 4th set of Ohio legislative maps

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s two most powerful legislators are telling the Ohio Supreme Court that they should not be held in contempt for leading the charge to push through a fourth set of GOP-drawn legislative maps to meet a court-imposed deadline. In a filing Monday, Senate President Matt Huffman and House Speaker and Ohio… Read More

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A woman and her 10-year-old nephew were killed in a Chillicothe house fire

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a woman and her 10-year-old nephew were killed when a fire roared through a southern Ohio home. The fire in Chillicothe was reported around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday. Authorities say the victims — Heidi Proehl and Shane Lane Jr. — had been sleeping in a loft above a detached garage… Read More

This March 15, 2018 photo shows a natural gas drill rig in Belmont County, Ohio.

Firm pays back $20M but insists Belmont County petrochemical project is viable

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. subsidiary of a Thailand-based petrochemical giant has repaid Ohio’s private economic development office $20 million after it failed to make an investment decision in 2020 on a proposed petrochemical plant in the state. Spokespersons for PTT Global Chemical America and JobsOhio insisted this week the company still plans to build… 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

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Campaigns weigh their strategy options if Ohio primary is delayed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s primary election is scheduled for May 3, and it’s just six weeks away. But candidates still don’t know whether the contest will happen at that date. A series of court rulings invalidating Republican-drawn redistricting maps has threatened to delay the primary by a month or more. There’s even a chance… Read More

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Ohio Men’s Basketball season ends after falling to Abilene Christian in CBI quarterfinals

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ohio Men’s Basketball (25-10) struggled to stop Abeline Christian’s (25-10) Coryon Mason in a 91-86 College Basketball Invitational quarterfinal loss that ended its season. Mason dropped 20 points for the Wildcats Monday night in Dayton Beach. For as much trouble the Bobcats had stopping Mason, the Wildcats had just as… Read More