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County Commissioners: Ohio Counties Should Control Opioid Settlement Money

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio county commissioners say counties should have control of any settlement money derived from lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies. The County Commissioners Association of Ohio voted unanimously Friday to oppose giving the state attorney general exclusive authority over the lawsuits, saying it “strikes at the heart” of local governments’… Read More

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Ohio Jobless Rate Increases Slightly from July to August

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly from July to August. State officials on Friday said the unemployment rate was 4.1% in August, compared with 4% the previous month. Ohio’s unemployment rate stood at 4.6% in August 2018. The national rate was 3.7% in August, unchanged from July, and down from… Read More

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Workforce Aid Approved for West Virginia After Storms

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal funding of $975,000 has been approved for Workforce West Virginia in response to severe storms in June that resulted in heavy rainfall, extreme flooding and extensive damage to waterways. Five counties were declared eligible for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance Program after the storms. The counties are Grant,… Read More

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Ohio GOP Fined $100K for Improperly Funding Voter Database

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Ohio Republican Party is paying a $100,000 civil penalty to the Federal Election Commission for improperly funding a 2014 voter turnout database built by the company of an ally of then-Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Cleveland.com reports an agreement announced last week cites the party for using almost $490,000 in non-federal funds for a… Read More

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Man Arrested After W.Va. Chase, Accused of Throwing Bag of Meth

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ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia man has been arrested after leading police on a chase while trying to toss a bag of methamphetamine out of sight. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday said 46-year-old David Fitzgerald Moore has been charged with fleeing and possession with intent to deliver a controlled… Read More

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Kentucky Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly in August

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials say the state’s unemployment rate rose slightly in August. The Kentucky Center for Statistics says the state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 4.4% last month. The preliminary figure is up from the 4.3% rate in July. Last month’s rate was unchanged from the statewide jobless rate in August 2018…. Read More

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Fourth Patient Named in Probe of Veterans Hospital Deaths

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The family of a fourth patient is seeking answers as authorities investigate multiple suspicious deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia. Lawyer Dino Colombo says he’s representing the family of 85-year-old Army veteran Archie Edgell, who died at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg last year…. Read More