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20th Senate District Candidates Talk Collective Bargaining, Fracking, Job Creation

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The two candidates in the race for Ohio's 20th Senate District butt heads on collective bargaining and fracking, among other hot topics in southeast Ohio. A political newcomer will take on Republican incumbent Troy Balderson. Democrat Teresa Scarmack is a kindergarten teacher in the Logan-Hocking School District. She says the fight over Senate Bill 5… Read More

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Ohio Superintendent Steps Down

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State Rep. Debbie Phillips of Athens says the Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction made the right move by resigning amidst a probe that turned up evidence of wrongdoing. Phillips lodged a complaint against Stan Heffner that sparked the state's watchdog to conduct a year-long investigation.   "It was clear that he did have a conflict of… Read More

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Former OU Football Player Indicted For Felonious Assault

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A former Ohio University football player accused of punching another student in the face has been indicted for felonious assault. Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn says 19-year-old Christopher Tarrant turned himself in Thursday. Blackburn says the charges relate to a June 1 incident in which Tarrant allegedly punched a male student in the eye, causing… Read More

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Governor Imposes New Rules On Injection Wells

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich has issued an order immediately imposing new state regulations on deep-injection wells used to dispose of chemically-laced wastewater from oil and gas drilling. The directive issued Tuesday gives the Ohio Department of Natural Resources temporary authority to implement a list of rules announced after a series of Youngstown-area earthquakes was tied… Read More

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Meigs County Organization Awarded $99,000

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A Meigs County organization is getting $99,000 in federal money to establish a revolving loan fund for up-and-coming local businesses. The Meigs County Community Improvement Corporation received the grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program. Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, made the announcement today. "Thanks to these federal… Read More