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WOUB’s Steffany Hiett and Emily Evans delve into the world of drug and alcohol addiction to find out how addiction fuels violence in Southeast Ohio. Athens resident George Might speaks out about how he overcame his own addiction and the consequences of the violence that stemmed from it. Officials from Hocking, Vinton and Athens counties… Read More
To reduce the risk of accidents in Athens, the city will spend $110,000 on sidewalk improvements. The annual payment by major cigarette manufacturers to West Virginia under a settlement will increase slightly this year. Details in your afternoon audio update.
Bob Evans Farms Incorporated says it will close a food production plant in Gallia County next year and beef up its production at a Texas facility. The Ohio-based restaurant and food company plans to shut down a plant in Bidwell next summer as it focuses on convenience foods, packaged side dishes and other higher-growth opportunities…. Read More
The prosecution of an Athens County woman accused of murdering her 4-year-old step-daughter moves forward following a competency hearing Tuesday morning. Twenty-five-year old Ashley Young, of The Plains, was previously found not competent to stand trial in October. However, Judge Michael Ward ruled Young competent. Young was charged with murder last May after Kaylen Young… Read More
Shale gas development has been a popular subject in Southeast Ohio over the past few months. Business and local government representatives came together last week at Ohio University to talk about the short and long term impacts of this development. Zachary Holl, of the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at OU, helped… Read More
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is still seeking information on a vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian in Athens County earlier this month. Rules regulating oil and gas well construction, water handling and chemical disclosure are ready to clear their final legislative hurdles and head to Governor John Kasich. Details in your afternoon audio… Read More
Ohio University officials are working with the OU Police Department to install surveillance cameras in residence halls on campus. The university tested the operation this year in the student dorm Voigt Hall. The school intends to install the cameras at the entrance and lobbies of all residence halls over the next ten years. Josh Bodnar,… Read More
The Lawrence County Commissioners have filed a $2 million lawsuit against Southeast Ohio Emergency Medical Services and Athens and Jackson counties. The most recent lawsuit comes just months after Athens and Jackson Counties filed a lawsuit against Lawrence County for failure to pay its share of SEOEMS expenses. The medical agency ended operations in… Read More
UPDATE: 2:39 PM Interstate 77 has reopened, after a portion of the road was closed Monday morning because of a chemical spill. Dover Fire Chief Russ Volkert says area fire departments and hazardous materials teams from Tuscarawas and Stark counties are still on the scene monitoring the situation. The Dover Fire Department responded to the… Read More
The Ohio House has passed a bill that would offer state drivers several new license plate designs to choose from when they hit the road. The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health has shut down its 101st meth lab. Details in your afternoon update.