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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.
Athens County Engineer Archie Stanley announced Monday that his workers "shall remain under the current policy for sick leave payout." Stanley recently proposed that retiring employees be given 100 percent of accumulated sick leave. It's a move that reportedly could have cost the county more than $100,000. That immediately drew a lot of criticism from… Read More
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is searching for a person who killed a pedestrian in an Athens County hit-and-run accident Saturday evening. Ohio drivers are paying less for gas as oil prices continue to drop. Details in your afternoon audio update.
After dangerous behavior at a recent Athens spring block party, city and Ohio University officials are coming up with new ways to cut down on the rowdiness. In the aftermath of the arson committed at the block party known as Palmer Fest, Ohio University and city officials met last week to discuss possible solutions to… Read More
A new report shows the cost of owning and operating a small car in Ohio can be as much as $12,000 a year. As transportation costs rise, many residents in Southeast Ohio find they have trouble paying for gas and auto insurance. Nick Claussen, Athens County Job and Family Services spokesman, says this can… Read More
A proposed state bill would require criminals charged with arson-related crimes to have their name put in a database that provides law enforcement officials with their information. Ohio Senate Bill 70 would require anyone convicted of arson or arson-related crimes to register with their county sheriff within 10 days of being released from custody. The… Read More
Ohio University leaders are approaching the next street party in the annual spring fest season the same way they tackle the annual Halloween block party. State personal income tax collections in Ohio are up nearly 7 percent more than forecasted, giving the state's surplus fund a boost. Details in your afternoon audio update.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources today announced the discovery of a hemlock-killing pest in Washington County. Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, also known as HWA is a small, aphid-like insect native to Asia that threatens the health and sustainability of eastern and Carolina hemlock in the eastern United States. According… Read More
A new performing arts and community events venue has opened in Athens. The grand opening Friday night featured art, vendors and a concert show casing local bands. The facility is owned by Central Avenue United Methodist Church, which aims to connect with the community at this new venue. Jake Householder, director of worship and media,… Read More
The Ohio Department of Transportation is expected to begin a road resurfacing project next week on U.S. Route 33 East. The project will create a change in traffic pattern when entering 33 East from East State Street. An ODOT spokesperson says traffic will be maintained, but warns residents to be prepared for traffic delays or… Read More
Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl says the city is planning no change in tactics for this weekend's block party. A person close to an Ohio woman whose suicidal husband released dozens of exotic animals last fall says the five surviving animals will go back to the couple's farm. Details in your afternoon audio update.
An eastern Ohio police chief says two part-time village officers suspected in a man's beating are under investigation by state authorities. The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that would update rules related to public records at the state's new private job creation agency. Details in your afternoon audio update.
Jury selection for the trial of a Cambridge man, accused of murdering a 21-year-old in March 2011, begins today. Anti-poverty activists are asking Ohioans to spend this work week with $23 for food for all five days. Details in your afternoon audio update.
The Division of State Fire Marshal ruled Saturday's fire on Palmer Street as arson. Investigators with the Division of State Fire Marshal say someone broke into the basement of the home at 11 Palmer Street and set the fire. The blaze occurred during the annual street party known as Palmer Fest. The fire… Read More
Ohio officials are clearing the way for the return of five surviving exotic animals to a woman whose husband released dozens of wild creatures last fall, then committed suicide. The Ohio Agriculture Department announced the decision Monday at an agency hearing in which the state was expected to defend its authority to quarantine the animals… Read More
An Ohio University professor shares his experience trying to clean up an outlawed athletic program in a new book. Professor of Sports Administration David Ridpath worked at Marshall University for five years, starting in 1997. But, Ridpath says he was out of a job after he dug up several NCAA violations. Now, he… Read More