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Sweet Treats on Broad Street – YMCA of Parkersburg


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Put on your costumes, gather your friends and family, and join us at the YMCA of Parkersburg for a sweet time! Sweet Treats on Broad Street is a family-friendly, Halloween celebration for the entire community! All activities are FREE, but donations are accepted. ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: Indoor Trick-Or-Treat (socially distant style with hands-free candy systems) Character… Read More

Advocates for foster children on Zoom, talking about the bill

Ohio bill would give foster children a “bill of rights”

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Two Democratic Ohio lawmakers are sponsoring what’s being called the “Foster Youth Bill of Rights” that they say will give at least 15,000 children in the state’s custody more knowledge about their options and give them more of a voice in their care. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports the… Read More

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What parents need to know about vaccinating young children against COVID-19

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The White House laid out plans Wednesday for children between the ages of 5 and 11 to soon receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If approved, shots could begin as soon as November. But many parents are still wondering about whether to get their children vaccinated. Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, lead epidemiologist for the… Read More

The KFC in Athens is just one on many business looking for employees.

Lawmakers want to let teens work later on a school night

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The bill would allow 14- and 15-year-olds to work until 9pm on a school night. Current law says those teenagers have to stop working at 7pm when they have school the next day. Sen. Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) said the bill, SB251, requires approval by parents. “They’re still not able… Read More

A healthcare worker prepares doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination clinic at a high school in Los Angeles in August.

Pfizer Officially Asks The FDA To Authorize Its COVID Vaccine For Kids Aged 5-11

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Updated October 7, 2021 at 9:27 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Pfizer and BioNTech are officially asking the Biden administration to authorize the use of their COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Pfizer tweeted on Thursday that the companies had submitted their formal request for Emergency Use Authorization of the vaccine to… Read More

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Kids As Young As 5-Years-Old Will Be Eligible For Ohio’s Vaccine Lottery

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio is launching another COVID-19 vaccine incentive program to give out scholarships to winners of a sweepstakes if they get the shot. But there’s a catch in this new lottery plan. That means the “Vax-2-School” lottery will be postponed, in hopes that approval happens by the end of the… Read More

a health worker administers a dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa

Pfizer Says COVID Vaccine For Kids Ages 5 To 11 Is Safe And Effective

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Updated September 20, 2021 at 10:31 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The first results from the highly anticipated trial studying the effectiveness and safety of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 showed promising results. The pharmaceutical companies said early results of their trial indicate the vaccine is safe… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine wearing face masks on June 23, 2020.

DeWine Says He Would Issue A Statewide Mask Mandate If He Could

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday said he would have issued a statewide mask mandate to slow spiking cases of the coronavirus if the Legislature hadn’t tied his hands through a strict restriction on public health orders. DeWine, a Republican, said he fears a fight with fellow GOP lawmakers, including one that… Read More

A technician from the Findlay College of Pharmacy fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Reynoldsburg, February 2021.

WATCH: American Academy Of Pediatrics Urges FDA To Approve COVID Vaccines For Children Under 12

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — As the U.S. continues inoculating adults and adolescents, questions remain about vaccinating the 48 million kids under the age of 12. With the delta variant raging, almost five times as many children are being hospitalized for COVID-19. The American Academy of Pediatrics has called on the FDA to pick up the… Read More

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Athens County Child Advocates Program Sees Big Cut In Funding

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A program that works with abused or neglected children who are in the court system has been hit with a dramatic decrease in funding. Athens County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates has had its funding cut by 30% in back-to-back fiscal years. The program’s grant money went from $230,000 to an expected… Read More

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DeWine: “No Appetite” For Mask Mandate In Schools


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Department of Health’s latest COVID guidance for K-12 schools strongly recommends those who can be vaccinated get shots, and masks for those who can’t or choose not to. But it doesn’t mandate masks for all, like some individual schools are doing. Gov. Mike DeWine said when schools required students and staff… Read More

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Sneak Peak: WOUB Virtual Screening Of New PBS Kids Show


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Parents, grandparents, teachers and kids are going to love the newest show coming to PBS Kids, and they’ll have a chance to watch a sneak peek with WOUB Public Media. The 30-minute screening of Donkey Hodie will be held virtually on April 29 at 10 a.m. using Zoom. Inspired by the funny, quirky side of children’s TV… Read More

Cans sit unused on the shelves of the Baker University Center Food Pantry

Nutrition Program Summer Expansion Could Aid Nearly 2 Million Ohio Valley Children

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MURRAY, Ky. (OVR) — The Biden administration announced Monday the expansion of a nutrition program, born amid the start of the pandemic, that could provide more food to nearly 2 million children throughout Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia this summer. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, or P-EBT, program started last March to provide money to… Read More

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WATCH: Raising Children For A Second Time, ‘Grandfamilies’ Struggle During The Pandemic

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — More and more older adults are raising kids for the second time around because of illness, incarceration, addiction, or any number of reasons. And since the start of the pandemic, almost 40 percent of “grandfamilies” say they struggle to pay for housing, and a third have trouble accessing food. Stephanie Sy… Read More

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo Kimberly Hall, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, looks over a photo display outside her office, in Columbus, Ohio.

Child Advocates: Ohio State Foster Plan Illegal, Inadequate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Advocates for Ohio children cared for by relative adults say a state plan to address funding disparities for those children is illegal and inadequate. At issue are people who take custody of children they’re related to but who aren’t licensed foster parents. A long-time gap exists in Ohio between payments to… Read More

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo Kimberly Hall, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, looks over a photo display outside her office, in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio Unveils Limited Plan To Pay Relatives Caring For Kids

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has unveiled its plan to aid people who take custody of children they’re related but who aren’t licensed foster parents. The program addresses a gap between payments to non-licensed relatives and licensed foster care parents. Ohio has been under pressure from child advocates to follow a 2017 court ruling ordering… Read More

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo Kimberly Hall, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, looks over a photo display outside her office, in Columbus, Ohio.

Child Advocate: Foster Care Lawsuit Necessary After Inaction

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An advocate for people who take custody of children they’re related to says a lawsuit seeking to boost payments for those children’s care was made necessary by the state’s inaction. Barbara Turpin is with the Ohio Grandparents/Kinship Coalition. She says she’s hopeful a federal lawsuit filed last week against the state… Read More