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Central Ohio Pediatrician Seeing New Trends In Coronavirus Pandemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — During the past couple of weeks, the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus has increased. And some doctors say they are seeing some other trends. Pediatrician Rachael Morocco says she’s seeing more  children coming into her practice with COVID like symptoms. “We’ve also seen an uptick in asymptomatic… Read More

25th Annual Children's Hunger Alliance "Menu of Hope" in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom in Columbus with keynote speaker Sugar Ray Leonard.

Mike DeWine, Fran DeWine Emphasize Need to Address Child Hunger

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Some of the biggest leaders in public service and in the business world gathered in Columbus for the 25th Annual Children’s Hunger Alliance “Menu of Hope” luncheon aimed at ending food insecurity. The annual event set out to raise $50,000 to help make sure children in Ohio are fed. According to the Children’s Hunger Alliance,… Read More

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Coalition says Spending Money on Kids Early Can Pay Off Big in Future

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A group of advocates working on education, health care, trauma prevention and early intervention for young children has launched a new campaign to encourage investing in programs earlier than ever before.  It’s aimed at the more than 545,000 kids three and younger who are living in Ohio – half in poverty. “When you have a… Read More

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In Assault Cases, Parents Must Show Discipline is Reasonable

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court says it’s up to parents or caregivers charged with injuring a child to prove their actions were a form of reasonable discipline. At issue was the 2017 domestic violence and assault conviction of a man for allegedly beating his girlfriend’s son for acting out in school. The… Read More

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DIY Dog Beds and Toys


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On February 1st, 2020, Athens Ohio MakerSpace and Friends of the Shelter Dogs will be hosting a class on how to create dog beds of any size out of reusable fabric and scraps! If you wish to make a dog bed, be sure to register for the class in advance at https://test.athensohiomakerspace.com/classes/ Dog beds are… Read More

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Cases of Dangerous Virus Increasing Among Babies

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The common cold is, well, common. And the Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, that babies and older people can get after being around someone who appears to have a cold, is not new. But it’s the second leading cause of infant death. RSV cases, especially among babies, are increasing significantly. The Ohio Department of Health… Read More

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On December 12th from 4:30 to 5:30pm at Coolville Public Library, Athens Ohio MakerSpace will be hosting a craft event for parents, their kids or any person who’s generally interested. Our instructor, Megan Rogers, will show attendees how to create cute, stuffed animals (or snowman) from sweater and t-shirt scraps. These creations would be wonderful… Read More

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Conviction Upheld for W. Va. Child Abuser Serving up to 210 Years

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a man sentenced to 65- to 210-year’ imprisonment for sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl in 2007. The court unanimously ruled last week that there’s no need to throw out a 2016 jury ruling that found Douglas Neumeyer guilty. Neumeyer… Read More

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DeWine Says Addressing Increase in Uninsured Children is a Priority

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There are about 133,000 children in Ohio that do not have health care insurance, according to a report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The study analyzed census data from 2016 to 2018 and found Ohio had the fifth largest rate of increase of uninsured children. Researchers found this was a national trend with… Read More

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State Says County Agency Mishandled Case of Scioto Co. Baby Found Dead

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state says a children services agency mishandled the case of a months-old boy who was found dead in an Ohio well and whose parents have pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated murder. The Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services recently informed Scioto County Children Services… Read More

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22 Kentucky Counties Need Volunteers to Review Foster Care Cases

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Officials say 22 Kentucky counties need volunteers to review cases of children in foster care. Volunteers review the cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The Administrative Office of the Courts says in… Read More

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W.Va. Lawsuit: School Official Harassed Trans Teen in Bathroom

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a West Virginia transgender male who said an assistant principal harassed him when he tried to use the boys’ bathroom, the latest in a string of court challenges to school policies for transgender students nationwide. The lawsuit filed in state court accuses the… Read More

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WV School Boss: I Didn’t Mean to Downplay Homeless Students

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The head of West Virginia’s school system says he didn’t mean to downplay the seriousness of the rising number of homeless students in the state. Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine issued a statement Friday saying he “in no way intended to convey that the data was not significant” at an education… Read More

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Former W.Va. Educators Charged After Alleged Verbal Abuse

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s top prosecutor says three former educators have been arrested on charges that they verbally abused two autistic students. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says former special education teacher Christina Lester and former aides June Yurish and Kristin Douty were arrested Friday morning and charged with misdemeanor failure to report abuse… Read More

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West Virginia Girl Found in Mexico, Mother Facing Charges

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal officials say a missing West Virginia girl has been found in Mexico and her mother is facing charges. The U.S. Marshals Service on Wednesday announced it located the 6-year-old and her mother at a hotel in Mexico City with the help of Mexican authorities Tuesday. The girl was reported missing… Read More

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Governor: Pediatric Mental Health Summit Set For Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Gov. Mike DeWine says a pediatric mental health summit to help the state’s communities provide mental health support to children across the state is set for Ohio. DeWine said Thursday that after Dayton’s mass shooting and this spring’s tornadoes, children in western Ohio’s Miami Valley region are dealing with “more trauma… Read More

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Preschool Teacher Sentenced Over Playground Fighting Video

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Authorities say a former teacher at an Ohio preschool accused of recording and posting a video online of children fighting at the school playground has been sentenced to three weekends in jail on 14 endangering children counts. The Columbus Dispatch reports 31-year-old Chavay Jessie, also known as Chavay Williams, was sentenced… Read More