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Southeast Ohio veterans and lawmakers push to keep Chillicothe VA Med Center’s doors open

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WOUB) — Veterans and lawmakers across Southeast Ohio are fighting to keep open the Chillicothe VA Medical Center, which has served veterans in the region for close to 100 years. A recent U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs report recommended closing the center, which oversees outpatient clinics in six rural Southeast Ohio counties —… Read More

A demonstrator, holding a Ukrainian flag, participates in a demonstration called by 70 associations in support of Ukraine on the square of Paris' town hall on Thursday.

Can Ukraine win the war? These analysts think so. Here’s how it might unfold

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — When the invasion of Ukraine began three weeks ago, many thought it would end quickly because of Russia’s military strength. But as the war drags on and Ukraine digs in, two questions are increasingly being asked: Can Ukraine win this war, and what will it take? While Russia has occupied the… Read More

Ohio Senate meets for session on March 8, 2022.

Ohio Senate approves changes to overseas and military voting despite Dems voicing objections

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republican and Democratic senators debated the bill to shorten the required amount of time an overseas and military voter must have access to a primary ballot but extended when that ballot must be returned. Democratic senators, who all voted for the same measures on Tuesday, voiced opposition this time… Read More

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Ohio House Dems try to stall a bill changing deadlines for overseas and military primary voters

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Democratic members of the Ohio House voted against the measure, saying the state needs to delay the May 3 primary for all voters with legal challenges to be heard over new Republican-approved district maps. Lawmakers engaged in a series of passionate floor speeches about the ability for military voters… Read More

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Ohio Senate extends deadline for overseas primary ballots to be returned

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Senate called a previously unscheduled session to take place on Tuesday to address the delay in getting ballots to overseas voters because of the fluctuating status of state legislative and congressional district maps. Local boards of elections will not have ballots ready in time to send to… Read More

A cityscape on February 23, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine

Russia invades Ukraine as explosions are heard in Kyiv and other cities

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Updated February 24, 2022 at 5:23 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — As Russian military forces and Russian-backed separatists continued striking targets across Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the public to remain calm while declaring martial law. Missile strikes and military barrages struck Ukrainian targets from the country’s northern, eastern and… Read More

President Biden speaks about Ukraine at the White House Tuesday.

Biden says Russia’s military moves are the beginning of an invasion of Ukraine

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Updated February 22, 2022 at 3:26 PM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Russia’s decision to order troops into parts of eastern Ukraine is “the beginning of a Russian invasion,” President Biden said Tuesday as he announced a new set of sweeping sanctions targeting Russia’s ability to do business with the West. The moves by Russia… Read More

Offerings sit in front of a mural of slain Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen painted on a wall in the south side of Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, July 11, 2020. U.S. Army officials say they will begin an independent review of the command climate at Fort Hood, examining claims and historical data of discrimination, harassment and assault, following calls for a more thorough investigation into the killing of the soldier from the Texas base.

WATCH: How Should The U.S. Military Respond to Vanessa Guillen’s Murder?

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The disappearance and murder of Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen has sparked an outpouring of stories from other service members. Mostly female, they say that they also experienced sexual harassment and abuse in the ranks, but felt that the military’s reporting system was not built to help them. NewsHour’s Nick Schifrin reports… Read More

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Ohio-grown Christmas Trees Headed to Troops Overseas

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Tree farmers in Ohio are joining forces with the state to send a little holiday cheer to the troops overseas. The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Christmas Tree Association are partnering on an effort that will ship more than 100 Christmas trees to military members stationed overseas. Growers will… Read More

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Bill Would Grant Ohio Licenses for Military Members, Spouses

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would require state agencies that issue occupational licenses to grant them to members of the military and their spouses who move to the state. The legislation, which has bipartisan support, is meant to boost Ohio’s reputation as a military-friendly state. It would affect licenses… Read More