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Unemployment Claims Top 100K, New Voter Sign-up Demanded

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says it has received 111,055 unemployment insurance benefit applications online in the past four days, due to layoffs related to coronavirus orders. That compares to 3,895 during the same four days last week. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services hotline for unemployment benefits has been overwhelmed the… Read More

Athens Public Transit busses

Athens Transportation Methods Modified Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Public transportation in Athens has been modified in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The regular CATS student transport service was suspended after students were advised not to return to Ohio University’s campus after instruction moved to remote learning through the end of the spring semester, “OHIO Transportation and Parking Services’… Read More

Motorcycles were parked behind Peden Stadium after an escort of the replica Vietnam War Memorial wall on September 13, 2017.

Bill to Protect Motorcyclists from Hearing Loss is on its Way to the Governor

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It’s now up to Gov. Mike DeWine to decide whether to sign a bill passed by the Ohio Legislature that would allow motorcyclists to wear earplugs while driving their bikes. Up to now, motorcyclists have not been allowed to wear earplugs. Republican Senator Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) says that’s because drivers need to be able to… Read More

Gov. DeWine with supporters of bill

State Leaders Support “Hands Free Ohio” Bill

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports fatalities on the state’s roads have increase in five of the last six years with 2019 being the second-deadliest year in the past decade. And that’s why state leaders are backing a new bill to crack down on distracted driving. Gov. Mike DeWine says the bill will ban the… Read More

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WATCH: This Super Strong Concrete Could Repair Aging Bridges. Here’s What’s Standing in the Way

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There’s a dire need to repair aging infrastructure in the U.S., and an innovative building material could be a game changer. Embedded with steel fibers, ultra-high performance concrete is about five to 10 times stronger than standard concrete — and unaffordable for most government-funded projects. PBS NewsHour special correspondent Cat Wise reports from Iowa on… Read More

Huntington, West Virginia skyline

Community Feedback Sought on Proposed Ohio River Bridge

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Officials are asking for community feedback on a proposed Ohio River bridge connecting West Virginia and Ohio. News outlets report the bridge would be the final step in the long-anticipated Tri-State Outer Belt linking the two states and parts of Interstate 64. The KYOVA Interstate Planning Commission is asking for feedback… Read More

A white-tailed deer

Ohio Officials Warn Drivers to be Alert for Deer

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – State authorities are reminding drivers in Ohio that November is peak season for vehicle-deer collisions. Officials say there were nearly 3,800 collisions last November on state roadways. They urge drivers to be alert for deer bolting across roads, especially at dawn and dusk. State Highway Patrol Superintendent Richard Fambro advises drivers… Read More

A gas pump in Athens

ODOT Says Gas Tax Hike Returns Agency To Solid Financial Ground

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As of November 1, Ohio’s 10.5 cent gas tax increase from the state’s transportation budget has been in place for four months. And the director of the Ohio Department of Transportation said the money his agency fought lawmakers to get is already making a difference. Lawmakers had opposed the increase for weeks, leading to a delay in passing the transportation… Read More

Vehicles drive along the Ohio Turnpike in Strongsville, Ohio.

Ohio Lawmakers Advance Bill to Raise Driving Age for Teens

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio teenagers hoping to get behind the wheel will have to wait a bit longer under a bill that will undergo a full House vote. The Ohio House Transportation and Public Safety Committee voted 11-to-4 on Tuesday to advance a bill that would raise the minimum age to get a probationary… Read More