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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

The Wheeling Suspension Bridge

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

A long highway

State Lawmakers Hope to Prevent Crashes With Rumble Strips

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some Ohio lawmakers say they hope to prevent numerous vehicle crashes by gradually installing rumble strips down the center of some roads. Ohio Rep. Timothy E. Ginter, a Salem Republican, is chief sponsor of a bill to require the state Department of Transportation to add rumble strips on all undivided, two-way… Read More

Chris Damron of Columbus got his license back during the last round of amnesty, and is encouraging others who are eligible to apply.

State Starts Another Round of Amnesty for Drivers’ Licenses

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Over 340,000 people could get back on the roads legally – sometimes after many years of not being able to pay reinstatement fees. After a six-month pilot period that ended in July, the state is restarting a shortened amnesty program for Ohioans who’ve lost their drivers’ licenses. Most are low-income Ohioans who’ve fallen behind in paying… Read More

The Wheeling Suspension Bridge

Repeated Weight Limit Violations Close W.Va. Suspension Bridge

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Vehicles exceeding the weight limit of a West Virginia suspension bridge have led officials to close it indefinitely. News outlets report the Wheeling Suspension Bridge closed Tuesday morning and won’t be open to vehicular traffic for at least a year. Pedestrians can still walk or bike across. A charter bus weighing… Read More

Vehicles drive along the Ohio Turnpike in Strongsville, Ohio.

Backers Tout Program Helping Drivers Get Licenses Reinstated

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of a program waiving or reducing reinstatement fees for Ohioans with suspended driver’s licenses say nearly 77,000 people benefited from the program during a trial period. A report released Wednesday by the Ohio Poverty Law Center and Southeastern Ohio Legal Services found the Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative saved residents a… Read More

AAA Predicts Record Traffic for 4th of July Holiday

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The Ohio Automobile Association (AAA) predicts a record 49 million people will be traveling for the 4th of July holiday. That includes 2.1 million Ohioans. Drivers are likely to face a little frustration because there’s a lot of constructions on Ohio’s roadways right now. Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Press Secretary Matt Bruning says there… Read More

State Mapmaker Brings Creativity, Whimsy to Ohio Road Maps

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – If your summer travel plans involve traveling through Ohio and you’re a fan of paper maps, you’ve probably encountered the work of Bruce Hull. Hull’s artistry has appeared on millions of maps helping drivers navigate the state with the nation’s fourth busiest highway system. He selects the images, the design, the… Read More

Athens 2nd Annual Bike to Work Day


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ATHENS, OHIO—GET PUMPED! and ride your bike to work on National Bike to Work Day, Friday May 17, 2019. This FREE event to celebrate the occasion is again planned for Athens County this year, organized by Ohio University Office of Sustainability, OU Transportation and Parking Services, OU Police Department, OU WellWorks, HAPCAP, Athens Public Transit,… Read More

Multi-State Trooper Project Focuses on Distracted Driving

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The State Highway Patrol says a recent distracted driving enforcement project with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project resulted in more than 1,600 citations for distracted driving-related offenses. Ohio troopers issued 271 citations in the initiative that began April 14 at 12:01 a.m. and continued through 11:59 a.m. on April… Read More

Senator Proposes Prepaid Gas Taxes As Way To Avoid Increase

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Senators have said they’re going to change the 10.7 cent gas tax increase that the House passed in the transportation budget. Gov. Mike DeWine says that’s too low, and the state needs an 18 cent hike. But one Republican senator has an idea that he says would eliminate the need for a tax increase. Sen…. Read More

Toyota Revs Up Hybrid Vehicle Production In Ohio Valley

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The automaker Toyota announced Thursday major new investments in facilities in Kentucky and West Virginia to increase production of hybrid vehicles. Toyota plans to invest about $750 million in facilities in five states with almost half of that going to its plants in Kentucky and West Virginia. Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, already the largest… Read More