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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:14

Construction Budget Signed

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   COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A nearly $2.4 billion state construction budget that funds an array of community, school and park projects has cleared the Ohio Legislature.
   The Senate approved the bill on a 30-1 vote. Gov. John Kasich signed it late Tuesday.
   The proposal directs $675 million toward primary and secondary schools and roughly $455 million toward public colleges and universities for repairs and new buildings.
   Local road, bridge, sewer and other infrastructure projects would get $369 million. Another $574 million goes for maintenance, renovation and other projects at state-owned facilities, including parks and prisons. An additional $100 million goes to the Clean Ohio preservation program.
   The proposal includes about $160 million in community projects.
   Kasich's administration estimates that projects funded under the bill would create 31,000 jobs over several years.


Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:12

Minority Students Slipping Behind

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A new report says black children are faring worse in Ohio than all but five other states.
   An index that compares milestones for kids across racial and ethnic groups shows black, Latino and American Indian children scoring well below whites in every region of the country.
   The index - compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and reported by The Columbus Dispatch - shows just five states, all in the South or Midwest, posting lower scores for black children than Ohio.
   The report looks at how children are faring on milestones that position them for success. It uses 12 indicators, including birth-weight data, reading and math proficiency, and neighborhood poverty.
   The Children's Defense Fund-Ohio called the state's results for black children "dire."

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:08

Child Abuse Prevention Month Observed

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Honors given out
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:06

Changes to Rape Law Being Weighed

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Statute of limitations could be changed
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 11:04

More Utica Permits Added

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Almost 1,200 now issued


Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:59

Crash Renders Pills, Driver Allegedly Flees Scene

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Said to have had a multitude of pills
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 17:59

Noble County Couple Indicted on Murder Charges

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Pair Suspected of Killing a Man at a Local Motel

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:15

Murder charges filed in Morgan County

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Son accused of murdering his mother and dumping her body in the Muskingum R.

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 11:21

Longtime GCDJFS Employee Retires

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Served for 30 years


Tuesday, 01 April 2014 11:20

Guardsman Guilty, He Says

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 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Indiana Guardsman is ready to plead guilty to having homemade explosive devices in his vehicle when he was stopped in Ohio.
   Andrew Boguslawski faces 10 years in prison after signing an agreement to plead guilty to having nine unregistered bombs found in his vehicle and four devices that could be converted to bombs. He is also pleading guilty to having 20 explosive devices or components at his Indiana home.
   Boguslawski is scheduled to enter his guilty plea today before a federal magistrate in Columbus.
   His attorney has said Boguslawski had the illegal devices but never planned to use them to strike anyone or anything and planned to use them for legitimate training purposes.
   An Ohio trooper stopped Boguslawski on Jan. 1 for speeding on Interstate 70 west of Columbus.

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A newspaper is reporting taxpayers are largely footing the bill for public school buses that have to drive farther to transport students attending charter schools.
   State officials have forced traditional public schools to traverse their cities to pick up and deliver kids to privately run charter schools, often while cutting transportation to their own kids.
   The Akron Beacon-Journal has analyzed statewide data and has determined it costs about 44 percent more per child to deliver the charter school attendees door to door.
   A child attending a traditional public school and transported on a district bus cost on average $4.30 per day in 2012. For a charter-school student, it was $6.18, or $1.88 more per day.
   Since then, 22,000 more kids have been enrolled at the state's charter schools.

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 11:06

Byesville Burglars Charged

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Pair suspected of taking thousands of dollars worth of valuables
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 10:31

High Speed Chase Suspect Charged

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Byesville man lead authorities on pursuit in and around Cambridge & Byesville
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 09:24

Murder Suspects Still at Large

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Authorities still asking for help
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 09:20

Early Voting Commences

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   Gubernatorial, public works races to be decided
Monday, 31 March 2014 09:21

Belmont County Construction Scheduled

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Motorists advised to plan accordingly


Monday, 31 March 2014 09:20

Fall Hopes Look Promising for Republicans

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio has more Democratic than Republican voters, but is headed toward another rock-solid Republican majority in Congress this fall.

The bellwether state provides one of the clearest examples in the nation of how congressional districts drawn after the 2010 Census using a combination of geography and gerrymandering gave Republicans a 33-seat majority despite heavy voting losses.

The four of Ohio's 16 districts held by Democrats are more heavily uninsured, poor and black than Republican districts. The dozen districts controlled by Republicans are on average wealthier and predominantly white.

Observers say politicians representing strongly partisan districts are less likely to listen to voices outside their parties, including independents, than those holding closely divided districts.

Ohio's Republican chairman says GOP leaders who controlled the process followed laws preserving communities and protecting minority representation.

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