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The programs focus on educating offenders and making prison time productive


Some say it would help female students protect themselves, detractors say it doesn't address the fundamental issues


The rain has left the region, but temperatures will drop today and tomorrow


Stories of the week from Athens and Ohio University


Inmates at Ohio's highest security prison have entered the second week of a hunger strike protesting recreation and programming restrictions that include a ban on religious gatherings.

A federal agency has directed the Texas-based company behind a proposed northeastern Ohio natural gas pipeline to investigate an alternative route that would relocate the $2 billion project to less populated areas.

A Zanesville man has been found guilty by a judge in Athens County Common Pleas Court of two first-degree felonies involving the attack of a Nelsonville resident and has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Petitions with signatures of more than 60 residents and property owners on Dutch Creek Road have been presented to the Athens County Commissioners in an effort to get road and bridge improvements.

A bill passed in the Ohio House would allow bars and restaurants in Ohio's larger cities to designate outdoor areas where people would be allowed to drink alcohol.
More than $5.6 million in federal funding is headed to 42 alternative transportation projects in West Virginia.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the funding is from programs administrated by the Federal Highway Administration.
Recapturing the U.S. Senate will be the unofficial theme as Ohio Democrats gather for their party's annual legacy dinner.
An Ohio legislative panel reviewing the governor's $72.3 billion state budget proposal expects to get some ideas on how to change it Friday.
House Finance Chairman Ryan Smith says he anticipates getting more than 800 amendments by the afternoon.

The Athens-based nonprofit Appalachian Progressive Education Center, which over the years has offered language classes and arts and anti-bullying programs, has ceased operation.
However, its Athens Language Center remains open under new management.

The Ohio House has approved a bill cracking down on low-performing Ohio charter schools and imposing a host of new accountability standards on sponsors.

The legislation cleared the chamber in a 70-25 vote Thursday. It heads next to the Ohio Senate.