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Officials with Ohio's prisons agency are emphasizing the importance of preparing inmates for life outside bars.
 
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.

A man who spent six years working in Zanesville as a child care worker faces a maximum of 559 years in prison if convicted on all charges accusing him of sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old.

A new community arts space is set for downtown Nelsonville, with an official grand opening scheduled for this week’s Final Friday celebration.

Around the Corner Studio, located at 49 W. Washington St., will host visitors Friday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

A new mobile application launched by medical helicopter company MedFlight will help connect first responders to MedFlight crews and dispatchers in situations where a helicopter may be needed.

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