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A forensic pathologist says U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant Jr.'s death appears to be linked to positional asphyxiation - his inability to breathe after a vintage tractor tipped over on him a week ago at his family farm
Local police departments host BBQ to encourage strong relationships between community and officers
The Start Talking program is a sign of hope for families who have lost loved ones due to drug abuse

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Pleasant temperatures to end the week, but a cool down is expected this weekend

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Hundreds rallied outside of the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday to celebrate National Recovery Month.

The Athens Police Department has been advised of a potential phone scam involving city water service.

Captain Ralph Harvey released a PSA Monday evening warning people to be on high alert.

Here's a look at some of the stories making headlines this afternoon: 

Athens County Library Is Seeking A Levy For The First Time

State environmental officials have determined that a mysterious sheen covering a central Ohio river is an algae bloom.
 

Although Athens County Public Libraries are seeking approval this November of their first-ever levy, the library system is not in a unique situation. Libraries statewide have been turning to local taxpayers in recent years to make up for major cuts in state funding.

The proposal to increase the fine for nuisance party violations but lower the criminal penalty took a major hit at the Athens City Council meeting Monday night.

The Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court distributed more than $6 million to 226 Ohio charities last Thursday.

As part of a civil action heard by Judge John J. Russo, more than $11 million in total is being distributed by The Honor Project to charities in Ohio.

A West Virginia sawmill that serves the coal industry is facing an $85,000 in federal penalties for what the government says is a workplace that puts its workers at risk of serious injuries.
 

The USA TODAY College Contributor network is recognizing Ohio University's Marching 110 as one of the "5 college marching band covers you absolutely have to hear."

Here's a summary of the stories making headlines this afternoon:

Ohio Elections Chief Issues New Early Voting Hours

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