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UP: When it comes to the United Way and the role it plays throughout Hancock County, it isn’t just about the money. United Way-supported agencies do countless things to improve our quality of life. But much of that good work couldn’t get done without United Way’s annual fundraising drive and,...

Overdose deaths

Nearly everyone agrees that Ohio is stuck in a heroin/prescription pain-pill epidemic. But getting a handle on its size is nearly impossible. The state has no good method to accurately report on overdose deaths, at least in “real time.” That means officials must guess at numbers since the 366 percent...

Death penalty

Ohio has executed 53 people since capital punishment resumed in 1999. But the state will likely find it more difficult, if not impossible, to carry out death sentences in the near future due to a new law which cloaks executions in secrecy. The law is set to take effect in March. It shields information about...

Absentee voting

All eyes are expected to be on Ohio again during the next presidential election. That’s one of the reasons why Secretary of State Jon Husted is already looking ahead to 2016 and trying to avert any Election Day controversies. Last week, Husted rolled out several ideas at a conference of Ohio Association of...

Lake dumping

The Army Corps of Engineers regularly dredges the shipping channels in the Great Lakes, then puts most of the spoils back elsewhere. But the decades-old practice known as open-lake dumping is being questioned again, in part because of concerns it’s contributing to the region’s algae problems. This...

Traffic jam

Two Findlay intersection projects are starting to get public discussion. They should. Both will involve changes to busy crossroads. Main Street still carries much of the city’s traffic, but two others, Blanchard Street, to the east, and Western Avenue, to the west, have become popular alternatives, as city...

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UP: It’s four down and four to go for John Kasich, who was sworn in Monday to his second term as governor of Ohio by Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor. The ceremony took place in the Senate chamber, where the 62-year-old Kasich began his political career 36 years ago as a state senator. Ohio...
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