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60-plus applicants in Ohio appeal marijuana cultivator license rejections

COLUMBUS (AP) — More than 60 companies have filed appeals after the state rejected their applications for medical marijuana cultivation licenses. Cleveland.com reports 47 companies that applied for a large grow-license and 16 for a small-grow license have thus far filed appeals with the Ohio ...

Women’s marches aim to maintain momentum

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Thousands of people poured into a football stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, the anniversary of women’s marches around the world, to cap off a weekend of global demonstrations that promised to continue building momentum for equality, justice and an end to sexual ...

N.Y. company to buy Nitro casino, resort, dog track

NITRO (AP) — A New York gaming, hotel and entertainment company has agreed to buy the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort in West Virginia. Delaware North announced the agreement along with Hartman and Tyner Inc., owner of the West Virginia casino, resort and dog track. Terms were not ...

Ohio unemployment rate drops in December

COLUMBUS (AP) — State officials say Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent in December but remained higher than the national rate. The state unemployment rate decreased from 4.8 percent in November and was lower than the 5 percent rate of December 2016. The national rate was 4.1 ...

Six resolutions for new homeowners

We all make New Year’s resolutions, but let’s be honest: Most are wishful thinking. By February, that “lose 20 pounds” or “learn Spanish” resolution has gone right out the window. But not for you, new homeowner. This year is different. Your first 12 months of homeownership set the ...

Human trafficking survivor raising awareness

MARTINSBURG (AP) — Trafficking survivor Penny Hoeflinger is telling the story of her struggle in a different way: Theater. “The play is my heart,” Hoeflinger, who co-wrote the play entitled “Avoiding the Octopus,” said about using the play to educate the youth. The play will be ...

Homeless programs get $8.3M

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s U.S. senators say more than $8.3 million in federal funding has been approved for 63 programs across the state that help homeless people. According to Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, the Department of Housing and Urban Development money ...

Impact WV: Fellowships aim to attract and retain talent

CHARLESTON (AP) — If you live in West Virginia, you’ve read the stories and op-eds about young people in the state, of which there have been many. Twenty-somethings, millennials, the best and the brightest — they’re fleeing West Virginia. Or, if they are not natives, they would likely ...

Author pens book about 1948 Fairmont murder

FAIRMONT (AP) — Before Dr. Charlotte Laws was 26 years old, she had not met her birth parents. Laws was adopted when she was young, and when she finally met her biological family, she learned of her surprising ties to Fairmont. Her grandfather, Tucker Moroose, was a victim in one of the ...

New rules for hog slaughter proposed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal government regulators proposed changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed in a series of new rules that officials say improve industry practices but critics say could imperil food safety. The new rules would ...

Restaurant owner apologizes to woman

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The manager of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in North Dakota has apologized for telling a breast-feeding mother to leave. Macy Hornung said she was kicked out of the restaurant in Fargo on Saturday because she was breast-feeding her baby without a cover, even though she said ...

Steak fajitas fast

This year I’m looking to shake up the Super Bowl gathering a bit. Normally, a pot of chili anchors our party, but this year I’m thinking fajitas. They are customizable, have lots of visual appeal, and will definitely fuel the armchair athletes as they offer their unsolicited advice to the ...

Grandma plans to recoup loan funds

DEAR ABBY: I co-signed a college loan for my grandson. Unfortunately, he didn’t earn passing grades and was kicked out. He frequently misses loan payments, and I end up getting a late payment letter. I am afraid his inattention to this debt will adversely affect my credit. I can make the ...

Ohio Democrats see hope, challenge in crowded governor primary

COLUMBUS (AP) — The outcome of Ohio’s historic five-way Democratic primary for governor is anyone’s guess. The strongest positioned contenders — former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray and former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich — look at voters’ many choices and take nothing for ...

West Virginia to receive elk shipment from Kentucky

CHARLESTON (AP) — West Virginia’s fledgling elk herd will get another boost from a recreation area in Kentucky. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Tomblin Wildlife Management Area in Logan and Mingo counties will receive 17 elk from Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky. “This is ...

Get off the couch if you want Medicaid

Last week, the Trump administration announced it will allow states to impose a “community engagement” requirement on healthy adults getting Medicaid, the public health insurance program for low-income people. So far, 10 states intend to do it, though not welfare-haven New York. To get ...

What is the real message of the #MeToo movement?

The feminist website Babe published an account of a date gone bad. The pushback has been swift and sharp. I share some of the concerns of the critics, but I also think young women are sending a message that is being missed. The account by the anonymous “Grace” about a bad date with ...

Stats: U.S. flu season growing worse

NEW YORK (AP) — The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. “This is a season that has ...

Missouri governor: ‘No blackmail,’ ‘no violence’ in affair

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In his first interview since acknowledging an extramarital affair, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said Saturday that there was “no blackmail” and “no threat of violence” by him in what he described as a months-long “consensual relationship” with his former ...