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Ohio governor signs new congressional district map into law

COLUMBUS — Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed into law a map of new congressional districts today that will be in effect for the next four years, despite objections from Democrats and voting rights groups. DeWine said in a statement that, compared with other proposals from House and ...

Liberty officers fill the cruiser for those in need

LIBERTY — One could say that Anna Gasser’s generosity was, in addition to her being in a charitable mood, largely the result of being in the right place at the right time. “I just grabbed some canned goods, mac and cheese and potatoes, and I made a cash donation,” Gasser, of Liberty, ...

No law prohibiting Ryan liaison from running for Ohio House

While some questions have been raised about whether Vincent Peterson II, a community liaison for U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan and thus a federal employee, can run for the state House, nothing in the law prohibits it. Tom Rust, chief counsel and staff director for the U.S. House Committee on Ethics, ...

Watch business is all in the Thumm family

WARREN -- Kind words from a quiet man proved to be prophetic for Greg Thumm. The man was Ned Parker, owner of Bowman Technical School right in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, who, according to Thumm, was a bit of a shy fellow who went out of his way to say something nice to a young ...

California wildfires torch thousands of giant sequoia trees

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lightning-sparked wildfires killed thousands of giant sequoias this year, adding to a staggering two-year death toll that accounts for up to nearly a fifth of Earth's largest trees, officials said today. Fires in Sequoia National Park and the surrounding national forest ...

UPDATE: House OKs $2T social, climate bill in Biden win; Senate next

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fractious U.S. House handed President Joe Biden a marquee victory today by approving a roughly $2 trillion social and environment bill, as Democrats cast aside disputes that for months had stalled the measure and hampered efforts to sell their priorities to ...