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April 8, 2003 - 6:17pm
5 years 4 weeks ago
Every three minutes across the United States a child dies from being abused. To make people aware of this cold reality, Muskingum County Children Services is informing the community about these startling statistics. Also the organization believes that recognizing the signs of abuse in a child may one day save his or her life. According to Jackie Bonifield, an employee with MCCS, some of the signs of child abuse are unexplained bruises, poor hygeine, problems focusing, falling asleep during...
April 8, 2003 - 3:29pm
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House Speaker Larry Householder says republicans can’t balance the state budget without a sales tax increase. Householder, a Glenford republican, says passing a temporary one-penny increase is a big part of the G-O-P budget proposal. He says passing the sale tax, which would raise more than one billion dollars a year, would fill next year’s deficit. The house finance committee is considering the plan, which would also let Ohioans vote on replacing the tax increase with video slot machines....
April 8, 2003 - 2:57pm
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The death of NBC news reporter David Bloom was a shock to a lot of people keeping tabs on the war in Iraq. He suffered from a pulmonary embolism while reporting on the war. Bloom was a budding star at NBC…he had covered the O.J Simpson trial, the Washington D-C sniper story and reaction to the September 11th terrorist attacks. He also was co-host of Weekend Today. Now NBC says it has come up with a couple of ways for fans to send a sympathy note to Bloom’s family. The E-mail address is...
April 8, 2003 - 2:12pm
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The F-B-I says the number of hate crimes in Ohio motivated by bigotry has return to the pre-9/11 average. Hate crimes, many against Arabs and Muslims, increased after the September eleventh, 2001, terror attacks. There were 240 hate crimes in 2000 in Ohio and the number increased to 363 in 2001. The F-B-I is still compiling figures for last year, but says the trend was back to the average before the terrorist attacks. The numbers were discussed today in Cleveland as the F-B-I and federal...
April 8, 2003 - 2:01pm
5 years 4 weeks ago
The state has released the latest jobless figures and once again Morgan County leads the state at 19-percent unemployment. Next in our region is Perry County at 11.6-percent joblessness, then Noble at 9.6 percent, Guernsey at 8.8 percent, Coshocton at 8.4 percent and Muskingum at 8.2 percent. The lowest Jobless rate in our area continues to be Licking County at 6.6 percent. The lowest jobless rate in the state belongs to Hancock County at 3.8 percent. The Ohio Department of Job and Family...
April 8, 2003 - 1:24pm
5 years 4 weeks ago
If you live in the village of Frazeysburg you are under a boil alert today. Village officials say one of the village’s water pumps is not working and that has forced officials to issue a boil alert. So, if you live in the village you are being asked to bring your water to a boil before using it. The boil alert remains in effect until further notice.
April 7, 2003 - 11:37pm
5 years 4 weeks ago
It's five years behind bars for a Blue Rock man charged with aggravated robbery. According to Muskingum County Prosecutor, Mike Haddox, Judge Mark Fleegle, sentenced 35-year-old Jerry Derwacter Monday on one count of aggravated robbery and one count of having weapons under disability. Derwacter was arrested after robbing Baker's Carry-out in Duncan Falls on Christmas. Also, in November of last year, Derwacter was arrested for possessing two firearms. Derwacter is not allowed to possess...
April 7, 2003 - 2:47pm
5 years 4 weeks ago
The Newark police department says it arrested a 27-year-old woman in connection with an arson fire. Detective Scott Snow says that Kay Marie Rauch of 203 Decrow Avenue in Newark was picked up around 1:30 this afternoon and charged with aggravated arson for the March 25th fire that destroyed the detached garage at the home she shares with her parents. Detective Snow says the arrest is part of an intensive investigation of that garage fire and a number of additional fires and crimes that have...
April 7, 2003 - 1:46pm
5 years 4 weeks ago
Wendy’s International says it’s standing by its 2003 profit forecast despite a drop in March sales. The Dublin-based hamburger chain today reported a three percent decrease in March in sales at company-owned stores that have been open at least a year. Wendy’s says it still expect earnings to rise seven to ten percent this year. It’s forecasting earnings per share this year to be between two dollars and two cents and two dollars and eight cents. The Dublin, Ohio company posted a profit of a...
April 7, 2003 - 1:07pm
5 years 4 weeks ago
House republicans say they plan to decide soon on exactly how to come up with a balanced state-spending plan. The house finance committee spent the last several days
in rare weekend hearings to take testimony from Ohio citizens and agency officials on their budget plan. Republicans who control the house are trying to decide whether to further cut spending from Governor Bob Taft’s 49 billion dollar budget proposal, raise new revenue or use a combination of the two to plug the deficit....
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