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AEP Mitchell Plant Collect Toys For Youth Services System – Wheeling Intelligencer

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From left, AEP administrator Erin Hill, YSS communications manager Betsy Bethel-McFarland, AEP process manager Jack Hill, AEP Mitchell Plant Manager Doug Rosenberger and AEP administrative assistant Kelly Clemons are shown.

WHEELING — Santa’s elves at the AEP Mitchell Plant once again delivered a sleigh overflowing with toys to Youth Services System, just in time for Christmas 2019.

For nearly 10 years, Mitchell Plant employees have taken up a collection of money and toys to provide Christmas gifts to local children whose families have fallen on hard times.

This year’s treasures were…

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Alex Rodriguez supports Jennifer Lopez after Golden Globes loss – Kokomo Perspective

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Alex Rodriguez dubbed Jennifer Lopez as a “true champion” as she missed out on a Golden Globe on Sunday night (05.01.20).

The ‘On The Floor’ hitmaker was nominated in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture category for her part in ‘Hustlers’ and despite losing the award to ‘Marriage Story’s Laura Dern, Alex has praised his fiancé for “inspiring and empowering” young women everywhere.

Alongside a string of red heart emojis, he wrote on Instagram: “Jen, it doesn’t take a trophy, medal, or plaque to identify a true champion.

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Palmyra woman suffers serious injuries in Marion County crash – WGEM

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Two Palmyra teenagers are recovering after a Sunday morning car crash on County Road 329 in Marion County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the incident happened around 12:15 AM.

Officials say Trinity Griesbaum, 18, was traveling as a passenger in a car driven by 18-year-old Cole Tuggle.

Their vehicle crashed when it failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a ditch.

Both were taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

Griesbaum suffered serious injuries while Tuggle’s injuries were…

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Star debuts and happy returns: theatre, dance and comedy in 2020 – The Guardian

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Trevor Nunn’s trio of short Beckett plays dwells on ageing and the unreliability of memory, kicking off with Krapp’s Last Tape starring James Hayes, followed by Eh Joe, the first drama Beckett wrote for television, which features the voice of Billie Whitelaw’s mentee Lisa Dwan opposite Niall Buggy. In The Old Tune, David Threlfall and Buggy play elderly men reminiscing about their lives. Separately at the Old Vic, a Beckett double bill includes Endgame with a star-studded cast (Alan Cumming, Daniel Radcliffe and Jane Horrocks) alongside a rarely staged short…

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Marion City Council considers new fire tax for spring ballot – Marion Star

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MARION — The Marion City Fire Department wants to put a 2.75-mill levy on the March ballot, but some Marion City Council members skeptical it would pass say it should be tweaked.

The levy proposal went before the Marion City Council for the first time Monday. After an hour-long discussion, council voted to hold a meeting on Dec. 16 to discuss the…

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Woman searches for owners of items left after Kokomo tornado – WRTV Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS — When tornadoes ripped through Kokomo in 2016, they not only ripped apart lives but their homes as well. Left behind in the rubble were several priceless possessions that an Indianapolis woman is trying to return to their rightful owner.

When Crystal Bray answered the call to help her friends gather what they could from their devastated apartment complex, she drove to Kokomo, and while there quickly started helping as many evacuating residents as they could.

“It was kind of a mad rush because people where getting hurt in the building because it was so unstable,” Bray said….

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Kforce (NASDAQ:KFRC) Lowered to “Buy” at BidaskClub – Mitchell Messenger

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BidaskClub downgraded shares of Kforce (NASDAQ:KFRC) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research note released on Wednesday, November 13th, BidAskClub reports.

Several other equities research analysts also recently commented on KFRC. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Kforce from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Saturday, August 3rd. William Blair reaffirmed an outperform rating on shares of Kforce in a research note on Friday, September 20th.

Shares of Kforce stock opened at $39.97 on Wednesday. Kforce has a 52-week low…

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SAG Awards Holiday Auction Launches Benefiting the SAG-AFTRA Foundation – Look to the Stars

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards Holiday Auction benefiting the SAG-AFTRA Foundation is on at sagawards.org/auction.

The annual SAG Awards Holiday Auction features the ultimate SAG Awards VIP Package, with two tickets to the 26th Annual SAG Awards Ceremony and Gala on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, a backstage tour, two first class United Airlines tickets and a two-night stay at an exclusive hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Other highlights include autographed film and television collectibles from Jennifer Aniston, Eddie Murphy, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd, Martin Scorcese, and the casts of “Once Upon a…

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Man, 38, reported missing in Marion – NBC4 WCMH-TV

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MARION, Ohio (WCMH) — The Marion Police Department is asking for help locating a man reported missing for nearly a month.

Christopher M. Ballard, 38, was last seen in Marion on Nov. 17.

Christopher is a white male, approximately 6-feet tall and weighing about 170 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Marion Police investigators said they have checked numerous leads into Christopher’s whereabouts, but so far, have not been able to locate him.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Marion Police at 740-387-2525.

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Marion County approves agreements for shared services with city – Marshall News Messenger

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JEFFERSON — The Marion County Commissioners Court approved a host of interlocal agreements and non-departmental contracts for various services Monday.

Per an interlocal agreement with the city of Jefferson, the county will provide its annual contribution of $7,500 to support the Jefferson Carnegie Library. The contribution shall be made to the city of Jefferson.

In an interlocal agreement between the county and the city of Jefferson for shared services and responsibilities, Marion County agrees to support fire services, housing for prisoners, dispatch…

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Indiana University moves toward test-optional admissions – Inside Higher Ed

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Indiana University’s Board of Trustees voted last week to give the faculty at each of its campuses the right to adopt test-optional admissions.

Indiana operates campuses at Bloomington, IU East (in Richmond), Fort Wayne, Kokomo, IU Northwest (in Gary), South Bend and IU Southeast (in New Albany). IU also offers online programs and degrees through joint campuses with Purdue University in Indianapolis and Columbus.

The heads of the faculty senates at Bloomington and South Bend did not respond to questions about the new policy.

But a statement from David Johnson, vice provost for enrollment…

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MarionMade!: Library offers programs, services to newborns through seniors – Marion Star

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Each week, this series shares Marion-Made! stories of our many wonderful people, places, products and programs in the greater Marion community. To read more stories of Marion’s great people, places, products, and programs, or to share some of your own stories, visit us at marionmade.org or on social media.

Advocates for Ohio libraries use the phrase “Ohio Libraries = Strong Communities.” That is what…

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Manhunt continues for Marine deserter wanted in murder; Facebook group supporting him hits 1,000 members – Marine Corps Times

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As a Marine charged with desertion and wanted in connection with the murder of his mother’s boyfriend continues to elude authorities, a group of more than 1,050 followers have established a Facebook page in support of him.

We Support Justice for Michael Brown,” has a string of supportive comments, some of which question the official version of events but most of which want to see the 22-year-old Marine continue his run or at least to avoid a tragic ending.

“Anyone who supports Michael Brown and believes he is innocent and wants to wish him well in this chaos here is a…

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NCAA board approves athlete compensation for image, likeness – Kokomo Tribune
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NCAA board approves athlete compensation for image, likeness – Kokomo Tribune

The United States' largest governing body for college athletics took the first step Tuesday toward allowing amateur athletes to cash in on their fame, voting unanimously to permit them to "benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness." The NCAA and its member schools now must figure out how to allow athletes to profit while still maintaining rules regarding amateurism. The body's Board of Governors, meeting at Emory University in Atlanta, directed each of the NCAA's three divisions to create the necessary new rules immediately and have them in...
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Indiana Supreme Court sets excessiveness standard for forfeiture of property used in crimes – Kokomo Perspective

The Indiana Supreme Court is clarifying how property used in crimes can be seized by the government, following a Feb. 20 U.S. Supreme Court ruling advising the Hoosier high court that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states. Chief Justice Loretta Rush said Monday in a 33-page, 4-1 decision by Indiana's top court that lower courts now must evaluate the excessiveness of possible forfeitures by determining both the extent to which the seized property was used in a crime and the personal impact of the seizure relative to the severity of the offense and the owner's culpability.
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Thornton ready to ‘finish the job’ in 5th District race – Terre Haute Tribune Star

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ANDERSON — Two years ago, Democrat Dee Thornton surprised many political observers by getting 43% of the vote in the heavily Republican 5th Congressional District.

Thornton is one of four announced candidates for the party’s nomination in 2020 following the decision of incumbent Republican Susan Brooks to not seek re-election.

“It’s an open seat, which is supposed to give the challenger a 7% advantage,” Thornton said during a Wednesday interview with The Herald Bulletin. “I…

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Faith leaders praise US Senator Braun | Letters To The Editor – Greensburg Daily News

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On Wednesday, Indiana Senator Mike Braun, a Republican, and Delaware Senator Chris Coons, a Democrat, announced that they will form the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in the United States Senate. As Indiana Faith Leaders, we want to recognize Senator Braun for stepping up at this historic moment to call for Climate Action.

Responding to climate change is our moral responsibility and civic duty. We are heartened to hear that our Senator is taking a lead on one of the most important challenges of our time.

Climate change affects…

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Marion County police issue thousands of tickets, make hundreds of arrests during impaired driving crackdown – CBS 4 Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Police issued thousands of tickets and made nearly 150 arrests during a month-long crack down on impaired driving.

Today the Marion County Traffic Safety Partnership released the numbers of violations they found during this year’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Over the span of 25 days, police around Marion County issued over 2,370 citations and made 148 DUI arrests. Police also made 51 additional arrests in connection to the patrols.

One Indianapolis mother, who lost her…

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Steve Braun Halts Campaign for Congress – 93.1 WIBC Indianapolis

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(ZIONSVILLE, Ind.) –  One of the candidates for Susan Brooks’ seat in Congress is stepping aside — at least for now.

Former Workforce Development Commissioner Steve Braun says an unspecified issue turned up during his annual physical, and says he’s suspending his campaign for a few months. 

It’s not clear whether the brother of Indiana Senator Mike Braun still plans to run — the filing deadline is February 7, with the primary taking place May 5. Braun wasn’t immediately available for comment, but a written statement describes his campaign in the past tense, saying he “:had hoped to…

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Trump sends strong, conflicting signals on Syria, Turkey – Kokomo Tribune

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WASHINGTON — Facing unusually wide criticism, President Donald Trump sent out strong but conflicting signals on the “endless war” in Syria and Middle East on Monday.

He declared U.S. troops would step aside for an expected Turkish attack on Kurds who have fought alongside Americans for years but then threatened to destroy the Turks’ economy if they went too far.

Even Trump’s staunchest Republican allies expressed outrage at the prospect of abandoning Syrian Kurds who had fought the Islamic State group with U.S. troops. Trump’s decision appeared to be the…

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