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News Headlines from Monday, June 29, 2015

The investigation continues into a weekend multi-vehicle crash in Muskingum County that claimed the life of a 33-year-old Newark man. According to the Zanesville Post of the State Patrol, Saturday at approximately 7:00 p.m. Cory Cox and his passenger Rachel Cox were riding a motorcycle on Ohio 16 in Adams Mills when they were struck from behind by a semi. The Coxes were ejected from the motorcycle and Mr. Cox was then struck by another car. He was pronounced dead at the scene and Mrs. Cox, 32, was transported to an Akron area hospital with critical, but non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol is suspected to have played a role in the crash.


It is shaping up to be a very busy Monday night in Newark City Council Chambers as six committees - including the Safety Committee - are scheduled to meet. The Safety Committee will hear from both Mayor Jeff Hall's administration and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 109 regarding staffing in the Newark Division of Fire department. The meetings get underway at 5:30 p.m.


Probationary drivers in Ohio under the age of 18 will have to follow a number of new restrictions that go into effect on Wednesday.

Sgt. Vincent Shirey with the OSHP

Sgt. Vincent Shirey, with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said the changes are a result of Ohio's Drive Toward a Safer Initiative an effort to increase the level of experience for Ohio’s young drivers.


Common Core standards, standardized testing and school funding are among the top issues at a meeting of the minds of education leaders. Becky Higgins, president, Ohio Education Association, is joining other educators at the National Education Association’s 94th Assembly in Florida this week. Higgins says she’s looking forward to addressing a shared concern among states: the over-testing of students.

Becky Higgins Pres. Ohio Education Association

Ohio lawmakers are proposing shorter assessments and modified guidelines for which a teacher or student would face a poor evaluation or retention as a result of low scores.


AAA expects 41.9 million Americans, including nearly 1.76 million Ohioans, to travel at least 50 miles from home over the Independence Day holiday weekend, which runs Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, July 5. This is an increase of 0.7 percent nationwide and 2.7 percent for Ohio from 2014. Nearly 88 percent of Ohio travelers will drive to their destinations.


The Annual Independence Day Concert and Fireworks on the shared campus of OSU-Newark/COTC will take place on Friday, July 3. The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with Sticks & Stones followed at 8:00 p.m. by the Heisey Wind Ensemble. Fireworks commence at around 10:00 p.m. KOOL 101.7 will be on hand throughout the event handing out small American flags compliments of Jersey Mikes.


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