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News Headlines from Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Utica couple was transported to local hospitals following a motorcycle crash Tuesday night in Burlington Township. A Licking County 911 Dispatcher tells KOOL 101.7 News, the crash occurred shortly after 6:00 p.m. on the 1200 block of Homer Road Northeast.  Roger Tickle, 59, was flown to OSU Wexner Medical Center and Melodee Tickle, 56, was transported to Licking Memorial Hospital. The crash remains under investigation.


The 2016 presidential field just got a little bigger.  Governor John Kasich officially announced he is joining the presidential race during an event Tuesday at The Ohio State University.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich

Kasich becomes the 16th Republican to announce their candidacy.


Licking County's June unemployment rate was 4.4 percent up from the May figure of 4.2 percent, according to figures released Tuesday morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. It was the same story across central Ohio as all surrounding counties saw a slight increase in the June unemployment rate as compared to May.


A couple of weeks after the Newark School Board approved a new three year deal with Teachers' Association Tuesday they announced a new three-year deal with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees. Board President Tom Bline is pleased with the way things are shaping up in the district.

NSB President Tom Bline

Bline said the school board is looking at ways to bring back some programs that were cut a few years ago due to a lack of funding.


State Representative Bill Hayes, has announced that he will run in the 2016 race to become Licking County Prosecutor. Hayes joins current Assistant Licking County Prosecutor Chris Reamer and Assistant Delaware County Prosecutor Andrew King in the race to fill the spot currently held by ken Oswalt. Oswalt recently announced he would retire at the end of his term, in December 2016.


The Buckeye State is stuck in the middle in terms of the well-being of its children, ranking 23rd nationally in the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book released Tuesday. The report shows nearly 53,000 more Ohio kids live in low-income working families today than in 2008. Dawn Wallace-Pascoe with the Children’s Defense Fund in Ohio says more needs to be done to help the one-in-four Ohio kids living in poverty.

Dawn Wallace-Pascoe with the Children’s Defense Fund in Ohio

The Annie E. Casey Foundation report says wide gaps remain in the living standards of many children of color compared to other children.


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