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Road Closure in Massillon

 

Traffic may be slowed at times both Friday and Saturday along Walnut Road in Massillon as electric crews are busy upgrading power lines and poles in that area.  The work will continue through Saturday starting at Duncan Street Southwest and going to 16th Street.  But, no road closures are expected because of the work.  A small section of 16th Street at Walnut may be closed at times today when wires are pulled, but the street will not be closed all day.

Absentee Ballots Sent Out in Ohio

Ohioans have less than three weeks to register to vote in the upcoming November election.  The Ohio Secretary of State's Office has already mailed  out absentee ballot applications to voters across the Buckeye State as they did in 2012.  But, unless the General Assembly changes its mind, it will be the last time a state-wide absentee ballot application will be mailed out. Carrie Davis, executive director of the Ohio League of Women Voters says however, undecided at the present time is the date when early voting begins in Ohio.
 

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State watchdog slow to pick up on funeral-home fraud

The work of state funeral-home investigators over the past couple of years helped put three funeral directors in prison, indict two more on felony charges and lay the groundwork for a likely sixth case. But often, the fraud had been going on for more than a decade before anyone noticed at the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.

Children Services levy is key for keeping families together

If a 1.9-mill renewal levy for Children Services wins voter approval on Nov. 4, he said, the agency expects to keep working to boost kinship care and to support more families through services and counseling to keep children out of foster care. Paid, out-of-home care is down 16 percent over the past five years.

Cleaned-out orchards suggest we’re ready for fall

Fall begins at 10:29 p.m. on Monday here; and from what I am hearing, folks are eager for autumn activities to begin. Actually, they have been jumping the gun.

Democratic National Convention would be an undertaking

If Columbus is to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016, it’s going to require more than $50 million, at least a thousand more cops and tons of patience from residents.

NATIONAL NEWS

Secret Service boosts security outside White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service chief has stepped-up security outside the White House after a man with a knife who jumped the fence made it into the presidential residence before being apprehended, officials said Saturday.

Teams assess damage as California wildfire burns

POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — Assessment teams sought Saturday to find out just how many structures have been damaged or destroyed by a massive wildfire that threatens thousands of homes in Northern California.

Pope chooses a moderate for Chicago archbishop

As the leader of two American dioceses, Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich has staked out a firm position in the middle of the road.

Ruby Dee memorialized in NYC with song and dance

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee was memorialized Saturday in poetry, dance and song at a packed Harlem cathedral where Alicia Keys sang her song "Superwoman," Wynton Marsalis performed a stirring trumpet solo, and well-wishes were sent from Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and the White House.

Pomp, little action expected at UN climate summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — New York City will be full of planet-saving pomp this coming week, but short on action to rescue the world.

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