WVUP Sells Properties – OIG Investigates OU – The Wizard of Oz

WVUP Sells Downtown Properties
WVUP has agreed to sell downtown properties that were gifted to the school in 2008 by the Erickson Foundation. Last Wednesday the board agreed to an offer of $251,000 from the Parkersburg Brewing Company. The Mid-Ohio Valley Area Development Corporation will pay $210,500 for the remaining space. The properties were used by WVUP to try to launch a culinary school but that program has since been discontinued. Funds from the sales will be placed in the university’s capital improvement fund. (WOUB)

SE Ohio Leads in Oil and Gas
Third quarter reports from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources indicate that Southeastern Ohio continues to lead the state in oil and natural gas production from horizontal wells. The state’s 10 highest-producing natural gas wells rest in Belmont County, while eight of the 10 most-prolific oil wells are located in Noble and Guernsey counties. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reported that oil production grew by 111 percent from the first nine months of 2014 to the first nine months of 2015. Natural gas production jumped by 126 percent in that time. (AVC)

OIG Requests OU Records – Again
For the third time this year, the Office of Ohio’s Inspector General has requested records concerning Ohio University’s presidential housing situation. This time the OIG is calling out OU for failing to provide documents that have already been requested. The lease of off-campus housing for the college president came under scrutiny when it was discovered that the land was secured from a frequent athletic supporter. The real estate owner pledged to donate $200,000 in relation to a purchase deal. When the deal came to light, OU administrators decided not to buy the property to avoid the appearance of impropriety. OU continues to lease the home on Coventry Lane for more than $4,000/month. (Athens News)

Last Remains Disinterred from USS Oklahoma
Nearly 74 years after they were killed during the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, the remains of the last of the 388 unknown service members associated with the USS Oklahoma were disinterred, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said. Their remains were exhumed and transferred to a facility where efforts using modern forensic techniques including DNA, dental and skeletal analysis will be made to identify them. (TRNS)

National Parks on Verge of All-Time Visitors’ Record
The nation’s 409 national parks are on pace to host 300 million visitors by the end of the year and, if the mark is achieved, it will be an all-time visitation record, the National Park Service said. By October’s end, the NPS logged 272.5 million visits, compared to 262.7 million visits during the first 10 months of 2014. (TRNS)

“Hair of the Dog” Treatment for Opioid Addiction
Researchers at Columbia University found that drug addicts who used cannabis achieved better results in opioid detoxification than addicts who were given other medicinal treatments, theNational Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws reported. The researchers said that administering oral cannabinoids lowered the severity of patients’ withdrawal symptoms, and that patients who consumed herbal cannabis were more readily able to sleep, were less anxious, and more likely to complete their treatment. (TRNS)

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Live Entertainment: The Wizard!
The Wizard of Oz comes to the Mid Ohio Valley Players Theater on Dec. 11-12, 2015 at 7 p.m. and Dec.13 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available atwww.midohiovalleyplayers.org.

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About Callie J Lyons

Callie Lyons is an investigative journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. The Short, Fantastic Life of a Saloon Girl is Lyons' first published work of historical fiction.
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