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News Headlines from Monday, August 21, 2017

The Works Chief Science Officer and OSU-Newark Assistant Professor Dr. Michael Stamatikos joined a large crowd at the museum this afternoon for a solar eclipse viewing party.

Dr. Michael Stamatikos

Vanessa Sumner, of Newark brought her 8-year-old daughter Avah to The Works .

Vanessa Sumner

Sumner said she was just as excited as her daughter to see the eclipse.


The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission has issued an Air Quality Alert for today. The region is likely to experience ground-level ozone pollution levels that are unhealthy for sensitive groups like children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems. This is the 6th alert this year.


One woman was flown to OSU Wexner Medical Center Sunday afternoon following a wrong-way crash on Ohio 16 in Newark. According to police, the crash happened around 2:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of SR16 near Church Street when the driver of a pick-up truck traveling n the wrong direction slammed into a westbound car being driven by Mary Anthony, of Columbus. The 29-year-old Anthony's injuries were described as non-life threatening. The driver of the truck was transported to Licking Memorial Hospital also with non-life threatening injuries and the investigation is ongoing.


Newark City Council will meet in regular session this evening and they are expected to vote on a new three-year contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The meeting gets underway at 7:00 p.m.


The Licking County Safe Communities Coalition is teaming with numerous law enforcement agencies on the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that began last week.

Licking County Safe Communities Coalition Director Hilary Requejo

Director Hilary Requejo said the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will run through Labor Day and local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for impaired drivers.


The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2016 Wind Technologies Market Report ranks Ohio sixth in the nation for wind power generated by individual homes, farms and businesses for their own use. Trish Demeter with the Ohio Environmental Council says that's in line with national and global trends for customers taking control of their own energy needs.

Trish Demeter with the Ohio Environmental Council

A companion DOE report shows Ohio has fallen far behind other Great Lakes states – like Illinois, Indiana and Michigan – in utility-scale wind generating capacity.

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