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News Headlines from Wednesday, May 22, 2019

AUTHORITIES IDENTIFY BODY

The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the 53-year-old man whose body was found Sunday morning in Frazeysburg. The deceased has been identified as Brian Cope, of Frazeysburg. His body was found laying in the grass by the ramp from Ohio 16 to Ohio 586. The preliminary autopsy results showed Cope died from acute respiratory failure. According to the sheriff's office, they have not questioned any possible suspects and the investigation is ongoing.

A DROP IN COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT
 

Licking County’s April unemployment rate was 2.8 percent down from 3.6 percent in March, according to figures released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. It was the same story across central Ohio as all surrounding counties saw a drop in the April unemployment rate as compared to March.

BRIDGE WORK

The work continues on the Staddens Bridge Road bridge replacement project in Licking County. Pilings are being driven for the new bridge abutments on the north side of the Licking River, and the old bridge and piers in the river have been removed. The project is roughly 25 percent complete and is on schedule to be done by October.

MARIJUANA USE IN OHIO

A survey released Tuesday shows 49% of Ohio adults have tried marijuana. According to data from the latest Ohio Health Issues poll, one-in-three of those who have tried the drug have used it in the past year. Marcie Seidel with the Prevention Action Alliance says organizations with the Statewide Prevention Coalition Association will discuss the survey results, which she explains will help them determine future substance misuse-prevention efforts.

Marcie Seidel with the Prevention Action Alliance

The polling found that usage has remained steady the past several years.

MEMORIAL DAY TRAVEL

If you plan to travel over the upcoming Memorial Day holiday you are not alone.

Kimberly Schwind with AAA Ohio

Kimberly Schwind, AAA Ohio, said more than 90 percent of Ohio travelers will drive to their holiday destinations.

LMH EARNS AN “A” RATING

Licking Memorial Hospital has earned a sixth consecutive “A” rating by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit group that compares hospitals’ safety performance. Hospitals in the U.S. are graded by a Hospital Safety Score of A, B, C, D or F, based on 30 evidence-based measures of publicly available hospital safety data, such as: infection prevention activities, serious patient falls, and the percentage of patients who developed blood clots. LMH is one of 46 Ohio hospitals to receive an “A,” rating.

 

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