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Regulators cite Murray Energy subsidiary for fatal accident

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Murray Energy subsidiary has been cited by federal regulators for an accident that killed one worker and injured three others at a mine in Marshall County.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2015

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Ohio teen faces life sentence in slaying of pizza driver

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 17-year-old boy will be sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole for 18 years in the fatal shooting last year of a pizza delivery driver in Columbus.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2015

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Make sure your freshman gets a money-smart college start

Staff Writer,  writer

Does your college-bound freshman know how to handle money at school?

Campus life can test even the most disciplined young adults on money matters. In the final weeks before you help your student pack up for the dorm, it’s a good time to pack in some money lessons as well.

Start with what college will cost. On average, the Class of 2015 graduated with a little over $35,000 in student loan debt, according to Edvisors (

Depending on your financial situation and how you’ve planned for your child’s college education, start with an overview of how your student’s college costs will impact your finances now and after graduation.

If your child will be paying off personal or student loans once they graduate, discuss how that reality should define financial choices throughout college. That doesn’t mean saving every penny and having no fun at all, but such a talk should reinforce how handling money intelligently, setting priorities and getting a jump on savings can position your child for a much stronger financial start upon graduation.

Train them to budget. If your child hasn’t learned budgeting skills (, it’s time for a crash course.

Budgeting is the first essential skill in personal finance. Teaching children to budget now gives them a head start on dealing with post-graduation debt or long-term goals like affording a home or car.

Because teens often live their lives on smartphones, familiarize yourself with the growing range of budgeting apps ( to keep their money management on course.

Talk through on-campus banking and credit needs. Many parents start their kids with custodial savings and checking accounts at their local bank when they are younger.

If your bank has branches in the teen’s college town, that relationship can easily continue. Responsible credit card use is also wise to start in college. Keep in mind that The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (or Credit CARD) Act of 2009 requires that anyone under 21 without independent income have a co-signer to qualify for a card.

As such, you’ll be able to keep track of your child’s credit use. However, if they default, you’ll be on the hook – so monitor your child’s bank and credit relationships closely until you agree they’re ready to manage them on their own.

Cover credit monitoring and identity theft. With smarter online thieves emerging every day, your child is at risk of identity theft from the minute he or she is assigned a Social Security number.

While most teens generally don’t have a credit report until they start earning a paycheck at age 16, be on the lookout for fraudulent activity earlier ( and make sure they get in the habit of ordering the three free credit reports ( they are entitled to each year.

Throughout college, consider sitting down with children so you can review their annual credit reports together.

Bottom line: There’s plenty to do in the final weeks before your kids leave for college. Don’t forget to reinforce important money lessons before they go.

Nathaniel Sillin directs Visa’s financial education programs. He writes a column that is published in The Logan Daily News. His views do not necessarily reflect that of the newspaper.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015

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Construction underway on natural gas plant in eastern Ohio

CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) — Construction has begun on a nearly $900 million natural gas-fired power plant in eastern Ohio that's expected to produce enough electricity to power 750,000 homes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015

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Man arrested, charged in triple homicide at Cleveland home

CLEVELAND (AP) — A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged with aggravated murder in the fatal shootings of three people at a home on Cleveland's east side.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015

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Ohio man pleads not guilty to recording fatal accident scene

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — A man has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge after posting online a cellphone video of a grisly car crash in northeast Ohio that killed one teenager and critically injured another.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015

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Man sentenced to 6 months for Ohio funeral procession death

CINCINNATI (AP) — A man has been sentenced to six months in jail for vehicular homicide for the death of a retired police officer who was escorting a funeral procession in Cincinnati when a car collided with his motorcycle.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015

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Lawsuits filed against Put-In-Bay, police chief

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio (AP) — Two police officers have filed lawsuits against the Lake Erie island resort town of Put-in-Bay and its police chief accused of blocking an investigation into the officers' sexual assault claims.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 July 2015

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