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Athens City K-12 May See Delay in Start of Remote Classes

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens City School District may see a delay in the start of remote classes because of internet access. Online classes had been set to begin March 30 because of the coronavirus pandemic. But there is a possibility not all students will have internet available by that time. The district announced Thursday… Read More

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Judges Urged To Reduce Bonds, Lower Jail Populations

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Even as more local governments begin moving to remote work, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has asked judges to keep courts open for emergency matters – while encouraging them to reduce bonds, stay eviction proceedings and release high-risk people from jails. As of Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health… Read More

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National Guard to Assist Southeast Ohio Foodbank During Coronavirus Pandemic

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LOGAN, Ohio (WOUB) – Members of the Ohio National Guard are expected to arrive at the Southeast Ohio Foodbank on March 23 to help across the foodbank’s 10-county service area. People may see military personnel and military vehicles in the 10 counties that the Southeast Ohio Foodbank serves: Hocking, Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan,… Read More

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West Virginia Governor Eases Unemployment Rules Amid Virus

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has loosened unemployment regulations for people whose jobs have been shuttered over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. An executive order from the Republican governor on Thursday directs commerce officials to ensure that people who had their hours reduced or are prevented from working due to the… Read More

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Free Lunch Options for K-12 Kids in Athens During Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — As the coronavirus emergency continues, workers are laid off and food supplies have an irregular flow, some businesses in Athens are chipping in to help parents feed their kids. All Athens City K-12 schools are shutdown to prevent coronavirus spread. While the School District is preparing their meals deliveries starting Monday,… Read More

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Athens Humane Society and Friends of the Shelter Dogs Offer Pet Food Assistance

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Two Athens County animal welfare agencies are teaming up to assist residents who may be unable to afford food for their pets during the coronavirus pandemic. The Athens County Humane Society and Friends of the Shelter Dogs have set up an email address to help those in need. “In the tough… Read More

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Athens Farmers Market Open Saturday With Some Coronavirus Restrictions

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens Farmers Market announced Thursday that they will open Saturday, March 21. But they are urging both vendors and customers to follow certain guidelines to prevent the possibility of coronavirus spread. According to their Facebook page, the Athens City/County Health Department recommended the market on Satuday be moved outside with… Read More

Unemployment

Unemployment Claims Top 100K, New Voter Sign-up Demanded

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says it has received 111,055 unemployment insurance benefit applications online in the past four days, due to layoffs related to coronavirus orders. That compares to 3,895 during the same four days last week. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services hotline for unemployment benefits has been overwhelmed the… Read More

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Dems File Legal Challenge to Ohio Primary Delay

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The decision to postpone Ohio’s primary has stirred up legal challenges including a state supreme court lawsuit filed by the Ohio Democratic Party. But leaders there say this is actually a preemptive strike to protect the extended primary. Gov. Mike DeWine and Secretary of State Frank LaRose postponed the primary to prevent exposure to the coronavirus for voters… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Tells Companies to Monitor Employee Temperatures

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Gov. Mike DeWine is laying out protocols for businesses while strongly recommending employers to take aggressive action when it comes to protecting the workplace against coronavirus. DeWine says businesses that remain open must take the temperature of every employee who enters the office, and if anyone is sick or has a fever they must be allowed to go… Read More

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Ohio AG Says Jury Trials can be Suspended Because of Coronavirus Concerns

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The attorney general is advising Ohio’s courts that they can suspend jury trials to stop the spread of coronavirus. Attorney General Dave Yost’s opinion said courts may suspend jury trials for up to 270 days under state law in a pandemic emergency, because they could pose a health risk to jurors, to court personnel and to defendants…. Read More

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State Running Low On Coronavirus Tests, Preserving For High-Risk Cases

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Hospitals and labs around the state are running low on coronavirus test kits. State public health officials say that’s why they’re trying to preserve the swabs for people at high-risk to the virus and health care workers. Dr. Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health director, says she understands the limit of testing can be alarming… Read More