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A box to drop off absentee ballots sits in the parking lot of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland.

Lawmakers Extend Primary Absentee Voting, But Not Date Of Primary

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The bill that made some changes across state law related to coronavirus also set a new ending for the Ohio primary, after polling places were shut down just hours before election day. House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) said one thing is clear – the primary wasn’t cancelled or postponed. “The primary has come and gone –… Read More

A triage tent set outside one of Brumage’s community health centers in Kanawha County, West Virginia.

Ohio Valley Facing Pandemic With a Health System Hollowed Out by Hospital Closures


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As new cases of coronavirus mount in the Ohio Valley, health officials are bracing for an onslaught of patients and what could be unprecedented demand for beds, medical staff and specialized equipment. Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia have disproportionately high rates of people vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19. But the region’s capacity to treat… Read More

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WOUB Changes Television Line Up as Part of OHIO PBS Stations #LearnAtHome Initiative


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Program to help teachers and parents with remote education ATHENS, OH – WOUB Public Media is part of a statewide PBS #LearnAtHome Initiative to help teachers, parents and students in southeast Ohio navigate this unprecedented time of remote educational instruction. “PBS has always been a quality resource that parents and educators rely on to assist… Read More

FILE - In this photo, students at a Connecticut high school work on Google Chromebooks.

Trimble Local Schools Provides Broadband Hotspots for Families Without Internet Access

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GLOUSTER, Ohio (WOUB) — The Trimble Local School District is providing internet access to students who do not have an internet connection at their home. John Hurd, superintendent at Trimble Local Schools, said the district purchased 12 Verizon Wireless hotspots for families in the district. Trimble began distributing the hotspots on Thursday, March 26. Hurd… Read More

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Muskingum County Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — A resident of Muskingum County has been reported to be the first in the county to test positive for COVID-19. The Muskingum County Joint Unified Command Center announced the positive test belonged to a 48-year-old man resident of the county who had recently traveled out of state. He is now hospitalized. No… Read More

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Inoculous II Radio A Sessions

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Athens-based cerebral math rockers Inoculous performed “ADHD,” “Space Monkey,” “Entropy,” and “Alligator” during their session in WOUB’s Radio A in November 2019. Inoculous is made up of chief songwriter and guitarist Demetri Wolfe and drummer Jake Evans. The duo’s music is built on labyrinthine rhythmic structures that provide the base for kaleidoscopic, visceral guitar that… Read More

Coronavirus Pandemic

Athens Co. Confirms First Positive Case of COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The first positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Athens County. The Athens City-County Health Department said the person is currently in isolation at home in an announcement Thursday, March 26. The department is conducting case investigations with the patient’s close contacts. Health officials urged the importance of slowing the… Read More

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Tech Team Working on Ohio Unemployment Website

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State officials say they are putting every resource they have into ramping up Ohio’s unemployment compensation website. The site has been crashing due to the massive influx in requests. The unemployment compensation fund went from taking in a few thousand requests just two weeks ago to more than 150,000 requests in the last week. People around the… Read More

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Athens City Schools Adjusts Remote Instruction Tech Delivery Plan

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens City School District announced it has adjusted the delivery plan for students to receive the necessary technology for remote learning while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to Superintendent Tom Gibbs, they are asking families to come to one of three locations for a drive-through Chromebook pickup… Read More

Senators are spaced apart for session. They're dressed casually at the suggestion of leadership, which noted that business attire may not be laundered as often as casual clothing.

Lawmakers Unanimously Pass Major Package of Changes For Coronavirus

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In a strong showing of unity, state lawmakers have unanimously passed a bill making a lot of changes in state law related to the response to coronavirus – but they stress that they’re only temporary. The package now goes on to Gov. Mike DeWine. Read highlights of the bill: Here are the highlights of the… Read More

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Southeast Ohio History Center and WOUB Partner on COVID-19 History Project


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ATHENS, OH – WOUB Public Media is partnering with the Southeast Ohio History Center to capture history in the making. It’s called the COVID-19 History project. “Amid the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak, the Southeast Ohio History Center started online collection of stories from the region of southeast Ohio and Appalachia, including oral histories, photographs, video recordings, diaries,… Read More