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Sign on door of Columbus area Hobby Lobby Tuesday

Ohio’s Attorney General Explains His Definition of an Essential Business

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Hobby Lobby stores in Ohio are closed now after Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost sent the company a cease and desist letter. The company had claimed it was operating as an essential business. But as Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports, that company isn’t the only one that is being questioned… Read More

Unemployment

Ohio Valley Unemployment Claims Soar to Nearly 400,000 Amid Pandemic Shutdown

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — Claims for unemployment insurance soared around the Ohio Valley region as nearly 400,000 people in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia sought help amid the economic freeze associated with the coronavirus pandemic. The new numbers come from data released Thursday morning by the U.S. Department of Labor showing more than 6.6 million unemployment claims… Read More

Gov. Justice takes the oath of office as his son James C. Justice III (center) looks on.

Justice Coal Companies Agree to Settle $5 Million in Delinquent Mine Safety Debts

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (OVR) — Coal companies owned by the family of West Virginia Governor Jim Justice have agreed to pay more than $5 million in overdue mine health and safety fines and fees. According to a press release released Wednesday, a total of 24 coal companies owned by the Justice family agreed to settle millions of dollars… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Extends Stay-At-Home Order Until May 1

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton signed the order Thursday at the state’s daily coronavirus press conference. The original March 22 order only extended to this coming Monday, April 6. The new order kicks into effect that night, and lines up with the governor’s previous order extending school closures until May 1. “I’m convinced… Read More