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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

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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

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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

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Ross County Reports Four Total Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WOUB) — Ross County now has four total positive cases of COVID-19. The Ross County Health District confirmed additional cases on Thursday, April 2, in a press release. The health district’s infectious disease staff said it continues to follow established guidelines and will contact those who have been in close contact with the people… Read More

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Jorma Kaukonen to Perform “Live from the Fur Peace Ranch” April 4


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Jorma Kaukonen will perform a “Live from the Fur Peace Ranch” concert Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 8 p.m. EDT for the first in a series of performances. Here’s the link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75XiVQiWvlM In a career that has already spanned a half-century, guitarist and vocalist, Jorma Kaukonen has been one of the most highly respected interpreters… Read More

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Ohio Offers Appalachian Businesses Loan Help During COVID-19 Disruption

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — Small businesses in Ohio’s Appalachian counties may receive help offsetting losses due to the state’s attempts to slow the spread of COVID-19. JobsOhio is infusing Appalachian Growth Capital, LLC (AGC) with $2 million to secure loans for companies in eastern and southern Ohio. According to a press release, AGC is a… Read More

Dr. Amy Acton stands at the podium flanked by Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted

Ohio Gets Medical Supplies from Feds, but Says They Won’t be Enough

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Ohio has gotten all that it’s likely to get from the National Strategic Stockpile of medical supplies – a plane dropped off gowns, gloves, coveralls, face shields, surgical masks and N-95 masks in Columbus Tuesday. But the state says it’s not enough for now or through the surge of COVID-19 patients that is expected in… Read More