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1099 Workers, Other Jobless Ohioans Not Previously Eligible Can Pre-File For Benefits Friday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Nearly a million Ohioans – 964,556 people – have filed for unemployment in the last five weeks, more than the combined total in the last two years.  But more are coming as thousands of Ohioans who are self-employed or independent contractors have been waiting to file for unemployment under new… Read More

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Reopening State Will Be Slow Process, DeWine Cautions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — As new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations begin to decline, why shouldn’t Ohio reopen today? With the help of an infectious diseases expert, Gov. Mike DeWine spent over an hour Thursday explaining that a fully open economy and health care system is still a while away. “When we talk about reopening, what we’re… Read More

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Probable COVID-19 Case in Athens Co. Determined to be Negative

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A probable case of COVID-19 in Athens County has been determined to be negative. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the news in an email on Thursday, April 23. “At 2:00 today, ODH posted 4 total cases (3 confirmed, 1 probable) for Athens County,” Director of Community Health and Engagement Ruth… Read More

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WATCH: A Psychiatrist’s Advice for Pandemic Mental Health

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging Americans physically, financially and emotionally. With the dramatic and abrupt life changes the outbreak has caused, what can we do to prioritize our mental health? Dr. Sue Varma, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at New York University, joins Amna Nawaz to answer viewer questions about sleep, anxiety,… Read More

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Online SNAP Program Could Increase Food Accessibility in Ohio Valley

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MURRAY, Ky. (OVR) — Kentucky and West Virginia have recently been added to a federal pilot program to allow food stamp recipients to purchase groceries online, and Ohio Valley anti-hunger advocates say it’s a good move to improve food accessibility amid the coronavirus pandemic. The pilot program lets those receiving food assistance through the Supplemental… Read More

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Ohio Valley Still Processing Significant Unemployment Claims

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — Unemployment insurance claims are still reaching unprecedented levels across the Ohio Valley region. Nearly 260,000 people in Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia joined those seeking help during the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. That surge in claims is in addition to the more than one million unemployment assistance applications… Read More

Then-Gov. John Kasich (standing, left) smiles as his budget director Tim Keen (right) finishes the first depost into the state's rainy day fund in July 2013. Kasich has notably said the fund had $.89 in it when he took office in 2011.

State May Need Twice the $2.7 Billion in Rainy Day Fund to Recover from Coronavirus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The financial impact of Ohio’s shutdowns for coronavirus is enormous. And the billions of dollars that have been set aside by the state over the last seven years may not be enough to cover it all. Nearly a million Ohioans have filed for unemployment, which means the state has lost… Read More