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A nearly empty parking lot at a shopping area on the northeast side of Columbus in April 2020.

Ohio Employers Can Now Report Workers Who Refuse to Return for Reopening

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state has paid out more than $1.7 billion to over a half a million jobless Ohioans in the last seven weeks. And while 85 percent of claims have either been paid or denied, there are still reports of people having trouble filing claims via the web or over the… Read More

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Ohio Prioritizes Coronavirus Testing, DeWine Comments on Protesters

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — Gov. Mike DeWine’s COVID-19 press conference Monday started out with a moment of silence to remember the four Kent State students who lost their lives 50 years ago. “Today is the 50th anniversary of the tragedy at Kent State,” DeWine said. “A very sad day in Ohio history.” On May 4, 1970, community… Read More

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WATCH: Why Your Dreams May Have Been More Vivid During the Outbreak

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Deirdre Barrett is a Harvard University professor and an expert on dreaming who has studied the science of dreams for three decades. And with societal anxieties heightened by the global pandemic, she is now collecting accounts of COVID-19 dreams with the hopes of learning how they are influenced by big events. NewsHour… Read More

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Ohio Farmers Hit Hard by Pandemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio is among the top states for several agricultural crops and for food production and processing. But while farming is considered an essential business under the various shutdown orders, it’s a tough time for those who run the state’s 76,000 farms. Gene DeBruin owns a small dairy farm in Fayette… Read More

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Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Curb DeWine’s Power with Public Health Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Manufacturing, construction and distribution companies can reopen today, with employees wearing masks and observing cleaning and social distancing rules. State lawmakers are also coming back to work this week, and one has proposed a bill to open the state immediately while shutting down the authority of the governor and his… Read More

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Watch Our Town: Lancaster on YouTube


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Documentaries will be released each Friday at 8 p.m.  ATHENS, OH – WOUB Public Media continues its YouTube release of locally-produced documentaries this week, as Ohioans are staying at home and following the directive of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Doctor Amy Acton to fight the spread of COVID-19.  On… Read More