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Gov. Mike DeWine

Minority Strike Force Team Unveils First Recommendations

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WVXU) — Cincinnati Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman, a member of Ohio’s Minority Strike Force team assembled during the COVID-19 pandemic, joined Gov. Mike DeWine’s Thursday briefing to reveal the first steps the team is taking to combat inequalities in the state’s response. “We’ve all been working incredibly hard,” Smitherman said. “The recommendations being formulated,… Read More

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Ohio State Fair Canceled for 2020 Due to Coronavirus

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — This summer’s Ohio State Fair is the latest event to be scuttled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Ohio Expositions Commission voted unanimously on Thursday morning to cancel the 2020 fair, which was scheduled for July 29-August 9 at the fairgrounds in Columbus. Members say it would be too difficult to adhere to social… Read More

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“Defining Moments” Podcast Returns to WOUB Public Media for Season 2


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Humans tell stories to make sense of birthing and dying and everything in between. Defining Moments Podcast showcases stories about living well in the midst of inescapable illness, suffering, and hardship. Season 2, which begins Monday, May 25, features an eclectic group of guests who share moments of uncertainty, innovation, and resilience. Host Dr. Lynn… Read More

Coronavirus

WATCH: All 50 States Partially Reopen as CDC Quietly Releases its Guidelines

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — All 50 states have now taken some steps to reopen after COVID-19 shutdowns. Their approaches vary, with only minor restrictions remaining in states like Texas, while New York still has strict limitations in place. Federal guidance from the CDC was released quietly, but its recommendations aren’t mandatory. Meanwhile, WHO officials warned that… Read More

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Lake County Judge Rules Gyms Can Open Now

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci has issued a preliminary injunction against the state’s public health order closing gyms and fitness centers. The attorneys representing gyms say this ruling has wider implications. Lucci called the Ohio Department of Health’s orders to close gyms “oppressive” and “arbitrary” in his ruling that… Read More

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Another 99,000 Join Unemployed In Ohio Valley As U.S. Jobless Total Tops 38M

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — The U.S. Department of Labor reported close to 99,000 additional unemployment insurance claims in the last week from Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, as state unemployment offices worked their way through a backlog of millions of claims filed since the coronavirus pandemic forced business closures beginning in March. For the week ending May 16,… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse

Senate Rejects House Attempt to Scale Back Health Director Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Senate unanimously rejected an Ohio House measure that would’ve scaled back the power of state public health orders. Senators blasted the House amendment, saying it undermined health experts and created too many unintended consequences. Both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate criticized the House amendment, which would have… Read More

How Are You Featured pt. 3

‘How are You Doing?’: COVID’s Impact on Zanesville, OH | “Beering Up”

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‘How Are You Doing?’ is a video series crafted by WOUB’s Doug Swift to document the social, cultural, and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the Southeast Ohio region, all through a hyper-focused lens on live music venue, restaurant, and brewery Weasel Boy Brewing Company in Zanesville, OH. Installments will regularly be uploaded to WOUB Culture… Read More