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The Ohio Statehouse

Effects Of Pandemic On Ohio’s Economy Could Last Years

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state’s tax revenue report for July was the first one showing gains in three months. But Ohio’s chief budget officer says she expects the economic effects of the pandemic to last for far longer than the pandemic does – perhaps years. July’s income tax collections were boosted by… Read More

A box to drop off absentee ballots sits in the parking lot of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland.

LaRose Prohibits Additional Ballot Drop Boxes For Presidential Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse) — With less than 12 weeks before the presidential election, Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R-Ohio) is sending out the rules all boards of elections must follow, including a decision to only allow one ballot drop box for each county. LaRose, Ohio’s top elections official, says voters will only have one drop box… Read More

Coronavirus

Athens Co. Confirms One New COVID-19 Case For August 12

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 361 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after one additional case was confirmed Wednesday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the case in a press release sent August 12. An analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates the new case involved… Read More

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More Than Half Of The State’s Bars And Restaurants Could Be In Jeopardy Of Closing Soon

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — More than half of the state’s restaurants and bars could be out of business soon, according to a survey by the Ohio Restaurant Association. Owners of those establishments say the restrictions put on them because of COVID-19 are hurting their businesses. And they fear it will get worse. The… Read More

College Classroom

WATCH: Parents And Students Reevaluate College Costs Amid Virtual Learning

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — For higher education, the pandemic has forced major questions about affordability and cost into the spotlight. Both students and parents are hesitant to spend tens of thousands of dollars on classes taken via video, and many feel that the loss of on-campus life upends the college value proposition entirely. Scott Galloway,… Read More

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose

Elections Chief Urges But Won’t Require Masks For Ohio Vote

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Health safety guidelines that Ohio’s elections chief sent to county boards Wednesday recommend but do not mandate mask-wearing and other preventive measures for those voting in person this fall. Secretary of State Frank LaRose said those voters who choose not to wear a mask will be given options, including voting outside… Read More

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Courts Must Recognize and Correct Systemic Racism says Judicial Educator


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  Courts must speak out “clearly” against systemic racism in our criminal justice system and make much needed corrections, says Judge Benes Aldana, president of the National Judicial College.   The National Judicial College has been in existence since 1963 and has educated thousands of judges from all 50 states and 150 different foreign countries…. Read More

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Ohio Tax Collections Up, But So Are Medicaid Caseloads

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — After three months of declines, Ohio took in 8 percent more in taxes than the Office of Budget and Management estimated, though much of that is connected to the delay of the tax deadline to July 15. But there was a different kind of growth in the state’s July report that could… Read More

The entrance to Continuing Health Care in Gahanna, where two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 tests, but no residents have.

Ohio’s Nursing Homes Are Running Out Of Personal Protective Equipment

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s nursing homes don’t have enough personal protective equipment to last another week. That’s the finding from a federal agency that deals with Medicare and Medicaid services. A spokesman for a union that represents health care workers in nursing homes says those facilities have been hit the hardest by… Read More