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Gov. Mike DeWine signs House Bill 606 in a virtual signing ceremony from his home in Cedarville. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted was in his Columbus office, and Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) and Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) joined from their homes.

DeWine Signs Law Offering Legal Immunity For COVID-Related Lawsuits

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As he hinted he would, Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a law that will shield first responders, businesses and schools from COVID-19 related lawsuits. It’s one of the first coronavirus immunity laws in the country. The law’s sponsors say it will provide immunity for law enforcement, medical professionals and large… Read More

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Ohio COVID-19 Deaths Spike, State Launches Effort to Help Unemployed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — Cuyahoga County has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 12.9%. That statistic has led the state to pilot a new program there to help connect people to training and available jobs. Called Ohio to Work, the program has been developed by the state’s JobsOhio agency, which its director J.B…. Read More

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Court Rules More Ballot Drop Boxes Could Be Installed For November Election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A Franklin County Common Pleas Court has ruled additional drop boxes can be installed prior to the November election if Secretary of State Frank LaRose wants them. Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper says the ruling is a win for voters who don’t want to mail their ballots and  live far away… Read More

A banner over Court St. in Athens urges people to wear masks.

Athens Co. Confirms Eight COVID-19 Cases For September 15

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 540 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after eight cases were confirmed Tuesday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the news in a press release sent September 15. Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates seven of these new cases involved… Read More

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How to Overcome Racism in Newsrooms from a Journalist with Experience


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There are too few African Americans in the country’s newsrooms and especially in news management positions. In 2020 racism still exists in America’s media companies from the smallest to the largest. Sometimes it is evident in hiring practices, promotions, or just in daily professional life. Traversing this media landscape is often difficult for Black journalists,… Read More

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Coronavirus Relief Aid Available For Athens Residents

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The city of Athens has close to $100,000 in emergency relief funds to help residents pay their utility bills or their rent or mortgage payments. Because of federal restrictions, in order to receive this aid applicants must demonstrate a direct link between their hardships and the coronavirus pandemic. That may be… Read More

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Top Leaders In Ohio Senate Under Quarantine After One Tests Positive for COVID-19

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Sen. Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House), the Ohio Senate President Pro Tempore, has tested positive for COVID-19. Peterson, along with Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina) have placed themselves under quarantine. A spokesperson for the Senate Majority Caucus says Peterson is doing “ok.” Peterson even participated in Monday’s virtual meeting of… Read More