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GOP Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signs ‘born alive’ abortion bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a bill imposing criminal penalties on doctors who fail to give medical care in the rare circumstance when a baby is born alive following an abortion attempt. The Republican governor signed the measure Wednesday, the same day it it arrived from the Republican-controlled Legislature. The… Read More

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Eastern Lady Eagles strive to take their young squad all the way in ’21-’22 campaign

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After finishing last season 6-16 and placing sixth in the TVC-Hocking, the Eastern Eagles are looking to bounce back. The Eagles come into this season having graduated three starters and have a roster of no seniors. “We are still a little bit on the young side,” head coach Jay Reynolds said. “We are still building… Read More

George Wagner IV sits in court

Judge keeps death penalty chance for man accused in Rhoden family killings

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WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A judge in Ohio is keeping the death penalty on table for a man accused in the slayings of eight people from a single family. Lawyers for George Wagner IV wanted the judge to dismiss the aggravated murder charges after they said Wagner’s brother admitted to killing five of the victims…. Read More

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FDA authorizes 1st antiviral pill for COVID

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — In a highly anticipated decision, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the first antiviral pill to treat COVID-19 at home. The pill, called Paxlovid, is made by Pfizer. It’s taken twice a day for five days in combination with a second medicine called ritonavir, a generic antiviral. “Today’s authorization introduces the… Read More

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President Biden extends student loan payment freeze through May 1

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — On Wednesday, President Biden announced that pandemic relief for about 41 million federal student loan borrowers will be extended once again until May 1. Loan payments, interest accruals and collections of defaulted federal student loans have all been on hold since the start of the pandemic — first thanks to the… Read More

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47 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Dec. 22

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 8,797 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 47 new cases were reported Wednesday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on Dec. 22, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved 19 people 0-19, 13 people 20-29, four people 30-39, four… Read More

A graphic shows the statehouse news bureau logo and 2021 year in review. The backdrop is the Ohio flag in the rotunda at the statehouse

The Statehouse News Bureau reviews how Ohio dealt with the second year of the COVID pandemic


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The second year of the COVID-19 pandemic brought hope to many Ohioans as a vaccine became available, though many others refused to take it. That prompted controversy and confusion in businesses and schools and erupted into a fury of debate at the Ohio Statehouse. As 2021 began, new COVID… Read More

A sign for the Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons is displayed at the Metropolitan Detention Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

Activists wanted Biden to revamp the justice system. Many say they’re still waiting

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — People working to overhaul the criminal justice system say they’re frustrated with the Biden administration after they’ve waited nearly a year for the White House to take major steps on clemency and sentencing reform. “I think we’re at a point where we’re saying mere lip service isn’t enough,” said Sakira Cook,… Read More

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A group submits petitions asking lawmakers to legalize pot

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group has submitted petitions asking Ohio lawmakers to pass a bill allowing adults to legally use and grow marijuana plants. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol on Tuesday submitted more than 200,000 signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State. That office and county boards of election will verify if… Read More

Employees of Nomi Health check in a long line of people seeking COVID-19 tests

Omicron will cause more infections but lower hospital rates, analysis shows

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — A new analysis by the University of Washington shows the omicron surge will peak in a massive wave of infections by the end of January but is likely to produce far fewer severe illnesses for most people. The analysis projects the omicron wave will infect more than 400,000 people a day… Read More

Elizebeth S. Friedman departs from Washington, D.C. to appear in federal court. 1934.

The secret life of “The Codebreaker” on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE – Tuesday, December 28 at 9 pm


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American Experience The Codebreaker Tuesday, December 28, 2021 Season Opener Explores the Fascinating Secret Life of Pioneering Cryptanalyst Elizebeth Smith Friedman  American Experience The Codebreaker tells the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst whose painstaking work decoding thousands of messages for the U.S. government would send infamous gangsters to prison and bring… Read More