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Ohio’s minimum wage increases again on January 1, 2022

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s minimum wage is increasing/has increased on January 1st to $9.30 an hour. That’s 50 cents more an hour than in 2021. Still, Policy Matters Ohio Executive Director Hannah Halbert said the new minimum wage is about half of what low-wage workers need to actually be able to afford… Read More

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48 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Dec. 30

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 9,042 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 48 new cases were reported for Thursday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on Dec. 30, 2021. According to ODH data, the cases involved 14 people 20-29, 13 people 30-39, seven people 60-69, six… Read More

A masked student walks the hallway at Worthington Kilbourne High School in March 2021, as students came back to in-person learning with a mask mandate in place.

Ohio hospitals ask schools to keep or bring back mask mandates to help with soaring COVID numbers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state hit a record for COVID hospitalizations yesterday, and medical professionals are now battling the fast-spreading omicron variant while still dealing with the delta variant. 5,356 COVID-positive patients in Ohio hospitals now – a new pandemic record, passing the old one of 5,308 set on December 15, 2020…. Read More

A CVS COVID-19 testing sign is seen on the campus of Ohio Univerisy, in Athens, Ohio, on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Understanding the new CDC guidelines for those exposed to, or suffering from, COVID-19

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends a shorter isolation period for COVID-19 patients, from 10 days to five — if asymptomatic — followed by five days of mask wearing. The new guidance comes as the U.S. is averaging more than 230,000 new cases per day. Dr. Mati Hlatshwayo… Read More

Elsa Estrada, 6, smiles at her mother as pharmacist Sylvia Uong applies an alcohol swab to her arm before administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a pediatric vaccine clinic for children ages 5 to 11 set up at Willard Intermediate School in Santa Ana, Calif. Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.

The U.S. sees rise in pediatric COVID patients as WHO warns of global ‘tsunami’ of cases

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — The World Health Organization is warning of a global “tsunami” of COVID cases as the omicron surge builds on the delta wave. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting a significant surge in U.S. pediatric hospital admissions in the last week, particularly in Illinois, Ohio, Florida, New Jersey and… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine at a press conference

More Ohio National Guard members are being deployed to help with the COVID pandemic

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Wednesday marked the highest daily average for new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 during the pandemic as 20,320 Ohioans have tested positive over the past 24 hours. And Ohio’s hospitals report being understaffed to serve the crush of patients they are caring for in their facilities. Dr. Robert… Read More

Ghislaine Maxwell is found guilty on multiple counts at her sex trafficking trial

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty on Wednesday of facilitating the abuse of underage girls at the hands of wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein. Jurors deliberated for five full days before finding Maxwell guilty on five of the six counts she faced, including the sex trafficking of a minor. The 60-year-old… Read More

ground view looking up surrounded by high rise buildings

Can skyscrapers be made safer, more efficient, and livable in our rapidly growing cities? “High Risk High Rise” on NOVA – Jan 5 at 9 pm


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“High Risk High Rise” on NOVA Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at 9:00 pm Soaring skyscrapers are potent symbols of prestige, and architects are vying to build them ever higher. But can they find new ways to defend them against fires, wind, and earthquakes, as well as making them livable, interactive, and eco-friendly? Over the past… Read More