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Ohio's Ben Vander Plas (5) prepares to shoot a three-point shot against Andrew Garcia (4) in the Bobcats' game against Kent State on Jan. 7, 2021 at the Convocation Center.

Ohio Men’s Basketball picks up seventh straight victory

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Ohio men’s basketball team kept its undefeated home record alive Friday with an 80-72 victory over MAC rival Kent State.  The win gives the Bobcats (12-0, 3-0 MAC) their seventh victory in a row. “I thought our guys got off to a great start and maintained the lead throughout the… Read More

A drive through COVID testing site in Columbus.

Ohio’s top doctor says an ‘Omicron Tsunami’ is hitting the state right now

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said the record-high number of cases right now is driving record-high hospitalizations. He uses the word, “tsunami” when describing this surge, driven by the omicron variant. “Our state is experiencing the highest number of COVID-19 driven in-patient hospitalizations, ICU admissions and… Read More

Rapid COVID tests are distributed in Brooklyn in late December.

COVID testing FAQ: When to test, what kind of test to use and what your results mean

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Each week, NPR answers frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you’d like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: “Weekly Coronavirus Questions.” See an archive of our FAQs here. WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — In an ideal world, the U.S…. Read More

"No COVID TESTS" sign in parking lot of Powell Library

It’s still hard to find rapid COVID test kits at Ohio’s libraries

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio continues to see some of the highest COVID case rates during this pandemic. Most of Ohio’s libraries have been without COVID tests since before Christmas, as those test kits have been in short supply. The Ohio Library Council’s Michelle Francis said she’s unsure when libraries will get more… Read More

Remnants of the COVID-19 Pandemic are seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

97 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for Jan. 7

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 9,573 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 97 additional cases were reported Friday. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed numbers on Jan. 7, 2022. According to ODH data, the cases involved 44 people 20-29, 16 people 30-39, 11 people 0-19, eight people… Read More

A sign in front of O'Bleness Hospital in Athens, Ohio

Ten Ohio National Guard members will be deployed to O’Bleness Hospital to assist with COVID-19 relief efforts

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Ohio National Guard is sending 10 members to Athens to assist O’Bleness Hospital with COVID-19 relief efforts next week. The guard members will not provide direct patient care but will serve as non-clinical support to hospital workers, according to a release from OhioHealth. The hospital said examples of what they… Read More

Drivers wait for the traffic to be cleared as cars and trucks are stranded on sections of Interstate 95 Tuesday Jan. 4, 2022, in Carmel Church, Va. Close to 48 miles of the Interstate was closed due to ice and snow.

Here’s what you should keep in your car and other ways to prepare for winter driving

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — It was the stuff of drivers’ nightmares. Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine called it “dystopian.” This week, motorists were stuck in freezing temperatures – some for more than 20 hours — along a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in Virginia. Heavy snow fell Monday, causing several vehicles to crash and bringing traffic… Read More

A screenshot shows Airbnb listings of athens rental properties

City administrators explain how Athens’ new short-term rental ordinance will be enforced

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WOUB Digital · City administrators explain how Athens’ new short-term rental ordinance will be enforced   ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — One question came up again and again as the Athens City Council considered an ordinance regulating short-term rentals: Do homeowners have to be present while renters are staying at their house? Residents who opposed the… Read More

Elmo from Sesame Street posing for a portrait

What’s making social media smile? That time Elmo lost his cool over Rocco

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Elmo losing his last nerve feels so good right now. With omicron raging and the prospect of more mass shutdowns, the beloved Muppet yelling about his pal Zoe’s pet rock — “Rocco’s just a rock!” — is downright cathartic. Thank you to Twitter user @wumbooty for sharing this video clip, which… Read More

John Lewis at the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama.

Follow the journey of civil rights hero with “John Lewis – Get in the Way” – Thursday, Jan. 13 at 10 pm


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The son of sharecroppers, John Lewis grew up in rural isolation, seemingly destined to a bleak, segregation-imposed future. But his fate took a different turn, and Lewis rose from Alabama’s Black Belt to the corridors of power on Capitol Hill, his humble origins forever linking him to those whose voices customarily go unheard. A man… Read More