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OSU Doctor Gives Tips For Best Home Ventilation To Mitigate COVID-19

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is rolling out updated guidelines for businesses and organizations to operate in the colder months to come and medical experts are sharing advise on how people can prepare for indoor visits that can still mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Dr. Mark Weir is director of… Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

FirstEnergy Says Yost’s Civil Case Does Not Have ‘Legal Merit’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — FirstEnergy is responding to a civil case filed against the company by Attorney General Dave Yost (R-Ohio) saying the utility company plans to “vigorously” defend itself. FirstEnergy spokesperson Jennifer Young says the company has followed the law when it comes to making political contributions. “The attorney general’s lawsuit unjustly targets… Read More

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announces the new study.

Yost Files Civil Case Against FirstEnergy, HB6 Corruption Defendants

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Attorney General Dave Yost (R-Ohio) is attempting to block nuclear power plants from receiving what could be more than a billion dollars of ratepayer money from the bailout passed a year ago through HB6. Yost filed a civil case in court, basing the lawsuit off the findings of a federal corruption… Read More

Rep. Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati) during Ohio House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight.

House Dems Say HB6 Repeal Taking Too Long

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House is planning another hearing on a potential repeal of HB6, the legislation that which big changes to Ohio energy laws and bailed out nuclear power plants. Opponents of HB6 are growing frustrated with the process saying it should be repealed now. HB6 is at the center… Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Opponents Say Poll Shows Little Support For HB6

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A group calling for the repeal of a sweeping energy law that bailed out nuclear power plants says they have public opinion on their side. The coalition of organizations against HB6 says polling shows little support for the legislation at the center of a federal corruption investigation. A group of environmentalists, government watchdogs… 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

Rep. Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) testifies before the Ohio House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight.

Ohio House Holds Hearings On HB6 Repeal Proposal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House has started hearings on a potential repeal of HB6, the sweeping energy law that bails out nuclear power plants. A federal investigation alleges the bill is at the center of a large corruption scheme involving then-House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford). A key argument in the debate… Read More

Dr. Joan Duwve

Duwve Retracts Decision To Be Ohio’s New Health Director

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine’s (R-Ohio) pick to be the next director of the Ohio Department of Health has backed out of consideration for the post. The public health official withdrew from the position just hours after DeWine made the announcement. DeWine said during his afternoon briefing on COVID-19 that Dr…. Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Supporters, Opponents Of HB6 Debate Final Cost On Electric Bills

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House will begin to hold hearings on a possible repeal of a sweeping energy bill that bailed out nuclear power plants, among several other things. Supporters and opponents of the law, which is now at the center of a federal bribery investigation, are fighting over what the… Read More

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose

LaRose Warns Final Election Outcomes Could Take Longer Than Usual

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the normal way of doing things in many areas, and Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R-Ohio) says election night is no exception. LaRose says the record amount of absentee ballots expected to be cast means outcomes could take longer for races that are too close… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio Begins Wastewater Monitoring Network For COVID-19 Tracking

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state is rolling out a new program to help local officials track potential outbreaks of COVID-19. Ohio has put together a network of wastewater treatment plants in an attempt to detect the coronavirus through sewage. There are more than 20 wastewater treatment plants in Ohio studying samples looking… Read More

Larry Householder leaving federal court after arraignment

Householder Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Racketeering Charge

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Former House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) has pleaded not guilty in federal court to charge of racketeering. Householder, who was among the most powerful Republican leaders in the state, is accused of taking part in a bribery scheme in exchange for passing a nuclear power plant bailout. Householder, who is… Read More

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Ohio House Creates New Committee For Nuclear Bailout Repeal Debate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Republican leaders in the Ohio House have announced the creation of a new committee to hold hearings on the potential repeal of HB6, a nuclear power plant bailout bill at the center of an alleged $60 million corruption scheme. Newly-elected House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) says the House Select… 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.

‘Inconsistent Results’ Reported In Ohio’s Assisted Living COVID-19 Testing Program

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state is pausing a widespread COVID-19 testing program at assisted living facilities due to what Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) called “inconsistent results” with the baseline saliva kits. Ohio started conducting baseline saliva testing this week at assisted living facilities. DeWine said the testing will give the centers a… Read More

White House Official From Cleveland Lays Out Trump’s Pitch To Black Voters

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During the final night of the Republican National Convention, President Donald Trump’s deputy assistant Ja’Ron Smith told the national audience that his Cleveland roots are part of his value system and that Trump has been fighting hard for the issues that matter to Black people Ja’Ron Smith works on urban affairs and revitalization issues at… Read More

Attorney General Dave Yost

Yost Considering Legal Action To Stall Electric Bill Hikes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Attorney General Dave Yost (R-Ohio) says he’s considering taking legal action to stall the billion dollar nuclear power plant bailout as legislators consider a possible repeal to the law that created the subsidies. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved the mechanism to be used to increase nearly every… Read More

Ohio’s GOP Leader Says Trump Has Strong Message For RNC

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Supporters for President Donald Trump are canvassing Ohio during the Republican National Convention, trying to rally support for November’s election. Ohio Republican Party Chair Jane Timken says the convention is going to energize voters, “We’re going to bring in more voters. People are going to see our showcase, what we’ve showcased, what the president has… Read More

President Donald Trump at a rally in Columbus

Trump Campaign Expects RNC To Lay Out ‘Positive Vision’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — President Donald Trump’s campaign in Ohio is preparing for a busy week, running many events in collaboration with the Republican National Convention. Dan Lusheck, press secretary for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign in Ohio, called last week’s virtual Democratic National Convention a “distraction.” Lusheck says this week’s Republican National… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio Releases Guidelines For Performing Arts To Reopen

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state has released a reopening plan for the performing arts which takes into account the many variables that come with live theater and music, such as food and intermission. However, a final health order has yet to be signed. The rules mandate that actors, musicians, and other performers must wear a… Read More

Absentee voters can drop off their election ballots in this box on Court Street in uptown Athens.

U.S. Postal Service Warns Ohio About Potential Delays For Absentee Voting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The U.S. Postal Service has sent a letter to dozens of state election officials around the country including Ohio, warning that delays in delivering the mail could result in voters not being able to cast their absentee ballots in time. The letter sent to Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R-Ohio) on… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Says Racism Is A Public Health Crisis

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) called racism a public health crisis while releasing a report from a task force created to look into how COVID-19 is hitting people of color disproportionately. The minority health strike force identified dozens of issues to address disparities when it comes to health issues for people of color, known… 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

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State Opens Grant Program For Student Broadband Accessibility

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The state is now accepting applications for schools seeking funds to expand broadband accessibility. That program has lifted a restriction that supporters say will go even further in helping low-income districts. The state is granting $50 million in federal funds to school districts that need help providing Internet access to… Read More

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E-Warrant Program Intended To Improve Gun Sale Background Check Accuracy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The anniversary of the mass shooting in Dayton is reviving conversations about gun regulations in Ohio. While lawmakers have refused to move Gov. Mike DeWine’s (R-Ohio) gun regulation proposals, his administration is rolling out a program that he says can improve the accuracy of background checks. An e-warrant program in… Read More