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Kentucky Judge Blocks Follow-up Attempt To Limit Beshear COVID Orders

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge has temporarily blocked another attempt by Republican lawmakers to restrict Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear’s efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd extended a temporary injunction Wednesday. It applies to a measure passed over the governor’s veto. The measure specifies which of Beshear’s pandemic-related orders… Read More

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted

Ohio GOP Lieutenant Governor Faces Political Test Over Tweet

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted entered the coronavirus pandemic a Republican rising star. But his party’s hard turn to the right and many member’s deep hatred of COVID-19 restrictions have required deft recalculation. University of Cincinnati political scientist David Niven says Husted’s increasingly provocative rhetoric on social media over the… Read More

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Some West Virginia Schools See Spike In Virus Outbreaks

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Schools in West Virginia’s capital and surrounding Kanawha County reported the most coronavirus outbreaks since the start of the pandemic on Monday. The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department said a total of 41 students and three staff members have been affected by outbreaks across seven schools. And in northern West Virginia, officials at… Read More

Andy Beshear

Beshear Vetoes Bill Aiming To Create Scholarship Tax Credits

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has vetoed a measure that would allow limited use of scholarship tax credits for private school tuition. He calls it an unconstitutional attack on public education. Public education advocates denounced the proposal leading up to the veto Wednesday. But the embattled bill could still become law if… Read More

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States Sue To Undo Biden Pause On US Oil & Gas Lease Sales

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana and a dozen other states are suing the Biden administration to end a suspension of oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters. Louisiana’s Republican Attorney General, Jeff Landry, announced the federal lawsuit Wednesday. The suit also seeks a court order that the government go ahead with two offshore… Read More

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Fired West Virginia Teacher Loses Suit Over Bigoted Posts

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit of a West Virginia teacher who was fired for her social media posts. Former Huntington High School teacher Mary Durstein made a series of posts in 2017 that ridiculed Black people, Muslims and former President Barack Obama. The Herald-Dispatch reports that she challenged an… Read More

Charles Reader

Former Pike County Sheriff Gets 3 Years Prison For Theft

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WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — A former Pike County sheriff who rose to prominence for the investigation of the execution-style slayings of eight family members was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for theft in office and other charges. Charles Reader, 47, sobbed and begged Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove for mercy during his sentencing… Read More

Mike DeWine wearing mask

DeWine Has No Immediate Plans To Lift Mask Mandate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A spokesman says Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has no immediate plans to lift the statewide mask mandate despite recent decisions to do so in Texas and other states. Dan Tierney is the Republican governor’s press secretary. He said Wednesday that even people who have been vaccinated could still transmit a weakened… Read More

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Acting Federal Prosecutor Named For Southern Half Of Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An acting federal prosecutor was named Monday for the Southern District of Ohio after the former officeholder stepped down under the Justice Department’s transition to the administration of President Joe Biden. Vipal Patel, a longtime assistant U.S. attorney from Dayton, will serve as acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of… Read More

This Dec. 2, 2020, file photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.

First U.S. Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Doses Shipped Sunday Night

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 4 million doses of the newest COVID-19 vaccine shipped Sunday night, and will begin to be delivered to states for injections starting on Tuesday. The White House said the entire stockpile of the newly approved single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will go out immediately. J&J will deliver about 16 million more… Read More

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Kentucky Man Pleads Guilty To Improper Shipping Of Nuclear Waste

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man charged with illegally dumping low-level nuclear waste at an Estill County landfill has pleaded guilty in federal court to two charges of shipping the waste without the proper labeling. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Cory David Hoskins faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up… Read More

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Ohio Bill Toughening Welfare Program Eligibility Criticized

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Social service advocates are criticizing an Ohio bill that would toughen eligibility for food stamps and Medicaid benefits. Beefed up monitoring of changes in food stamp recipients’ income would be required along with photos on state food stamp cards, called EBT cards, under legislation proposed by Sen. Tim Schaffer, a Lancaster… Read More

A woman holds up a sign during q protest, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland.

Lawmakers Revive Bills To Fight Racism, Honor Juneteenth

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Racism would be declared a public health crisis in Ohio and the day celebrating the official end of slavery would become a paid state holiday under racial justice measures reintroduced Tuesday. The measures were originally introduced in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which sparked nationwide protests… Read More

In this image taken from video footage released in a criminal complaint by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Alexander Sheppard, center, joins other rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

Tally Of Ohio Residents Charged In Capitol Breach Up To 10

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio men have become the latest people to be charged in connection to the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S Capitol after being identified by family and acquaintances to the FBI, according to U.S. District Court documents. Thirty-nine-year-old Derek Jancart and 21-year-old Alexander Sheppard join the eight other Ohioans… Read More

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice

Gov. Justice Addresses Public Questions On Income Tax Cut Plan

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice held an online discussion to promote his proposal to eliminate the state income tax. The Republican governor addressed written questions submitted from the public on the proposal, which he unveiled in his State of the State address earlier this month. But he did little to fill… Read More

Gov. DeWine receives his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Governor, First Lady Receive 2nd COVID-19 Vaccine Shot

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The office of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says the governor and first lady Fran DeWine have received the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine. The Republican governor and his wife were eligible because both are older than 70. DeWine has said he would not cut in line for the shots but… Read More

This Monday, April 20, 2020 file photo shows protesters gathering outside of the Ohio State House in Columbus, Ohio to protest the stay home order.

YouTube Removes Ohio Committee Video, Citing Misinformation

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Legislative testimony made in support of a GOP-backed effort to limit public health orders made by Ohio’s governor was removed from YouTube after the service deemed it contained COVID-19 misinformation. The Google-owned platform said Friday it removed content that was uploaded this week to The Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom channel… Read More

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House OKs Bill To Direct $210M For Ohio Broadband Expansion

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Legislation to help expand high-speed internet access in underserved and rural areas of Ohio is getting bipartisan support and fast-tracked consideration at the Statehouse as the coronavirus pandemic increases pressure to address that digital divide. A measure to direct $210 million toward increasing broadband access passed the House on Thursday with… Read More

Patrick Morrisey

West Virginia AG Warns Of Price Gouging In Snow Emergency

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s attorney general is warning against price gouging during a state of emergency that took effect on Tuesday due to winter weather. Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency in four western counties where an ice storm caused tens of thousands of power outages and knocked trees onto roads…. Read More

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Report: Ohio Lawmakers Still Propose Too Many Crime Bills

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A report finds that nearly one of every 10 bills introduced by Ohio lawmakers during the last legislative session were criminal justice-related and at odds with efforts to reduce the state’s prison population. The American Civil Liberties Union Ohio chapter conducted the review, part of an ongoing analysis. The “Statehouse to… Read More