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Ohio Pandemic Unemployment Overpayments Hit $2.1 Billion

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s human services agency says overpayments in both the state and federal unemployment insurance program topped $2.1 billion during the coronavirus pandemic. That includes both overpayments made due to fraud and overpayments due to mistakes. Those errors could have been on the part of the filer, an employer or the state…. Read More

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3 Existing Conditions Approved For Ohio Medical Marijuana

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Members of an Ohio medical panel have added three existing conditions for purchasing medical marijuana in the state. The Ohio Medical Board’s marijuana committee determined earlier this year that arthritis, chronic migraines and complex regional pain syndrome fall into the existing category of chronic or intractable pain. Ohioans need a doctor… Read More

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DeWine Ending $300 Weekly Federal Coronavirus Payment

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has announced the state is ending its participation in the federal program providing $300 of weekly pandemic unemployment funds. DeWine, a Republican, said Thursday the state will stop participating as of June 26. Multiple states have announced the end of the benefit, which came on top of… Read More

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Ohio Urges Judges To Keep Census Bureau On Data Deadline

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s solicitor general urged a panel of appellate judges to hold the U.S. Census Bureau’s feet to the fire by issuing an order that would require the statistical agency to release data used for redrawing congressional and legislative districts by mid-August. Solicitor General Benjamin Flowers told the federal judges that an… Read More

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‘Monster’: 7 Life Sentences For Ex-VA Hospital Worker In Deaths

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former nursing assistant has been sentenced to seven consecutive terms of life in prison for injecting seven elderly veterans with fatal doses of insulin. Reta Mays was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Mays didn’t say why she did it before being sentenced on seven counts of… Read More

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Treasury Sends $12B In COVID-19 Relief To Ohio Governments

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Treasury Department said Monday that Ohio will receive nearly $5.4 billion in aid as part of Democratic President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, with another $6.6 billion going directly to counties, cities and townships. It’s part of the $350 billion program created under the American Rescue Plan to… Read More

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Witness Testimony Continues In Landmark W.Va. Opioid Trial

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Witness testimony has begun in a landmark opioid trial in which local governments in West Virginia have sued three large drug distributors that have been accused of fueling the opioid epidemic. Cabell County and the city of Huntington argue that the drug distributors created a “public nuisance” by flooding the area… Read More

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Trial Against Opioid Distributors Set To Begin In W.Va.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A trial is set to start in a lawsuit filed in West Virginia accusing three drug distributors of fueling a local opioid epidemic with excessively large shipments of painkillers over several years. The city of Huntington and Cabell County filed the lawsuit against drug distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson. The… Read More

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8 Indicted In Alcohol-Related Death After Fraternity Party

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors say eight people have been indicted in the alcohol-related death of an Ohio college student found unconscious after a fraternity party. Six of those indicted Thursday are charged with involuntary manslaughter. They range in age from 19 to 23. Twenty-year-old Bowling Green State University sophomore Stone Foltz was found by… Read More

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Columbus Mayor Requests Federal Probe Of Police Force

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has asked the Department of Justice for an investigation into the city’s police department following a series of police killings of Black people. The Democratic mayor says while the city is committed to reform and has already established a number of “significant” changes in the past few… Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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