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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, left, and his wife Fran, walk into their residence after he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Bexley, Ohio.

Ohio Governor Sees Growing Criticism From Fellow Republicans

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It’s been a rough few days for Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine as he faces growing dissatisfaction within his own party. President Donald Trump has gotten DeWine’s loyal support but still suggested another Republican should challenge him in 2022. Statehouse Republicans have pushed a series of bills seeking to limit DeWine’s… Read More

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

Ohio Senate OKs Death Penalty Ban Of Severely Mentally Ill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers voted to pass a bill banning the execution of the severely mentally ill during a lame duck legislative session. The House legislation informally passed during a Senate session after receiving broad support from Republicans and Democrats in the General Assembly. A spokesman for GOP Senate President Larry Obhof says… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Deflects Questions On Public Utility Official Searched By FBI

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has deflected questions regarding an FBI search of the Columbus home of the the state’s top utility regulator. DeWine at a coronavirus briefing on Tuesday said “we’re waiting for additional information” about the search of the residence of Sam Randazzo, a longtime utility attorney and lobbyist DeWine… Read More

Boxes of mail-in ballots

Vendor Says Ohio, Pennsylvania Ballot Backlogs Caught Up

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The vendor responsible for the printing and mailing of 2.4 million delayed ballots across Ohio and Pennsylvania says it is all caught up. Cleveland-based Midwest Direct said in a statement Tuesday that extra staff, expanded hours and added equipment were required to meet the “staggering volume of mail-in ballot requests for… Read More

FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Ohio GOP Lawmakers Favor Remake Of Tainted Energy Bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There appears to be consensus among Republican lawmakers to replace a bill tainted by an alleged bribery scandal to provide $1 billion in subsidies to two Ohio nuclear plants. Some say they support most of what’s in the bill known as HB6 but want its replacement to include audits proving the… Read More

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford) speaks to reporters before session on September 1. It was the first time he was back in the House since being stripped of his speakership in July.

Ex-House Speaker Runs For Reelection Despite Federal Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Rep. Larry Householder’s name will be on the ballot Election Day as the disgraced Ohio lawmaker intends to serve his district for another term. This despite facing federal bribery charges for his alleged involvement in a $60 million bribery scheme that shook the Statehouse over the summer and led his… Read More

This Aug. 22, 2018, file photo shows a sign declaring the future home of Braidy Industries' aluminum mill in Ashland, Ky.

Braidy Industries Changes Name To Unity Aluminum

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ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — An aluminum company planning to build a massive mill in Appalachia has changed its name from Braidy Industries to Unity Aluminum. A release from the company Thursday says the new name “signifies the company’s steadfast commitment to its customers, innovative technologies and local community in Ashland.” Company leaders say Unity is… Read More

The West Virginia State Capitol at night

Debate Set For WVa. Gov. Jim Justice, Dem Challenger Salango

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Republican Gov. Jim Justice and Democratic challenger Ben Salango are set to participate in their only scheduled debate before the Nov. 3 election. The one-hour debate is set for Tuesday night in Morgantown. Justice is a billionaire businessman who switched from Democrat to Republican less than a year into… Read More

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

Ohio Officials: Some Ballots Reported Incorrect May Be Right

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials in Ohio say some of the nearly 50,000 absentee ballots reported last week to be incorrect may have been correct after all, but replacement ballots will be sent to all of the affected voters in the county that is home to the state’s capital and largest city. Franklin County officials… Read More

In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, Richard Branson appears at a ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in Los Angeles.

West Virginia Site Chosen For High-Speed Travel Facility

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Virgin Hyperloop One will build a certification center in West Virginia to test the high-speed transportation concept that uses enclosed pods to zip passengers underground at over 600 mph. The company had received bids from 17 states over the past year to build a 6-mile testing track and other facilities over… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Governor Says Aid For Ohio Renters, Businesses Coming Soon

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he hopes by next week to provide details of an economic aid package for small businesses, nonprofits and people struggling to pay rent. The governor said at his Tuesday news briefing it’s unclear how long the economic downturn will continue and he knows people need help…. Read More

The West Virginia state capitol building

West Virginia Delegate Resigns After Slurs Appear Online

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia House Speaker Roger Hanshaw says a Republican House delegate has resigned after homophobic messages attributed to him circulated online. John Mandt Jr.’s resignation from the West Virginia House of Delegates was effective at the end of Saturday, Hanshaw said in a statement. Mandt, a Republican from Cabell County, was… Read More

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) runs off the field following a 33-25 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars

Burrow Picks Up First NFL Win As Bengals Beat Jaguars 33-25

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Mixon ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns and caught Joe Burrow’s pass for another score as the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-25. The Bengals rolled up 505 yards in getting their first win of the season. The Bengals (1-2-1) worked around their recent offensive line problems and Mixon… Read More

Attorney General Dave Yost

Judge: Energy Company Can Continue Donations To Lawmakers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge rules that Ohio’s attorney general’s effort to block an energy company and its affiliated entities from donating to lawmakers is an infringement of First Amendment rights. A Franklin County judge denied Attorney General Dave Yost’s attempt to stop campaign contributions to Ohio lawmakers from First Energy while the House… Read More

FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Committee Adjourns On Eve Of Deadline To Repeal Bailout Law

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House committee set up to determine the fate of the law now tainted by a $60 million federal bribery investigation adjourned for the coming weeks with no immediate plans for repeal in place. Lawmakers left Wednesday’s hearing of the House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight with no… Read More

A box to drop off absentee ballots sits in the parking lot of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland.

Limit Of 1 Ballot Box Per County Reaches Ohio Appeals Court

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A lawyer for the Ohio Democratic Party says Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s evolving public statements and erratic actions prior to issuing a directive limiting ballot drop boxes to one per county prove his order is not reasonable. The lawyer made the remarks before a three-judge panel of a state… Read More

Peden Stadium

MAC Returns With 6-game Football Season Starting Nov. 4

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio University football team will take the field this fall. The Mid-American Conference, the first major college football league to postpone its season, has become the final one to jump back in. That makes it 10 out of 10 conferences that will play in the fall. University presidents in the Big… Read More

Drop box behind Delaware County Bd of Elections

Ohio, GOP Defend Limit On Ballot Drop Boxes To 1 Per County

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio and Republican groups including the Trump campaign are defending a GOP election chief’s directive limiting ballot drop boxes in the critical presidential battleground to one per county. They told an appellate court in filings Monday that a county judge overstepped his authority when he blocked it. The Ohio Republican Party… Read More

Ohio State Marching Band and Alumni Marching Band Members perform Script Ohio at an Ohio State football game

‘Grateful’ – Players Celebrate Big Ten’s Reversal On Season

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields says he felt distraught watching college football on TV last weekend. With the Big Ten’s decision to scrap fall sports in the name of player safety because of the coronavirus pandemic, Fields and his Buckeye teammates were sidelined. That changed this week when the Big Ten… Read More

Kid grabs candy from Cathy Baker while saying "Trick-or-treat" in Athens, Ohio on Oct, 26, 2017.

Ohio Guidelines Discourage Traditional Trick-Or-Treating

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has released guidelines for Halloween that discourage traditional trick-or-treating. The guidelines provided by the Ohio Department of Health on Friday also strongly recommend that haunted houses and hayrides be canceled. The guidelines recommend trick-or-treating alternatives such as drive-through events with children in cars collecting treats from individuals spaced at least… Read More