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Kentucky Lawmakers to Take up 1-year Budget Due to Pandemic

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Key Kentucky lawmakers say the legislature will be presented a one-year state spending plan. Lawmakers traditionally pass two-year budgets. Sen. Chris McDaniel on Tuesday called it a “fairly unprecedented move” caused by disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic. Rep. Steven Rudy says passing a one-year plan will enable lawmakers to meet their… Read More

This March 15, 2018 photo shows a natural gas drill rig in Belmont County, Ohio.

Plan for Ethane ‘Cracker’ Plant in Belmont County Takes a Step Forward

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CLEVELAND (AP) — A partnership proposing to build an ethane “cracker” plant in Ohio has reached economic development agreements to pay two government entities millions in the coming years. A spokesman says that while the agreements are an important step, PTTGC America and Daelim Chemical USA have not made an investment decision on building the… Read More

The West Virginia state capitol building

West Virginia Governor Eases Unemployment Rules Amid Virus

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has loosened unemployment regulations for people whose jobs have been shuttered over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. An executive order from the Republican governor on Thursday directs commerce officials to ensure that people who had their hours reduced or are prevented from working due to the… Read More

Unemployment

Unemployment Claims Top 100K, New Voter Sign-up Demanded

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says it has received 111,055 unemployment insurance benefit applications online in the past four days, due to layoffs related to coronavirus orders. That compares to 3,895 during the same four days last week. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services hotline for unemployment benefits has been overwhelmed the… Read More

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose

3-week School Closure Begins; Election Day Prep Underway

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio is making final preparations for the Tuesday primary as the coronavirus pandemic spreads. Secretary of State Frank LaRose has ordered curbside absentee ballot drop-off stations at county boards staffed with bipartisan teams on Tuesday. Children accompanied by parents and grandparents began picking up to-go meals at designated schools as at… Read More

Ohio University basketball players warm up in an empty arena without fans before an NCAA college basketball game against Akron in the Mid-American Conference men's tournament, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Cleveland..

Ohio Players Get in One Last Run After MAC Tourney Canceled

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio got in one last run after its season ended. The Bobcats were on the floor warming up to play Akron when the Mid-American Conference basketball tournament was canceled. The MAC was one of several leagues around the country to scrap games as concern grew over the coronavirus pandemic. After learning of… Read More