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Gov. Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine wearing face masks on June 23, 2020.

Gov. DeWine Mandates Face Masks In Seven Counties

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Gov. Mike DeWine announced the Ohio Department of Health will issue a public health order requiring face masks in public in seven counties where the spread of COVID-19 is considered most severe. Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Montgomery and Trumbull are all considered “red alerts” under the state’s Public Health Advisory System, and… Read More

Pedestrians pass through The Ohio State University's student union

Ohio State Announces Plan To Resume In-Person Classes This Fall

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Ohio State University will be returning to in-person classes for part of the fall semester, under a plan announced by university president Michael Drake on Wednesday. Ohio State will hold the first day of autumn classes on Tuesday, Aug. 25, and on-campus instruction will run through Wednesday, Nov. 25. After Thanksgiving break,… Read More

Gov. DeWine Activates Ohio National Guard, Columbus Placed Under Curfew

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Gov. Mike DeWine is calling the Ohio National Guard into service after three days of violent protests in downtown Columbus. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced a city-wide curfew from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. beginning Saturday. Anyone on the streets past then can be arrested, he said. Ginther said the curfew, which will remain… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Lifting “Stay Safe Ohio” Order

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Ohio’s stay-at-home order is now less a command than a suggestion. Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday that he is issuing an “urgent health advisory” to take the place of Ohio’s restrictions, as the state pushes forward in reopening the economy. “We are now moving from orders to strong recommendations,” DeWine said at… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Calls for $775 Million in State Budget Cuts

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Gov. Mike DeWine is calling on a $775 million budget reduction over the next two months, as the coronavirus pandemic takes a “profound” impact on the state’s economy. Medicaid and education are the top items on the chopping block. DeWine proposed reducing Medicaid spending by $210 million, K-12 foundation payment by $300… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Reopening State Will Be Slow Process, DeWine Cautions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — As new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations begin to decline, why shouldn’t Ohio reopen today? With the help of an infectious diseases expert, Gov. Mike DeWine spent over an hour Thursday explaining that a fully open economy and health care system is still a while away. “When we talk about reopening, what we’re… Read More

About 75 people wearing masks and carrying signs protest outside the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.

Protesters Gather Outside Statehouse To Criticize Shutdowns

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COLUMBUS, Ohio, (WOSU) — Around 75 protesters gathered outside of the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday to criticize the government’s restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak. Many wore Guy Fawkes masks over their faces, and at least one held a gun. Their signs criticized the governor’s stay-at-home order, closure of schools and shutdown of the economy: “My… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Extends Stay-At-Home Order Until May 1

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Ohio Department of Health director Amy Acton signed the order Thursday at the state’s daily coronavirus press conference. The original March 22 order only extended to this coming Monday, April 6. The new order kicks into effect that night, and lines up with the governor’s previous order extending school closures until May 1. “I’m convinced… Read More

Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor

Judges Urged To Reduce Bonds, Lower Jail Populations

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Even as more local governments begin moving to remote work, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has asked judges to keep courts open for emergency matters – while encouraging them to reduce bonds, stay eviction proceedings and release high-risk people from jails. As of Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health… Read More

A caregiver tests a patient for coronavirus at University Hospitals, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.

Most BMV Locations, All Barber Shops And Salons To Close

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Ohio is shutting down most Bureau of Motor Vehicles locations effective Wednesday night, while instructing law enforcement to stop issuing tickets for expired driver’s licenses. At his daily coronavirus press conference Wednesday, Gov. Mike DeWine also announced the state is issuing public health orders to close all barber shops, salons, spas… Read More

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton speaks at a news conference, as Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, Gov. Mike DeWIne and First Lady Fran Dewine and Commerce Director Sherry Maxfield look on. A sign language interpreter is present at these events.

Health Department Orders Elective Procedures Canceled

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Ohio’s Department of Health will issue a public health order telling medical centers to stop all elective surgeries and other procedures, in an effort to free up staff and equipment for dealing with COVID-19 coronavirus. The state on Tuesday reported 67 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 16 counties. Of those cases,… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks to reporters

Gov. DeWine Closing Polls Through Public Health Order

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio’s primary election Tuesday will not take place after all. After a Franklin County judge denied an attempt to delay the election and extend absentee voting through June 2, DeWine announced Monday night that the state will order polls closed due to a public health emergency. “During… Read More

Harrison County Township Building sits empty the day before the official Election Day in Londonderry, Ohio on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

Judge Denies Request To Delay Primary Election Until June 2

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Updated, Tuesday, March 16, 7:11 p.m. A Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge has ruled against a temporary restraining order that would have delayed Ohio’s primary election until June 2 due to the coronavirus. Judge Richard Frye denied the lawsuit just after 7 p.m. on Monday, less than 12 hours before the primary election… Read More

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton holds up a mask as she gives an update at MetroHealth Medical Center Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Cleveland, on the state's preparedness and education efforts to limit the potential spread of a new virus which caused a disease called COVID-19. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, left, watches.

Coronavirus in Ohio: Officials Confirm First Three Cases Of COVID-19

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Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday declared a state of emergency after the first three cases of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, were identified in the state. DeWine announced that three Ohioans tested positive for the virus, but the state won’t release information on who the patients are until they’re notified. All three patients are from Cuyahoga… Read More

Pedestrians pass through The Ohio State University's student union

Ohio State Reaches Settlements with Half of Richard Strauss Accusers

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Ohio State University announced that it’s reached a monetary settlement with some of the men who have alleged sexual abuse by longtime doctor Richard Strauss. Officials said in press release Friday that the school has settled with plaintiffs in 11 of the 18 lawsuits, which accuse the school of knowing about and ignoring decades of abuse by… Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court Building

Supreme Court Allows Ohio To Delay Redrawing Congressional Map

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Ohio does not need to immediately draw a new congressional map, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday. The U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering challenges against congressional maps in Maryland and North Carolina. Friday’s order allows both Ohio and Michigan to hold off redrawing their maps until the court decides those cases, which is expected… Read More

Attorney General Dave Yost

Ohio Files Motion To Block Court From Throwing Out Congressional Map

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Ohio’s Attorney General filed a motion Monday to block a federal court decision throwing out the state’s congressional map. A three-judge panel last Friday ruled that Ohio’s map is an “unconstitutional partisan gerrymander” and must be redrawn by June 14. Attorney General Dave Yost asked for a stay of the decision while he appeals the ruling to… Read More

Federal Court Throws Out Ohio’s Congressional Map

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A federal court has ruled that Ohio’s congressional map is an “unconstitutional partisan gerrymander” and must be redrawn by the 2020 election. In their ruling Friday, a three-judge panel from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio argue that the map was intentionally drawn “to disadvantage Democratic voters and entrench Republican representatives… Read More

FBI Alleges Extortion, Bribery By Ex-House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger

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Former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and several payday lending lobbyists are named in a federal search warrant seeking evidence of potential bribery and kickbacks. The documents, released by the Ohio House on Monday, outline the FBI’s criminal case against Rosenberger, who resigned in April amid an investigation into his involvement with the payday lending industry…. Read More