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Restaurants Statewide Having Trouble Finding Enough Staff For Summer

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio’s restaurant and bar owners say they expect business to pick up this summer. But they are worried about having enough employees to handle the business. Ohio Restaurant Association President John Barker said restaurant and bar owners are telling him they’re having a hard time trying to hire enough staff… Read More

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No Ohio State Fair For The Public This Year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — If you’ve had a hankering for the deep fried doughnut hamburger you weren’t able to get on the Ohio State Fair midway last year, you will have to wait a little longer. The Ohio Expositions Commission said members are concerned about public health and don’t know what the COVID-19… Read More

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Another New Ohio Abortion Law Is Temporarily Put On Hold

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — For the second time this week, a new Ohio abortion law has been put on hold. This one affects the use of telemedicine in abortions. A Hamilton County judge temporarily blocked the law that prevents doctors from using telemedicine to write prescriptions for medical abortions. The hold lasts until… Read More

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Cleveland Car Dealer Bernie Moreno Running For U.S. Senate

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Cleveland area car dealer Bernie Moreno is the latest Republican to throw his hat in the ring to run for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Sen. Rob Portman. A campaign video by Moreno says “radical ideology” is rising in America. “If we are going to protect this country… Read More

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New Abortion Law Won’t Be Enforced For Now

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A law that requires burial or cremation of fetal tissue from an abortion will not go into effect Tuesday as planned. An Ohio judge granted a preliminary injunction, stopping enforcement of the new law requiring fetal remains from an abortion be buried or cremated. Abortion clinics had requested this delay,… Read More

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Bill Would Allow Ohio Nursing Home Residents To Have Security Cameras

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Many Ohioans have security cameras inside their homes but Ohio law prohibits residents who live in assisted living or long-term care nursing facilities from having them. A bill has been proposed in the Ohio Legislature to change that. Democratic State Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland) said her bill would allow residents… Read More

Ohio Department of Aging Director Ursel McElroy joined Gov. Mike and Fran DeWine for the first COVID vaccine among Ohio nursing home residents, at the Crown Point Care Center in Columbus in December.

Ohio Posts List Of Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Sites Not Disclosing Vaccine Info

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There have been more than 6,900 COVID deaths in Ohio nursing homes – 38% of all the deaths in the state. Now Gov. Mike DeWine made public a list of nursing homes and assisted living facilities that have not asked for the vaccine or said their staff and residents… Read More

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Collin Wiant’s Mother Backs State, Federal Anti-Hazing Legislation

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The death of 20-year-old Stone Foltz, a Bowling Green State University sophomore who died this month after an alleged fraternity hazing incident, has renewed calls for change at the state and federal level. Kathleen Wiant’s son, Collin, died at an Ohio University off-campus fraternity house in 2018. “For the last weeks of Collin’s… Read More

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New Order Requires Nursing Homes To Allow Visits In Most Cases

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Currently in Ohio, nursing home visitors need to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at the front door, need to sign in, wear masks and schedule those visits in advance. But there’s a new state order meant to ensure visitors are more common in those nursing facilities. Gov. Mike DeWine said the new order… Read More

Lorenzo Thomas gets vaccinated at mass vaccination clinic in Columbus

Mass Vaccination Clinics Are Underway Throughout Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There’s a rush for vaccines in many parts of Ohio, as those who are eligible race to websites of health clinics and pharmacies to book appointments for shots as soon as they become available. It’s the first day of a mass vaccination clinic at St. John Arena on Ohio… Read More

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Federal Lawsuit Over COVID Closures Dropped As Backers Change Legal Strategy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Opponents of Gov. Mike DeWine’s COVID restrictions and shutdowns have dropped their federal lawsuit they filed last fall, asking for the removal of the state of emergency that was declared in March. But that doesn’t mean the end of the legal fight is over. Attorney Robert Gargasz says the lawsuit was withdrawn due to a change in… Read More

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Ohio Department of Health

The Whys And Hows Behind The Metrics For Lifting Health Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine said he’ll lift the mask mandates and other health orders when Ohio’s coronavirus cases drop to 50 cases per 100,000 Ohioans over a two-week period. But why was that metric chosen and how is it being determined? The Chief Medical Officer for the Ohio Department of… Read More

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More College Students Could Be Eligible For Food Assistance Program

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Many college campuses throughout the state have created food pantries for their students. And students might qualify for food stamp benefits as well because of new changes in the federal food assistance program. Joree Novotny with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks said SNAP, the program that provides food cards to needy families,… Read More

Fans inside MAPFRE Stadium cheer on the Columbus Crew while they warm up.

New Health Orders Loosen Ohio’s Event Restrictions

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Two new health orders are now in effect that allow sports and entertainment venues to reopen in Ohio, and relax restrictions around weddings, proms and other big events. Since last March, the Ohio Department of Health has banned “mass gatherings” as a way to stop the spread of COVID-19. Under Tuesday’s updated order, signed by… Read More

Ohio Lawmakers Change Key Parts Of Governor’s Transportation Budget

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — An Ohio House committee stripped provisions from Gov. Mike DeWine’s transportation budget, one of which targets distracted driving. The House committee removed part of the budget that included stiffer penalties for drivers caught while using or holding any wireless device while driving. Curt Steiner represents a coalition of 35 organizations… Read More

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Bill Would Increase The Number Of Public Defenders In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — About 70% of people who are facing jail time in Ohio need the services of a public defender. But there’s a shortage of them. Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that its backers said would help. Democratic Rep David Leland (D-Columbus), an attorney himself, said his bill would increase… Read More

Rep Thomas West and other supporters of the bill

New Bill Aims To Stop Fake 911 Calls

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Some Ohio lawmakers introduced a new bill aimed at cutting down on fake 911 calls. Democratic State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) said people are calling police on African American Ohioans while they are doing things as simple as sitting in parked cars or making phone calls. West, an African… Read More

A Cincinnati Reds mascots sits in empty stands during a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at the Great American Ballpark, in Cincinnati, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020

DeWine Optimistic For Return Of Fans At Games, Dancing At Proms

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COLUMUBS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine said Ohioans who are planning now for spring events – proms, weddings, baseball games – should feel confident things will be better this year compared to 2020. But there’s a big caveat. DeWine said crowds at spring baseball games might be able to go to 30%… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in December 2020

New Bill Would Take Away Consequences For Businesses That Violate COVID Orders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio lawmakers will look over yet another measure to pull back on Gov. Mike DeWine’s power to issue health orders. A new bill proposed by one of his fellow Republicans would take away penalties slapped on business owners cited for violating coronavirus orders. Republican Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova) said the Ohio Legislature has passed… Read More

Gov. DeWine

Ohio’s New Vaccine Scheduling Website Is Ready But Won’t Be Available Yet

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — One of the current frustrations with scheduling vaccines in Ohio is that there’s not one centralized place to go to do that. The state now has a website for that but don’t expect to use it anytime soon. Gov. Mike DeWine says the site has been built and is ready… Read More

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.

Did Ohio’s Curfew Work? Ohio’s Governor Thinks So.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The curfew that closed Ohio’s restaurants and bars in late evening hours since November has been lifted. But is there evidence that curfew actually prevented the spread of coronavirus? The governor thinks so. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says when you are inside a bar or restaurant, you are indoors without… Read More

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Ohio Is Finding More Cases Of Fraud In Its Unemployment Processing System

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Some of the more than 140,000 Ohioans who have recently filed for unemployment may not be getting their checks soon due to another problem with fraud in the system for processing those claims. Many claims have been put on hold while the state investigates why there’s a 200% spike… Read More

Sen. Matt Huffman explains his bill to reporters

Ohio Senate President Says K-12 Testing Should Not Be Scrapped This Year

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Though most schools are still dealing with the effects of the pandemic, the Republican leader of the Ohio Senate says he’s not in favor of scrapping required state tests in K-12schools this year, as some lawmakers have suggested. Some state lawmakers have proposed scrapping state mandated proficiency tests for… Read More