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Kids were in masks in Worthington Kilbourne High School when the district reopened for in-person learning in March 2021. All K-12 students and staff in the district are required to wear masks after a mandate went into effect August 25, a week after school started for the year.

Key Lawmaker Says A Mask Mandate For All Ohio Schools Wouldn’t Stand

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Children’s hospitals say they’re worried about rising cases of COVID in kids, with nearly half of all Ohio students not required to wear masks in schools. But that’s unlikely to change unless local officials make decisions to do that. There won’t be a statewide mask mandate for Ohio schools,… Read More

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

DeWine Says He Would Issue A Statewide Mask Mandate If He Could

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday said he would have issued a statewide mask mandate to slow spiking cases of the coronavirus if the Legislature hadn’t tied his hands through a strict restriction on public health orders. DeWine, a Republican, said he fears a fight with fellow GOP lawmakers, including one that… Read More

Governor Mike DeWine and Fran DeWine visit Heritage Hall College of Medicine on Monday, April 12, 2021, in Athens, OH. DeWine toured the facility and watched as three OU students were given the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and then spoke to the media about the vaccination efforts and supply in Ohio. "Our way to get back to normal is the vaccine, it's the only way to get back."

DeWine Calls Biden’s Vaccine Mandate A ‘Mistake’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) said President Joe Biden’s move to mandate vaccinations at businesses is a mistake saying a federal requirement is not the right approach. Biden announced businesses with more than 100 workers must require COVID vaccinations or regular testing of staff. DeWine has been touting the effectiveness… Read More

Sam Randazzo, now-former PUCO chair, testifies in the House Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight

Lawmaker Disputes DeWine’s Claim That Randazzo’s FirstEnergy Ties Were Clear

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — FirstEnergy said it paid a bribe of more than $4 million dollars to Sam Randazzo before he became chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says he didn’t know about the bribe until late 2020, but insists that Randazzo’s past work with FirstEnergy was common… Read More

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Ohio Governor's Office shows Sam Randazzo, of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

DeWine Learned Of FirstEnergy Payment To Former PUCO Chair Before He Resigned

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine has made his first public comments since last week’s plea deal from FirstEnergy in the federal corruption case involving the nuclear power plant bailout law known as House Bill 6. DeWine was asked what he knew about the connection between the Akron-based utility and the person he appointed to… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in Spring

DeWine Signs Ohio’s New Two-Year Budget With 14 Vetoes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Nearly two hours past the midnight deadline, Gov. Mike DeWine put out a statement saying he signed the two-year, $75 billion state budget – while striking out 14 items. Most of the vetoes were technical and specific, but others were more notable. (Read DeWine’s full veto statement here.) DeWine struck the… Read More

Gov. DeWine receives his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

DeWine Looking For Incentives To Boost Ohio Vaccine Numbers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There are 4.6 million Ohioans who have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, that’s 39% of the state’s total population. State officials are looking at how to create incentive for people who have yet to get the shot. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says the state… Read More

One of three students receives a Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during Gov. Dewines visit Monday, April 12.

Gov. DeWine Encourages Young People To Get COVID-19 Vaccine During Stop At OU Clinic

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(UPDATE 4/13, 10:44 a.m.) A day after Gov. Mike DeWine’s visit to Ohio University’s on-campus vaccine clinic, the state advised a pause on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine as the feds review “extremely rare” blood clot cases. “In these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low… 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

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

Gov. DeWine receives his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Governor, First Lady Receive 2nd COVID-19 Vaccine Shot

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The office of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says the governor and first lady Fran DeWine have received the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine. The Republican governor and his wife were eligible because both are older than 70. DeWine has said he would not cut in line for the shots but… Read More

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Ohio National Guard To Assist Winter Storm Cleanup In Lawrence And Gallia Counties

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOUB) — Residents of Lawrence and Gallia Counties now have assistance in the cleanup of recent ice storms. Gov. Mike DeWine activated the Ohio National Guard Friday to assist the two counties currently under a State of Emergency. Members of the 1191st Engineer Company in Portsmouth were placed on state active duty to help… 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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DeWine Adding Gun Regulations Into Budget Proposal

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is bringing back his proposal to create more gun regulations which he says will reduce crime around the state. These were measures that failed to gain traction with lawmakers last year. DeWine’s so-called “Strong Ohio” plan expanded the ability to perform background checks on gun sales,… Read More

A pharmacist labels syringes in a clean room where doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be handled, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at Mount Sinai Queens hospital in New York.

Ohio Expects Increase In Vaccine Supply; Curfew May Be Lifted

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — Ohio’s effort to vaccinate citizens against COVID-19 has been hampered by a lack of supply. During his briefing Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine said there is hope that the state will begin receiving more doses from both Pfizer and Moderna, whose vaccines have so far been approved for use. He also hopes… Read More

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DeWine Proposes $10 Million For Police Body Cameras

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hundreds of law enforcement agencies in Ohio will be able to buy body-worn cameras through a $10 million grant Gov. Mike DeWine proposed in his budget. DeWine said Wednesday that just over 180 of the state’s about 900 law enforcement agencies both have body cameras for officers and are following the… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse in December 2020

Ohio Governor Lays Out His Proposed Two-Year Budget

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine laid out his proposed two-year state budget that sinks $1 billion into one-time spending. DeWine said his plan would use $1 billion of federal and state funds to create the “Investing in Ohio” initiative. It’s one-time money he said will do four things. “We will… Read More

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DeWine Rejects List Of PUCO Nominees

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is asking for a new list of candidates to potentially chair the state’s utilities regulatory agency. The former chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio resigned after the FBI raided his home. DeWine rejected the four candidates named by the PUCO Nominating Council. But he… Read More

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DeWine Asks Biden For More COVID-19 Vaccine, National Strategies

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The transition from a Trump to Biden administration means changes for the nation’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says there’s one glaring issue the state needs help with moving forward. President Joe Biden and his staff have reached out to states to find out what changes… Read More

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DeWine Lays Out Plan to Vaccinate Elderly, School Personnel

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — As Ohio continues to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, Gov. Mike DeWine outlined plans to add recipients in group 1B in the coming weeks. He also said he’s disturbed by reports that some counties, including Erie County in northern Ohio, have vaccinated people not included in the 1A group. “Every time we vaccinate… Read More

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Ohio Governor's Office shows Sam Randazzo, of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Governor Was Warned Of Would-be Regulator’s Ties To Utility

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine disregarded cries of alarm in early 2019 from consumer and environmental advocates, concerns echoed in a previously undisclosed last-minute plea from GOP insiders, when he was selecting the state’s top utility regulator — a man now under scrutiny as a wide-ranging bribery and corruption investigation roils Ohio. Nearly… Read More

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Ohio Counties Avoid Turning ‘Purple,’ But DeWine Cautions There Is ‘No Place To Hide’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WVXU) — Despite much speculation, not a single Ohio county turned “purple” on the state’s coronavirus health advisory scale Thursday, however, the previous day the state saw its highest single-day increase in cases ever – 3,590. As of Thursday, cases in the state totaled 208,937; deaths 5,275; hospitalizations 18,800; and ICU admissions 3,816…. Read More

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DeWine Has Been Pleading For Action On Gun Violence

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — As Gov. Mike DeWine uses his twice-weekly bully pulpit to detail Ohio’s fight against the coronavirus, the Republican chief executive has also continued his so-far unsuccessful crusade against gun violence. After laying out pandemic stats and and warnings about masks and social distancing safety measures, the governor typically also pleads with fellow… Read More

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Warns Ohioans After COVID-19 Recovery

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Updated: 3:40 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who recently recovered from COVID-19 after a stay in a hospital intensive care unit, implored Ohioans yesterday to keep their guard up against the virus. “I came out of this ok, and I’m very fortunate,” he… Read More