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DeWine: ‘There Is Racism In Ohio And Across The Country’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — Gov. Mike DeWine dedicated most of his press conference about the coronavirus Tuesday to discussing racism in the state. “The essential function of government is to protect the most vulnerable among us,” DeWine said. “I am the governor for all of the state of Ohio. It is my job to serve all… Read More

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DeWine: Wearing Masks Shouldn’t be Political Issue

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says wearing masks while in public during the coronavirus pandemic should not be a political issue. DeWine was reacting on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday to North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s call for “support and encouragement” for those wearing masks since they may be protecting someone vulnerable… Read More

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DeWine Says He Has Options After Budget Cuts, but Tax Hike isn’t Among Them

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — With a state budget deficit of three quarters of a billion dollars and just two months left in the fiscal year, Gov. Mike DeWine ordered huge cuts to schools, Medicaid and other areas. He says he’s considering other options going forward, but he has ruled out one possibility. It’s hard to… Read More

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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

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Ohio Prioritizes Coronavirus Testing, DeWine Comments on Protesters

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — Gov. Mike DeWine’s COVID-19 press conference Monday started out with a moment of silence to remember the four Kent State students who lost their lives 50 years ago. “Today is the 50th anniversary of the tragedy at Kent State,” DeWine said. “A very sad day in Ohio history.” On May 4, 1970, community… Read More

Ohio Department of Health conducting tests for COVID-19 with new testing equipment.

DeWine Calls For Federal Help With Testing Materials

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Governor Mike DeWine is calling on the federal government to help provide crucial materials that would allow a dramatic increase in testing for coronavirus in his state — and later reported a “very positive” response from the agency concerned. Gov. DeWine said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Ohio hospitals… Read More

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DeWine says Ohio is Collaborating with White House on Plans to Reopen State

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Part of Ohio’s response to COVID-19 is planning how to begin allowing businesses to reopen after the Stay At Home order is set to expire on May 1. As Gov. Mike DeWine has been discussing how those plans look in Ohio, President Donald Trump suggests the decision comes from… Read More

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Ohio Confirms First Inmate Death; DeWine Issues New Orders for Nursing Homes, Liquor Sale

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — Ohio health officials Monday confirmed an inmate died from COVID-19 at Pickaway Correctional Institution — the first reported inmate death in the state. More than a dozen of Pickaway’s staff members are out sick. Gov. Mike DeWine announced Monday he plans to send up to 30 members of the National Guard to… Read More

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

DeWine Says Ohio’s Vote-By-Mail System Is Safe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Ohio officials say the state’s vote-by-mail process is safe and not corrupt, in contrast to President Donald Trump’s recent comments during a press briefing and on Twitter. Trump called mail-in voting “horrible” and “corrupt,” saying there’s a “tremendous potential for voter fraud.” Voting is still open for those who haven’t cast a… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at his daily press conference on coronavirus on March 22, 2020.

National Guard to Help at Elkton Federal Prison as Inmate Cases Rise

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKSU) — Nearly 40 individuals in Ohio’s prison system have tested positive for COVID-19. Ten of them are inmates — five at Marion Correctional Institution and five at Pickaway Correctional Institution — and 27 are employees. Most of the employees are from Marion. Gov. Mike DeWine said the state’s only federal prison, Elkton… Read More