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Remnants of the COVID-19 Pandemic are seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

One COVID-related death has been reported in Athens County, along with 131 new cases for June 24-30

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 145 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after one was added to the total Thursday. The county also has now had had 15,847 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 131 additional cases were reported since last… Read More

Protestors hold up signs in support of reproductive rights

Where do Mike DeWine and Nan Whaley stand on the details of future abortion proposals?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The nominees for Ohio governor have made abortion a top campaign issue, but when it comes down to details, it’s unclear how far either would go to protect abortion rights or expand restrictions. The political landscape has changed drastically in the last week with the U.S. Supreme Court stripping… Read More

Protesters gather at the Ohio Statehouse to express their frustration at the abolishment of Roe V Wade

Ohio abortion providers file lawsuit to block new six-week abortion ban

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A lawsuit has been filed with the Ohio Supreme Court to block the state’s six-week abortion ban. The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Ohio, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the law firm WilmerHale filed the court challenge Wednesday morning, seeking to block the state’s six-week ban… Read More

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Two people are arrested after the investigation into a Nelsonville man’s death concludes

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) – The Athens County prosecutor has filed charges against two people in connection to the 2021 death of a man that sparked a long and extensive search after his disappearance. Bryan Kyle Bridgeman, 30, disappeared from his home in Nelsonville on June 4, 2021, after ostensibly going out to buy a video… Read More

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Democratic candidate for Ohio treasurer speaks at Athens brewery

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB/Report for America) – Democratic candidate for Ohio Treasurer Scott Schertzer met with constituents at Little Fish Brewing Company in Athens this afternoon. Schertzer told WOUB that, if elected, his main focus will be on the state’s five pension funds. “People are working longer, they’re working harder, they’re paying more, and they’re getting… Read More

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One COVID-related death has been reported in Athens County, along with 155 new COVID-19 cases for June 17-23

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 144 total deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after one was added to the total Thursday. The county also has now had had 15,716 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 155 additional cases were reported since last… Read More

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Ohio cities face ‘snowballing effect’ with growing trend to work from home

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A group representing cities across Ohio is calling on state legislators to take a close look at the struggles municipalities face now that more people work from home. A report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that, at the end of 2021, 11.1% of employees continued to… Read More

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ACLU of Ohio study highlights growing issue for women incarcerations

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The ACLU of Ohio has released a report that said there is a disproportionate amount of women in prison for drug offenses compared to men. The report said, of the women sent to prison in 2020, 39% were for drug-related offenses. Researchers noted that 26% of the women prison… Read More

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What are Ohio economic analysts keeping an eye on as inflation grows?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Analysts in Ohio are keeping a watchful eye on certain decisions made on the federal level to address the problem of inflation, with the concern that an overreaction could cause more economic issues. The Consumer Price Index report for May showed that inflation in the U.S. increased by 8.6%… Read More

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304 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Athens County for June 10-16

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 15,561 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 304 additional cases were reported since last week’s update. The Ohio Department of Health confirmed the numbers on June 16, 2022. According to ODH data, the cases involved 94 people 20-29, 70 people 0-19,… Read More

An evidence marker is laid down near a gun at a crime scene.

Criminal investigators in Ohio are getting help from the feds to solve crimes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Attorney General Dave Yost, a Republican, said the state’s crime fighting efforts are improving thanks to a partnership that can help law enforcement analyze ballistic evidence faster. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) will now have a direct link to the National Correlation and Training Center — a… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine at a press conference

DeWine signs $3.5B Ohio capital budget noting a key difference from past spending measures

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, has signed the $3.5 billion capital budget into law. Like previous capital budgets, this one includes money for improvements to public facilities and waterways but this one is different in one significant way. DeWine said the state normally issues bonds to cover many of the… Read More

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The first probable case of monkeypox is reported in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There is now one probable case of monkeypox in the Buckeye State. Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff said the agency has identified a probable case of monkeypox and is waiting for confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But unlike COVID-19, Vanderhoff said… Read More

A volunteer prepares an order at the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) food pantry in December 2020.

Inflation is increasing demand at food banks, leading to a struggle to keep shelves stocked

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As many low-income Ohioans struggle to keep up with the rising price of gas and rent, they are increasingly turning to food banks when they run out of money to make ends meet. Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, the executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, said the items on shelves… Read More

Felicia DeRosa leads a group of protesters in chanting outside the Ohio Statehouse.

Ohio House Democrats slam language in trans athlete ban as ‘state-sanctioned sexual abuse’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Democratic lawmakers in Ohio are blasting language in a proposed House bill that would require a student athlete to get an invasive exam if someone lodges a complaint questioning their sex. The bill, HB151, was amended to include a ban on transgender athletes from participating in women sports both… Read More

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Ohio lays out time frame to launch sports betting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — State regulators have laid out the time table over the next seven months in order to be prepared for one of the largest simultaneous launches of sports gaming in the country. Ohio will have three different types of sports betting licensed, and all three are scheduled to go into… Read More

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A former Gallia County superintendent faces multiple charges, including theft in office

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GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WOUB) – A former superintendent of the Gallia County Local School District was indicted on 15 different counts, including theft in office, by the Gallia County Grand Jury on Monday. Jude Meyers faces 13 criminal counts of having an unlawful interest in a public contract, all fourth-degree felonies; one count of theft… Read More

All In For Ohio, a collaboration of groups that represents working Ohioans, stands on the steps of the statehouse for a press conference

Coalition representing low-income and working Ohioans unveils plans for election

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A coalition of groups representing Ohio workers and low-income residents has kicked off a campaign to promote a progressive agenda in the Buckeye State. After launching its campaign at the Ohio Statehouse, the coalition intends to take its message statewide before the November election. All In For Ohio pulls… Read More

Erin Merryn, survivor of child sexual abuse and author, testifies at Ohio Senate Primary and Secondary Education Committee.

Survivor of child sexual abuse speaks out in Ohio Senate committee

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio Senate Primary and Secondary Education Committee heard testimony from a survivor who has made it her life’s work to tour the country and put an end to child sexual abuse. Erin Merryn stood before the Senate committee holding her newborn baby in one arm and her childhood… Read More

Powerball tickets lay on a table

Ohio lawmakers condemn Canadian government in House while granting lucrative deal in Senate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — On the same day the Republican-dominated Ohio House voted for a resolution to put Canada on the religious freedom watch list, the Ohio Senate passed a bill to reward an exclusive deal to a Canadian business to run the state’s lottery. The Senate bill, SB269, lays out the authority… Read More

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Ohio House approves bill allowing doula services to be covered by Medicaid

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A bill to expand access to doula services is moving to the Ohio Senate after receiving a near unanimous vote out of the Ohio House. Doulas are professional labor assistants who work with pregnant people to provide physical and emotional support throughout pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. The proposed law,… Read More

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine addressed the infant formula shortage during a press conference at Kroger on the Rhine on June 6, 2022.

DeWine asks USDA to ‘make it easier’ for WIC families to find baby formula during shortage

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CINCINNATI, Ohio (WVXU) — The Ohio Department of Health is working with the United States Department of Agriculture to get waivers for families enrolled in WIC so people have more baby formula options during the national shortage. Ohio is working with the USDA to temporarily remove requirements for families enrolled in WIC who use special… Read More