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Trump Promotes Football, Fracking, Fossil Fuels At Circleville Rally

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CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — President Donald J. Trump spoke Saturday before more than 5,000 people in Circleville. At the Pickaway County fairground, supporters stood shoulder to shoulder. No social distance was observed and barely a third of them wore face masks the same day that Ohio set a new record for daily COVID-19 cases. A… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms Eight COVID-19 Cases For October 26

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 1,281 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after eight cases were confirmed Monday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the new cases in a press release sent October 26. Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates three of these new cases involved… Read More

The Ohio Statehouse building

Presidential Race, Change In Suburbs Key Elements In General Assembly Races

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As always, the Ohio ballot features the presidential and Congressional races at the top, and next up are those for the state legislature. The entire Ohio House and half the Senate, both of which are controlled by Republicans, are up this year, as the presidential race is close. And… Read More

President Donald Trump speaking to supporters in Circleville.

President Trump Rallies Thousands In Circleville

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CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (WOSU) — Thousands of Trump supporters swelled the Pickaway county fairgrounds on a chilly Saturday even as Ohio State held its first football game of the season. The president’s visit to Circleville was part of a last minute swing through four battleground states. With a week and a half to go until Election… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms 14 COVID-19 Cases For October 25

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 1,273 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 14 cases were confirmed Sunday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the new cases in a press release sent October 25. Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates five of these new cases involved… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms 24 COVID-19 Cases For October 24

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 1,259 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 24 cases were confirmed Saturday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the new cases in a press release sent October 24. Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates 12 of these new cases involved… Read More

A sign at Easton Town Center in Columbus, advertising that stores, bars and restaurants are open following coronavirus closures.

Governor, Ohio Republicans Announce Distribution For Over $420 Million In CARES Act Funding

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As Ohio hit another record in both coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Gov. Mike DeWine and a group of Republican state lawmakers announced how the state will distribute more than $420 million in federal CARES Act funding to people, operations and groups affected by the pandemic. DeWine said he’ll ask… Read More

Rev. Jim Wallis

Ohio Is One Of Nine States That Will Be Part Of Voter Protection Effort By Lawyers And Clergy

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) —Ohio is one of nine states that is part of an initiative between lawyers and clergy members to help voters cast their ballots on Election Day. The Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of the online publication Sojourners, is one of the coordinators of Lawyers and Collars, an Election Day effort that will have… Read More

A banner over Court St. in Athens urges people to wear masks.

Athens Co. Confirms 30 COVID-19 Cases For October 23

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 1,235 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 30 cases were confirmed Friday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the new cases in a press release sent October 23. Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates 13 of these new cases involved… Read More

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

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

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Athens Co. Confirms 10 COVID-19 Cases For October 21

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 1,184 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 10 cases were confirmed Wednesday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the new cases in a press release sent October 21. Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates seven of these new cases involved… Read More

Boxes of mail-in ballots

Vendor Says Ohio, Pennsylvania Ballot Backlogs Caught Up

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The vendor responsible for the printing and mailing of 2.4 million delayed ballots across Ohio and Pennsylvania says it is all caught up. Cleveland-based Midwest Direct said in a statement Tuesday that extra staff, expanded hours and added equipment were required to meet the “staggering volume of mail-in ballot requests for… Read More

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Some Fear Ohio’s Shortened Canvass Period Could Lead To Voter Disenfranchisement

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Some Democratic state lawmakers want to know why Republican Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is shortening the amount of time counties can have to finish the official count from November’s election. Ohio House Rep. Bride Rose Sweeney says state law allows until November 24th to complete the official canvass…. Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms 17 COVID-19 Cases For October 20

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 1,174 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 17 cases were confirmed Tuesday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the new cases in a press release sent October 20. Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates 13 of these new cases involved… Read More

A poll worker helps a voter to a machine at Franklin County's early voting center in Columbus on Sunday, March 15. In-person voting for the March 17 primary was cancelled the next day and the mail-in deadline was extended to April 28.

What Happens If There Are Power Outages On Election Day?

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — On Election Day two years ago, wind gusts knocked out power for at least part of the day in four Northeast Ohio counties. What happens if there are more power outages on Election Day this year when voter turnout is expected to be higher than usual? In 2018, counties… Read More

FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.

Ohio GOP Lawmakers Favor Remake Of Tainted Energy Bill

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There appears to be consensus among Republican lawmakers to replace a bill tainted by an alleged bribery scandal to provide $1 billion in subsidies to two Ohio nuclear plants. Some say they support most of what’s in the bill known as HB6 but want its replacement to include audits proving the… Read More

Some demonstrators at an anti-mask rally at the Statehouse in July. Event planners said security would be provided by "militia". Proud Boys are often identified by black collared polo shirts with yellow stripes on the sleeves.

Hate Groups Active In Ohio, Even Before Group Accused In Michigan Plot Met Here

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Federal authorities have charged more than a dozen men with plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and overthrow the government. And the feds say that group did some of its planning this summer in Ohio, where extremist groups have been active since at least 1994. The group was… Read More

A banner over Court St. in Athens urges people to wear masks.

Athens Co. Confirms 12 COVID-19 Cases For October 19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 1,157 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 12 cases were confirmed Monday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the new cases in a press release sent October 19. Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates five of these new cases involved… Read More

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Vendor Blames Higher Than Expected Demand For Delayed Mail-In Ballots

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A direct mail company that’s been hired to print and distribute absentee ballots to Ohioans who requested them has not been able to get them to voters as fast as was promised. Midwest Direct was hired by 20 Ohio counties to print and distribute ballots, but tens of thousands have not yet been sent out…. Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms Four COVID-19 Cases For October 18

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 1,145 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after four cases were confirmed Sunday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the new cases in a press release sent October 18. Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates two of these new cases involved… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms 20 COVID-19 Cases For October 17

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 1,141 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 20 cases were confirmed Saturday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the new cases in a press release sent October 17. Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates 16 of these new cases involved… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms 19 COVID-19 Cases For October 16

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County has now had 1,121 total cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic after 19 cases were confirmed Friday. The Athens City-County Health Department confirmed the new cases in a press release sent October 16. Analysis of Ohio Department of Health data indicates 13 of these new cases involved… Read More

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Ohio Senate Proposes Lifting Bar Curfew, But DeWine Says It Stays

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The mandatory halting of sales of alcohol at Ohio bars at 10pm is getting pushback from owners, customers and elected officials. But Gov. Mike DeWine says it has to stay in place for now. Two thirds of Ohio state senators – Republicans and Democrats – have signed on to a bill… Read More