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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine

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

A caregiver tests a patient for coronavirus at University Hospitals, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.

Rural Ohio Valley Counties Lack Sufficient Coronavirus Tests, Report Says

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WHITESBURG, Ky. (OVR) — Just 15 percent of Kentucky counties meet minimum recommended coronavirus testing levels, according to a new report from health care company Castlight. Sixty-seven percent of West Virginia counties and 31 percent of Ohio counties met the threshold. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that states have the capacity to test 1 percent… Read More

Petitioner gathering signatures for HB6 referendum

Ohio Ballot Campaigns Allowed More Flexibility on Signatures

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Ohio to allow groups pursuing voting law changes, a minimum wage increase and marijuana decriminalization more time and flexibility to qualify for ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic. Judge Edmund Sargus Jr.’s ruling Tuesday gives campaigns until July 31 to gather required signatures and allows them to… Read More

The entrance to Continuing Health Care in Gahanna, where two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 tests, but no residents have.

Ohio National Guard Will Bring Testing to Nursing Homes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — There have been at least 674 deaths from coronavirus at nursing homes in Ohio, which is 43% of the state’s confirmed COVID-19 deaths. After saying for weeks that nursing home residents who have symptoms are tested but limitations prevented mass testing, there’s a plan for more tests in long-term care facilities…. Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

DeWine Lifting “Stay Safe Ohio” Order

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Ohio’s stay-at-home order is now less a command than a suggestion. Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday that he is issuing an “urgent health advisory” to take the place of Ohio’s restrictions, as the state pushes forward in reopening the economy. “We are now moving from orders to strong recommendations,” DeWine said at… Read More

Bridging the internet gap for K-12 students in Athens, Ohio during the pandemic.

How Athens Schools Bridged The Internet Gap During the Pandemic

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — It was Tuesday, March 10, the day before Ohio had its first 3 COVID-19 cases reported and the state of emergency declared. Students were supposed to return to school from spring break the following Monday, March 16. But Tom Gibbs, superintendent for the Athens City Schools District (ACSD), knew that schools… Read More

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Athens Co. Confirms Two New Cases of COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Athens County confirmed two new positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the county’s total to eight since the start of the pandemic. The Athens City-County Health Department announced the cases in a press release sent Friday, May 15. No demographic information was provided by the health department regarding the two cases…. Read More

Uptown Athens during coronavirus emergency

Restaurants to Resume Outdoor Patio Dining in Reopening Move

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio restaurants have the option beginning Friday to offer outdoor dining, the next step toward resuming normal business operations under Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s state reopening plan. DeWine has said that 90% of the state’s economy will be back online this weekend with Ohioans having returned to offices, factories, construction jobs… Read More

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Democratic Lawmaker Files Complaint Saying She’s Forced to Work in Unsafe Conditions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Many Democratic state lawmakers were upset Wednesday when they discovered an earlier seating plan that allowed social distancing in the Ohio House chamber had been scrapped in favor of one allowing all legislators inside the chamber. Now, one of those minority lawmakers has filed a complaint with the Franklin County Health Department…. Read More