Briefs

U.S. Interior Department calls for states to submit mine cleanup proposals

BY: - August 8, 2022

The Interior Department asked states last week to apply for $725 million made available this year to clean up abandoned mine sites as part of the 2021 infrastructure bill. The department officially opened a notice of funding opportunity, which gives states the avenue to request federal grants to close mine shafts, prevent the release of […]

U.S. House Democrats file brief in college affirmative action case

BY: - August 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott of Virginia has filed a brief along with 64 other House Democrats urging the Supreme Court to uphold the role that race plays in college admission policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. “Narrowly tailored admissions policies that recognize race as one criterion — out […]

Four members of U.S. Senate unveil bipartisan bill ensuring nationwide abortion rights

BY: - August 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators released legislation Monday that would codify Roe v. Wade, ensuring pregnant patients throughout the country once again have the right to an abortion. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said the measure, called […]

Democrats in Congress press Biden to extend pause on student loans

BY: - August 1, 2022

WASHINGTON  — More than 100 congressional Democrats are urging the White House to extend the pause on student loan repayment beyond the Aug. 31 deadline. In a Thursday letter to President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, U.S. Senate and House Democrats argue that due to inflation and an ongoing coronavirus pandemic, student loan borrowers […]

Biden tests positive for COVID-19 again in ‘rebound’ infection

BY: - August 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House announced that President Joe Biden tested positive again for COVID-19 late Saturday morning in what his physician said represented “rebound” positivity. “The President has experienced no reemergence of symptoms, and continues to feel quite well,” his physician, Dr. Kevin C. O’Connor, said in a letter to press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre released by […]

Biden tests negative for COVID, announces he’s back to in-person work

BY: - July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden held a celebratory speech in the Rose Garden on Wednesday, marking his return to the Oval Office less than a week after testing positive for COVID-19. Biden used the event to encourage Americans to keep updated on their COVID-19 boosters, to test for the virus using the free rapid tests […]

Vaccine hesitancy, for various reasons, still a problem

BY: - July 25, 2022

An Ohio State University researcher found vaccine hesitancy is still an issue, for various reasons, beyond even the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the seasonal flu vaccine, which the CDC recommends people receive by the end of October every year, has seen reduced use among adults in the U.S., according to the study done by OSU-Newark Assistant […]

COMMENTARY

Ohio Capital Journal wins five Society of Professional Journalists awards

BY: - July 22, 2022

In the “Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest” from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Ohio Capital Journal won five awards, including three first place finishes and two in second place. The contest covered stories and editorial from 2021. In digital media categories, OCJ Reporter Susan Tebben took home two first-place awards, one for best education issues […]

Biden tests positive for COVID-19

BY: and - July 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms, the White House announced Thursday morning. Biden, 79, is fully vaccinated against the virus and has twice received booster doses, according to the statement. He is taking Paxlovid, an antiviral prescription medication that is meant to reduce the severity of […]

Jan. 6 panel to detail Trump’s 187 minutes of delay as insurrection grew

BY: - July 21, 2022

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan.6 attack and Donald Trump’s role in it will focus in a Thursday evening hearing on the former president’s refusal for more than three hours to call off the rioters storming the U.S. Capitol, committee aides said Wednesday. The hearing will be the eighth in the panel’s series to […]

Old-growth trees on federal lands at risk despite Biden order, environmentalists say

BY: - July 13, 2022

Plans for commercial logging of old-growth forests on federal lands have moved forward this year, despite an executive order signed on Earth Day by President Joe Biden, according to a report from environmental groups published Tuesday. The old-growth woodlands are particularly useful in fighting climate change by absorbing carbon, a goal for the Biden administration. […]

Election forecasters include Ohio Supreme Court contests as races to watch

BY: - July 8, 2022

The University of Virginia Center for Politics, well known for its Sabato’s Crystal Ball political forecasting and newsletter, has included Ohio on its shortlist of states with competitive supreme court races this November. Senior columnist Louis Jacobson wrote in a recent post that about two thirds of states will have a supreme court election this […]