Briefs

Gymnasts urge U.S. Senate to investigate Larry Nassar sexual abuse after botched FBI inquiry

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medalists including Simone Biles and Aly Raisman on Wednesday detailed for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee the failure of the FBI to investigate dozens of complaints of sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar, the disgraced team doctor for USA Gymnastics and a former Michigan State University physician. The gymnasts also urged senators to […]

How the House reconciliation bill targets 4 local plans for oil and gas leasing, mining

BY: - September 15, 2021

Proposals targeting specific areas for conservation in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and federal waters off Louisiana’s coast made their way into the gigantic budget reconciliation bill that Democrats are moving through Congress. The portion of the $3.5 trillion package approved on a party-line vote by the House Natural Resources Committee last week includes nationwide measures meant […]

Biden to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for federal employees and contractors, reports say

BY: - September 10, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with no opt-out for testing under an executive order that President Joe Biden is expected to sign Thursday, according to several news outlets. The new requirement will be rolled out as Biden gives a major address Thursday afternoon on new national strategies for combating […]

Dems to introduce cybersecurity legislation for unemployment system

BY: - September 9, 2021

Democratic legislators say the first step in solving cybersecurity issues in the state unemployment system is admitting there’s a problem. State Reps. Jeffrey Crossman, D-Parma, and Lisa Sobecki, D-Toledo, say the state’s unemployment system “has compromised personal information and resulted in untold thousands of dollars stolen from deserving recipients” and that the Ohio Department of […]

Columbus Public Health Department is requiring COVID-19 vaccines for employees

BY: - September 8, 2021

The city of Columbus’ public health department will require COVID-19 vaccination for all of its employees, the agency announced in a release Tuesday. Following the Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Columbus Public Health will join all four central Ohio hospital systems and many other local and national employers in […]

COMMENTARY

Ohio House Health Committee chair doesn’t want leadership listening to hospitals during pandemic

BY: - September 3, 2021

Ohio House Health Committee Chair Scott Lipps said in a May text the last thing he and his allies need is for House Speaker Bob Cupp or the rest of the Republican majority leadership to be listening to hospitals — during a pandemic now in its fourth wave that has killed 20,866 Ohioans. The Statehouse […]

Biden administration to restart oil and gas leasing

BY: - August 26, 2021

The Interior Department will make significant steps toward restarting its leasing programs for onshore and offshore oil and gas development in the coming months, the Biden administration said in a court filing Tuesday. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management anticipates holding a sale for offshore leases in October or November, the administration said. The Bureau […]

Interim state superintendent named yet again

BY: - August 23, 2021

A new interim state superintendent will hold down the fort at the Ohio Department of Education, following the departure of the previous interim superintendent. Dr. Stephanie K. Siddens, currently the senior executive for the state’s Center for Student Supports, will take over in September, after current superintendent Paolo DeMaria officially retires. The Ohio State Board […]

Biden to nominate first tribal member to lead National Park Service

BY: - August 20, 2021

President Joe Biden plans to nominate the first enrolled tribal member to head up the National Park Service — Oregon conservationist Charles F. Sams III, the White House announced Wednesday. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he would be the first full-time director since Jonathan B. Jarvis left the job at the end of the […]

Afghan evacuees to arrive in the U.S. through Virginia and Wisconsin military bases

BY: - August 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — The first U.S. stop for the nearly 2,000 Afghan interpreters and other refugees evacuated so far amid the collapse of the Afghan government has been central Virginia’s Fort Lee military base. Tapped for its East Coast location and its ability to quickly ramp up to serve as a temporary host installation, the Army base […]

Biden administration pressures Florida Gov. DeSantis over school mask policies

BY: - August 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has written Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis saying that if his administration withholds state funding from school districts that enact mask mandates, those schools can use federal coronavirus relief dollars to make up for the penalties. In a letter to DeSantis and Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona wrote […]

National Park Service renews mask mandate for all visitors

BY: - August 17, 2021

The National Park Service on Monday reinstated a mask mandate for all visitors, workers and volunteers at NPS buildings and crowded outdoor areas, regardless of vaccination status. In May, the agency said it would require only unvaccinated people to wear masks. Recently, as the delta variant of the coronavirus has led to a spike in […]