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Ohio House passes health dept. COVID-19 data bill

BY: - June 10, 2020

A bill forcing Ohio health officials to report certain COVID-19 statistics passed another hurdle Wednesday. House Bill 624 was approved by the Ohio House of Representatives by a vote of 61-34. It was a partyline vote, with all Republicans voting in favor and all Democrats voting against. It will require passage by the Ohio Senate […]

Bill would keep non-school officials from closing schools

BY: - June 5, 2020

A new Ohio Senate bill to be introduced next week would prevent anyone outside of school administration from closing schools. State Sen. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, said Senate Bill 320 will “allow the people who know their students and parents best to make decisions that are best for their local school districts.” Parents giving students home […]

Ohio unemployment nears 1.3 million claims over last 11 weeks

BY: - June 4, 2020

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) put out its latest jobless claims for the week ending May 30, with 34,575 more filed. That’s less than the 42,000 filed the week previous, but it brings the total number of jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last 11 weeks to 1,292,413, which is […]

SNAP benefits now can be used for online food purchasing from Walmart and Amazon

BY: - June 3, 2020

Ohioans who are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can now use their cards to purchase food online through Walmart and Amazon, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced in a news release Wednesday. During the coronavirus pandemic, many Ohioans have opted for online shopping as a safer alternative to […]

Ohio lost another 42,000 jobs last week; total now more than 1.2 million

BY: - May 28, 2020

Ohio saw another 42,082 in jobless claims last week, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in a news release Thursday. This brings the total number of jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last 10 weeks to 1,257,838, more than the combined total of unemployment claims filed during the last three […]

Four of top five cities with budgets most vulnerable to pandemic located in Ohio

BY: - May 27, 2020

An analysis from the national think tank Brookings shows four out of five cities in the U.S. with the most immediate fiscal impacts from COVID-19 are located in Ohio, including Columbus and Cincinnati and Nos. 1 and 2, and Toledo and Cleveland at Nos. 4 and 5. “To understand when cities can anticipate the brunt […]

Memorial Day, ICU beds, billionaires, and coronavirus in Africa: Catching Our Eye

BY: - May 25, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Memorial Day This Memorial Day, as we pay tribute to those who gave […]

Ex-OSU prez Gordon Gee wants to ‘dance with the pandemic’ in college athletics

BY: - May 20, 2020

Former Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee, who is now president of West Virginia University, wants to “dance with the pandemic rather than be fearful of it,” when it comes to college athletics, CBS News is reporting. The comments came as the NCAA Council was slated to vote Wednesday whether to allow on-campus, voluntary […]

Ohio House Dem wants to eliminate cannabis prohibitions

BY: - May 18, 2020

State Representative Juanita Brent, D-Cleveland, announced legislation Friday that would repeal criminal prohibitions for possession and trafficking of cannabis, and vacate cannabis possession criminal sentences, expunging such offenses from the record. “It is about time we stop criminalizing a plant (Cannabis),” Brent said. “Our police should be focusing their time and resources on more serious […]

Another 51,000 Ohioans filed jobless claims last week

BY: - May 14, 2020

Another 51,125 Ohioans filed jobless claims last week, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced in a news release Thursday. That brings the total initial jobless claims filed in Ohio over the last eight weeks to 1,169,694, more that the combined total of those filed in the last three years. ODJFS reported […]

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance now available in Ohio

BY: - May 13, 2020

Ohioans can now apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), a new federal program that covers many more categories of workers than the traditional unemployment program, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announced in a news release Wednesday. The release said those who believe they may be eligible should visit pua.unemployment.ohio.gov and click […]

Ohio Senate Chambers

Senate returns money to general fund

BY: - May 12, 2020

The Ohio Senate is putting $1 million back in the general fund to offset state revenue shortfalls caused by coronavirus closures and prevention measures, according to Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina. Obhof said the $1 million is “more than 20% of the Senate’s remaining appropriation for Fiscal Year 2020,” and is the Senate’s contribution to […]