Politics & Gov

U.S. Senate advances nomination of Stone-Manning for public lands post

BY: - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday agreed 50-49 to bring to the floor the nomination of Montana’s Tracy Stone-Manning to head the Bureau of Land Management, following weeks of GOP attacks over her ties to a 1989 tree-spiking scheme. Due to a deadlocked 10-10 vote out of the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.), […]

DeWine reaffirms support for aides, despite their roles in scandal-tainted legislation

BY: - July 28, 2021

One staffer waited weeks — and until after an FBI raid — to inform Gov. Mike DeWine that FirstEnergy had paid Sam Randazzo a massive sum just weeks before DeWine nominated Randazzo to be Ohio’s top utility regulator. Another staffer, while still a FirstEnergy lobbyist, founded a dark-money group that would funnel tens of millions […]

Poll: Most Ohioans support a bipartisan infrastructure package. Will it get done?

BY: - July 28, 2021

A majority of Ohioans support a bipartisan infrastructure package being considered in Washington, D.C., according to a new poll commissioned and touted by a state environmental group. Around half of the 800 Ohioans polled offered support for the infrastructure bill, with approval rising to 64% after hearing some of the specific proposals in it, such […]

‘There was no concern for my life’: Families losing homes despite federal eviction moratorium

BY: - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The national moratorium on evictions, as well as rental assistance programs, weren’t enough protection to keep Katrina Chism and her family in their suburban Atlanta home when money got tight. Chism was laid off twice during the COVID-19 pandemic, and when she fell behind on rent, she faced an initial eviction notice. She was […]

CDC says the vaccinated should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates

BY: - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday urged Americans in areas of the country with the highest surges in COVID-19 infections to once again wear masks when they are in public, indoor settings — even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The updated recommendations marked a sharp shift from the agency’s guidance in May that Americans fully vaccinated against […]

Rep. Kelly to campaign for Hamilton County auditor

BY: - July 27, 2021

A Cincinnati lawmaker has announced her candidacy for Hamilton County auditor . State Rep. Brigid Kelly, a Democrat, said she is vying for the auditor in 2022 after having spent the past five years fighting “for what matters most at the Statehouse.” “The auditor is supposed to be our local consumer watchdog, and that is […]

DeWine says he didn’t know about alleged $4.3m bribe of utility regulator he appointed

BY: - July 27, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine distanced himself Monday from a utility regulator he appointed who was accused last week of accepting millions in bribes from FirstEnergy Corp. FirstEnergy said in a court filing last week that it paid Sam Randazzo $22 million in consulting fees in the decade leading up to his appointment as chairman of the […]

New guidance for schools on COVID-19 won’t include mask mandate

BY: - July 27, 2021

The Ohio Department of Health said new COVID-19 guidance for schools as they plan for a new school year will include safety recommendations, but no mandate for mask-wearing, even for the unvaccinated. In a press call on Monday, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer for the ODH, said guidelines would be released on the state’s […]

Feds and states not taking radioactivity from fracking seriously, environmental group says

BY: - July 27, 2021

Fracking might be an economic boon to some landowners in depressed sections of Eastern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and much of West Virginia. But federal and state officials are doing little to protect citizens from the radiation hazards posed by the process, a new report says. For example, a solution containing substances such as Radium-226 in […]

Lawmakers propose $1,000 bonuses to Ohio National Guard members

BY: - July 26, 2021

A pair of state lawmakers want to give a financial bonus to all members of the Ohio National Guard as thanks for their service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Each member deserves $1,000 as a “small way to show our appreciation for their valiant efforts,” state Reps. Richard Brown of Canal Winchester and Bride Rose Sweeney […]

Ohio pharmacists, care provider say program is a national model

BY: - July 26, 2021

DAYTON — Ziks Family Pharmacy in the historic Wright-Dunbar neighborhood here has been participating in a program that it and Dayton-based CareSource hope will serve as a national model. Now some results are in. CareSource, a Medicaid managed-care provider, for a year has been paying Ziks not just to fill prescriptions, but to do diagnostic […]

OSU study: Young adult mental health worsened during pandemic

BY: - July 26, 2021

A study led by researchers at Ohio State University showed adolescent males had worsened mental health during the pandemic. “It made my whole life weird,” said one participant in response to a question about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted them. In the study, recently published in the Journal of Adolescent Health and co-led by researchers […]