Governor’s office: Federal $300 unemployment supplement likely coming

BY: - August 10, 2020

It appears likely that unemployed Ohians will get a $300-a-week federal supplement to their benefits, but it’s unclear when it will start, Dan Tierney, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s press secretary, said Monday. The supplement was called for as part of a series of executive orders President Donald Trump signed Saturday.  “Part of the timing of […]

Big Ten reportedly votes 12-2 to cancel football season

BY: - August 10, 2020

The Big Ten has voted to cancel the 2020 college football season, the Detroit Free Press is reporting. The historic move stems from concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, multiple people with knowledge of the decision reportedly told the Free Press. The conference is expected to officially announce the decision publicly on Tuesday. The […]

Seven months into pandemic, COVID-19 testing still falling short

BY: - August 10, 2020

After an initial scare from a COVID-19 rapid-response test in the morning, two diagnostic tests on Gov. Mike DeWine came back negative late Thursday evening. A follow-up test Saturday did as well.  For most Ohioans, however, testing scarcity — antigen, antibody and diagnostic (PCR) — has been and continues to be the norm as the […]

The Rev. William Barber to Ohio politicians: Refocus policy to address racism, poverty

BY: - August 10, 2020

A prominent civil rights leader and anti-poverty advocate said Friday Ohio legislators need to be focused on passing bills against racism, and refocusing their religious priorities. In a meeting with media from States Newsroom outlets across the country, the Rev. William Barber said the state and the country need to address “interlocking injustices” in order […]

Low-key special election offers test run for November 

BY: - August 10, 2020

As voters entered the Bowling Green Church of the Nazarene last week, they were greeted with markings on the ground encouraging distance before checking in at the polls. A glass covering separated voters from precinct officials. Everyone wore masks. And when the results came back on a slate of local property transfers to other school […]

Trump moves to extend unemployment benefits, suspend payroll taxes after talks break down

BY: and - August 10, 2020

President Donald Trump on Saturday circumvented Congress and took action into his own hands, after weeks of unsuccessful negotiations over another coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill. He signed three presidential memoranda and an executive order, at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J. Trump would provide $300 per week in federal unemployment assistance with another $100 […]

Bloomberg News: Kasich offered speaking spot at Democratic convention

BY: - August 7, 2020

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been offered a spot to speak during the Democratic National Convention, Bloomberg News reported Friday morning. The Democratic convention is offering a speaking slot to Republican former Ohio Governor John Kasich, as well as to Joe Biden’s final rival for the nomination, progressive Bernie Sanders, according to a person […]

Trump tours Whirlpool: President promised to help American workers at Clyde factory

BY: - August 7, 2020

CLYDE — President Donald Trump promised if he’s reelected he will revitalize American manufacturing. “My administration swears by two simple rules: buy American and hire American,” Trump said Thursday in a speech he gave at the Clyde Whirlpool factory. Trump chose to tour the washing machine production facility to tout the economic success of his administration. […]

Senate Republicans introduce another bill to limit health orders during pandemic

BY: - August 7, 2020

Two state Senate Republicans introduced legislation Tuesday that would allow local health districts to opt out of orders issued by the state health director. Senate Bill 348 is the latest piece of legislation introduced to limit the state health department’s ability to issue orders and defang its power to enforce them in the midst of […]

Ohio Supreme Court to continue considering Duke Energy pipeline case

BY: - August 7, 2020

The Ohio Supreme Court will again consider arguments in an appeal related to a natural gas pipeline Duke Energy, Ohio, Inc., wants to bring to Hamilton County. The state’s highest court asked that parties in the case file arguments within 20 days so that the court can proceed with consideration of the case. The case […]

As COVID-19 cases surge, ACLU urges release of misdemeanor offenders from jail

BY: - August 7, 2020

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio is urging state criminal justice officials to eliminate money bonds and release eligible people from Ohio’s jails amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases.  In a letter sent to over 450 legal personnel on Tuesday, the ACLU outlined recommendations to mitigate the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Axne prods Congress to help teachers as worries spread over going back to school

BY: - August 7, 2020

Teachers were feeling stressed out even before the pandemic began, and their anxieties have exploded as lawmakers and school leaders debate whether to launch in-person classes this fall. U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa is hoping that her push to highlight teacher mental health in a House measure will prod Congress to do more to […]