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FBI suspected Dayton Mayor Whaley of bribery in 2014, court documents show

BY: - September 8, 2021

The FBI suspected Dayton Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley in 2014 of accepting cash bribes from a city contractor, according to unsealed search warrant applications filed in federal court. Whaley was not charged with any crime and the U.S. Department of Justice has closed the investigation. The warrants detail sworn statements from FBI […]

DeWine signs bill blocking Ohio cities from banning natural gas

BY: - July 1, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine signed into state law Thursday legislation that blocks cities or counties from banning natural gas or propane hookups to decarbonize new buildings. This makes Ohio one of 19 states that have either passed what’s known as a natural gas “preemption” bill into law or will do so soon upon gubernatorial approval, according […]

26% of unvaccinated Ohioans are hesitant to take the COVID-19 shot, research says

BY: - March 17, 2021

About 1 in 4 unvaccinated Ohioans are hesitant to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a large-scale, nationwide survey of Facebook users. More than 26% of Ohioans surveyed Feb. 21 to Feb. 27 said they will “probably not” or “definitely not” take the vaccine, ranking Ohio the 17th most vaccine-hesitant state in the nation. The […]

DeWine asked for gun control. Lawmakers gave him a ‘make my day’ bill.

BY: - December 18, 2020

The Ohio Senate passed a “stand your ground” bill Friday, sending to Gov. Mike DeWine a proposal that would rescind a requirement that gun owners first seek to elude a confrontation before responding with bullets. If passed, Senate Bill 175 would hand a major victory to gun advocacy groups like the National Rifle Association and […]

DeWine: it’s the maskless at fault, not the anti-mask messengers

BY: - December 9, 2020

When it comes to the mask wars of the COVID-19 pandemic, the blame lies at the feet of those who choose to ignore sound health advice and reject masks, not the politicians whipping up the resistance, Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday. In an interview, DeWine said there’s no use playing blame games on Republicans at […]

Covid skeptics look to ‘weak links’ in House on bill to gut the health department

BY: - December 7, 2020

Overriding the governor’s veto on legislation that would eviscerate the state health department’s legal power to respond to pandemics could be close, and supportive activists are eyeing two House representatives they see as “weak links” in the chain. Reps. Gayle Manning and Dave Greenspan, both Republicans, voted against Senate Bill 1 in May, which would […]

Pandemic historian to DeWine, leaders: ‘Just tell the truth’ 

BY: - September 18, 2020

John Barry’s advice to officials responding to COVID-19 starts simple. “Just tell the truth,” said Barry, who wrote “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History” and has advised two U.S. presidents on pandemic preparedness. President Donald Trump admitted last week he downplayed the threat posed by the coronavirus in February to […]

‘Simply not acceptable:’ Ohio narrowly misses its monthly COVID-19 testing goal

BY: - August 31, 2020

Ohio is on track to narrowly fall short on a projection the state health department sent to the federal government on COVID-19 testing. While the data reflects testing growth, Gov. Mike DeWine described the goal his administration submitted as unacceptably low, and researchers say Ohio is still not conducting enough testing to understand the full […]

Eight days before primaries, coronavirus detection in Ohio shake up voting plans, rallies

BY: - March 10, 2020

A week out from primary voting, state officials are planning to relocate about 75 polling locations from nursing homes and schools to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio. The announcement came shortly after three Ohioans from Cuyahoga County were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.  Along with declaring a formal state of emergency, Gov. Mike […]