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‘Representative 7’ Gave FBI Texts, Testimony Against Ohio House Speaker in Bribery Case

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal ‘Representative 7’ Gave FBI Texts, Testimony Against Ohio House Speaker in Bribery Case

By Jake Zuckerman The state representative wanted to explain his opposition to bailing out two failing nuclear power plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions. A high-powered lobbyist, who federal prosecutors allege was involved in a $61 million racketeering scheme operated by the Speaker of the House and others in his “enterprise” to pass the bailout, wasn’t having it. “No […]

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Ohio Joins Other States in Recent COVID-19 Case Upswing

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Joins Other States in Recent COVID-19 Case Upswing

By Jake Zuckerman The new coronavirus accelerated its spread over the last week in Ohio, an analysis of state data shows. On Monday, the Ohio Department of Health published data showing 729 Ohioans contracted COVID-19, the most new cases reported in a 24-hour span since May 21. The 10-day average of new cases has ticked upward […]

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Where Ohioans are Contracting COVID-19 Remains Unknown

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Where Ohioans are Contracting COVID-19 Remains Unknown

By Jake Zuckerman Everyone knows the numbers. About 40,000 Ohioans have contracted COVID-19, 2,500 have died. That’s a piece of the 2 million infected Americans, more than 114,000 of whom have died in the pandemic since January. The data are nearly ubiquitous, a click away. Absent from the Ohio Department of Health’s website, however, is comprehensive information on […]

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House Considers Controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal House Considers Controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill

By Jake Zuckerman Legalized lynching. Citizens’ license to kill. Codification of black men’s deaths.   These were just a few of the characterizations people offered to the Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee of a “stand your ground” proposal that lawmakers reviewed Tuesday. Starting in the afternoon and continuing well into the evening, a steady stream of citizens […]

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Nursing Homes Fight for Lawsuit Protections as Deaths Rise

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Nursing Homes Fight for Lawsuit Protections as Deaths Rise

By Jake Zuckerman Betty Chisholm, 94, died of COVID-19 just after midnight on Easter Sunday. She was a resident of The Gardens of St. Francis, in Oregon, Ohio. Her son, Ken, a registered nurse, still has unanswered questions about how she died. If the facility was locked down, how did the virus get in and make […]

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House Republicans Pass Bill to Require Written Consent for COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal House Republicans Pass Bill to Require Written Consent for COVID-19 Contact Tracing

By Jake Zuckerman Ohio House Republicans voted Thursday to add an administrative step in the contact tracing process likely to slow down one of the most effective tools known to combat the spread of COVID-19. On a party line vote, House lawmakers passed Senate Bill 31, which requires health officials to obtain written consent from a […]

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Prisons Halt Mass COVID-19 Testing Despite Spread

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Prisons Halt Mass COVID-19 Testing Despite Spread

By Jake Zuckerman Two prisons in Ohio have become two of the worst COVID-19 hot spots in the nation. The state, meanwhile, has halted the mass testing that detected the virus in more than 75% of the inmates in two Ohio prisons.  At Belmont Correctional Institution, which looks to be the newest prison crushed by the […]

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