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Dr. Acton’s Harassment May Hinder Search for New State Health Director

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Dr. Acton’s Harassment May Hinder Search for New State Health Director

By Tyler Buchanan Gov. Mike DeWine acknowledges that whoever takes over as state health director may face a torrent of criticism just as Dr. Amy Acton did earlier this year. That’s not a challenge unique to Ohio, the governor also said, vowing the state would continue searching for a permanent replacement to lead the department of […]

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Senate Committee Approves School Firearms Legislation

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Senate Committee Approves School Firearms Legislation

By Susan Tebben A Senate committee approved legislation allowing school districts to enact firearms policies for personnel in only the third hearing on the bill, but the second consecutively that included hours of testimony opposing it. Senate Bill 317, according to sponsor Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Twp, seeks to “fix an error” made by the 12th […]

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Ohio’s Performing Arts Faced Industry Declines and Now Tough Reopening Limits

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio’s Performing Arts Faced Industry Declines and Now Tough Reopening Limits

By Susan Tebben Opera Columbus was ready for its annual gala, the biggest fundraiser of the year for the performing arts company. The food was ordered and the venue was set for the March event. The next day, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced the effective closure of the state, as the spread of COVID-19 began locally. […]

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Kanye West Campaign, Demanding Ohio Candidacy, Sues Ohio Secretary of State

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Kanye West Campaign, Demanding Ohio Candidacy, Sues Ohio Secretary of State

By Susan Tebben Ohio’s Secretary of State is being sued by Kanye West, who is attempting to compel the state’s elections chief to put his name on the November ballot. West and his running mate, Michelle Tidball, are listed as parties in court documents filed Wednesday with the Ohio Supreme Court, against Frank LaRose. West and […]

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Post-Mask Mandate, Coronavirus Cases Down 31%

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Post-Mask Mandate, Coronavirus Cases Down 31%

By Jake Zuckerman In the month since the Ohio Department of Health issued a mask requirement in the state, the spread of COVID-19 has dropped by more than 31%, as measured by a seven-day moving average of new cases. Interim Director of Health Lance Himes signed an order requiring Ohioans to wear masks in non-residential indoor locations and […]

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How to Use Voter Drop Boxes This Fall

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal How to Use Voter Drop Boxes This Fall

By Tyler Buchanan Ohio voter drop boxes are shaping up to play an important role in the election process this fall. Each of Ohio’s 88 counties will feature one drop box and they can be used for more than just dropping off completed ballots. The 88 county boards of election offices must all have their drop […]

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Funding Requests from Advocates for Low-Income Ohioans Go Unheard

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Funding Requests from Advocates for Low-Income Ohioans Go Unheard

This article was originally published on August 24, 2020. By Marty Schladen When it meets on Monday, the Ohio Controlling Board won’t consider most of the funding requests by advocates who say hundreds of thousands of low-income Ohioans might face hunger and eviction in the coming weeks. The advocates say that with the expiration of federal unemployment supplements […]

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