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Federal judge again rules to allow Ohio abortions despite state health order

A federal judge Thursday denied the state’s request to delay an earlier order that allows Ohio abortion clinics to keep operating while a state health order barring nonessential medical procedures is in effect.The decision let stand U.S. District Court Judge Michael R. Barrett’s order that says if “a health-care provider determines, on a case-by-case basis, that the surgical procedure is medically indicated and cannot be delayed, based on the timing of pre-viability or […]

State asks federal judge to dismiss lawsuit challenging ’new’ Ohio Primary

The state of Ohio asked a federal judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit voter advocates filed this week over a new primary-election plan state lawmakers adopted after polls were closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.In a response filed in the U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, state attorneys argued that changing the election again would sow more confusion among voters and that voting-rights groups’ lawsuit is built on the erroneous claim that Ohio’s […]

Coronavirus in Ohio: DeWine extends stay-at-home order until May 1 as deaths increase 25%

Acknowledging Ohioans’ frustrations and economic fears, Gov. Mike DeWine laments extending his stay-at-home order to May 1 – while warning even that date may be optimistic – to undercut the rise of coronavirus.But, DeWine said the science and experts warn the price to be paid for liberating Ohioans could dramatically increase the number of dead – which rose by 25% to 81 on Thursday – and the numbers fallen ill.Ohioans are confronted with an additional four […]

Coronavirus: Ohio hospitals remain mum on bed and ventilator counts

The Ohio Department of Health gets daily updates on the total number of beds and ventilators that could be available for COVID-19 patients at hospitals throughout the state. But so far the agency hasn’t provided any hospital-by-hospital breakdown, and the agencies that collect capacity information on their behalf have also declined to release their assessments.The result: Ohioans don’t know how many beds and respirators are available where they live. […]

Video: DeWine says it’s “not Christian” to hold church during coronavirus

Holding church services this Sunday “is not a Christian thing to do” says Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. He was addressing Solid Rock Church in Butler County, which has continued to hold services in spite of the coronavirus outbreak. DeWine spoke at the Wednesday, April 1, 2020 coronavirus news conference at the Ohio Statehouse.Can’t see the video? Watch here.

Coronavirus in Ohio: Cases increase by 348, deaths by 10 ahead of projected peak

The coronavirus continues its relentless rise in Ohio — advancing toward a projected peak later this month — prompting state leaders on Wednesday to take steps to speed up testing and seek a pause in small-business evictions and property foreclosures.Amid limited testing that conceals the true extent of the pandemic, total cases rose by 348 (16%) to 2,547 from the day prior, and deaths increased by 10 to a total of 65 since the virus first was confirmed in Ohio on […]

More Downtown highway ramps to close in coming weeks, including I-71 at Broad Street

Highway ramps are closing down as the Ohio Department of Transportation is ramping up its plans to untangle Downtown freeways.ODOT plans to permanently close ramps from southbound I-71 to Broad Street and from Broad to northbound I-71 on April 9. In mid-May or June, the other two ramps at Broad and I-71 will close as well.Construction crews will reconstruct two of the ramps and build new “urban avenues” to connect drivers who previously used two others.The […]

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown warns of coronavirus scams

Ohioans expecting stimulus payments from the federal government via legislation enacted in response to the COVID-19 outbreak also should be wary of scammers trying to pry that money loose from their accounts.Sen. Sherrod Brown said Tuesday that elderly Ohioans in particular should be skeptical of those who might try to take advantage of them as the federal government begins sending payments of as much as $1,200 per person.> >This story is being provided free as a public […]