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Schools weighing whether to seat students closer together

By COLLIN BINKLEY AP Education Writer BOSTON (AP) — U.S. guidelines that say students should be kept 6 feet apart in schools are receiving new scrutiny from federal health experts, state governments and education officials working to return as many children as possible to the ...

Cities, groups aim to stop Ohio’s push for early census data

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press A coalition of cities, counties and civil rights groups sued the U.S. Census Bureau last year to stop it from ending the 2020 census early out of fear a premature finish would undercount minority communities. Now, that coalition is attempting to block the ...

County GOP officials join call for ex-Ohio speaker’s removal

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The former Republican speaker of the Ohio House, now under criminal indictment, should be expelled from the Legislature, a group of elected GOP officials said in a letter to the current House leader. It's the second such request ...

Ohio lowers age limit for vaccine to 16 years old and up

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The coronavirus vaccine will be available to anyone in Ohio 16 years and older by the end of the month, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday. A significant increase in vaccine supplies expected in the state warrants the ...

Extent of COVID-19 vaccine waste remains largely unknown

By KIMBERLEE KRUESI Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As millions continue to wait their turn for the COVID-19 vaccine, small but steady amounts of the precious doses have gone to waste across the country. It's a heartbreaking reality that experts acknowledged was always likely to ...

Timing key in consulting deal between FirstEnergy, regulator

By MARK GILLISPIE and JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Shortly before a utility lawyer and lobbyist was appointed Ohio's top regulator of electric and power generating companies, he received $4.3 million from top executives at one of the companies whose fortunes would ...

Cities, groups aim to stop Ohio’s push for early census data

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press A coalition of cities, counties and civil rights groups sued the U.S. Census Bureau last year to stop it from ending the 2020 census early out of fear a premature finish would undercount minority communities. Now, that coalition is attempting to block the ...

Scientists: Climate-whipped winds pose Great Lakes hazards

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Powerful gusts linked to global warming are damaging water quality and creating a hazard for fish in Lake Erie and perhaps elsewhere in the Great Lakes, according to researchers. Extremely high winds occasionally churn up ...

Timing key in consulting deal between FirstEnergy, regulator

By MARK GILLISPIE and JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Shortly before a utility lawyer and lobbyist was appointed Ohio's top regulator of electric and power generating companies, he received $4.3 million from top executives at one of the companies whose fortunes would ...

Ohio communities reel from stunning child deaths

By DAN SEWELL Associated Press MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Two separate missing children cases, then two stunning deaths reported within five days of each other. Two children thrown from bridges into the same river, still not found as two communities within 40 miles (64 kilometers) of each ...