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DeWine tested for virus as daily cases see slight decrease

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press Ohio reported a slight decrease in daily coronavirus cases, with 590, following a series of higher-than-average day-to-day increases. Gov. Mike DeWine, along with first lady Fran DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, got tested for the virus ...

TSA officers find 2 pistols at Columbus airport checkpoints

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Transportation Security Administration officers discovered two pistols in carry-on bags at John Glenn Columbus International Airport, the TSA said. One of the weapons was loaded and the other was not. The weapons were found during different security screenings on ...

Ex-fraternity president pleads guilty in deadly hazing case

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — The former president of a now-defunct fraternity at Ohio University has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from hazing that led to a student's death two years ago. Elijah Wahib, 22, of Westlake, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts each of felony obstruction of justice ...

Columbus bans police use of tear gas, limits pepper spray

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press The city of Columbus on Tuesday prohibited police use of tear gas and limited use of pepper spray to clear streets and disperse peaceful demonstrators following weeks of global protests over the death of George Floyd. Mayor Andrew Ginther ...

Federal funds obtained to send absentee ballot form requests

By FARNOUSH AMIRI Report for America/Associated Press Every registered voter in Ohio will receive an absentee ballot request form in the mail through the use of federal funding, in a move some officials say could help mail-in voting in the critical battleground state go more smoothly in ...

Ohio governor questions holding August Hall of Fame weekend

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday it's "highly unlikely" that crowds of 20,000 or so would be allowed for the Pro Football Hall of Fame game and induction ceremony in August. "If the question was could that event occur today, the answer would be no. It would be extremely ...

Ohio announces 5th coronavirus death of prisons worker0

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A guard at a private prison is the fifth corrections worker in Ohio to die from the coronavirus, Gov. Mike DeWine and the prison announced Tuesday. Terry Loomis, a guard at Lake Erie Correctional Institute in northeastern Ohio, died Tuesday after being hospitalized on ...

Ohio court strikes down order restricting future commentary

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge's order forbidding a man from making Internet postings in the future about two family members is unconstitutional, the Ohio Supreme Court said in a unanimous ruling. At issue before the court were social media and other comments by a western Ohio man accusing ...

Ohio to test all staff members in state’s nursing homes

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press COLUMBUS (AP) — All staff members in the state's nursing homes will be tested for the coronavirus, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday, announcing a ramped-up effort in Ohio's hard-hit long-term care facilities. The governor said testing will ...

E-signature rule for ballot campaigns stayed as Ohio appeals

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal court panel temporarily stopped Ohio ballot campaigns Tuesday from proceeding under less restrictive signature-gathering rules they'd been granted amid the coronavirus pandemic. A three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit U.S. ...