Capitol Insider: For DeWine, and Ohioans, it was a double-test, double-take kind of day

It was a double-test, double-take kind of day.At 12:26 p.m. on Thursday, the office of Gov. Mike DeWine announced he had tested positive for COVID-19.At 9:37 p.m., the never-mind notice went out, stating DeWine did not have COVID-19.It was for Ohioans, as DeWine said it was for himself, a “crazy day,” The Dispatch’s Randy Ludlow…

Ohio high schools re-evaluate Native American nicknames

The Dispatch reached out to 79 school districts around Ohio that have Native American-related nicknames, mascots or logos to see if they are considering changes. A few are changing the nicknames, about a dozen more are considering changes, and others either said they won’t change their name or are too busy dealing with the pandemic…

Air quality alert issued for Columbus area

Stagnant winds, sunny skies and sizzling temperatures have prompted an air quality alert for central Ohio on Sunday.The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, which issues alerts for the Columbus area, says Sunday’s Air Quality Index, or AQI, is expected to reach 108. An AQI reading over 100 will trigger an alert.Sensitive individuals should avoid going out…

Biden risks alienating young Black voters after race remarks

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s controversial remarks about race this week risk alienating young Black voters who despise President Donald Trump but are not inspired by his Democratic rival.When pressed by Errol Barnett of CBS News on whether he’d taken a cognitive test, Biden responded that the question was akin to asking the Black reporter if…

Tear gas, clashes in Beirut amid fury over massive blast

BEIRUT — Security forces fired tear gas and clashed with stone-throwing demonstrators Saturday in Lebanon’s capital amid mounting fury over the massive explosion that devastated much of the city and killed nearly 160 people. Dozens were still missing and around 5,000 people injured.Activists who called for the protest set up symbolic nooses at Beirut’s Martyrs’…

Community groups help Columbus schools offer students safe place to study

Columbus City Schools students will be able to access safe places in the community to study, get food and homework help during the online-only instruction at schools this fall. Top Featured Tags: – Ohio NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Federal suit filed against Saudi crown prince by ex-official

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A former top Saudi counterterrorism official has filed a federal lawsuit in the United States against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, alleging the royal tried to trap and kill him in the U.S. and Canada.The lawsuit, filed on Thursday, by Saad Aljabri is the latest effort by the former…

Up to 119,000 Ohio voters could be purged from rolls, but none before fall election

Ohio election officials are beginning the annual purge of voters who have not cast ballots in six years, but none will be removed from the voting rolls prior to the Nov. 3 presidential election.Secretary of State Frank LaRose expects about 119,000 of 7.8 million voters could have their registrations canceled on Dec. 7 unless they…

Highest-ranking aides to Householder resign as Cupp becomes speaker

Two top lieutenants to indicted former House Speaker Larry Householder resigned on Thursday after Bob Cupp was elevated to the speaker’s rostrum.The resignations of Chief of Staff Jonathon McGee, who also served as chief legal counsel, and Policy Director Matthew McAuliffe are effective Friday.Cupp, R-Lima, also announced that Christine Morrison, the House budget director, will…

Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive for COVID-19 prior to Trump visit

Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday as part of the testing protocol required to greet President Donald Trump when he arrived in Cleveland in a visit to Ohio.The 73-year-old DeWine has no symptoms, his office said.He is returning to Columbus where he and First Lady Fran DeWine, who did not travel to…

COSI, COTA join to ease at-home schooling during COVID-19

With the hotspot, students and families can download the free COSI Connects app, which has STEM activities and content that can be downloaded and accessed offline. Top Featured Tags: – Ohio NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Trump to sign order in Ohio requiring government to buy ‘essential’ drugs from U.S. companies

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump travels Thursday to the swing state of Ohio tosign an executive order requiring the federal government to purchase certaindrugs from U.S. manufacturers rather than from overseas companies.The order, which Trump will sign at Whirlpool Corp.’s manufacturing plant in Clyde in the northern part of the state, instructs the government to…

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