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FirstEnergy's credit rating has been downgraded to junk status by the three big rating agencies. It's another blow to the company that has experienced a tumultuous year after being linked to a $61 million alleged racketeering scheme. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

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Ohio's coronavirus picture is getting darker, as three more counties were raised to the highest level of public health threat, six more turned red, and the state reported the second highest daily count of new COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.  

An Ohio man's humorous cutouts of Governor Mike DeWine watching over Ohioans are now being sold to support charities. 

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Black Friday is just a few days away and this year, it will look very different. Long lines and crowded stores are no longer allowed under Ohio’s coronavirus prevention restrictions. And as Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports, that means retailers in Ohio – big box retailers and small shops alike – will have to change the way they do business.

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There are more than twice as many people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ohio now as there were a month ago.

An Assistant Ohio Attorney General has been cited for leaving the scene of two crashes on the same morning in Upper Arlington.

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The grace period for expired driver's licenses, ID cards, and vehicle registrations is being extended until July 1st, 2021. 

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Former Democratic Cincinnati City Council member Tamaya Dennard has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to allegations of exchanging votes for cash.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says the statewide curfew he called for last week is one of the ways to curb the surge of coronavirus cases, but some medical experts say curfews are not effective strategies.

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Columbus City Council on Monday rejected a citizen petition creating a clean energy fund and a fund to educate and train citizens and workers about clean energy.

Ohio is planning to receive the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine around December 15, with another batch coming a week later.

The Franklin County Auditor's office is refunding 3.5 million dollars to schools, libraries, and municipalities.

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The head of the state’s mental health and drug addiction agency says she has tested positive for COVID-19. 

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Columbus City Council members are examining how police officers are dispatched and other potential reforms in 2021.

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An Ohio State University student from Dublin is one of 32 nationwide to be named an American Rhodes Scholar this year. 

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A man on death row for the 2000 murder of a Newark woman has been named a suspect in a Florida cold case homicide.

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Columbus City Council last night approved a measure capping fees charged by third-party restaurant delivery companies.  

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After a week of incomplete data, state health officials are reporting over 11,000 new COVID-19 cases in Ohio, but caution those numbers include two days worth of back reports from Mercy Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic over the weekend. 

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The City of Columbus is making utility assistance grants available for residents.

State health officials Sunday reported 8,133 new cases  of COVID-19  and 12 new deaths.

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Former U.S. Ambassador and Congressman Tony Hall is the winner of the 2020 Dayton Peace Prize.

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Ohio's top utility regulator has resigned, days after FBI agents raided his German Village home.

Property rental portal Airbnb is suspending or removing 88 property listings in Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland from its platform. 

Ohio's official unemployment rate for October is 5.6 percent, down 2.7 percent from the revised rate for September.

Worthington City Schools are preparing to move to a remote learning model Monday because of the pandemic. 

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Akron-based FirstEnergy reported Thursday that some former executives improperly paid a firm tied to a future Ohio utility regulator 4 million dollars early last year to terminate “a purported consulting agreement” in place since 2013.

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The non-profit hunger relief group Feeding America estimates the rate of food insecurity in Ohio this year is 18.1 percent, up from 13.9 percent in 2018.

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An Ohio State University Medical Center survey shows the majority of Americans plan to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines during the holidays.

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A Cincinnati city council member who has been planning to run for mayor has been indicted on corruption charges.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says he will veto a bill restricting his authority to shut down businesses in a future health order.

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