Karen Kasler

The state is in the process of reopening businesses, but leaders are calling on people to continue practicing social distancing. That includes Ohio's U.S. Senators who stress the importance of taking the coronavirus seriously as mitigation orders are lifted.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Republicans in the Ohio House have approved a bill that would limit the power and length of public health orders on coronavirus that their fellow Republican, Gov. Mike DeWine, has been issuing through Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the bill reflects a split in the GOP on how to restart the economy that could carry over into the future.

Dan Konik

Ohio’s secretary of state says an election day with in-person voting is still the plan for this fall, but he’s suggesting some changes in case concerns about coronavirus keep voters away.  A key voting rights group agrees, but wants to go further.

More than 20 airports across the country, including John Glenn Columbus International, will come together tonight for an online celebration of local music. 

Jo ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio is among the top states for several agricultural crops and for food production and processing. But while farming is considered an essential business under the various shutdown orders, it's a tough time for those who run the state's 76,000 farms. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles has more.

Office of Governor

Following a nearly billion dollar drop in the state's economic picture, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine plans to cut $775 in state spending over the next two months.  

All but five of the state's Motor Vehicle Bureaus closed March 19 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted says they could open later this month.  

Ohio is ramping up its ability to test for COVID-19, which means a big increase in testing by the end of May. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports Gov. Mike DeWine is now announcing new protocols to follow since testing won't be as limited as it once was.

Dan Konik

Manufacturing, construction and distribution companies can reopen today, with employees wearing masks and observing cleaning and social distancing rules. State lawmakers are also coming back to work this week, and one has proposed a bill to open the state immediately while shutting down the authority of the governor and his health director.

Ohio's "Stay at Home" order has been extended to May 29, and is being rebranded as "Stay Safe Ohio". 

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Just under 25 percent of Ohio's registered voterscast ballots in Tuesday's primary election, which was postponed from March due to coronavirus concerns. 

The Ohio School Boards Association says voters Tuesday approved a smaller percentage of school tax issues on the primary ballot than in the previous primary election.

Delaware County Sheriff's deputies say they have solved the 36-year-old murder of a teen.

Logan County Sheriff Randall Dodds says he is laying off 21 staffers, includuing deputies and jail guards starting on May 2.

Columbus-based Nationwide Insurance plans to require coporate office employees in Columbus, Des Moines, Scottsdale and San Antonio to work from home permanently.  

Associated Press

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says the state's stay-at-home order that was set to expire today will be extended until May 29.

Dentist offices are among the medical providers permitted to reopen Friday as part of the governor's health services reopening in Ohio. 

Hospitals may begin performing some non-emergency procedures Friday, and dentists and veterinarians can get back to work as well.

Columbus police have cited a woman for violating the ban on large gatherings after she allegedly hosted a large party on Monday night.

Cincinnati-based Kroger plans to operate a COVID-19 drive-thru testing effort at Franklin Park Conservatory from April 30 to May 2 by appointment only. 


The owner of a Columbus restaurant says he will open on May 1st, despite state orders to remain closed. 

WCBE files

The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a wrongfuld death lawsuit brought against retail giant Amazon. 

The state has now added COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes to its coronavirus tracking website – confirming nearly 300 people have died in those facilities.

The Ohio Inspector General's office says employees of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and several elected officials violated state ethics laws by accepting a free charter boat fishing trip last summer.  

The Columbus Zoo is furloughing 29 workers and eliminating 33 non-animal care positions due to financial problems resulting from COVID-19 restrictions.

The union representing more than 4 thousand OSU Medical Center nurses have filed a complaint with federal regulators, accusing the hospital of endangering their health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Associated Press

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is backtracking on his Monday order about the use of protective masks by retail customers, saying instead that they're a strong recommendation.

A Columbus man is the seventh inmate at Elkton Correctional Institution in Columbiana County to die of COVID-19. 

Biden Wins Ohio Primary

Apr 29, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden won Tuesday's Ohio presidential primary. 

Columbus police shot and wounded a man last night following a domestic violence incident.