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Alison Holm

Reporter, News Anchor, International Fiduciary Compliance Officer

A native of Chicago, Alison grew up in Cincinnati and lived in several cities that did not begin with the letter "C" before she moved to Columbus. She received a BA from Earlham College and briefly attended Bir Zeit and Hebrew University. After a wide ranging career that included late night jazz host, housing discrimination field investigator, and occupational health video production, she settled on radio news as the best excuse to talk to people for a living. Some of her favorite interviews include Nikki Giovanni, Yo-yo Ma and N'tobo M'beke. Alison has an equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.

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A special committee is recommending the Columbus Board of Education proceed with plans for a 4.7 mill permanent improvement levy.  

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Faced with uncertaintly about the upcoming school year, districts around the state are closing their books on fiscal year 2019-2020. 

Ohio State University

Starting Monday, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center will begin handing out thousands of community care kits in areas at greater risk for contracting the coronavirus.  

Ohio State University

Ohio State University has agreed to pay nearly $41 million into a fund for the sexual abuse victims of a now deceased team doctor. 

One of the largest fireworks displays in the Midwest will not take place this year due to coronavirus concerns. 

Salons, barbershops and outdoor dining can begin to reopen May 15th, under guidelines being released today by Governor Mike DeWine, and restaurants and bars can fully reopen by May 21.  But he says  reopening Ohio carries a risk.

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

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

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.  

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

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The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says a nurse at Pickaway Correctional Institution has died of complications from COVID-19.  

Doctors, dentists and veterinarians may begin reopening May 1st, but restaurants and hair salons remain on hold. 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Monday that Ohio schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says plans to begin reopening businesses in Ohio continue to evolve.  He gave a few more details at Friday's press conference on plans to slowly begin phase one May 1st.

Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

Aggressive measures to control the spread of the coronavirus in Ohio by closing businesses and schools, and ordering people to stay at home seem to be having the desired effect of flattening the curve of growing COVID-19 cases.  And Ohio Governor Mike DeWine indicated today it's time to plan for the next stage of Ohio's recovery from the pandemic.  

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There are now 696,519 unemployment claims filed in Ohio, more claims in the past month than in the past two years.  Frustration and desparation has increased with wait times and disconnects, and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has raced to catch up with the need.  

City of Columbus

In anticipation of a surge in coronavirus cases, an alternate care center has been set up at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The one-thousand-bed facility represents part of a state plan to prepare for a possible surge in critical COVID-19 cases. Alternate care centers like the one in Columbus have been set up in five convention centers and other buildings to handle less serious cases. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ohio State University scientists have received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for two crucial components of COVID-19 testing.  Officials say a lack of available tests has hampered efforts to fight the spread of the coronavirus.  

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Origins Game Fair is the latest large event being postponed in Ohio this summer due to the coronavirus.  

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Ohio hospitals struggling to find ways to protect health care workers and treat patients got some good news this week. 

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A coalition of farm groups are pressing Ohio officials to help ensure growers can survive the COVID-19 crisis. 

Ohio Public Radio

Protestors marched down High Street and gathered outside the Statehouse today during Governor DeWine's afternoon coronavirus briefing. 

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has asked the state Bureau of Workers' Compensation to send up to 1.6 billion dollars to employers, to ease the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The deadline to vote in Ohio's primary election is quickly approaching.

The 15 Columbus City Schools that have distributed free meals for kids since mid-March will close temporarily following Thursday's lunch distribution, and will reopen Wednesday April 15th.  

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Ohio is now over 47 hundred, with 167 deaths and more than a thousand hospitalizations. 417 patients are in intesive care. 

The Greater Columbus Convention Center is one of six sites identified by the state to handle COVID-19 patients in the case hospitals are overwhelmed by a surge.  

Governor Mike DeWine is sending Ohio National Guards members to the Elkton Federal Prison in eastern Ohio to help with the coronavirus medical crisis, following a formal request. 

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