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The Ohio Redistricting Commission has approved new state House and Senate maps that is likely to guarantee a Republican supermajority for the next four years. The move comes after days of debates behind closed doors and even those who voted for the maps say they believe the plans will be challenged in court. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.   

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The Ohio Redistricting Commission is still working on creating maps before today's deadline runs out. While leaders have been circulating around the Statehouse, none of the negotiations have been public. This has good government groups suggesting commissioners might be breaking public meeting laws. 

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is looking into possible action against President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees. Several Republican leaders from other states are already calling for a legal challenge. 

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A coalition of voter rights advocates are slamming the maps for House and Senate districts introduced by the Ohio Redistricting Commission. An analysis by the groups say the district lines retain a Republican supermajority.

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Republican state lawmakers will be unveiling their proposal for new state House and Senate district maps at Thursday's Ohio Redistricting Commission meeting.

The state is now accepting submissions for broadband expansion projects to reach regions of Ohio that don't have reliable access to the internet. The grant program has a pot of $250 million that's available to connect underserved areas. The millions of dollars in broadband expansion money was approved in the state budget.

Dan Konik

Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio is ready to help resettle refugees as people flee Afghanistan to avoid retaliation from the Taliban.

Karen Kasler

Hospital leaders from around Ohio say the surge of COVID-19's Delta variant is leading to concerns about capacity and staffing. They say the loss of staff underscores the pandemic fatigue.  

The state has filed an appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court in the case over its decision to end the extra $300 a week in additional unemployment benefits in late June. It's the latest step in the fight over the federal money issued as extra help during the pandemic. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

A coalition of community groups are touting a map with newly drawn district lines for state lawmakers. The group says its so-called "unity" map reflects the political makeup of Ohio. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports. 

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While health care advocates are celebrating a decision by the feds to deny Ohio's Medicaid work requirements, they say there are other hurdles on the horizon for those using the program. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

When it comes to reforming Ohio's criminal justice system, changing the laws tends to start at the state-level. But while lawmakers look at shifting sentencing from prison to treatment, there's also an urge by officials to increase penalties, resulting in what can be a contrasting approach to reform. As part of our statewide reporting collaborative Justice Matters, Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow, takes a look at the tug-of-war over criminal justice reform in Columbus.

Dan Konik

Members of the Ohio House will be returning to the Statehouse earlier than expected to continue hearings on one bill - to ban vaccine mandates. Republican leadership in the House granted approval for the House health committee to reconvene. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

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COVID-19 cases in Ohio are continuing to trend up but Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says it's up to local communities how they want to address the spread of the virus.

Dan Konik

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has added two big names to his civil suit targeting those involved in the $61 million HB6 nuclear bribery case. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, the suit now includes former Public Utilities Commission Chair Sam Randazzo and former FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones.

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FirstEnergy says it paid a bribe of more than $4 million dollars to Sam Randazzo before he became chair of the state's utilities regulator. Gov. Mike DeWine says he didn't know about the bribe, but insists that Randazzo's past work with FirstEnergy was common knowledge - a claim others are disputing. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  

Dan Konik

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) has signed a bill into law that prohibits public K-12 schools, colleges, and universities from requiring people to get a vaccine if that vaccine does not have "full approval" by the Food and Drug Administration.

Karen Kasler

Gov. Mike DeWine says he's looking into a possible deal to help extend the Cleveland Indians contract at Progressive Field by offering state money for renovations and upgrades. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports. 

Jo Ingles

A central Ohio farmer and business owner is running for governor, joining next year’s Republican primary challenge to Gov. Mike DeWine. Joe Blystone, who's never run for public office, says being an outsider is a benefit.

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Advocates for low-income Ohioans are urging lawmakers to take what they call a harmful provision out of the state budget bill. An amendment added by the Senate would impose asset limits for people using federal assistance for groceries, often referred to as food stamps. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

For the first time in more than 160 years, the Ohio House has voted to expel a state representative. In an extraordinary move, the House voted to suspend the rules and take up the resolution to remove Representative Larry Householder from his seat. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports. 

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The COVID-19 case rate continues to drop in Ohio as the state moves into a new era of the pandemic without health orders. But Gov. Mike DeWine says the key is to increase vaccination among a certain portion of the population. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

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The latest winner of Ohio's million-dollar vaccine lottery says the sweeptsakes was the extra motivation he needed to go get the COVID-19 shot. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

After drawing the name two days ago, Ohio has announced the $1M winner of the state's first vaccine lottery.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is banking on the million-dollar lottery to ramp up the number of people who get vaccinated in Ohio. But will a lottery incentivize people who are on the fence about the COVID-19 vaccine? Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow talked to several experts in the field of economics and psychology who sound off on how lotteries impact social behavior.

Vaccinated Ohioans who want to be entered into a $1 million lottery must now opt-in using a website created by the Ohio Lottery.

The Ohio Department of Health announced that the state's million-dollar vaccination sweepstakes is no longer collecting names from the secretary of state's voter registration database. Instead, the drawing will be an opt-in program using the "Ohio Vax-A-Million" website. 

Dan Konik

Governor Mike DeWine is releasing more details behind the sweepstakes created to encourage Ohioans to get the COVID-19 vaccine. While legislators from both sides of the aisles are criticizing DeWine’s plan to use federal relief dollars for the million-dollar prizes.

With Ohio moving towards lifting all health orders in the next three weeks, DeWine is making a big push to encourage people to get the vaccine.  

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Gov. Mike DeWine has announced Ohio will cut off the additional $300 in weekly federal assistance going to unemployed workers. DeWine says this is another step in restoring the market while others call it a mistake. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports. 

Andy Chow

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) said in a statewide address Wednesday that the state will lift most of its health orders, including the mask mandate, in the next three weeks. He also announced a series of $1 million drawings and other incentives for people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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There are 4.6 million Ohioans who have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That's 39% of the state’s total population. State officials are looking at how to create incentives for people who haven't gotten the shot. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports. 

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