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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. 

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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. 

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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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Ohio Republican lawmakers are pushing for two bills that would increase penalties for offenses that take place during demonstrations and protests. Opponents of the bills say this is an attempt to limit free speech. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

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FirstEnergy executives say they're looking at entering an agreement with federal prosecutors that could avoid criminal charges related to the $61 million bribery investigation.

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Lawmakers are considering a proposal that would allow teachers and school workers to carry guns with eight hours of training. The bill, which gives local school districts the authority to require additional training, is sparking a debate on how to keep students safe in the classroom. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  

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Gov. Mike DeWine is calling on state lawmakers to take on the task of finally finishing a reform of Ohio's unemployment compensation system. The legislature has fallen short of accomplishing this, though bills have been proposed multiple times over the last decade. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  

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Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health are advising all COVID-19 vaccine providers to temporarily pause the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine as federal officials review six "extremely rare" cases of severe blood clotting. The U.S. has administered 6.8 million doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Ohio is launching a new program aimed at coordinating care for kids with complex mental and behavioral health issues. It's part of a plan to keep families intact while seeking treatment. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

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More than 50 colleges and universities across Ohio are launching on-campus coronavirus vaccination clinics this week. As our Statehouse News Bureau’s Andy Chow reports, that includes all 14 public universities.

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The Ohio Legislature has passed a bill to limit states of emergency and health orders issued by the governor.

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School districts and communities are working on creating plans to improve student success and address the disrupted learning created by the COVID-19 pandemic. These plans could include a range of changes such as longer school years and additional tutoring, which could put a strain on teachers.

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The Franklin County Board of Elections Director Ed Leonard says a nearly 10-year old scanner is to blame for ballots mailed out Monday to the wrong addresses.  The Board and the contractor who supplied the scanner are still working to determine the scope of the problem, but voter rights groups have a message to people who are new to filling out mail-in absentee ballots: Read The Instructions. Advocates say there are several ways a voter can get tripped up which is why it's important to send the ballot in early. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.    

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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has issued a directive for the Franklin County Board of Elections in order to fix the mistake of sending wrong ballots to voters. The scope of the problem is yet to be determined. But election officials say this creates an important lesson for voters around the state. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

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A consumer advocacy group is filing a complaint with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, calling on the state regulators to allow for a possible refund on electric bills. The motion has to do with a new charge customers pay to subsidize coal plans through House Bill 6.

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President Donald Trump’s positive COVID test has stirred questions about what health orders were followed at Cleveland Clinic during the presidential debate. And while it's unknown whether Trump or his staff were infected at the time of the debate, there are pictures that show people in the debate hall were not wearing masks. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports. 

State lawmakers have skipped a notable date in the attempt to repeal House Bill 6, the sweeping nuclear plant bailout law at the heart of a federal corruption case. Now opponents say it will be even harder to avoid new charges on everyone's electric bills from taking place. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  

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Ohio is taking the first steps to lift the more than two month old ban on visits to some long-term care facilities. Officials says they want to expand this in stages.

Karen Kasler

Residents at long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, make up more than three-quarters of the deaths related to COVID-19 in Ohio. Gov. Mike DeWine says he is now ramping up efforts to combat this problem with a new strategy.

Andy Chow

House Minority Caucus Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) is criticizing the state's plan to address racial health disparities during the coronavirus pandemic saying the strategy Gov. Mike DeWine is taking is good but not enough, calling it "too little, too late."

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.

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.

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