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Legislation to help expand high-speed internet access in underserved and rural areas of Ohio is getting bipartisan support and fast-tracked consideration at the Statehouse as the coronavirus pandemic increases pressure to address that digital divide.

A small committee of legislators could overrule the Ohio governor’s health orders under a bill approved Wednesday by the state Senate that marks the latest effort by GOP lawmakers to restrict the governor’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

A report finds that nearly one of every 10 bills introduced by Ohio lawmakers during the last legislative session were criminal justice-related and at odds with efforts to reduce the state's prison population.

A judge has scheduled a hearing for the guilty plea by a nonprofit accused of funneling payments for an alleged $60 million Ohio bribery scheme.

The federal prosecutor leading an investigation into a $60 million bribery probe at the Ohio Statehouse has announced his resignation.

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An inmate died in his cell at an Ohio prison after becoming combative and injuring two guards, officials said.

According to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Michael McDaniel, 55, struggled as the guards tried to remove him from his cell at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient on Saturday.

The inmate declined medical attention, according to officials, but later collapsed. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The guards were treated for their injuries and released.

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The former police officer accused of killing Andre Hill interacted “two to three” times with Hill before the shooting and became concerned he was a burglar, the officer’s attorney said Friday, as he defended his client with never-before-heard details about the night of the fatal shooting.

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A Baltimore man who authorities say deliberately drove into a hospital entrance, killing two people, has been found competent to stand trial on aggravated murder charges.

Hundreds of law enforcement agencies in Ohio will be able to buy body-worn cameras through a $10 million grant Governor Mike DeWine proposed in his two year state budget plan.

Associated Press

Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway “aggressively pursued” several women who work in sports media and sent three of them inappropriate photos, according to a magazine report.

Republican Ohio Attorney General David Yost says Akron-based FirstEnergy has agreed in a settlement to forgo collection of a decoupling fee tacked onto consumer bills under the now-tainted nuclear power plant bailout bill.

Small businesses and local communities would receive hundreds of millions of dollars to help with recovery from the coronavirus pandemic under a $1 billion initiative announced by Ohio Govenro Mike DeWine that also includes aggressive marketing of the state as a place to work and live.

Ohio Public Radio

Environmental advocacy groups have asked the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to expand their investigation of a bribery scandal to include an examination of the panel's former chair.

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An anonymous donor has given Ohio’s Kenyon College a $100 million donation, the largest in school history, for the construction of three new residence halls, the liberal arts college announced Tuesday.

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A Republican state Senator and a doctor who questioned whether members of “the colored population” were disproportionately contracting COVID-19 because of their hygiene is drawing new criticism after his appointment to lead the Senate Health Committee.

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Activating members of the Ohio National Guard for duty protecting the Statehouse and to provide security in Washington during the inauguration of President Biden ran around $1.2 million, the guard said Friday.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine faced swift criticism from consumer advocates Wednesday after he rejected the slate of candidates to replace the former top state utility regulator tainted by the 60 million dollar federal bribery investigation, and requested a new list.

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Authorities say a U.S. Army soldier has been arrested in Georgia on terrorism charges after he spoke online about plotting to blow up the 9/11 Memorial in New York City and attack U.S. soldiers in the Middle East.

Ohio Public Radio

Concerns over violent protests at the Ohio Statehouse on Sunday faded as a small number of armed but peaceful demonstrators were considerably outnumbered by Ohio Highway Patrol troopers and National Guard members during an afternoon rally.

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A Cleveland school therapist has been charged with taking part in the January 6th assualt on the U.S. Capitol.

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A Florida man and former Ohio police officer has been charged with making online threats involving potential violence in Washington, D.C. 

Electric vehicle maker Lordstown Motors says it now has more than 100 thousand orders for its new pickup truck.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has activated 580 National Guard members in preparation for what the FBI identified as potential armed protests by President Trump's supporters in Columbus and every other state capital this weekend.  

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has vetoed another attempt to challenge the state's powers to issue public health orders during a pandemic.  

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The Clark County Coroner has identified the two people found dead inside a Mad River Township home on December 30th.

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A Cleveland school occupational therapist resigned from the district after her alleged involvement in the riots and breach at the U.S. Capitol this week.

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A city spokesperson reviwing body camera footage in the shooting death of Andre Hill says an officer's instruction for other officers to turn off their cameras after shots were fired is part of an investigation into Hill's death.

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Democratic Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says she won’t seek a third term, raising expectations she will seek higher office.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says the state will move to the second phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution in two weeks.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has signed into law a gun rights bill eliminating an individual's duty to retreat before using force.

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