Karen Kasler

Critics of the law that will allow state lawmakers to overturn Gov. Mike DeWine’s health orders say that could be costly when it comes to federal funding. Lawmakers overrode DeWine’s veto of that measure this week. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.


Rob Portman of is one of the 10 Republican U.S. Senators who met with President Biden this week to talk about their proposed COVID-19 relief package, which is a third the size of the one proposed by Democrats.

The City of Columbus says it will install 125 more hand sanitizer stations at parks and playgrounds when the weather gets warmer.  

The pandemic slowed down work at the Statehouse in 2020.

City of Columbus

The City of Columbus is making utility assistance grants available for residents.

Franklin County is making CARES Act money available for families struggling to meet rent or facing eviction.

The state Controlling Board has approved distributing 420 million dollars in federal CARES Act monday to individuals and businesses struggling economically from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ohio Public Radio

As Ohio hit another record in both coronavirus cases and hospitalizations Friday, Governor Mike DeWine and a group of Republican state lawmakers announced how the state will distribute more than 420 million dollars in federal CARES Act funding to people, operations and groups affected by the pandemic.

A new law that sends $650 million in federal CARES Act money to Ohio communities to help with pandemic-related costs also includes a potential overhaul for the process to apply for unemployment benefits. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

About 850 small businesses in central Ohio have received more than $8.3 million from the Columbus-Franklin County COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund. 

Columbus and Franklin County officials today announced $20 million in CARES Act funding for human services organizations in the region. Elon Simms of the Crane Group chaired the application review committee.

Columbus City Council last night indefinitely tabled a proposed ordinance to demilitarize police by limiting officers use of chemical agents, helicopters, military-style rifles and rubber and wooden bullets. 


Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther says the city is taking steps to address a wave of gun violence.

State of Ohio

Ohio schools may now begin applying for the BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant.

Columbus and Franklin County officials say more than $8 million in federal CARES ACT funding will go to childcare providers to handle new COVID-19 regulations. 

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther today announced the city will use federal CARES Act funding to ensure that every Columbus City Schools student has a Chromebook for virtual learning.

The NAACP has become the latest organization to sue the Education Department over the distribution of more than $13 billion in federal aid intended for K-12 schools.

Scientists are testing sewage in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and other Ohio cities as a way to get advance warning of COVID-19 hotspots.  

Columbus City Council on Monday is expected to consider legislation allocating more than 17 million dollars to human services programs and organizations. 

Franklin County Commissioners have allocated more than 2 million in grants and loans to small businesses harmed by the COVID-19  closures. 

On the edge of the Mississippi River, the small historic city of Kimmswick, Mo. has an archaeological site with mastodon bones, Levee High Apple Pie at its famous Blue Owl Restaurant, and a volunteer mayor, Phil Stang.

What it doesn't have right now is money.

"They think I'm kidding but I'm not," Stang says. "I [will] have to go and do crazy electronic stuff like GoFundMe pages, or start a lemonade stand ... something."

Congressional Democrats have accused U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of trying to reroute hundreds of millions of dollars in coronavirus aid money to K-12 private school students. The coronavirus rescue package, known as the CARES Act, included more than $13 billion to help public schools cover pandemic-related costs.

Columbus City Council last night formally accepted 157 million dollars in federal CARES Act funding to help with economic and human service needs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Columbus officials say the city has received 157 million dollar in federal funding through the CARES Act to help residents recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.