Karen Kasler

Saying "violence will not be tolerated in Ohio", Gov. Mike DeWine says the Highway Patrol and the Ohio National Guard will back up Columbus police forces for a planned "armed march" by right-wing and pro-Trump supporters this weekend.

The state is pushing forward with more COVID vaccinations with new age groups eligible in the next few weeks, even as some communities are saying the vaccine supply is inconsistent.

About 75 people wearing masks and carrying signs protest outside the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday, April 9, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

The Republican representative who proposed Ohio's "Stand Your Ground" law says he’s concerned about an armed march planned for the Statehouse this weekend.

Ohio’s teachers and school employees are in the next group that will get the coronavirus vaccine starting February 1. And superintendents are signing pledges that they will return to either hybrid or in-person learning on March 1 as a condition of their workers getting the vaccine.

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
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A member of the Ohio Arts Council has resigned after an inflammatory Facebook post in which she expressed support for the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and used a slur to describe Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

A member of the board of the state agency that oversees funding for the arts has resigned after an inflammatory Facebook post in which she showed support for the insurrection at the US Capitol Wednesday and used a slur to describe Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.

A few hours before a mob of extremist supporters of President Trump stormed the US Capitol as Congress met to certify President-Elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win on Wednesday, a couple dozen pro-Trump protestors chanted, screamed obscenities and waved Trump banners on Capitol Square in Columbus.

Crown Pointe Care Center resident Rebecca Meeker, left, receives a COVID-19 vaccine from Dr. Kate Latta, PharmD, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Meeker was the first long-term care patient in Ohio to receive a vaccine.
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Ohio nursing homes have been one of the frontlines during the pandemic, and Gov. Mike DeWine has repeatedly raised concerns that many employees are refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine. 

4,856 Ohioans in nursing homes and long term care facilities have died of COVID-19, well over half of the state’s overall COVID death total. Gov. Mike DeWine has said the virus has often been brought in by staff, and yet a huge number of those workers has not taken the vaccine.

Ohio’s Gov. Mike DeWine and Sen. Rob Portman both say they oppose the effort by a contingent of Republicans to object to certification of the electoral college results on Wednesday, as part of an unprecedented and ill-fated attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election.

Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder
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Ohio's new General Assembly starts two years of work on Monday, and there's an uncertain future for Larry Householder. The Republican former House Speaker faces a massive federal bribery indictment, but he remains a state lawmaker after winning reelection last fall.

Ohio Supreme Court Gavel statue
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The Ohio Supreme Court now has three Democratic justices for the first time since 1994, with the first statewide swearing-in to start the new year.

There’s a lot ahead in 2021 for Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford). The former House Speaker is facing federal charges in a $61 million bribery scandal. And he could also lose the job he was re-elected to last fall.

President Donald Trump speaking to supporters in Circleville.
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A year ago, 2020 looked like it was going to be another busy election year in Ohio. But with the pandemic crowding out most other news and keeping candidates off the campaign trail, the election season took several unexpected turns.

This Oct. 5, 2011 file photo shows the cooling tower of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Amy Sanceta / Associated Press

The list of possible successors to take over as chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has been narrowed to four. The new chair will succeed Sam Randazzo, who resigned last month after being implicated in a FirstEnergy report.