Sarah Taylor

A Northeast Ohio native, Sarah Taylor graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she worked at her first NPR station, WMUB. She began her professional career at WCKY-AM in Cincinnati and spent two decades in television news, the bulk of them at WKBN in Youngstown (as Sarah Eisler). For the past three years, Sarah has taught a variety of courses in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State, where she is also pursuing a Master’s degree. Sarah and her husband Scott, have two children. They live in Tallmadge.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio saw the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 in a single day since May, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday.

Cuyahoga County has the highest unemployment rate in the state at 12.9%. That statistic has led the state to pilot a new program there to help connect people to training and available jobs.

Called Ohio to Work, the program has been developed by the state’s JobsOhio agency, which its director J.B. Nauseef said today during the governor’s coronavirus briefing is uniquely capable of doing this quickly because of its structure.

Kent State plans to install security cameras and additional lighting at "The Rock" this week to try to prevent future attempts to paint racist messages on it.

University President Todd Diacon joined members of Black United Students and Alphi Phi Alpha fraternity at a march for unity Monday, which started at the student center, stopped at the university police department, and ended at "The Rock."

Diacon, who was a history professor, says he’s committed to supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and Black students on the Kent campus.

A group of U.S. Senators, including Sherrod Brown, is raising concerns about the rising number of coronavirus cases in the armed forces.

They’ve written a letter (see it below) to Defense Secretary Mark Esper to express their concerns. They say cases of COVID-19 among the military rose by more than 20,000 in July.

Senator Brown says Esper and other civilian leaders are not properly prioritizing the health of servicemembers.

“He’s simply failed in his efforts to address head on this coronavirus in the military.”

This week the Centers for Disease Control announced a moratorium on evictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) says he is concerned about some provisions of the order.

He says under the rule, tenants won’t be evicted this year, but they will need to come up with eight months of rent in January.

Brown is pushing Congress to renew the weekly $600 unemployment benefit that expired in July, and to approve emergency assistance so people can stay in their homes.

Summit County Council has unanimously approved a resolution urging Congress to pass legislation that would offer financial support to struggling entertainment venues.

Such venues were among the first to close when the coronavirus pandemic struck. The state just established reopening guidelines that limit capacity to 15% or 300 people.

For places like Akron Civic Theatre, executive director Howard Parr says that’s not financially feasible. Right now, Parr says venues like his need funds to remain viable and a realistic way to bring back crowds.

Sen. Sherrod Brown is joining political scientists, ethicists and others in criticizing elements of the Republican National Convention. President Donald Trump accepted the nomination Thursday at the White House, where a number of convention activities took place. Brown is questioning the ethics of having campaign events there.

“It frankly mocked much of what this country stands for, the separation of campaigns and the grandeur of the White House and the presidency,” he said.

Downtown Columbus, buildings and water.
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Franklin County is among four counties that saw their public health emergency levels reduced this week due to dropping rates of new COVID-19 cases.

Ohioans who qualify for unemployment benefits will receive a federal extension of $300 a week. During the bi-weekly  briefing on the coronavirus today, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted reported that Ohio's application for $717 million federal funds to pay the benefit has been approved by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). Husted say the state department of Jobs and Family Services will administer the payments that will be retroactive to August 1. Gov. Mike DeWine previously indicated those payments could begin to be issued next month. 

A Cuyahoga Valley National Park volunteer has won a national award for his efforts to help park visitors and his work to renew and restore the Cuyahoga River. Mike Schnellinger was recognized during a virtual ceremony Tuesday.

National Park Service deputy director David Vela says Schnellinger has volunteered more than 700  hours in the last three years as a trailblazer on the Towpath and other parks trails and as a leader in establishing the Cuyahoga Valley volunteer river patrol.

Former state Rep. Kathleen Clyde of Portage County
Nick Evans / WOSU

A county commissioner and former state lawmaker is set to take center stage during Tuesday night's virtual Democratic National Convention. Kathleen Clyde, of Portage County, will be featured as one of the party's "Rising Stars."

The entrance to Energy Harbor's Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

Federal authorities allege the Ohio House Speaker ran a massive scheme to pass an energy bill that bailed out two nuclear plants run by Akron-based FirstEnergy Solutions, now known as Energy Harbor. While no charges have been brought against the company yet, the U.S. Attorney says the investigation is continuing.

No one has been more acutely affected by the pandemic than people who live in nursing homes and their families.

The state banned visitors four months ago as nursing home deaths spiked.

Today, outdoor visits are supposed to resume. But many facilities have told visitors it’s still not safe.

Municipal leaders from around Ohio are urging the U.S. Senate to pass the HEROES Act, the stimulus package already approved by the U.S. House.

They say Ohio cities have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic because many of them rely heavily on income taxes for revenue. And when people aren’t working, those funds are lost.

Ohioans who’ve recovered from COVID-19 are being encouraged to donate plasma to help treat others suffering from the illness.

The benefits of so-called convalescent plasma are still being researched. But Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said the plasma is rich in antibodies. And doctors have shared with him positive results.