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.

A health worker draws blood from a patient for a COVID-19 antibody test at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in DeLand, Fla.
JOHN RAOUX / AP

Health care professionals made a plea for help during Gov. Mike DeWine's coronavirus briefing Thursday, saying the surge of COVID-19 cases has them strapped for staff and space.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks before the arrival of Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at a rally at Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in Cleveland
Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

Almost a week after Joe Biden was declared the winner, the Trump administration has still refused to admit defeat. Despite that, President-elect Biden is moving forward with plans to take office in January, and he's getting support and assistance from Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie is scheduled to shut down in 2020.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

Akron-based FirstEnergy is at the center of a bribery scandal that has rocked Ohio politics as well as the company’s front office.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, right, overseeing the Election Night Reporting Center in Columbus, Ohio, watches early returns in the Ohio primary election from the Election Night Command Center, Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
Gene Puskar / Associated Press

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose says a record 56,789 people are trained and ready to be poll workers this year.

Gov. Mike DeWine holds a coronavirus press conference on September 15, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

The number of Ohio counties now on red alert for rapid spread of COVID-19 jumped this week to its highest level since late July. And the number of counties on a level two "orange" alert under Ohio's Public Health Advisory System has gone up to 58, the highest ever.

In this April 28, 2020 file photo, Marcia McCoy drops her ballot into a box outside the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in Cleveland, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Thursday that he will abide by a final court ruling or action by the legislature on ballot drop boxes, but insisted that making any more changes this close to the start of early voting will be confusing.

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.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

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. 

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