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Over the weekend, the Ohio Investigative Unit cited several bars for violating the state's emergency COVID-19 rule banning the sale of alcohol after 10 p.m.

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A Franklin County judge denied a request from a group of Columbus bars and restaurants to block a temporary state ban on liquor sales after 10 p.m.

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Five Ohio bars were cited in the first weekend of the state’s new order banning alcohol sales past 10 p.m.

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A bill that would allow bars and restaurants to use parking lots, green space and even streets for social distancing for customers is now being considered by the Ohio Senate. 

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Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow restaurants and bars to sell liquor on Sundays without having to obtain a special permit.

Greg Lehman is one of the owners of Watershed Distillery.
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A new Ohio House bill would allow bars and restaurants to expand their seating and service into parking lots or public grounds. They’d also be able to sell alcohol for delivery through third-party services such as GrubHub or Doordash.

Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati is one of three major breweries in Ohio boosting the state's craft beer production.
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The state budget is a sea of red, as income and sales tax collections are less than half of what was predicted for this month. But tax revenue from alcohol and cigarettes saw a big spike last month as Ohioans were at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Ohioans bought 1.36 million gallons of liquor in March, a nearly 25 percent increase over the same period last year.

More of us are leaning on alcohol to beat quarantine doldrums and stress, but experts warn that extended overindulging could make it harder to put down the bottle when the lockdown is lifted.

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Ohio restaurants have not been able to serve mixed drinks and straight liquor since the state put a stop to in-person dining last month. Now, the state is making a change to its rules that will allow restaurants to serve those drinks along with take-out meals.

Greg Lehman is one of the owners of Watershed Distillery.
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In addition to producing bourbon, gin and other liquors, Columbus distillery Watershed is now making and selling its own hand sanitizer. 

More Americans are ordering more rounds, and that's leading to more funerals, according to a new study on alcohol-related deaths.

Looking at data from the National Center for Health Statistics, researchers estimate deaths from alcohol-related problems have more than doubled over the past nearly 20 years.

Death certificates spanning 2017 indicate nearly 73,000 people died in the U.S because of liver disease and other alcohol-related illnesses. That is up from just under 36,000 deaths in 1999.

Columbus' Easton Town Center is fully decorated for the holiday season.
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Central Ohio Alcoholics Anonymous will be holding a non-stop meeting through the end of 2019. It's part of a larger "Alkathon," a continuous drop-in meeting that kicked off on Christmas Eve. 

The History And Legacy Of Prohibition

Dec 26, 2019
New York City Deputy Police Commissioner John A. Leach, right, watching agents pour liquor into sewer following a raid during the height of prohibition.
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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Volstead Act,  which banned the manufacture, sale and transportation of liquor in the U.S. 

In the era that came to be known as Prohibition, organized crime flourished, catapulting mobsters such as Al Capone into the national spotlight, and entrenching organized crime into the American political, criminal and social landscape.

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Two Ohio lawmakers want to loosen state restrictions on alcohol. The bipartisan legislation they are proposing would make it easier for churches and non-profits to gift alcohol as part of fundraising events without having to obtain permits.

The History And Legacy Of Prohibition

Nov 7, 2019

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Volstead Act,  which banned the manufacture, sale and transportation of liquor in the U.S. 

In the era that came to be known as Prohibition, organized crime flourished, catapulting mobsters such as Al Capone into the national spotlight, and entrenching organized crime into the American political, criminal and social landscape.  

Thirteen years after the Volstead Act went into effect, it was repealed by the 21st Amendment. 

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the legacy of prohibition. 

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