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New Ohio House Speaker Rep. Bob Cupp (R-Lima) speaks during an announcement of a proposed overhaul school funding for schools in Ohio at the Statehouse in Columbus, March 25, 2019.
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The pandemic slowed down work at the Ohio Statehouse in 2020. But lawmakers did pass a number of bills relating to COVID-19, as well as others that dealt with controversial issues like guns and abortion.

Representatives for those experiencing homelessness gathered at Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine on Monday and urged city officials to continue funding measures to provide shelter during the winter.

Updated at 8 p.m. ET

Congressional leaders remain at odds over the details of a coronavirus relief bill despite efforts to speed to a resolution before several existing programs expire at the end of the month.

COVID-19's Economic Impact

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Ohio National Guard Specialist Parris Roberts picks up a box of food at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank food distribution, Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Cleveland.
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Low-income Americans have been hit hardest by the pandemic and its economic fallout.

The CARES Act, passed in March, formed the backbone of a state and federal response that helped get people through the spring and summer. But most of that aid has lapsed or will soon.

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With more than 14,000 Columbus residents behind on utility bills, city leaders are using federal coronavirus relief money to give them a lifeline.

Artists paint murals during a recent Art Unites Columbus Event outside of the Ohio Theater.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the cultural economy, the businesses and the people that make their living creating music, food and art.

An encouraging message displayed on the marquee at the Newport music venue reads "We will get through this Cbus."
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A new bill in the Ohio House would offer $20 million in federal coronavirus stimulus funding to independent music venues.

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Columbus City Council takes up a measure on Monday night that would send $300,000 to the Columbus Urban League to support rent and mortgage assistance.

Updated at 5:30 p.m. ET

United Airlines and American Airlines have sent furlough notices to a total of more than 32,000 employees, saying they can't afford to have them on payroll after Thursday – the expiration date for the federal CARES Act Payroll Support Program.

"To our departing 13,000 family members: thank you for your dedication and we look forward to welcoming you back," United said in a message sent to employees Wednesday night that it also shared with NPR.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used a brief appearance in Covington Monday to talk about the federal CARES Act passed earlier this year to provide economic assistance during the pandemic.

Updated at 10 a.m. ET Sunday

At his Bedminster, N.J., golf resort on Saturday, President Trump signed four executive actions to provide economic relief amid the coronavirus pandemic. The actions amount to a stopgap measure, after failing to secure an agreement with Congress.

The three memorandums and one executive order call for extending some enhanced unemployment benefits, taking steps to stop evictions, continuing the suspension of student loan repayments and deferring payroll taxes.

Thousands of foreign workers who entered the U.S. on temporary work visas received $1,200 checks in error during the first round of stimulus payments, and many of them are spending the money in their home nations. One tax preparation firm told NPR that it has clients from 129 countries who mistakenly received stimulus checks, including Brazil, Canada, China, India, Nigeria and South Korea.

Columbus City Schools Board of Education
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The Columbus Board of Education votes Tuesday night on nearly $25 million in coronavirus-related expenditures. 

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.

Millions of Americans are facing the threat of eviction as a federal moratorium that has protected renters during the pandemic is set to expire Friday.

That eviction moratorium, coupled with unemployment assistance established in the CARES Act, has helped some renters stay in their homes.