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The coronavirus has taken a hatchet to municipal budgets everywhere, forcing cities and towns to lay off librarians, parks workers and even first responders like police and firefighters.

From big cities like Detroit to small towns like Ogdensburg, N.Y., workers are being furloughed, programs are being cut and major capital projects are being shelved.

Congressional Democrats announced Saturday they're requesting all records and documents regarding President Trump's decision to fire State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, the fourth government watchdog Trump has fired or sought to remove in the last six weeks.

Columbus Board of Education building on April 15, 2020.
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An independent audit of the Columbus City Schools curriculum is critical of the district’s academic programs and expenditures.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther
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Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has signed an executive order to let commissions, boards and panels resume their work. These groups have been unable to meet for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The IRS has paid out more than $207 billion in coronavirus relief payments to individual taxpayers, as part of the $2 trillion package passed by Congress known as the CARES Act.

And among the recipients of those $1,200 payments are the bank accounts of dead individuals — a problem that could impact millions of American families.

U.S. citizen children of undocumented parents who are excluded from the $2 trillion federal coronavirus relief package filed a federal class-action lawsuit Tuesday.

Columbus City Hall on April 15, 2020.
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As the state officials plans a gradual re-opening of the economy, the city of Columbus is working on measures to maintain safety during the transition.

In the fight to contain the coronavirus, states have issued sweeping directives shuttering businesses and asking residents to stay at home in recent weeks. Now, with the White House claiming the U.S. has passed its peak of coronavirus cases, at least two of those states have told businesses that the opportunity to reopen their doors may be just a couple of weeks away.

Mayor Andrew Ginther tours the coronavirus "surge" site at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Greater Columbus Convention Center

Mayors around Ohio are calling on federal authorities to deliver more funding as coronavirus-caused job losses eat into local revenue.

calculator accounting sheet
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The state is now starting to feel the financial effects of numerous restrictions imposed to halt the spread of coronavirus.

The streets of downtown Columbus, here at Broad and High, are empty as all non-essential businesses in the state are closed on March 25, 2020.
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A new study found Columbus relies more heavily on income tax revenue than almost any other city in America. That could mean it’s among the first to experience economic strain due to COVID-19.

The response to the growing threat of the coronavirus has varied widely in cities and counties across the country. Some are sheltering in place; others aren't.

Somewhere between 1,300 and 1,700 employees with the city of Cincinnati could be temporarily laid off as the city faces a huge budget shortfall because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ohio Lottery tickets
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Ohio’s casinos have been closed for almost two weeks, and it's been a week since bars were shut down, including those offering Keno. Ohio Lottery tickets are still being sold, even under the new stay-at-home which went into effect on Tuesday. 

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at his daily coronavirus press conference where he annouced a stay-at-home order for all Ohioans.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

The number of deaths from COVID-19 doubled yesterday in Ohio - going from three deaths announced Sunday to six Monday. Gov. Mike DeWine has issued several orders to state government as it fights coronavirus, saying that he expects state revenues to go to go down dramatically.

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