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Ohio Lottery tickets
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

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.

Columbus Division of Fire
WOSU

The city of Columbus confirmed Sunday afternoon that a firefighter has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Short North in Columbus, Ohio.
Matt Evans / Flickr

Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday declared a state of emergency after Ohio officials identified the first three cases of COVID-19 in the state. If the coronavirus spreads throughout the state as it has in others, like Washington, that will likely mean quarantine and a major change in how work is done.

Christopher Columbus statue in front of Columbus City Hall.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

This week, Columbus City Council will host a public hearing about a proposal to require energy audits in large buildings.

Updated at 7 p.m. ET

President Trump on Friday stopped in at the Atlanta headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency marshaling the response to coronavirus — a major political test for his administration.

The trip itself was almost derailed by coronavirus fears, and mixed signals about what was happening created an on-again, off-again drama that played out in front of television cameras. The chaotic impression clashed with the White House quest to show that the public health crisis is under control.

At the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, the Trump administration is seeking to make it easier for the president to call in the heads of the nation's independent agencies and say those words he was famous for on TV: "You're fired!" In particular, the administration is asking the court to restrict or reverse a decision that dates back nearly a century and that has been repeatedly reaffirmed.

Almost one week after being arrested on federal charges of extortion, bribery and wire fraud, Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard announced she is resigning from Cincinnati City Council, effective immediately. 

Mayor Andrew Ginther gives his State Of The City speech on February 13, 2020.
Shelley Fisher / City Of Columbus

Citing media scrutiny, the city of Columbus has returned $66,000 in private sponsorship money it had accepted for Mayor Andrew Ginther's "State Of The City" address earlier this month.

Columbus' second Chief Diversity Officer, Beverly Stallings-Johnson, started in February 2020.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

Only a few weeks into her job as the city’s second-ever chief diversity officer, Beverly Stallings-Johnson says Columbus is getting closer to its goal of a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community.

Updated: 7:10 p.m.

A day after Cincinnati Councilwoman Tamaya Dennard was arrested and federally charged with wire fraud, bribery, and attempted extortion, Dennard, her fellow council members and party leaders are reacting to the news.

If your state has congressional districts that are such a jumbled, gerrymandered mess that they have nicknames like "The Snake on the Lake" and "The Duck," then you have a problem. You also live in Ohio.

The Trump administration is being criticized for its handling of certain government records.

Historians and activists charge that the White House has failed to keep notes of the president's meetings with foreign leaders, including with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and that other papers, including records of alleged abuses of undocumented immigrants, could be destroyed.

Ohio Senate and Ohio House signs at the Ohio Statehouse.
Dan Konik / Statehouse News Bureau

A proposed constitutional amendment would set 16-year limits on legislators serving in the Ohio House or Senate.

State and local governments spend billions of dollars hiring contractors for goods and services, but most of those contracts go to white-owned businesses, not minority contractors — despite decades of affirmative action and other policies meant to make up for disparities.

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