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Iconic Ohioan Annie Glenn passed away Tuesday.

An advocate and educator for people with communication disorders and the widow of astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn, she celebrated her 100th birthday in February.

She died of COVID-19 complications at a nursing home near St. Paul, Minn.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered flags in her home state to be flown at half-staff in her honor.

Gov. Mike DeWine signs an executive order.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio's stay-at-home order is now less a command than a suggestion.

An empty elementary school classroom in Westerville.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio’s K-12 schools are winding down their remote classes to end this unusual year. Gov. Mike DeWine says he and school leaders are making plans for returning to in-person classes after the summer break.

Gov. Mike DeWine inside the Governor's Residence in Columbus on Dec. 13, 2019.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

As the state reopens, Gov. Mike DeWine insists, the success of the economy depends on whether Ohioans follow social distancing protocols.

Marshall Gilmore finally got what he'd been waiting for this month when the state of Mississippi allowed him to offer table service again at his restaurant, the Harvest Grill in Meridian.

Still, many of his tables sit empty, even at limited capacity, and he makes most of his money offering curbside food pickup.

"People are just a little apprehensive about getting out in public. This was a once-in-a-lifetime scare that we all just went through. So everyone's a little scared," Gilmore says.

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron)
Paul Vernon / Associated Press

The Democratic leader of the Ohio House, state Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron), says the state has not done enough to address the disproportionate effect COVID-19 is having on black Ohioans.

Gov. Mike DeWine gives his daily coronavirus briefing on April 1, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine says the state will do "whatever we have to do" to enforce social distancing measures if bars and restaurants fail to restrain crowds. His comments came Sunday after pictures of packed Columbus bars went viral on social media.

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton speaks at a daily coronavirus press conference.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

A prominent anti-abortion group has taken an unusual step: asking the Ohio Senate to reject a House proposal that would restrict the power of public health orders signed by Gov. Mike DeWine and his health director.

Daycare
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Child care centers in Ohio will be able to reopen on May 31, with stricter enrollment guidelines. They have been closed since March 26 due to the spread of the coronavirus.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Thursday announced a slew of openings for various industries that have been closed for nearly two months during the coronavirus pandemic.

Empty Easton Town Center is virtually abandoned with all stores closed  due to the COVID-19 pandemic
David Holm / WOSU

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the ongoing debate about the risks and benefits of opening up Ohio's economy.

child coloring
Pixabay

As retail stores throughout Ohio reopen, some employees are scrambling to find a way to work without having reliable child care available.

Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the country, will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025.
Rogelio V. Solis / AP

Families that are part of their school district's free or reduced-price meal programs will soon receive assistance to help buy food through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, which just received federal approval.

If you were to believe what you see on the mainstream media, on social media and everywhere else, you would think there was a major revolution brewing – the people rising up and taking to the streets and to the statehouse halls screaming to throw the gates open and declare the pandemic over.

Don't believe it. It's an optical illusion.

A statue of Arnold Schwarzenegger wears a face mask in downtown Columbus.
David Holm / WOSU

The decision to bar spectators from the Arnold Sports Festival started with a message from Houston. 

For the past 40 years, thousands of energy sector types have gathered in Houston for a major conference called CERAWeek. They come from all around the world, but on March 1, organizers canceled the event because of fears about the spread of the coronavirus.

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