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DeWine says restrictions are saving lives during COVID-19 pandemic

COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine said today he understands his orders to restrict numerous Ohioans from working is damaging the economy, but it will save lives in the long-term. “The truth is protecting people and protecting the economy are not mutually exclusive,” he said in his daily news ...

COVID-19 in Ohio: Eight dead, 564 confirmed cases

COLUMBUS — There are 564 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, the Ohio Department of Health reported today in its 2 p.m. daily update. That's up from 442 cases Monday. There are eight dead as of today, up from six on Monday. Two of the dead are in Cuyahoga County, two in Franklin, ...

Stocks surge toward huge gains on hopes for US virus aid

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are surging on Wall Street today and joined a worldwide rally as optimism rose, for one day at least, that government officials and central banks are unleashing enough aid to ease the economic pain caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The S&P 500 galloped more than ...

Warren man injured in morning house fire

WARREN - A resident was injured in a fire this morning that heavily damaged his northwest side home. A family member at the scene said resident Charles Miller has been taken to the Burn Center at Akron Children's Hospital. Firefighters were called to the blaze at 3233 Tod Ave. NW around 8:30 ...

Tue. 11:53 a.m.: Ryan proposes government take over medical supply chain

HOWLAND — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan today proposed the federal government take over the medical supply chain and have President Donald Trump order industries to make needed equipment to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryan, D-Howland, said his bill, to be proposed shortly, would require ...

Tue. 11:07 a.m.: Congress closing in on nearly $2 trillion virus aid package

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top congressional and White House officials say they expect to reach a deal today on a nearly $2 trillion measure aimed at easing the economic damage inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin returned to the Senate this morning for final ...

Tue. 9:56: Spanish army finds bodies in nursing homes among residents

MADRID (AP) — Spanish army troops disinfecting nursing homes have found, to their horror, some residents living in squalor among the infectious bodies of people that authorities suspect have died from the new coronavirus. Prosecutors have launched a judicial probe. Defense Minister ...

Tue. 8:54 a.m.: Abe says IOC agrees ‘100%’ to postpone Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics were postponed until 2021 today, ending weeks of speculation that the games could not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The International Olympic Committee made the decision after speaking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and ...

Tue. 8:31 a.m.: Global stocks rebound on hopes for US stimulus package

LONDON (AP) — Global stocks surged today while U.S. futures raced ahead so much that trading had to be halted, after U.S. political leaders said they were nearing a deal on a massive government stimulus package to offset the damage inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic. Stock markets around ...

State reducing spending requests, imposes hiring freeze

COLUMBUS - With state revenues declining because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Gov. Mike DeWine today ordered an immediate hiring freeze in state government and a stop to new contract services. The exemptions to the hiring freeze are for those directly fighting the virus, those involved in safety ...

Governors to urge feds for more funding, testing, equipment

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The nation's governors will be calling on the federal government for major economic help in battling the coronavirus and keeping businesses afloat during a conference call with the White House today, the chairman of the National Governors Association said. Maryland Gov. ...

Six confirmed dead of COVID-19 in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed today six people have died in the state of the COVID-19 pandemic. Two are confirmed dead in Franklin County and one each in Cuyahoga, Erie, Lucas and Stark counties. There are now 442 confirmed cases of the virus in Ohio, up from 351 on Sunday. There ...

Ryan proposes up to $3K a month per family during pandemic

HOWLAND - U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan is proposing the federal government give most Americans a $1,000 monthly payment - and up to $3,000 a month for families - to help during the COVID-19 outbreak. The proposal would give the money monthly for at least six months and then be reviewed to be given for ...

Harvey Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus in prison

NEW YORK (AP)- Harvey Weinstein tested positive for the coronavirus at a state prison in New York while serving a 23-year sentence for rape and sexual assault, the head of the state correctional officers union said today. The 68-year-old former film producer, who was hospitalized with heart ...

Mon. 11:16 a.m.: Liquor store brawl ends with man fatally shot, teen charged

CLEVELAND (AP) — A brawl involving several patrons inside a Cleveland liquor store ended with a teenage boy fatally shooting a man, authorities said. The shooting occurred around 6:20 p.m. Friday at the store in the city's Lee-Harvard neighborhood. Kevin Boyd, 24, was in line waiting to pay ...

Mon. 11:05 a.m.: Several businesses at local malls stay open

The owners / operators of Eastwood and Southern Park malls are complying with the state's order to temporarily shutter the retail centers, but some businesses at both fall into the essential services category and remain open. Open at the complex in Niles are Best Buy, Bloomberg Eyecare, Chase ...

Valley foundations, United Ways join forces to fund

Staff report YOUNGSTOWN -- Rather than respond to the COVID-19 crisis in isolation, local foundations and United Ways are working collectively to support Mahoning Valley nonprofits and residents. Six local funders -- The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, Mercy Health ...