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Ohio alcohol sales restricted as COVID-19 cases remain high

Jul. 31, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Alcohol sales will be banned after 10 p.m. Friday under an executive order issued by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to help slow the spread of the coronavirus by limiting close gatherings. The order also prohibits the consumption of any drinks after 11 p.m. In a nod to the hit businesses are...

Ohio House Speaker Pro Tempore Jim Butler  presides over a House session as members of the Ohio House of Representatives vote to remove Rep. Larry Householder as Speaker of the House on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio House has ousted its Republican speaker as the chamber’s top leader in a historic, unanimous and bipartisan vote after he was charged in an alleged $60 million bribery scheme.  (Joshua A. Bickel /The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

FBI agents search ex-Ohio House speaker's Statehouse office

Jul. 31, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal authorities came away with a photograph, a phone and a calendar after they executed a search warrant Friday in the Statehouse office of former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder. The FBI search for Householder's personal belongings was carried out a day after the chamber he...

The Marion Correctional Institution is shown Monday, April 20, 2020, in Marion, Ohio. More than 20 Ohio death row inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak flaring up in just the past week, The Associated Press has learned. Virtually all prisons have cases, but the majority have been at Marion Correctional Institution in north-central Ohio and Pickaway Correctional Institution in central Ohio, which has a medical wing. (Fred Squillante/Columbus Dispatch via AP)

23 Ohio death row inmates test positive for COVID-19

Jul. 31, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — More than 20 Ohio death row inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak flaring up just this past week, The Associated Press has learned. The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction confirmed the first case to the AP on July 24 but by Friday said the number had jumped...

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder leaves the federal courthouse after an initial hearing following charges against him and four others alleging a $60 million bribery scheme Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

AP EXPLAINS: A look at $60M bribery probe unfolding in Ohio

Jul. 30, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The arrest July 21 of powerful Republican House Speaker Larry Householder and four associates in a $60 million federal bribery case has upended both politics and policy-making in Ohio. The Ohio House removed Householder from his post Thursday in a unanimous, bipartisan vote and...

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Ohio House picks GOP ex-justice to replace its ousted leader

Jul. 30, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Thursday chose former state Supreme Court justice and current Rep. Bob Cupp to lead the Ohio House, replacing the speaker ousted hours earlier amid a scandal. House members voted in favor of the veteran lawmaker from Lima on Thursday afternoon after a private...

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2019, file photo, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks about his plans for the coming year during an interview at the Governor's Residence in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio's Republican governor was hailed as prophetic for his decisive steps to shut down schools and stop the state's presidential primary election early during the coronavirus outbreak. Since then, he's found navigating a path out of the state's pandemic shutdown to be a bumpy one. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Ohio pharmacy board backs down on banning drug for COVID-19

Jul. 30, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio pharmacy board reversed course Thursday and tossed a rule that would have prohibited use of a malaria drug for patients with COVID-19. The decision followed public feedback and a request by Gov. Mike DeWine to ditch the rule. At issue was the prescribing of the drug...

Lawmakers pick former Ohio Supreme Court justice as House speaker to replace Republican ousted amid $60M bribery probe

Jul. 30, 2020 5:06 PM EDT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers pick former Ohio Supreme Court justice as House speaker to replace Republican ousted amid $60M bribery probe.

Ohio House ousts Republican speaker as its top leader in historic vote after his arrest in alleged $60M bribery scheme

Jul. 30, 2020 10:19 AM EDT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio House ousts Republican speaker as its top leader in historic vote after his arrest in alleged $60M bribery scheme.

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jul. 28, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Fixing corrupt energy bill would help Ohio’s environment Akron Beacon Journal July 25 Ohioans have good reason to feel outraged. On Tuesday, federal officials revealed a mammoth pay-to-play scheme at the Statehouse, with Larry...

FILE - In this Monday, July 18, 2016, file photo, former Speaker of the Ohio House Larry Householder speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Householder, the Ohio House speaker now accused in a $60 million federal bribery probe, plays the long game when it comes to politics. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Ohio House sets Thursday vote to remove disgraced speaker

Jul. 28, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House plans to vote Thursday on the removal of the disgraced House speaker arrested last week in connection with a $60 million federal bribery probe, after Republicans took a secret vote on the matter Tuesday that was prompted by Larry Householder's refusal to resign. It...