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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2017, file photo, Cameron McNamee, Ohio Board of Pharmacy director of policy and communications, speaks at a news conference. The Ohio Pharmacy Board announced July 29, 2020, a prohibition on prescribing hydroxychloroquine for individuals with COVID-19. The board reversed itself one day later at the request of Gov. Mike DeWine. The pharmacy board received more than 1,400 emails and more than 400 voicemails in a day. The responses reviewed by The Associated Press show people furious that the board placed the drug off limits. McNamee said the pharmacy board is now reassessing its decisions. He acknowledged that

Hundreds of Ohioans blast decision to ban drug for virus

Aug. 14, 2020 7:43 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hundreds of Ohioans reacted swiftly and angrily to news last month that the Ohio pharmacy board blocked the use of a malaria drug for patients with COVID-19, according to a review of comments received by the board. At issue was the prescribing of the drug hydroxychloroquine for the...

A player carries his shoes and a lunch bag in front of a closed gate leading to Memorial Stadium's playing field in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The Big Ten won't play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19, becoming the first of college sports' power conferences to yield to the pandemic. The move announced Tuesday. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

The Latest: Cowboys owner confident about having fans

Aug. 13, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is confident about having fans for all home games, and the club has now announced details toward that end. The Cowboys say they are selling tickets in groups to try to prevent people who don't...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2019, file photo, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields rolls out to throw against Michigan during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich. Ohio State opens preseason training camp on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, with strict coronavirus protocols in place and under a cloud of uncertainty about whether a revised 10-game season will even be played at all. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Postponing season puts NFL prospects in a holding pattern

Aug. 13, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Big Ten and Pac-12 postponing their fall football seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic leaves some NFL prospects facing a dilemma: Leave now or leave later. Take Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, a Heisman Trophy finalist last year who would have begun the season as one...

Police: Teen handling gun shoots, kills 2-year-old nephew

Aug. 13, 2020 5:50 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio have charged a 14-year-old in the shooting death of his 2-year-old nephew, according to media reports. Police responded to a home in Columbus on Wednesday night where they said the teen told them he was babysitting the toddler and his 1-year-old niece when the gun he...

File-Moments after announcing the possible extension of Ohio voting until June 2, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose answers a reporter's question at a coronavirus news conference Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Ohio Statehouse. Congress’ failure so far to pass another round of coronavirus aid leaves state and local officials on their own to deal with the soaring costs of holding a presidential election amid a deadly pandemic.  LaRose has said he would seek approval to pay postage for absentee ballot applications and returned ballots if he had more money. (Doral Chenoweth/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)

Elections chief urges but won't require masks for Ohio vote

Aug. 12, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health and safety guidelines that Ohio's elections chief sent to county boards Wednesday recommend, but do not mandate, mask-wearing and other preventive measures for those voting in person this fall — a nod to voter freedoms in a closely divided battleground state. In a...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Aug. 11, 2020 11:05 AM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: What will it take to reduce violence in Akron? Akron Beacon Journal Aug. 9 A week ago, gunfire interrupted the evening on Fifth Avenue in Akron. Multiple shots hit two residences, leaving two adults wounded and a 20-month-old baby boy...

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2019, file photo, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during an interview at the Governor's Residence in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio governor's positive, then false, results on COVID-19 tests threw fuel on the fire for skeptics about pandemic precautions and critics of the often-aggressive policies the governor championed. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Ohio governor's conflicting COVID-19 tests raise backlash

Aug. 9, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio governor's positive, then negative, tests for COVID-19 have provided fuel for skeptics of government pandemic mandates and critics of his often-aggressive policies. “I'm sure the internet is lighting up with ‘Well, you can't believe any test,' ” Mike...

Chef Darnell Ferguson is the star of this Alabama eatery

Aug. 9, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) — At age 33, Chef Darnell Ferguson is a rising star among television chefs. But, even more important to him, he’s a chef in his own right who oversees culinary operations at his three restaurants – including Superhero Chefs, which opened in April of 2019 in downtown...

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, left, and his wife Fran, walk into their residence after he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Bexley, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine again tests negative for coronavirus

Aug. 8, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The fourth COVID-19 test result for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine came back negative Saturday after he received conflicting positive and negative results two days before, ahead of a scheduled meeting with President Trump. The governor and first lady, Fran DeWine, were tested at Ohio State...

Woman, 64, dies after being hit by stray bullet in apartment

Aug. 8, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A woman died after she was struck by a stray bullet in her south Columbus apartment, police said. Columbus police said they were alerted shortly after 4:30 a.m. Saturday that multiple gunshots had been fired and then were told that a person in an apartment building was hit. Ellen...