Gov. Mike DeWine

Nurse prepares vial at Columbus clinic, March 2021
Dan Konik

If you are a state employee and you’ve been vaccinated, you are going to get a little extra money. The latest incentive involves paying state workers who get COVID shots. 

Former Congressman Jim Renacci, who's also the Medina County Republican Party chair, held a press conference on the Medina County Courthouse steps.

Ohio Democrats have been talking up last week’s plea deal from FirstEnergy as proof of Republican corruption in state government. But now Gov. Mike DeWine’s main opponent in next year’s GOP primary is joining in.

Nurse draws vaccine into vial at Columbus clinic, March 2021
Dan Konik

Less than 50% of Ohioans are fully vaccinated. And numbers from Ohio’s Department of Health show a staggering difference between serious COVID cases in unvaccinated and vaccinated Ohioans. 

Gov. Mike DeWine takes questions during a press conference on colleges and the state's new anti-hazing law on July 26, 2021.
Dan Konik

Gov. Mike DeWine has made his first public comments since last week’s plea deal from FirstEnergy in the federal corruption case involving the nuclear power plant bailout law known as House Bill 6.

DeWine speaks to reporters at Ohio Statehouse
Dan Konik

The Ohio Department of Health’s latest COVID guidance for K-12 schools strongly recommends those who can be vaccinated get shots, and masks for those who can’t or choose not to. But it doesn’t mandate masks for all, like some individual schools are doing. 

Perry Nuclear Power Plant stacks
Dan Konik

FirstEnergy will pay a $230 million fine in a plea deal with federal prosecutors in the federal investigation into the $1.6 billion bailout for Ohio’s two nuclear energy plants. But some are saying state leaders have not done enough to prevent back room dealing that can lead to scandals like this. 

A display of fireworks in a store in central Ohio
Karen Kasler

Gov. Mike DeWine has vetoed a bill that was passed by a large majority of legislators that would have allowed Ohioans to set off the big fireworks they can legally purchase here in Ohio. 

Opponents of budget at Ohio Statehouse
Jo Ingles

Hours after signing Ohio’s new two-year budget into law, Gov. Mike DeWine took questions from reporters about his 14 vetoes – and about one measure he didn't strike out. 

Dan Konik

Nearly two hours past the midnight deadline, Gov. Mike DeWine put out a statement saying he signed the two-year, $75 billion state budget – while striking out 14 items. Most of the vetoes were technical and specific, but others were more notable.

Groups protest budget outside Ohio Statehouse June 29, 2021
Jo Ingles

The two-year budget passed by the Ohio Legislature contains further restrictions on abortion, increases penalties for protestors, and exempts medical professionals from treating people who they disagree with on moral grounds. Those provisions are drawing criticism from some groups. 

Columbus area teacher gets COVID shot, Feb. 3, 2021
Dan Konik

Now that Ohio lawmakers have passed a bill that prevents public schools and colleges from mandating students and employees get COVID vaccines, the attention turns to Gov. Mike DeWine. Will he sign it? 

Dan Konik

Ohio’s public schools and universities won’t be able to require their students or employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 if Gov. Mike DeWine signs a bill passed by state lawmakers last night. 

Gov. DeWine signs Name, Image & Likeness Executive Order
Dan Konik

After a bill that would allow college athletes in Ohio to profit from their name, image or likeness became ensnared in Statehouse politics last week, Governor DeWine has taken the issue in his own hands by signing an executive order.

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The bill that would ban transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports at the high school and college level, which is widely opposed by Democrats, is facing more opposition. This comes just hours after Ohio House Republicans attached the legislation as an amendment to an unrelated and popular bill and passed it.

Ohio Dept of Public Safety

Ohioans who needed to renew their drivers’ licenses or vehicle registrations during the pandemic have been given a grace period for the past year. But it expires soon. 

Gov. Mike DeWine gets second COVID-19 vaccine
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

A bill in the Ohio House would make it illegal for employers or schools to mandate vaccinations. Gov. Mike DeWine has some thoughts on the measure.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine
OSU Medical Center

There are 200,000 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Ohio that will expire later this month. Gov. Mike DeWine has issued an urgent communication to vaccine providers to ask them to distribute as many doses as possible as quickly as possible.

 Dayton Mayor and Gubernatorial Candidate Nan Whaley at mic, Back L-R – Rep Alison Russo (D-Upper Arlington), Rep Willis Blackshear Jr, (D-Dayton) and Rep Bride Rose Sweeney (D-Cleveland)
Jo Ingles

The election for governor is more than a year away but the Democrat who plans to challenge Mike DeWine is blasting him now for failing to rein in the nuclear power plant bailout scandal that has rocked the Statehouse since last July. 

Gov. Mike DeWine signs bill that provides housing relief

Governor Mike DeWine has signed into law a $465 million bill meant to help lower-income Ohioans pay for rent and mortgages. 

Stephanie McCloud, director Ohio Department of Health
Jo Ingles

The Ohio Department of Health director has signed some new orders dealing with the care of older Ohioans. 

Jo Ingles

Ohio-based Nationwide Insurance reports its SmartRide mobile app showed drivers are taking their eyes off the road 13 times a day for up to six seconds each time. Now, there’s a new bill in the state legislature that would crack down on distracted driving. 

Columbus Police at area where teen was shot and killed Tuesday
Andy Chow

The police shooting of a black teen girl in Columbus last night renews calls for criminal justice reform and community policing. The incident happened around the same time the verdict was being read in the case of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, found guilty of killing George Floyd. 

Gov. Mike DeWine
Jo Ingles

Health officials are urging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in an effort to achieve herd immunity. State leaders are saying they won’t mandate Ohioans to get the shots but there are some incentives being offered and more to come. 

Marian Jacques

The number of cases of COVID-19 in Ohio has been rising in recent weeks. And it’s going further away from the goal that was set in order for the statewide mask mandate to be lifted. 

Nurse gives shot during Franklin County vaccine clinic
Dan Konik

Ohio is tracking the number of cases of COVID in people who have been fully vaccinated for two weeks or more. And state leaders say those numbers are proving vaccines work. 

Preparing syringe at Columbus vaccine clinic
Dan Konik

Ohio’s mass vaccination clinics and colleges are pausing the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines while the CDC and FDA investigate blood clots in 6 women out of the 6.8 million people who have received the shots. But that doesn’t mean that COVID vaccine clinics are canceled. 

Gov Mike DeWine in Steubenville

Gov. Mike DeWine has said he’ll lift the statewide mask mandate when Ohio gets down to 50 cases per 100,000 people over a two-week period. But that rate has been trending upward in recent days, putting the state further away from that goal. 

The "death bed", used for lethal injections, at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.
Ron Corby

Three Ohio death row inmates will not be executed this year as planned.

Drive through COVID testing in Columbus
Dan Konik

Despite an increasing number of Ohioans getting vaccinated, the number of positive COVID-19 tests in Ohio is increasing this week. 

Dan Konik

Gov. Mike DeWine says, beginning next week, Ohio’s colleges and universities will have the opportunity to hold vaccine clinics for their students. And he’s going to allow businesses and labor unions to vaccinate workers on site too.