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OHIO CAMPGROUND OWNERS ASSOCIATION

Ohio campgrounds are once again open for seasonal, long-term campers. But a group representing campground owners wants the state to reopen for everyone and soon.

The slowdown of the economy because of COVID-19 has had a huge impact on traffic and transit. And even though the state’s gas tax that funds road construction went up by 10.5 cents a gallon last July, the Ohio Department of Transportation is bracing for a big hit. 

Some libraries throughout Ohio are announcing they will be reopening soon. But it might take a little longer for others to reopen their doors.

Many of Ohio’s retail stores that had been closed for the past few weeks opened today. There was a light yet steady stream of shoppers inside a Columbus area book store.

As retail stores throughout Ohio reopen after closing under state order for the coronavirus pandemic, some employees are scrambling to find a way to work without having reliable child care available. 

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, May 13:

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Talks to start the Major League Baseball season amid the pandemic made some progress this week. Team owners have signed off on a plan that they will present to the player’s union. It calls for a shortened 82-game season beginning Fourth of July weekend.

WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says the details of this deal set the stage for a big battle over money.

MADISYN WOODRING

Ohio college students just finished a spring semester that was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. In early March, schools stopped in-person classes and switched to remote learning, upending campus life.

A Kent State University journalism class spent the week after spring break recording diaries about their experience. For Madisyn Woodring, finding motivation to do schoolwork from home was a challenge.

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Akron’s recycling program has changed over the past few years, as the value of recycled materials has fluctuated.

Massage businesses, tattoo parlors and body art shops will be allowed to reopen in Ohio on May 15, along with hair salons and barbershops.

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SETH TETER

Jeremy Jenkins has been running his meat processing business in Mount Victory, northwest of Columbus, for about a year. It’s typical for him to be booked up for several weeks, but now he’s turning away customers every day because he won’t be able to handle their job before Christmas.

 

“Right now we’re booked out almost seven months on processing and we’re running probably 140% of our capacity,” he says. “A lot of long days.”

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WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, May 12: 

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When the state issued orders for people to stay home, public transit had to adjust. The Portage Area Regional Transit Authority (PARTA) cut routes, stopped collecting fares, and since April first has been rotating its workforce a week on, a week off so it could keep them employed.

This week PARTA is working to bring services back as the economy starts to reopen. And its general manager Claudia Amrhein is taking on a new statewide role to advocate for public transit around Ohio.

Ohio college students just finished a spring semester that was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. In early March, schools stopped in-person classes and switched to remote learning, upending campus life. A Kent State University journalism class spent the week after Spring Break recording diaries about their experience. For Mitch Meyers, it was all about finding an upside.

The Ohio Department Job and Family Services has paid more than $2 billion in unemployment claims to nearly 560,000 Ohioans since mid-March. But that’s only half of the 1.1 million claims that have been filed.

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Gov. Mike DeWine didn't announce a reopening date for daycares Monday. 

He hinted Thursday that an announcement could be coming sometime this week, but DeWine said the plan needs more work. 

"Child care is a necessity for working families," DeWine said. "As I have said, there is risk associated with action, and there is risk associated with inaction."

DeWine added that he won't make an announcement until the state has the "most science-based and safety-based plan that we can put together," but hopes a date will be set soon.

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, May 11:

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KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

As Ohio begins to reopen, there are a lot of questions about how parents can go back to work when most daycare centers remain closed. Governor Mike DeWine is expected to address that during his briefing Monday afternoon.

And Senator Sherrod Brown is calling for the next federal stimulus bill to provide help for childcare providers.

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METROHEALTH SYSTEM

It may seem like an unusual initiative for a hospital: a website that features carryout food available from locally-owned restaurants. But as MetroHealth says it fits their mission.

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CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL

As some of Ohio’s nonessential businesses reopen, you’ve still got questions about how coronavirus will affect everything from mortgages to license plates.

The state budget is a sea of red, as income and sales tax collections are less than half of what was predicted for this month. There is one specific area of the budget that is showing big increases, but it’s not what state officials want to see.

Cleveland Orchestra Cancels Summer Events

May 8, 2020
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ROGER MASTROIANNI / THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA

The Cleveland Orchestra has canceled all performances scheduled for this summer, due to COVID-19 health concerns for both audience members and musicians. 

The 2020 Blossom Music Festival, plus a series of summer concerts at Severance Hall and the annual Star Spangled Spectacular downtown are the latest cancellations as the pandemic continues. Orchestra CEO Andre Gremillet said he’s “cautiously optimistic” about returning in the fall, but even then the audience will probably be limited.

Ohio’s more than 600 public school districts are taking $300 million in cuts as the state deals with a deficit of more than three quarters of a billion dollars. While that’s a reduction of just under 4% to K-12 education overall, school leaders say it’s a tough hit at the local level.

The ACLU of Ohio is challenging the federal government’s progress transferring inmates out of a federal prison south of Youngstown in response to a coronavirus outbreak there.

U.S. District Judge James S. Gwin ordered the release or transfer of hundreds of inmates from Elkton Federal Correction Institution in April.

Non-essential businesses that were closed during the past month due to COVID-19 are now starting to reopen. But some worry that’s happening too quickly without proper safeguards.

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