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COVID-19: The Latest

DeWine tests positive, then negative, for coronavirus

COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday after testing positive earlier in the day before he was to meet with President Donald Trump, according to a statement from his office. His wife, Fran DeWine, also tested negative, as did staff members. They underwent ...

Indian Creek schools to delay start date to Sept. 8

WINTERSVILLE — Indian Creek Local School District officials have altered their school calendar this year, and buildings will open Sept. 8 to accommodate face-to-face learning. The school board conducted a special meeting on Wednesday to approve its revised calendar for 2020-21. The new ...

WVNCC announces drive-through class registration

WHEELING — West Virginia Northern Community College will host a drive-through registration event for students who still need to register for classes for the fall semester. Events will be held 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Aug. 11, at the Weirton campus, Aug. 12, at the New Martinsville campus and Aug. ...

Gov. DeWine tests positive for coronavirus

COLUMBUS — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, an early advocate among Republicans of wearing masks and other pandemic precautions, tested positive Thursday for the coronavirus just ahead of a planned meeting with President Donald Trump. The Republican governor's office said he took the test as part of ...

Pa. Gov. Wolf roils youth sports world by urging halt until January

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania's governor said Thursday youth sports should not resume until January, a recommendation sure to disappoint students, parents and coaches preparing for fall seasons. Gov. Tom Wolf made the comment at a news conference on a separate subject, following up with a ...

Schools go round and round on bus plans

HARRISBURG, Pa. — School districts nationwide puzzling over how to safely educate children during a pandemic have a more immediate challenge — getting 26 million bus-riding students there in the first place. Few challenges are proving to be more daunting than figuring out how to maintain ...

Diocese of Steubenville plans ‘face-to-face’ instruction in its 11 schools

STEUBENVILLE — Unless state or local officials tell them otherwise, the Diocese of Steubenville says its schools will offer traditional, “face-to-face” instruction for the 2020-21 school year. Permanent Deacon Paul D. Ward, director of the Diocese of Steubenville’s Office of Christian ...

Toronto mulls use of federal coronavirus aid

TORONTO — Mayor John Parker hopes federal pandemic funds can be used to boost local businesses that were temporarily shuttered because they were deemed non-essential. Parker told City Council last week he’s looking into whether a portion of $115,000 awarded to the city through the ...

Both sides give a little in coronavirus aid talks

WASHINGTON — Frustrated Senate Republicans re-upped their complaints on Tuesday that Democratic negotiators are staking too hard a line in talks on a sweeping coronavirus relief bill, but an afternoon negotiating session brought at least modest concessions from both sides, even as an ...

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine orders masks in schools

COLUMBUS — Ohio children in kindergarten through high school will be required to wear masks if they return to in-person classes this fall, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday as he pleaded with parents and educators to abide by the state’s health orders. The order came as districts with ...