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Ohio zoos, playgrounds, museums & other entertainment facilities can open June 10

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 14:35

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced a reopening date Thursday for indoor and outdoor entertainment facilities that had remained shuttered due to coronavirus concerns.

In a release, DeWine's office said the following entertainment venues can open June 10 if they follow certain safety guidelines:

  • Aquariums
  • Art galleries
  • Country clubs
  • Ice skating rinks
  • Indoor family entertainment centers
  • Indoor sports facilities
  • Laser tag facilities
  • Movie theaters (indoor)
  • Museums
  • Playgrounds (outdoor)
  • Public recreation centers
  • Roller skating rinks
  • Social clubs
  • Trampoline parks
  • Zoos

“As I’ve said, Ohioans are able to do two things at once. We can continue to limit the spread of COVID-19 while we safely reopen our economy. It is up to each of us to do what we can to keep each other safe and choose to keep six feet of social distance, wear masks, and maintain good hand hygiene.” said Governor DeWine. “The threat of COVID-19 remains and while it’s our responsibility to keep each other safe, business owners and employees should do their part to ensure customers visit safely, by cleaning and sanitizing surfaces regularly.”

DeWine also announced day camps and residential camps may open at any time. The governor's release did not include mention reopening of amusement parks.

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DeWine: Zoos, movie theaters, other entertainment facilities can reopen next week

News Channel 4 - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 14:16

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Gov. Mike DeWine announced a number of entertainment facilities including zoos and movie theaters can begin reopening next week.

The June 10 openings are subject to health and safety restrictions set by the state.

Businesses listed below may open if they are able to follow retail, consumer, service and entertainment guidelines and other applicable additional guidelines:

  • Aquariums
  • Art galleries
  • Country clubs
  • Ice skating rinks
  • Indoor family entertainment centers
  • Indoor sports facilities
  • Laser tag facilities
  • Movie theaters (indoor)
  • Museums
  • Playgrounds (outdoor)
  • Public recreation centers
  • Roller skating rinks
  • Social clubs
  • Trampoline parks
  • Zoos

Day camps and residential camps may open at any time.

 “As I’ve said, Ohioans are able to do two things at once. We can continue to limit the spread of COVID-19 while we safely reopen our economy. It is up to each of us to do what we can to keep each other safe and choose to keep six feet of social distance, wear masks, and maintain good hand hygiene.” said Governor DeWine. “The threat of COVID-19 remains and while it’s our responsibility to keep each other safe, business owners and employees should do their part to ensure customers visit safely, by cleaning and sanitizing surfaces regularly.”

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Local organization offers tips, resources for parents as kids adjust to new routines this summer

News Channel 4 - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 14:06

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Going back to work can be hard on parents and children, especially after two and a half months of working from home, according to the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund.  

The organization is providing helpful tips and solutions for families who find themselves in situations where children and adults are struggling with the change in routine.  

One of the first things parents can do is talk to their children about the change in routine a week before the change happens.  

“Anytime that you are preparing a child for a big change, or a big shift in routine, whether it’s a new school year, welcoming a new sibling to the family, or returning to daycare after being home for several months, it’s really important to start talking with our children ahead of time to prepare them for that shift,” explained Lindsay Williams, a representative with Ohio Children’s Trust Fund. “It will help them become more comfortable, it will help them know what to expect, and it will hopefully ease some of that separation anxiety, especially younger children who may experience that after being home with parents for quite some time.”  

She says when discussing issues, parents should be as accurate, honest, and developmentally appropriate with their explanations as possible.

“The events of our world have precipitated lots of, I don’t want to say challenging conversations, but thought-provoking conversations between parents and children,” said Williams.  

And as tough as life can be on adults, it is important to remember to talk about positive things happening during discussions with kids.  

“It’s really important to be able to strike that balance and as parents, we want our kids to feel safe, to feel like they can trust their neighbors, their community, their world around them, and that will bring a kind of sense of security and a sense of peace to their life,” said Williams.

Finally, she says the transition can be difficult for parents as well.  

“I’m sure many  parents out there have had this experience even outside of the pandemic situation, where you take your child to drop them off at daycare for the first time and it is water works,” said Williams. “You have to be able to just reassure them, hug them, kiss them, kind of integrate them into the classroom and walk away quickly, almost like pulling off a bandage.”  

If parents need help, they can check out the organizations website here.  

“We have created on the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund website a COVID-19 response page, and that page is inclusive of articles, tips, resources for families and parents around navigating this pandemic,” said Williams. “We have created a specific resource guide for parents with lots of helpful tips and resources for them.”

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Family of 13-year-old killed by Columbus Police speak out on current protests

News Channel 4 - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 13:50

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — As demonstrators demand change in the streets of Columbus, one family wants to remind the city this demand for change has happened before.

Tyre King, 13, was shot and killed in 2016 after a Columbus police officer says Tyre pulled a weapon that officer during a chase.

The weapon turned out to be a bb gun.

But the family believes Tyre was running away as he was shot and feels the shooting was not justified.

“The police department had left orders they wouldn’t even let us in the hospital,” Tyre’s grandmother Dearrea King said. “The next time I saw my grandson was at his viewing, that’s too much.”

Emotions are still high at times for Tyre’s family, saying when they look at the current demonstrations, it’s hard for them to not ask what about justice for Tyre.

It’s been nearly four years the family and they say they’ve yet to have closure or justice for his death.

They said every day has its challenges, and every day, they hear about police killing people, specifically black people, they think about why nothing is being done to change what’s going on.

“You learn how to deal with it a little bit better, I guess,” said Tyre’s mother Malika King.

“Yeah, it will never go away,” added Tyre’s father, Maurice Cardwell. “It’s always there but we cope with it.”

It was September 14, 2016, in the city’s Old Towne East neighborhood, and there was a report of an armed robbery. 

Columbus Police Officer Bryan Mason responded and claims he shot 13-year-old Tyre King because Tyre pulled a weapon, which turned out to be a BB gun.

The family’s attorney said an independent autopsy shows Tyre was shot on the left side, which indicated he was running away.

In May 2016, a grand jury voted not to indict Mason.

“We wanted an independent investigation, our own,” Cardwell said. “It’s like we gotta believe the police story and they’re out here doing what they’re doing.”

Malika King said the Columbus community’s call for justice during that time was welcomed.

“I appreciated it a lot,” she said. “It was like a voice for me.”

They took over a Columbus City Council meeting demanding justice and transparency.

Nearly four years later, the requests are the same, and many of the faces at the protests are, too, and many of the actions hold similar significance.

They blocked an intersection in Columbus for 13 minutes, one minute representing each year of Tyre’s life.

Just as protesters now remain silent for eight minutes to represent how long officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd’s neck.

This family say justice is needed now, not later.

“Change the laws, change the laws of the grand jury,” Dearrea King said.

What they are encouraged to see is the relentlessness of the protesters. They said they are the ones who can hold city leaders accountable for what’s going on and push for actual change.

Even though, in their hearts, they have doubts change will happen.

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New details emerge in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery as suspects appear in court

News Channel 4 - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 13:02

(CNN) — The father and son charged with Ahmaud Arbery’s murder in Georgia had a preliminary court hearing via video Thursday.

The son, Travis McMichael, is accused of firing the shotgun in the February 23 shooting outside of Brunswick. His father Gregory McMichael sat nearby during the hearing. Gregory was seen on video in the back of a pickup truck when his son shot Arbery in the street three times.

A third man charged in the case, William Bryan, waived his right to appear in court Thursday. He recorded Arbery’s final moment.

According to a report, the McMichaels pursued Arbery after suspecting him of an area break-in. Bryan says he saw them following Arbery in their truck and got involved.

During Thursday’s preliminary hearing, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent testified about what Bryan said happened. The agent told the court that the three men engaged Arbery in an elaborate chase and Bryan hit the 25-year-old jogger with his truck as he repeatedly ran away to avoid them.

When they had Arbery boxed in, the video shows Travis confronted him and they briefly struggled over the gun before it went off.

Bryan told police Travis McMichael cursed and used a racial epithet after shooting Arbery.

The justice department has launched a hate crime investigation in the case.

Attorneys for all three men proclaim their innocence.

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ODOT reminds drivers to move over, slow down for workers after 5 crews hit in 8 days

News Channel 4 - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 12:35

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)– The Ohio Department of Transportation has issued a statement reminding drivers that is is the law to move over and slow for their crews after five were hit by vehicles in just over a week on Ohio’s roadways.

Two of the five crashed resulted in ODOT workers being injured, the department days.

A five-vehicle crash in Madison County killed Clinton L. Baker of Crooksville. Baker, 28, was in a construction zone in a 2011 Chevrolet pick-up truck when a 2015 Mack commercial tractor trailer hit Baker’s truck.

“As more and more Ohioans get back on the road, it’s important that they remember to move over and slow down for our men and women working hard on the road,” said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks. “These people have families they want to safely get home to when their vital work is done.”

The first of the recent crashes occurred on Wednesday, May 27th when a semi slammed into the back of an ODOT truck hauling an arrow board as part of a rolling work zone on U.S. 30 in Crawford County (picture below). An ODOT employee in the truck was flown to a Columbus hospital for treatment.

ODOT renews call for drivers to move over and slow down for road workers – https://t.co/zOBODzliov pic.twitter.com/5apLQgQk8o

— Ohio Dept of Transportation (@ODOT_Statewide) June 4, 2020

On Monday, an ODOT employee was struck by a driver as he was outside of his truck closing a ramp. He was taken to the hospital with an injury to his arm.

Just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, an ODOT crew working along I-490 in Cleveland was hit by a vehicle. A few hours later, an ODOT pickup truck on U.S. 224 in Putnam County was struck as the employee was out placing signs for a work zone. No one was injured in either crash.

The latest incident occurred this morning when a semi clipped the front bumper of an ODOT dump truck on I-77 in Cleveland. The crew was working to open a ramp after an overnight closure. There were no injuries.

These crashes are 100% preventable. Our workers and their vehicles are highly visible when they’re on the road.

ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks

So far this year, ODOT says 16 of their crews have been struck while working.

Ohio’s Move Over law was enacted in 1999. It was expanded in December 2013 to apply to every stationary vehicle with flashing lights, including road construction, maintenance and utility crews.

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Columbus Symphony Orchestra musicians hold intimate concert for Upper Arlington residents

News Channel 4 - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 11:52

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (WCMH) — A trio of musicians from the Columbus Symphony Orchestra held an intimate performance Wednesday, but it wasn’t in any of their usual venues.

The musicians stopped by the First Community Village in Upper Arlington to play for residents.

The musicians wore masks and stayed outside, moving around the senior community so everyone could enjoy the performance.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the symphony has been holding virtual performance to share across social media.

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Man arrested and accused of flashing child and women at stores at Lennox Town Center

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 11:49

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio - The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said a man was arrested and charged for allegedly flashing people multiple times at stores at Lennox Town Center.

According to the sheriff's office, a young girl was shopping with her mother on May 27 around 4:50 p.m when the man kneeled down and exposed himself.

The sheriff's office said he approached the mother and child again and exposed himself a second time a few minutes later.

Investigators said the man then left the store and entered the Target store next door and exposed himself several times to multiple women.

Sixty-three-year-old Mark Brown was charged with public indecency on June 3 and could face additional charges of gross sexual imposition, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office said Brown was charged in Upper Arlington Mayor's Court in May 2019 in a similar incident involving a 16-year-old victim at Half Price Books on West Lane Avenue.

Brown pleaded guilty in the 2019 case and was placed on probation, the sheriff's office said.

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Columbus man, 63, charged with exposing himself to children in stores

News Channel 4 - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 11:35

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WCMH) — A 63-year-old Columbus man has been arrested and charged with public indecency after he allegedly exposed himself to an 11-year-old girl and her mother.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Mark Brown, of Columbus, was arrested Wednesday, June 3, and is currently in custody at the Franklin County jail.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, a mother and her 11-year-old daughter were shopping in the Old Navy on Olentangy River Road in Clinton Township on May 27 when Brown approached nearby and began looking at women’s sandals.

Brown then allegedly bent down on one knee with his other leg opening away from his body, exposing himself to the 11-year-old. He then allegedly approached the pair again in the swimsuit section of the store and again did the same thing, allegedly exposing himself to both the mother and daughter.

The Sheriff’s Office said Brown may have had physical contact with the girl by touching his genitals against her back.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Brown exited the store and then went to a nearby Target, where he allegedly attempted to expose himself in the same way several times to different women.

Brown is charged with public indecency and may face additional charges of gross sexual imposition.

The Sheriff’s Office said Brown was arrested in May 2019 in connection with a similar incident in Upper Arlington involving a 16-year-old. Brown pleaded guilty to that charge and was placed on probation.

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Gov. DeWine asks for statewide moment of silence in honor of George Floyd

News Channel 4 - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 11:14

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is asking everyone to observe a moment of silence, Thursday. 

According to release from the governor’s office, at 2pm, Thursday, DeWine is asking everyone in the state to observe a moment of silence in remembrance of George Floyd. 

The moment of silence corresponds with the scheduled start of Floyd’s memorial service in Minneapolis. 

Earlier today, DeWine announced he would not be holding his regularly scheduled news conference in honor of Floyd’s memorial.  

NBC4 will carry George Floyd’s memorial live on air and online.

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George Floyd to be eulogized in Minneapolis memorial Thursday

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 09:59

MINNEAPOLIS — Mourners converged in Minneapolis on Thursday for the first in a series of memorials to George Floyd, whose death at the hands of police has sparked turbulent protests around the world against racial injustice.

The afternoon event was set for North Central University, where the civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton was scheduled to be among those eulogizing the 46-year-old Floyd.

“He was a human being. He had family, he had dreams, he had hopes. The real duty of one with this type of assignment is to underscore the value of the human life that was taken, which gives the reason the movement was occurring,” Sharpton said ahead of the gathering.

Inside the sanctuary, a golden casket was flanked by white and purple flowers, and an image was projected above the pulpit of a mural painted at the street corner where Floyd was pinned to the ground by police. The sanctuary normally seats 1,000, but because of the coronavirus outbreak, the capacity was reduced to about 500.

Memorials are set to take place in three cities over six days: After the Minneapolis event, Floyd’s body will go to Raeford, North Carolina, where he was born, for a public viewing and private family service on Saturday.

Next, a public viewing will be held Monday in Houston, where he was raised and lived most of his life. Then a 500-person service will take place Tuesday at the Fountain of Praise church.

The farewells for Floyd — an out-of-work bouncer who was arrested on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store and died after a white officer pressed his knee on the handcuffed black man's neck for several minutes — come as demonstrations across the U.S. and around the globe continue.

In the U.S., where protests had been marked by bouts of lawlessness earlier in the week, relative quiet continued for a second straight night Wednesday following a decision by prosecutors to charge the three other Minneapolis officers at the scene of Floyd's death with aiding and abetting a murder.

Authorities also filed a new, more serious murder charge — second-degree, up from third-degree — against the officer at the center of the case, Derek Chauvin.

If convicted, they could get 40 years in prison.

The new charges punctuated an unprecedented week in modern American history, in which largely peaceful protests took place in communities of all sizes but were rocked by bursts of violence, including deadly attacks on officers, theft, vandalism and arson. In Minneapolis alone, more than 220 buildings were damaged or burned, with damage topping $55 million, city officials said.

Nationwide, more than 10,000 people have been arrested, an Associated Press tally found. More than a dozen deaths have been reported, though the circumstances in many cases are still being sorted out.

From Paris and London to Tel Aviv, Sydney, Johannesburg and Rio de Janeiro, Floyd's death has triggered demonstrations, with protesters decrying inequality, police brutality and other problems in their own countries.

“It’s a solidarity question. We stand with our brothers, internationally, our sisters as well, but the same thing is happening here. It’s no different,” Isaak Kabenge said in Stockholm.

The attorney for Floyd's family, Ben Crump, called the additional charges against the officers “a bittersweet moment” and “a significant step forward on the road to justice.”

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, said Americans need to “seize the moment” and confront the effects of racism, including unequal educational and economic opportunities.

“I think this is probably our last shot, as a state and as a nation, to fix this systemic issue,” he said.

Hundreds of protesters were in New York City’s Washington Square Park when the charges were announced.

“It’s not enough,” protester Jonathan Roldan said, insisting all four officers should have been charged from the start. “Right now, we’re still marching because it’s not enough that they got arrested. There needs to be systematic change.”

The mood in New York turned somber later in the day after a police officer on an anti-looting patrol was ambushed by a man who walked up behind him and stabbed him in the neck. Two other officers suffered gunshot wounds to their hands in the struggle, and the attacker was in critical condition after being shot by police.

The new second-degree murder charge alleges Chauvin caused Floyd’s death without intent while committing another felony, namely assault. It carries a heavier sentence than the third-degree charge, which is punishable by up to 25 years behind bars.

The other officers — Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao — face the same maximum penalties.

On Wednesday night, an overpowering security team — including officers from the FBI Hostage Rescue Team, the Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Prisons and, according to a senior defense official, at least 2,200 National Guard members — was out in force as thousands of peaceful protesters demonstrated in the nation’s capital.

Military vehicles were parked on streets near the White House. An FBI plane, an Army surveillance plane and a Park Police helicopter circled overhead.

At one point near the White House, protesters knelt and sang “Amazing Grace” amid officers in riot gear. “We are not going anywhere!” they chanted. There were no signs of confrontations.

Protester Jade Jones, 30, said the demonstrations would continue despite the new charges.

“That’s the least they could do,” Jones said. “It’s not going to wipe away 400 years of pain.”

In New York City, where high-end stores were looted in earlier days, some businesses fortified their property. Saks Fifth Avenue's windows were boarded up, then covered in chain-link fencing and razor wire as a line of tattooed men with dogs stood guard out front.

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Tracking severe weather in central Ohio | Thursday, June 4

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 09:53

Doppler 10 Weather Resources: Interactive Radar | Live Radar | Weather Warnings

Severe Weather Update | 11:40 a.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect until 12:15 p.m. for Champaign, Logan and Union counties.

Storm is moving NE at 25 mph. 60 mph wind gusts possible.

Ross Caruso is tracking the storm and will have a more on 10TV at Noon.


Thursday's Forecast:

Scattered showers and storms will be possible today with highs back in the mid 80’s. Skies will be mostly cloudy, with some sunshine at times during the day. We have some non-severe storms around the region this morning before briefly drying out later this morning before more storms arrive this afternoon. Some of these storms in the afternoon could be strong with isolated damaging wind gusts.

Storms diminish after sunset and we’ll see another chance for showers and storms on Friday. It’ll be hot again, too, with highs in the mid-upper 80’s. A cold front will move out late Friday with drier weather expected over the weekend.

Highs will be in the low-mid 80’s on Saturday with sunny skies. Not as warm on Sunday with highs near 80 with more sunshine. Sunshine and dry weather sticks around for the start of next week.




A Watch indicates the possibility of severe weather in a relatively broad area. For instance, a tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes. Go about your normal routines, but watch for threatening weather.

A Warning is issued when severe weather is actually occurring. For instance, a tornado warning means a tornado has actually been sighted or has been indicated by radar. The warning usually encompasses a relatively small geographic area. If a warning is issued for the area in which you live, take cover immediately!



Strong Winds
Strong winds of 55 mph or more can cause significant damage even though no tornado is present. "Downbursts" are columns of air that slam to the earth and spread high winds in many directions. Downbursts can be just as damaging as tornadoes; if such conditions are present, take the same precautions as you would for a tornado.

Lightning claims more lives every year than tornadoes. When lightning is a threat, stay indoors and don't use electrical appliances. If you're caught outside, keep a safe distance from tall objects, and try to stay lower than anything nearby. A safe distance from a tree is twice its height.



Storms producing tornadoes in Ohio often approach from the southwest. They can travel at speeds up to 70 miles per hour and contain winds estimated at over 200 miles per hour.

Sometimes an approaching tornado will sound like the roar of a train or airplane. If you see or hear a tornado, take cover immediately. Seek shelter inside, preferably below ground level. Do not waste time opening windows; tornado-force winds will "open" the windows well before the pressure difference can cause any structural damage. Above all, protect your head and lie flat.

At Home
Get away from windows, doors and outside walls. Go to the basement. If you have no basement, go to a first floor bathroom, closet or room at the center of the house. If possible, get under heavy furniture and cover your head with blankets or pillows.

At School
Go the lowest floor or basement. Go to small interior rooms or hallways. Stay away from windows and avoid auditoriums, gyms and other areas with wide, free-span roofs.

In Public Buildings
Go immediately to the designated shelter area or to an interior hallway or small room on the lowest level. Stay away from windows. Do not use elevators. Do not go to your car.

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Coronavirus in Ohio Thursday update: Gov. DeWine cancels press conference

News Channel 4 - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 09:09

Watch Tuesday’s full Coronavirus in Ohio update from Gov. DeWine and Dr. Acton in the video

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Governor DeWine will not hold a briefing Thursday on coronavirus in Ohio out of respect for George Floyd memorial service, rather the Ohio Department of Health and his offices will released the latest data available on cases in Ohio shortly before 2 p.m.

As of Wednesday, there are a total of 36,792 (+442) cases reported in Ohio, leading to 2,299 (+41) deaths and 6,251 (+75) hospitalizations. Of those hospitalized, 1,604 (+21) required intensive care.

The Department of Health adds the data as soon as it is informed of a case or death. The information is backdated to the actual date the person started exhibiting symptoms or the date the person died.

DeWine, Lt. Gov. Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton last held a briefing Tuesday afternoon.

Governor DeWine said Tuesday they have been working with the Department of Education on reopening Ohio schools. The state fully intends to have school in the fall. The start dates is up to individual boards of education.

The state is working on a broad outline of health guidelines for schools.

DeWine also announced that all surgeries in Ohio can resume. Facilities must continue to monitor their PPE stockpile. The use of telehealth is still encouraged whenever possible.

Daycares in Ohio were officially allowed to reopen Sunday, as long as they follow guidelines by the state to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

At last Thursday’s briefing, DeWine announced the state is expanding its criteria for who can get tested for coronavirus. He also touched on the role of pharmacists, as they are at the front line of our health care system. DeWine said the Ohio Pharmacy Board will allow pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests in Ohio.

Starting June 8, assisted living facilities and intermediate care facilities for people with developmental disabilities can allow outside visitation in Ohio. As for visitation in nursing homes, DeWine says we’re not there yet. DeWine said they will continue to lift restrictions slowly if things go well. Facilities will be asked to create a plan for social distancing, masks and taking the temperature of visitors.

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WATCH LIVE: City of Gahanna hosts unity gathering

News Channel 4 - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 09:02

Gahanna, Ohio (WCMH) – Residents of Gahanna are gathering Thursday at 12 p.m. at Creekside Plaza for a show of unity. Mayor Laurie Jadwin will be joined by community leaders including Rev. Dr. Joel King, Pastor Victor Davis and Pastor Mark Condon.

“As events have unfolded over the last several days, it has been difficult to find words that can fully convey the raw emotions that have been generated from what has been seen,” Jadwin said. “The senseless killing of Mr. George Floyd was horrific to watch and was an indefensible loss of life. We have witnessed anger and frustration expressed through peaceful protests. And we have seen needless violence, damage and destruction caused by unrelated outsiders seeking to capitalize on the pain of others.”

“All of this stands as a vivid and stark reminder that, even in the year 2020, deep divides continue to exist in our country,” said the mayor. “That many people in our nation and all over the world continue to experience unequal and unjust treatment. That even a quiet, family-oriented suburb like Gahanna is not immune to the hurt and pain or the experiences that are in issue.”

Gahanna Police Chief Jeff Spence issued the following statement:

To the Gahanna community and beyond….we hear you and share in your outrage over the senseless death of George Floyd. The Gahanna Division of Police, over the last two years has undergone transformative changes to be leaders in ethical, constitutionally-based community policing. We strive each day to live up to our core values of Respect, Integrity, Commitment and Professionalism. These are not simply words, but our commitment to you. As one Gahanna, we can heal the wounds that have divided our central Ohio communities and our nation. We can move forward creating lasting bonds between our citizens and those that serve to protect. As one we can ensure transparency, accountability and craft a department that is representative of the diversity in our great community. True understanding is for us all to look through the eyes of another person. Understand their viewpoints, their history and share in their experiences. Through true understanding we will move beyond hurt, pain and loss toward a brighter future. The men and women of the Division of Police stand with you, and are committed to paving the way to that bright future together.

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DeWine cancels Thursday press conference ‘out of respect’ for George Floyd memorial service

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 08:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is canceling his upcoming coronavirus briefing "out of respect" for Thursday's memorial service for George Floyd.

DeWine's news conference and the memorial were both scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. EST.

The governor's office says any updates he planned to discuss will be released to the media and posted online. ​DeWine was expected to reveal reopening details on attractions like zoos and museums at Thursday's press conference.

Out of respect for today’s memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis at 2 p.m. EST, we will not hold a press briefing this afternoon. Any updates for today will be released via press release and posted online at https://t.co/y1iQ2ChQaJ and https://t.co/3lWx4IRScb

— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) June 4, 2020

Floyd's memorial service will take place from 2-4 p.m. with Rev. Al Sharpton delivering the eulogy.

Watch the memorial service live on 10TV or the 10TV Facebook page.

Another service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6 in North Carolina, followed by two more in Houston, Texas, on June 8 and 9.

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DeWine will not hold 2 p.m. press briefing out of respect for George Floyd memorial service

News Channel 4 - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 07:48

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH/AP)– Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s office has cancelled their Thursday 2 p.m. coronavirus briefing “out of respect for today’s memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis.”

Out of respect for today’s memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis at 2 p.m. EST, we will not hold a press briefing this afternoon. Any updates for today will be released via press release and posted online at https://t.co/y1iQ2ChQaJ and https://t.co/3lWx4IRScb

— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) June 4, 2020

The governor’s office says any updates for today will be released via press release and posted online at governor.ohio.gov and coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Thursday will be the first of three memorials in three different states.

The first service will be Thursday afternoon at North Central University in Minneapolis. Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, and Floyd family attorney Ben Crump will speak.

Floyd’s body will then go to Raeford, North Carolina, where he was born 46 years ago, for a two-hour public viewing and private service for the family on Saturday.

Finally, a public viewing will be held Monday in Houston, where he was raised and lived most of his life. A 500-person service on Tuesday will take place at The Fountain of Praise church and will include addresses from Sharpton, Crump, and the Rev. Remus E. Wright, the family pastor. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, may attend, and other political figures and celebrities are expected as well. A private burial will follow.

Both the memorials in Minneapolis and Houston will include personal tributes and eulogies about social justice, Sharpton said.

NBC4 will carry George Floyd’s memorial live on air and online.

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Man in critical condition after shooting in east Columbus

News Channel 4 - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 07:30

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Police are investigating after a man was found shot in his chest, Thursday.

Columbus Police say upon their arrival they found a man in a car’s back seat suffering from a gunshot in his chest near the 3000 block of East Livingston Avenue at 1:58 a.m.

The victim was transported to Grant Hospital in critical condition.

Police ask anyone with information to contact 614-645-4141.

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2 injured in triple shooting on west Columbus

News Channel 4 - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 07:02

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Police are investigating a triple shooting leaving two injured, Wednesday.

Columbus Police state they’re investigating after three people were injured due to a shooting near the 300 block of South Central Avenue at 10:08 p.m.

According to officials, the first victim had been shot in the left hand and the second victim was shot in the buttocks; both victims were transported to OSU Main hospital in stable condition. The third victim was grazed by a bullet and refused medical treatment. 

Police say before the shooting, a group of men in a black car with tinted windows were arguing with kids riding on mini motor bikes in an alley. 

The incident is still under investigation.

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More than 34,000 unemployment claims filed in Ohio during the last week

News Channel 4 - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 06:57

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Another 34,000 people in Ohio filed for unemployment in the last week. 

According to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, for the week ending on May 30, 34,575 have filed for unemployment in the state. 

Over the last 11 weeks 1,292,413 initial jobless claims have been filed in Ohio. That number is more than the combined total of those filed during the last three years. 

The number of initial jobless claims filed in Ohio Over the last 11 weeks (1,292,413) is more than the combined total of those filed during the last three years.

Over the last 11 weeks, ODJFS has distributed more than $3.5 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 668,000 claimants.

Of the more than 1 million applications the agency has received, nearly 94% have been processed, with about 6% pending. In addition, ODJFS has issued more than $1.1 billion in Pandemic Unemployment Assistance payments to more than 166,000 claimants.

ODJFS urges individuals to file their claims online, if possible, at unemployment.ohio.gov.

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1.9 million seek jobless aid nationwide even as reopenings slow layoffs

Channel 10 news - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 06:50

WASHINGTON — Nearly 1.9 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, the ninth straight decline since applications spiked in mid-March, a sign that the gradual reopening of businesses has slowed the loss of jobs.

The diminishing pace suggests that the job market meltdown that was triggered by the coronavirus may have bottomed out as more companies call at least some of their former employees back to work.

The total number of people who are now receiving jobless aid rose only slightly to 21.5 million, suggesting that rehiring is offsetting some of the ongoing layoffs.

Though applications for benefits are slowing, the latest weekly number is still more than double the record high that prevailed before the viral outbreak. It shows that there are limits to how much a partial reopening of the economy can restore a depressed job market mired in a recession.

With all states in the process of gradually reopening for business, more consumers are starting to return to restaurants, stores and hair salons. That trend has boosted consumer spending from exceedingly low levels and has likely encouraged some companies to hire again.

In addition to the laid-off employees who applied for benefits last week, 623,000 others sought jobless aid under a new program for self-employed and gig workers, who now qualify for unemployment benefits for the first time. These figures aren’t adjusted for seasonal variations, so the government doesn’t include them in the overall data.

The figures come one day before the government’s jobs report for May is expected to show that employers slashed 8 million jobs last month and that the unemployment rate jumped from 14.7% to 19.8%. If those forecasts prove accurate, it would mean that nearly 30 million people have lost jobs since the viral outbreak intensified in March and that joblessness has reached its highest point since the Great Depression.

Since mid-March, 42.7 million people have applied for unemployment benefits. Not all of them are still unemployed, though. Some have since been rehired. And some laid-off people, it turns out, filed duplicate applications for benefits as they struggled with unresponsive state unemployment systems.

Thursday’s report wasn’t affected by the protests over the killing of George Floyd, which in recent days forced some major retailers and small businesses to close, because it covers claims filed only through May 30. But some economists warn that applications for unemployment aid could rise in next week’s report, reflecting business closures amid the protests and scattered vandalism.

“That’s going to kick up the claims again,” said Jane Oates, a former Labor Department official.

The depth of the job cuts since the virus forced the widespread shutdown of businesses reflects an economy gripped by the worst downturn since the Great Depression. The economy is thought to be shrinking in the April-June quarter at an annual rate approaching 40%. That would be, by far, the worst quarterly contraction on record.

Still, real-time private data on consumer behavior is showing signs that the economy is gradually reviving. Credit and debit card spending tracked by Chase Bank shows that consumer spending, though roughly flat last week, rebounded from its low point in mid-April, when it was 40% below year-ago levels. Now, it is down 20% from a year ago.

Economists caution that most Americans will need to feel more confident about returning to their former habits of shopping, traveling and eating out before the economy can sustain any meaningful recovery. That will likely require the availability of a vaccine or a significant increase in testing.

“What’s really going to move the needle economically is when consumers and businesses feel comfortable re-engaging with the economy the way they did before COVID-19,” said Adam Kamins, a senior regional economist at Moody’s Analytics.

Some businesses that have reopened have seen only a limited number of customers so far.

In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nneka Ijeoma lost her job as a bartender at a whiskey bar when it closed in March. Though the bar has reopened, it has rehired only two of its 17 employees. In the meantime, Ijeoma is receiving $275 in state unemployment benefits each week, plus $600 a week in federal benefits

“We were honestly so blessed by that,” she said of the federal aid, which will expire at the end of July. “I wouldn’t have been able to get by on $275.”

Still, she is eager to return to work and to go back to school in the fall to finish her college degree. Yet she always regarded bartending as a long-term opportunity.

“I always thought I could work in hospitality forever,” she said. “I thought it was recession-proof.”

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