Ohio governor Mike DeWine is crediting people for taking precautions during the Thanksgiving holiday for preventing an additional surge in cases.
Yesterday's daily case number released by the Ohio Department of Health was much lower than we have seen lately: 6,548 cases. Ohio deaths during this pandemic have now passed the 8,000 mark.
As we head toward the end 2020, the pandemic remains a priority, but Ohio lawmakers still have work to do on several big legislative items. Chief among those is what to do about House Bill 6.
That's the sweeping energy bill that also created subsidies to "bail out" aging nuclear plants.
The bill and its passage became the center of the federal bribery investigation launched this summer that led to the arrest of then-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and several associates.
Ohio's electric customers were to begin paying extra surcharges on their bills next month. Late yesterday, a Franklin County judge issued a preliminary injunction preventing the collection and distribution of fees from House Bill 6. In making the ruling, Judge Chris Brown noted the lack of action by the General Assembly on the issue.
Later, Paul Orlousky spent five decades covering local news, many of those years in Cleveland. He became a fixture for local television news viewers. Earlier this year, Orlousky announced his retirement, but he still has many stories to tell, including his own. Orlousky has written a memoir of his years spent covering news called, "Punched, Kicked, Spat On, and Sometimes Thanked". In the book he takes us behind the scenes and behind the stories of his long, distinguished career.
Finally, over the past few days, we have brought you conversations with some of the brightest young leaders in northeast Ohio that were honored last month by Crain's Cleveland Business for their annual Forty Under 40 award. So far, we've featured the president of a bio-tech company, Dr. Jyoti Gupta, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Margaret Sweeney. In our final conversation in the series, we talk to 38-year-old Antonio Samuel. He is from Cleveland's East Side and works as a senior regional operations manager for Amazon.
Karen Kasler, Statehouse News Bureau chief, Ohio Public Radio/TV
Paul Orlousky, author, "Punched, Kicked, Spat On, and Sometimes Thanked"
Antonio Samuel, senior regional operations manager, Amazon