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Ohio's first county fair underway with fun, food and few masks

CIRCLEVILLE — A sign outside a barn at the Pickaway County Fair warns people to “Keep One Cow Apart.”

At Ohio’s first county fair of the summer, social-distancing reminders are everywhere, indicating this is anything but a normal year for fairs.

After months of uncertainty and fear that the fair would be canceled by COVID-19 concerns, the Pickaway County Fair started Saturday. An opening ceremony was held Sunday and rides opened Monday.

Gov. Mike DeWine allowed fairs to operate, with special consideration for members of 4-H and FFA and allocated funds to improve safety measures during the pandemic.

Read more: https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200623/ohiorsquos-first-county-fair-underway-with-fun-food-and-few-masks
(Columbus Dispatch)

Ohio National Guard reveals member accused of expressing white supremacist views

Amid what it said was an ongoing investigation, the Ohio National Guard released the name of a member facing removal from the organization after allegedly expressing white supremacist views.

A National Guard spokesman said Pfc. Shandon Simpson “has been processed for separation,” but would not elaborate, citing the investigation.

The organization also would not release his age or hometown, but previously identified him as a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment in Tiffin since May 2018.

Public records show he’s 24 and registered to vote at an address in Huber Heights, outside Dayton.

Read more: https://www.toledoblade.com/local/politics/2020/06/23/ohio-national-guard-reveals-member-removed-for-alleged-white-supremacist-views/stories/20200623115

Former Ohio GOP Chair Now Heading Group Working For Biden's Election

The former head of the Ohio Republican Party is spearheading an effort to get Democrat Joe Biden elected president.

Matt Borges voted for Donald Trump in 2016, but his concerns about the candidate led to his ouster as Ohio GOP chair in 2017 in favor of Trump supporter Jane Timken.

Now Borges leads a group of Republican operatives creating a multi-million dollar digital, mail and phone campaign to convince specific GOP voters to cast early ballots for Biden.

“For one time in my career, I see one race where it’s important for the party, it’s important for the future of conservatism, to support the Democratic nominee this time around," Borges said.

Read more: https://www.statenews.org/post/former-ohio-gop-chair-now-heading-group-working-bidens-election

Ohio Lawmaker Says Clause Allowing Slavery Needs To Be Removed From State Constitution

Ohio’s constitution bans slavery except for one reason. And at least one Black lawmaker wants that exception stripped from the state’s governing document.

Democratic Sen. Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) says the clause that allows slavery as the punishment for a crime needs to be removed from the state constitution.

When the Ohio Constitution was ratified in 1851, it contained this clause: “There shall be no slavery in this state; nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crime.”

Thomas says there is no excuse for that language in this day and age.

Read more: https://www.statenews.org/post/ohio-lawmaker-says-clause-allowing-slavery-needs-be-removed-state-constitution

Ohio Bars Could Stay Open Until 4 AM Under New Bill

A bill that would allow bars and restaurants to use parking lots, green space and even streets for social distancing for customers is now being considered by the Senate. But there’s a provision in the bill that didn’t get much attention till it was on the floor – a plan to extend the hours that bars can stay open.

The Ohio Mayors' Alliance supports the idea of expanded outdoor space for bars and restaurants - also known as Designated Outdoor Refreshment Areas, or DORAs. There are 28 DORAs allowed across Ohio now.

Spokesman Keary McCarthy testified for the bill because of the DORA provision. But he said his members are concerned about keeping people apart under a provision that would allow bars to stay open till 4am.

“That is only going to be harder the later it gets into the evening, to maintain good public health practices and social distancing.”

Read more: https://www.statenews.org/post/ohio-bars-could-stay-open-until-4-am-under-new-bill

New COVID-19 cases on an eight-day upswing in Ohio

The new coronavirus accelerated its spread over the last week in Ohio, an analysis of state data shows.

On Monday, the Ohio Department of Health published data showing 729 Ohioans contracted COVID-19, the most new cases reported in a 24-hour span since May 21.

The 10-day average of new cases has ticked upward for eight days in a row and counting.

Some of the new cases can be attributed to increases in testing. Since June 1, an average of about 12,200 people have been tested for COVID-19 per day, compared to 8,200 per day in May.

Read more: https://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2020/06/23/new-covid-19-cases-on-an-eight-day-upswing-in-ohio/

Coronavirus pandemic has worsened racial disparities in education, lawmakers told

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated racial inequities in education, a disparity that Congress needs to help rectify, the former education chief under President Barack Obama told lawmakers Monday.

“Our education system is fraught with inequities that existed before COVID-19,” John King Jr., who served as Secretary of Education in 2016-2017, told lawmakers on the House Education and Labor Committee. He is president and CEO of The Education Trust, a nonprofit organization that focuses on opportunity and achievement gaps in education.

During school closures, researchers found that Black, Latino and Native American students were disproportionately less likely to have access to devices and home internet service and parents who were able to telework.

Researchers estimated that students could lose seven months of learning on average during the pandemic. But they found Black students may fall behind by more than 10 months, and Hispanic students by nine months, according to an analysis by research firm McKinsey & Co.

Read more: https://ohiocapitaljournal.com/2020/06/24/coronavirus-pandemic-has-worsened-racial-disparities-in-education-lawmakers-told/

Robert C. Byrd's name removed from a college health center

A private college in West Virginia said Wednesday it is removing the name of the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd from its health center, saying his name had caused “divisiveness and pain" without explicitly noting his complicated past on racial matters.

Byrd was a member of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s but subsequently denounced the organization. He served in the Senate for 51 years and died in 2010 at age 92.

Bethany College President Tamara Rodenberg said on the school's website that Byrd's name will be removed from the college's Robert C. Byrd Health Center “to demonstrate Bethany College’s capacity to change, to listen, and to learn.”

Bethany's statement did not specifically mention Byrd's past ties to the Klan.

Read more: https://www.whsv.com/content/news/Robert-C-Byrds-name-removed-from-a-college-health-center-571345761.html

DeSantis signs 23 more bills, holds back on signing $93.2 billion budget

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed 23 bills Tuesday night, none of which were the $93.2 billion state budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, which must be approved by July 1.

DeSantis said last month that he was putting off signing it awaiting action from Washington, D.C., on another stimulus package to address the national economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Along with needing to sign the budget before July 1, DeSantis has line-item veto power. At a press conference last week, DeSantis joked that the budget would look like “the veto equivalent of the Red Wedding from ‘Game of Thrones,’ ” referring to a dramatic scene from the hit HBO show and George R.R. Martin’s third book in the series in which some of the main characters were betrayed and killed by their allies.

As of Tuesday, DeSantis had signed 91 of 190 bills the Legislature approved during the 2020 legislative session.

Read more: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article243751917.html

Andrew Jackson statue defaced for 2nd time in downtown Jacksonville

The downtown Jacksonville statue of America’s seventh president has been defaced for the second time in two days.

This time the graffiti painted on the base of the Andrew Jackson statue in the traffic circle at North Laura and Water streets refers to the day 190 years ago that he signed the Indian Removal Act.

Red paint was thrown on the statute late Sunday or early Monday, with the words “slave owner” scrawled on the base of the statue of Jackson astride his horse. According to Biography.com, Jackson had about 150 slaves working at his Tennessee plantation at the time of his death in 1845.

Then early Tuesday morning, red paint was found smeared on the statue and base. The words on the base signify Jackson’s signing of a law authorizing Native-American tribes to be forcibly relocated, news partner First Coast News said.

Read more: https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20200623/andrew-jackson-statue-defaced-for-2nd-time-in-downtown-jacksonville
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