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2 suits target Ohio voting procedures ahead of 2020 election

COLUMBUS (AP) — Voting rights groups and Democrats filed separate lawsuits in Ohio last Friday that the parties said were aimed at making voting easier in the battleground state this November amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Republicans, including Secretary of State Frank LaRose, immediately criticized the efforts, with a GO ... (full story)

Ohio pharmacy board backs down on banning drug for COVID-19

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COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio pharmacy board reversed course last week and tossed a rule that would have prohibited use of a malaria drug for patients with COVID-19. The decision followed public feedback and a request by Gov. Mike DeWine to ditch the rule.
At issue was the prescribing of the drug hydroxychloroquine, whose effec ... (full story)

Online notarization: How to get your document notarized from a distance

Online notarization became legal in Ohio in September of 2019. The ability to manage a document online simplifies the entire process if you need a notarized signature – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Any document you may need notarized can now be notarized online, with the help of a certified online notary and th ... (full story)

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Interpreters find ways to keep dispensing hard-to-find expertise

As the novel coronavirus outbreak halted businesses and activities in the United States this March, Ohio courts shifted gears, limiting in-court appearances to only the most essential matters and delaying other cases to protect the public and court staff. Yet non-English speakers and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing still ... (full story)

Groups unite to urge US to extend food aid to schoolchildren

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NEW YORK (AP) — A high-profile coalition of educators, activists and philanthropists — including the American Federation of Teachers, the NAACP and the charity World Central Kitchen — is urging Congress to extend and expand emergency provisions that allow school districts nationwide to feed millions of children dur ... (full story)