Lots of broadband money, but US expansion finds speed bumps
Tens of billions of dollars in federal money to improve broadband internet service in rural areas across the country are starting to reach the groups that will help provide the service, but experts say supply chain issues, labor shortages and geographic constraints will slow the rollout.
Tax forms help reveal extent of unemployment fraud in US
Some Americans are receiving tax forms saying they owe money on unemployment benefits they never received. Unemployment benefits are taxable, so government agencies must send a tax form to people who received them. AdBernie Irwin, 86, said her daughter-in-law and a friend also received the tax forms. Now, overwhelmed unemployment agencies could face another onslaught — this time from people requesting corrected tax forms. He put a freeze on his credit and filed a fraud report with the state unemployment department but so far hasn't heard anything back.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive ahead of Trump visit
COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive Thursday for the coronavirus just ahead a planned meeting with President Donald Trump. He had planned to join the president on a visit to the Whirlpool Corp. plant in northwest Ohio. His office said he and his wife, Fran DeWine, will both be tested there. DeWine, a longtime elected official in Ohio, is in his first term as governor.
Ohio speaker's arrest in bribery probe muddies 2020 election
Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder leaves the federal courthouse after an initial hearing following charges against him and four others alleging a $60 million bribery scheme Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Federal prosecutors say Republican Speaker Larry Householder and four others including a former state GOP chairman perpetrated a $60 million federal bribery scheme connected to a taxpayer-funded bailout of Ohios two nuclear power plants. The scandals potential political fallout for Republicans was evidenced by the swift rebukes of Householder by politicians and party leaders alike. Practically before hed left the federal courthouse Tuesday, a whos who of top Republican brass was calling for Householders resignation. Still, the cast of characters caught up in the government's bribery investigation reflects Ohio's political complexities when it comes to Trump.