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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Tri-State Legislative Updates, Coronavirus Possibly In Ohio And More Top Stories

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Jim Nolan

Fears surrounding the coronavirus arrive locally as two students at Miami University are being monitored for symptoms after visiting China.

Meanwhile, in Frankfort, Democratic Governor Andy Beshear offered his first proposed state budget since assuming office in December. Republicans in the General Assembly are cool to some of the spending.

And in Columbus, state lawmakers continue to debate over vouchers that would permit public school students to leave their district schools in order to attend private ones.

Locally, one vertical indoor farm just outside of Cincinnati may become the first to be fully automated.

Joining Cincinnati Edition for the weekly news review are Ohio Statehouse News Bureau reporter Andy Chow; Courier-Journal reporter Joe Sonka; Herald-Leader reporter Daniel Desrochers; and WVXU reporters Ambriehl Crutchfield, Ann Thompson and Tana Weingartner.

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