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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.

Kroger's Pandemic Pay Problems, Retail's Return And More Top Stories This Week

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Jim Nolan

More sectors of the economy start their slow reopening. Recent days brought restaurants and retail establishments back online, though with tight restrictions.

Meanwhile, Kroger faced a hefty backlash on two fronts related to employee compensation amid the coronavirus pandemic. First, the Cincinnati-based grocery giant had planned to halt its "thank-you" bonus pay for the workers who have kept stores stocked and moving during a period of increased demand, before Kroger announced that it would actually offer two more such bonuses. Then, Kroger reached out to some of its workforce with a letter noting that the workers had been overpaid by mistake, and the company wanted the money back. Kroger ultimately reversed course on that, too.

And one local columnist talks from a personal perspective as the nation learns more about the killing of an African American jogger in Georgia at the hands of a white father and son who now face charges.

Plus, how local television stations are seeing increased ratings but are keeping an eye on their revenue during the pandemic.

Joining Cincinnati Edition for the weekly news review are Cincinnati Enquirer reporters Alex Coolidge and Julia Fair, Enquirer columnist Byron McCauley, and WVXU media beat writer John Kiesewetter.

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