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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.

From Mask Mandates To The City's Quest To Host The World Cup: This Week's Top Stories

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Jim Nolan

On Cincinnati Edition's weekly news review, we check in on Ohio news with Ohio Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Karen Kasler and Cincinnati Enquirer State Government reporter Jessie Balmert on Governor Mike DeWine's mandate about masks in some counties, including Hamilton and Butler.

And one Ohio lawmaker became a national story after a social media post in which he asked people to stop being tested for COVID-19.

The pandemic directly impacted many business sectors, so the federal government responded with trillions of dollars in aid, including much in the form of possibly forgivable loans. Locally, many religious organizations were recipients. Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Dan Horn joins us to talk about that.

In Northern Kentucky, some property owners are suing Governor Andy Beshear in order to resume eviction proceedings against tenants whom they claim are not economically impacted by the coronavirus. And in Villa Hills, residents are concerned about plans to store the toxic chemical styrene near their homes. Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Julia Fair discusses those stories.

And WVXU reporter Tana Weingartner joins us for what's next in Cincinnati's quest to be a World Cup host city in 2026.

Listen to Cincinnati Edition live at noon M-F. Audio for this segment will be uploaded after 4 p.m. ET.

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