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An emergency declaration, more schools shut down, a budget clash and more top stories

Jim Nolan

COVID-19 is raging in the region. Ohio surpassed 100,000 total coronavirus hospitalizations this week, and in Hamilton County, there are 28,500 active cases. Hamilton County commissioners have approved an emergency declaration while Mayor Aftab Pureval has imposed a mask mandate on people in city buildings. WVXU local government reporter Becca Costello; and Cincinnati Enquirer heroin epidemic reporter Terry DeMio have those stories.

More local school districts go to remote learning, while others are closing all together. COVID-related staffing shortages are to blame. Cincinnati Enquirer education reporter Madeline Mitchell and WVXU reporter Cory Sharber join the program.

After rejecting the new state legislative district maps, the Ohio Supreme Court has now struck down the congressional map. Ohio Public Radio State House News Bureau Radio and Television bureau chief Karen Kasler has more on the decisions.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is blasting House Republicans for breaking with tradition and unveiling their state budget proposal last Friday instead of waiting for the governor to make his official budget recommendation Thursday. The governor called it "unprofessional and perhaps even unlawful." Kentucky Public Radio capitol bureau chief Ryland Barton; and LINK NKY politics and government reporter Mark Payne have more on the budget address.

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