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Multiple Ohio prison deaths include inmate arguing innocence

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio prison inmate Carlos Ridley, four decades into a life sentence for a triple slaying, was awaiting a court ruling this month he hoped would help him prove innocence through DNA testing. On Monday, an Ohio appeals ...

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Business owners have loads of questions about returning to work

When the coronavirus pandemic began, business owners were hoping law firms could help interpret leases, emergency funding applications and insurance policies. Now, with New York taking steps to begin a phased-in reopening of the economy, labor and employment lawyers are ...

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Governor softens order over jailed Texas hair salon owner

AUSTIN, Texas — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday removed jail as a punishment for violating his coronavirus restrictions following outcry by conservatives over a Dallas salon owner who was locked up for refusing to keep her business closed. ...

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More than 400 city employees impacted by furloughs, job cuts

Nearly 400 city of Rochester employees will endure furloughs or a reduction in hours, and an additional 17 positions were eliminated, as Mayor Lovely Warren seeks solutions to the financial ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic. The payroll reductions will result ...

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Riots, escapes and pepper spray: Virus hits juvenile centers

Nicole Hingle wasn’t surprised when the call came. Frustrations had been building inside juvenile detention centers nationwide as the number of coronavirus cases continued to climb. Now, her 17-year-old son Jace, was on the phone telling her around 40 kids ...

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Remote working during COVID-19: Improve your mindset

Working remotely in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic isn’t easy. In fact, it can be incredibly stressful, in part because there are a lot of things about the current situation that are simply beyond our control. The good news ...

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Real Estate Law: Coronavirus triggers rent abatement negotiations in commercial leasing

Several weeks into the nationwide shutdown resulting from governmental regulations enacted in response to the coronavirus pandemic, commercial leasing continues to suffer the consequences. Commercial tenants anticipated the financial impact of having to close their doors for a still-unknown period ...

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Companies seek to limit legal liability for virus infections

As companies start planning their reopenings, business groups are pushing Congress to limit liability from potential lawsuits filed by workers and customers infected by the coronavirus. They appear to have the White House’s ear. President Donald Trump has floated shielding ...

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Federal inmates battle mixed messages on home confinement

WASHINGTON — She never thought her husband’s punishment for selling drugs would be a death sentence. But as the new coronavirus rips through the U.S. prison system and into the facility where he is serving eight years, she fears it ...

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Judge sides with tribes, limits distribution of virus relief

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A judge has ruled in favor of tribal nations in their bid to keep Alaska Native corporations from getting a share of $8 billion in coronavirus relief funding — at least for now. In a decision ...

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A flood of business bankruptcies likely in coming months

NEW YORK — The billions of dollars in coronavirus relief targeted at small businesses may not prevent many of them from ending up in bankruptcy court. Business filings under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy law rose sharply in March, ...

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