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Justin Dennis

Justin Dennis

Justin Dennis has been on the beat since 2011, publishing daily reports on crime, courts and public education, keeping an eye on government spending and chicanery, and always hunting for a fresh lead. Most recently, Dennis wrote for The Vindicator, covering Mahoning County government and courts, as well as municipal goings-on in Austintown and Canfield. Dennis grew up in Poland and Salem, and graduated from Salem High School. He studied journalism and communications at Cleveland State University and University of Pittsburgh.

Recent Work by Justin

CEO Jennings said YCSD teachers 'positive' about 2020-21 school year

CEO Jennings said YCSD teachers 'positive' about 2020-21 school year

The governor also gave an update on additional unemployment benefits now on heading to eligible Ohioans.
Frustrated by lockdown, relatives of long-term care residents want to be 'essential'

Frustrated by lockdown, relatives of long-term care residents want to be 'essential'

“We’ve lost out on over six months with my mother and — let’s face it — she doesn’t have that much time left," Renee Ciotti said.
LaRose: Court ruling to allow multiple drop boxes doesn't change anything

LaRose: Court ruling to allow multiple drop boxes doesn't change anything

“The law is clear: ‘Absentee ballots must be delivered by mail or personally deliver[ed] to the director’ of their county board of elections and ‘in no other manner,'" a Secretary of State spokesperson said Tuesday.
Ohio grants businesses, schools, others immunity from COVID-19 lawsuits

Ohio grants businesses, schools, others immunity from COVID-19 lawsuits

“They were looking for some security and stability in the law," said Lt. Gov. Jon Husted. "House Bill 606 provides that predictability and security. If businesses act responsibly, they will be protected under Ohio law.”
COVID crunch: Mahoning officials say there needs to be more leeway for CARES Act spending

COVID crunch: Mahoning officials say there needs to be more leeway for CARES Act spending

Mahoning officials expect to have mere weeks to spend the county's last $7 million in coronavirus relief funding. State legislators have offered a helpful rule change.
Trumbull County reports 5 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

Trumbull County reports 5 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

Of the county's 1,797 total cases, about 72 are presumed to be active infections.
DeWine chose an S.C. health official to replace Acton — but she changed her mind

DeWine chose an S.C. health official to replace Acton — but she changed her mind

Ohio native Dr. Joan Duwve was expected to fill the position but backed out a mere six hours later for reasons unknown.
Here are the latest ZIP code-level data for the Valley's COVID-19 cases

Here are the latest ZIP code-level data for the Valley's COVID-19 cases

High case numbers in some ZIP codes can be linked to outbreaks in congregate settings such as long-term care or correctional facilities.
Federal eviction halt good news for strapped renters, bad news for landlords

Federal eviction halt good news for strapped renters, bad news for landlords

Some Mahoning Valley courts never stopped eviction proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic, attorneys said. A new federal eviction moratorium, however, has drawn mixed reaction.
State stats show more young people making up COVID-19 cases

State stats show more young people making up COVID-19 cases

Ohioans aged 18 to 22 account for between 35 and 40 percent of all coronavirus cases among Ohioans under 30, according to ODH.