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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

After 13 years heading diocese, Bishop Murry resigns to fight leukemia

After 13 years heading diocese, Bishop Murry resigns to fight leukemia

"With this third bout of leukemia, his present state of health leaves him less able to fulfill the tasks entrusted to him as bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown," the diocese announced Tuesday.
Stuck on YSU's campus with little access to food

Stuck on YSU's campus with little access to food

Many international students at YSU are stranded on campus due to COVID-19. With restaurants and other university services closed, the YSU community is stepping up to help.
Canfield Schools board has picked a new superintendent

Canfield Schools board has picked a new superintendent

Joseph Knoll, of Alliance, has headed up Marlington Local Schools in Stark County for the past eight years.
DeWine takes on disproportionate care: 'These truly are life and death issues'

DeWine takes on disproportionate care: 'These truly are life and death issues'

The governor announced a preliminary report on how COVID-19 is impacting communities of color, including expansions in access to testing and data on the availability of resources in those communities.
How accurate are COVID-19 rapid tests? We asked some experts

How accurate are COVID-19 rapid tests? We asked some experts

Though rapid, “finger-stick” blood tests are able to indicate, within minutes, whether a patient has developed antibodies to coronavirus, some have reason to be skeptical of those results.
Court: Prisons bureau failing to comply with FCI Elkton release order

Court: Prisons bureau failing to comply with FCI Elkton release order

Only about 500 of FCI Elkton's 2,300 inmates have been tested for COVID-19. One in four tests came back positive.
DeWine: Ohio will crack down on crowded restaurants, bars

DeWine: Ohio will crack down on crowded restaurants, bars

Also, new data released Monday show Ohio's state prisons have one of the worst COVID-19 death rates per capita in the country.
Meet the next Canfield superintendent tonight

Meet the next Canfield superintendent tonight

The district is hosting a virtual forum on its YouTube channel, website and other social media channels at 6 p.m. Here's how you can listen in and ask questions.
Ohio Medicaid chief lays out plan to combat COVID-19 in nursing homes

Ohio Medicaid chief lays out plan to combat COVID-19 in nursing homes

Of the total 3,942 cumulative cases in Ohio long-term care facilities, at least 544 have been reported at Mahoning Valley-area facilities since April 15.
'God bless and be safe:' Austintown car group gives away 250 boxes of goods

'God bless and be safe:' Austintown car group gives away 250 boxes of goods

The Chicken Coupe Cruisers gave away about $8,000 in groceries to those in need on Sunday at the Austintown eatery — "a wonderful success," said organizers.