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News Headlines for Saturday, October 23, 2021

NO CHANGE IN STATE UNEMPLOYMENT

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.4% in September, unchanged from 5.4% in August, according to figures released Friday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The U.S. unemployment rate for September was 4.8%, down from 5.2% in August.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

The high school football regular season wrapped up Friday night.  Heath, Granville, Newark Catholic, Licking Heights, Utica, and Zanesville picked up wins.  Playoff seedings and pairings will be announced on Sunday.

OSU TRAVELS TO INDIANA

Ohio State (5-1) is on the road tonight taking on Indiana (2-4) in Bloomington. The Buckeyes are a roughly 20 point favorite to beat the Hoosiers. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm.

VACCINE CLINICS

The Licking County Health Department currently offers the flu vaccine and first, second, and third doses of COVID-19 vaccines without an appointment at their walk-in clinics. The clinics are available Monday through Friday, from 8:00am-4:00pm at the Licking County Health Department offices located on Price Road in Newark.

MONEY FOR MEALS

The Ohio Department of Aging this week awarded more than $5.3 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds to 53 senior centers and 22 adult day services providers to support nutrition services, including home-delivered and congregate meals. The Licking County Aging Program received over $111,000.

DEATH-PENALTY

Ohioans across religious traditions have come together as one to speak out against capital punishment. Reverend Jack Sullivan Jr. with the Ohio Council of Churches says there's strong bipartisan support behind Senate Bill 103 and House Bill 183, which would abolish it.

Oct. 19 marked 40 years since Ohio enacted its current death-penalty statute.

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