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Chip maker Intel said it will invest $20 billion to build a new factory in Ohio, an attempt to help alleviate a global shortage of chips powering everything from phones to cars to home appliances while also signaling the giant company's commitment to manufacturing crucial technology products in the U.S.  The new Intel site is expected to create 3,000 company jobs and 7,000 construction jobs, and to support tens of thousands of additional jobs for suppliers and partners.  Governor Mike DeWine says this is huge for the state of Ohio. 

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Mercy Health-St. Rita's has gotten help from 20 members of the national guard. Lima Memorial Health System has requested assistance but has not been approved as of yet. The Ohio National Guard have been on the front lines of the pandemic in the state since the start, helping with food distributions, testing sites, and assisting with other staffing issues.

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Governor Mike DeWine says that he will be holding a State of State address in 2022. The first and last State of the State that the governor had was in 2019 and he decided to not hold the annual address the past two years because of the pandemic.   DeWine did address state issues at the over 160 Coronovirus briefing that he held over the last 22 months.   DeWine also promised to hold the State of the State speeches in Columbus, stopping the trend that his predecessor John Kasich did of moving the address to different locations around the state including Lima.   There is no date yet when DeWine will be holding his State of the State address. 

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The legislation approved December 10th mandates that sports betting be available by January 1, 2023. It's expected to take months for the casino control commission to formulate rules and regulations. Operators will pay a 10% tax on their net revenue to the state to help fund K to 12 education and problem gambling programs.

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The last 22 months have been tough for the nation and for Ohio, as we continue to deal with the pandemic and the fallout from it. We sat down with Governor Mike DeWine to discuss this past year and the challenges the Buckeye State faced. DeWine says Ohio is ready to take off, and the next few months will tell how fast and far the state can go.