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After its major cities raked in more than six billion dollars from President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan for COVID-19 relief, Ohio will once again be flush with federal cash.

The state is expected to receive more than$10 billion from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which is meant to be spent on rebuilding roads, bridges and other public structures, according to reports.

Specifically, Ohio is supposed to spend $9.7 billion on roads and bridges, followed by $1.2 billion on public transportation. Nearly $1.5 billion will be spent on “water infrastructure,” which includes removing lead water pipes statewide.

It will also reportedly spend in the hundreds of millions of dollars on both broadband internet, a network of chargers for electric vehicles, and nearly a quarter of a billion dollars on airport infrastructure.

Other projects that clock in at less than one hundred million dollars include wildfire protection, cybersecurity protection.

But some cities are still sitting on piles of cash from the COVID-19 bailout.

As The Ohio Star reported, Columbus still has not spent most of its $187 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan. It only committed to a “short-term summer youth engagement and anti-violence efforts.”

Akron hasn’t spent any of its money either, except to hire consultants to tell it how to spend its money. The Akron Beacon-Journal proposed that the city spends its money, including on surveillance cameras to “deter crime and assist criminal investigations, purchase and install 50 surveillance cameras for Akron residents living in high crime areas” and boosting tourism.

Such has been the case for many of Ohio’s cities which, when they have spent their federal COVID-19 relief funding, they have spent it on projects unrelated to COVID-19 relief.

Cincinnati bailed itself out of debt with some of its $107 million. It said it will spend the rest on “visual arts organizations, restaurant grants, and investment in minority businesses.”

Cleveland received $511 million. It has spent only $108 million on pandemic relief.

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Key scores 20, Ohio State rides defense past No. 1 Duke

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Zed Key scored a career-high 20 points and Ohio State held top-ranked Duke scoreless for the final 4 1/2 minutes, completing a rally from a 15-point second-half deficit to beat the Blue Devils 71-66 on Tuesday night.

E.J. Liddell hit two free throws with 1:06 remaining to give the Buckeyes (5-2) their first lead since early in the first half, and his jumper made it 69-66 with 16 seconds left. Duke freshman star Paolo Banchero missed a tying 3-pointer, and Cedric Russell got the rebound and closed it out at the free-throw line.

The Blue Devils (7-1) claimed the top spot in this week’s AP Top 25 poll after beating then-No. 1 Gonzaga in Las Vegas. Ohio State improved to 2-1 against ranked foes this year with its fourth straight game decided in the final minutes.

Liddell finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Ohio State.

Wendell Moore Jr. led the Blue Devils with 17 points and Banchero finished with 14.

NO. 2 PURDUE 93, FLORIDA STATE 65

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Jaden Ivey scored 18 points and matched his career high with four 3-pointers, Brandon Newman added 13 points, and Purdue pulled away from Florida State.

The Boilermakers have won seven straight home games in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. They’re also 7-0 for the first time since 2015-16 and the seventh time since 1940.

Florida State (5-2) was led by Caleb Mills with 22 points and John Butler with 10 as its four-game winning streak ended. The Seminoles had won four of their previous five in the Challenge.

NO. 13 TENNESSEE 86, PRESBYTERIAN 44

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kennedy Chandler and Justin Powell scored 15 points apiece to lead Tennessee past Presbyterian.

Chandler, a freshman guard, had seven assists and seven steals. Victor Bailey added 14 points and Santiago Vescovi had 13 for the Volunteers (5-1).

Kobe Stewart and Winston Hill led Presbyterian (5-3) with nine points each.

NO. 15 HOUSTON 99, NORTHWESTERN STATE 58

HOUSTON (AP) — Marcus Sasser made seven 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 26 points, and Houston beat Northwestern State.

Sasser had 23 points by halftime on 7-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc as the Cougars (6-1) built a 60-25 lead at the break. He finished 9 of 17 from the field for the game.

Taze Moore added 17 points for Houston.

Emareyon McDonald scored 17 points to lead Northwestern State (1-7).

NO. 17 UCONN 72, MARYLAND-EASTERN SHORE 63

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — R.J. Cole scored 25 points and UConn survived a challenge from Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Tyler Polley added 14 points for the Huskies (7-1), who were sluggish for much of the night. UMES cut the lead to one point in the second half before UConn pulled away.

Da’Shawn Phillip and Mike Mensah each had 12 points for UMES (2-5).

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