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Ohio TV Meteorologist Faces Child Pornography Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A longtime Columbus television meteorologist arrested for possessing child pornography has made his first court appearance. A Franklin County Municipal Court judge set bond Friday for 60-year-old Mike Davis at $50,000 with conditions that he can’t have internet access or unsupervised contact with minors and must surrender his passport. Davis has… Read More

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State’s Largest School District, Teachers OK 3-year Contract

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state’s largest school district and its teachers union have approved a three-year contract that includes pay raises and some smaller class sizes. The Board of Education for the 50,000-student Columbus City Schools district approved the agreement Monday. The Columbus Education Association ratified it Sunday. The union represents more than 4,000… Read More

Columbus Bump Stock Ban in Effect After Appeals Court Ruling

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A state appeals court decision means Ohio’s capital city has resumed banning bump stocks, a gun accessory that allows semi-automatic weapons to be fired rapidly. Two gun rights groups sued Columbus after it enacted the ban last year. A Franklin County judge then ruled that municipalities can’t regulate bump stocks under… Read More

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Columbus Officers Face Discipline in Stormy Daniels Arrest

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus police say five officers from the department’s now-disbanded vice unit face discipline for a raid on a strip club last year that resulted in the arrest of Stormy Daniels. The department said Wednesday that the officers could face punishment ranging from a reprimand to firing. The officers include a commander,… Read More

State Official Says Youth Behavioral Facility Clean, Safe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The director of Ohio’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has toured a youth behavioral facility after reports of alleged violence and sexual abuse against children and staff and describes its environment as clean and safe. WBNS-TV reports Director Lori Criss’s statement after recently touring Sequel Pomegranate in Columbus said… Read More

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Petitions to Get City Ticket Tax Issue on Ballot Fall Short

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say opponents of two new taxes on arts, sports and entertainment ticket sales in Ohio’s capital city didn’t collect enough valid signatures to put the matter on the November ballot. The Columbus Dispatch reports the elections board validated less than half of the 22,000-plus signatures submitted for a referendum. They were short… Read More

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Columbus Attorney Orders End to Cash Bond for Minor Crimes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The attorney for Ohio’s capital city has ordered prosecutors to stop asking for cash bonds for minor, nonviolent crimes to reduce jail populations. Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein says it’s time to address over-incarceration and overcrowded jails. Klein says the U.S. jails a disproportionate number of people compared to other countries…. Read More

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Strip Club Dancers Sue Vice Cops, Claim Retaliatory Charges

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Six Ohio strip club dancers accusing police of malicious prosecution say they were wrongly charged under retaliation by two officers from a Columbus vice unit that was later disbanded. Their lawsuit alleges the women were charged in 2017 and 2018 because officers targeted Kahoots Gentlemen’s Club in retaliation for firing a… Read More

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Expanding To New Areas Of The State

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A dozen medical marijuana dispensaries have been given certificates of operation. Dispensaries in Northeast and Eastern Ohio have been open for a few weeks. But there haven’t been any in central Ohio, until earlier today. The chilly weather didn’t keep Columbus resident Michael Doctor from standing in line at the opening of the Columbus Terrasona dispensary…. Read More

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Mom of Patient who Died Sues Care Center for Alleged Neglect

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The family of a patient who died is suing an Ohio care facility where alleged neglect led to criminal charges against employees. A wrongful-death lawsuit against Whetstone Gardens and Care Center in Columbus was filed Monday over the March 2017 death of 56-year-old James Chandler. His mother alleges Chandler died because… Read More

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Patient’s Widow: Hospital Safeguards ‘Failed Tremendously’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A woman suing an Ohio hospital and doctor with claims that her husband received an outsized dose of a powerful painkiller before he died says it’s clear medical safeguards “failed tremendously.” The lawsuit over Troy Allison’s July death is among at least three so far against Dr. William Husel (HYOO’-suhl) and… Read More

Athens Residents “March For Our Lives” in Columbus

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While hundreds participated in the March For Our Lives in Athens Saturday morning, 27 Athens residents and students marched through the streets of Columbus for the same cause; to oppose gun violence in schools and support stronger gun laws. Kerrie Shaw, a social worker and activist in Athens collected funds to hire a bus to… Read More

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Study Prompts Discussion Of Ohio Capital “Segregation”

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A study of where groups of people live concludes that Ohio’s capital city is one of the nation’s most economically segregated major metro areas. The Columbus Dispatch reports that “Segregated City” by University of Toronto professor Richard Florida used census data to demonstrate how people choose to live among those who have similar incomes, education… Read More

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Ohio Clergy Call For Withdrawal From Immigration Lawsuit


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More than 200 Ohio clergy members are calling on Attorney General Mike DeWine to withdraw Ohio from a lawsuit attempting to block President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. These state faith leaders say blocking Obama’s order shielding millions of immigrants from deportation is an assault on family values. Clergy members submitted a letter to… Read More