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Central Ohio Schools Increase Police Presence, Cancel Classes After Receiving Threats

Columbus City Schools have an increased police presence in several of its schools Friday following social media threats that have been made this the week.

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Nationwide Children's Hospital conducted a study that found laws banning only teen drivers from texting are not as effective as laws that apply to all drivers.

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Miami University fraternities have until Feb. 23 to initiate new members, then their governing body is shutting things down.

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Otterbein University in Westerville is offering full four-year scholarships to the children of Eric Joering, one of two Westerville Police officers killed in the line of duty this month.

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Could the Hyperloop pipe dream become a reality? Officials in Columbus and around the region are pitching in money to find out.

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There are 22 pieces of legislation related to guns pending in the Ohio Legislature right now. It’s hard to predict what might happen to them after the deadly Florida school shooting last week and Gov. John Kasich’s new apparent willingness to embrace some gun regulations.

Sen. Vernon Sykes (D-Akron, right) laughs with Secretary of State Jon Husted after the Ballot Board vote. Sykes was part of the group that negotiated the deal between lawmakers and citizen groups.
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A plan to change the way the state’s map of Congressional districts will be drawn after the 2020 census will be on the May ballot as Issue 1.

AR-15 style rifles made by Battle Rifle Co., a gunmaker in Webster, Texas, are on display in its retail shop.
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Democratic state lawmakers are trying again to pass an assault weapons ban in Ohio, and say they think an apparent change of heart by Gov. John Kasich announced over the weekend might help the bill this time.

Winning has no price tag for Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. The team’s recent roster overhaul boosted the team’s payroll to nearly $190 million this season, the second-highest in NBA history. And that payroll could soar to $300 million should LeBron James return to the Cavs next season. Nearly half of that would be spent on a luxury tax for exceeding the NBA’s salary cap.

George Cowmeadow Bauman at Acorn Bookshop
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George Cowmeadow Bauman is pretty busy these days. The co-owner of Acorn Bookshop is running back and forth across the store, helping people track down those last few pieces for their library.

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All Sides with Ann Fisher is a two-hour, daily public-affairs show designed to over time touch upon all sides of the issues and events that shape life in central Ohio.

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