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A 'Big LGBTQ Dance Party' Will Greet Vice President Pence In Columbus

Vice President Mike Pence is set to visit Columbus on Friday, June 15, to tout the new federal tax reform plan. He’ll be met outside the Columbus Renaissance hotel with what protesters are calling the “Big LGBTQ Dance Party.”

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The Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce has a new president. It's Ty marsh, who currently serves as Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman's chief of staff.

Chamber executives cited Marsh's knowledge of the community and the chamber of commerce as well as his economic development experience.

Marsh has worked as Coleman's chief of staff since January of 2000. Before that he served as a senior vice president of the Chamber of Commerce. Marsh replaces Sally Jackson who resigned earlier this month. He begins his new job in December.

Columbus police hostage negotiators - always ready

Oct 13, 2003

One of the most intensively trained departments in the Columbus Division of Police is the hostage negotiation team. There are nine negotiators in Columbus and they are on call 24 hours a day.

Hostage negotiators have to "talk 'em down," and bring a crisis to a calm conclusion. Sergeant Ron Roberts, who has been hostage team leader for three years, says a person who is holding himself or others hostage thinks that he is in the most crucial time in his life.

Clarett's claims OSU violated his privacy

Oct 13, 2003

A lawyer for Maurice Clarett has asked a federal court to block further prosecution of the suspended OSU running back's criminal case because the university allegedly violated his privacy. Percy Squires told reporters Clarett's statements to the university and the NCAA about an April police report were protected by federal law and should not have been used by the university to criminally prosecute Clarett.

The parent company of Big Bear grocery stores has announced it will close 5 stores in the Columbus area. The stores will cease operations by the end of the year. The move is part of Penn Traffic's plan to emerge from bankruptcy.

Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein" isn't just about a scary monster with neck bolts and a Caesar haircut. That's the Boris Karloff version of the story.

Some of the more profound issues raised by Shelley's book are the subject of a panel discussion at the Ohio State University titled "how much is too much? science, ethics, and Frankenstein".

WOSU science reporter Carolyn Gramling considers Frankenstein, cloning, and the meaning of life in a special two part series. Click on the listen link to hear the report.

The high cost of health care has some Ohio State University graduate students in an uproar. About 50 graduate student employees gathered on the oval in front of the library Wednesday afternoon to rally in support of full health care coverage. Currently the university pays 42% of graduate teaching assistants' health care coverage. They want the university to fund 100% of the cost.

Columbus police use new tools to fight drug crimes

Oct 2, 2003

Columbus Police Thursday parked a mobile station at the corner of 8th Ave. and North Fourth St. to combat illegal drug activity. The Weinland Park neighborhood is one of four so-called "Hot Spots" for crime where police are using a combination of high-tech tools and personal relations to boost safety.

American Electric Power says it is surprised a federal agency filed a lawsuit against the company alledging the utility manipulated natural gas prices to make millions of dollars.

In a statement AEP says it is cooperating with the Commodity Futures Trading Comission and hopes to reach a settlement.

Last year, AEP fired five employees who the company says submitted innacurate gas trading information to trade publications. AEP says it has no indication that any current employees were involved in the activities.

Value City to move headquarters to Northland Mall

Oct 1, 2003

With the help of a proposed city tax break, Value City Department Stores is moving its headquarters into the closed Northland Mall. The store will renovate the former Lazarus department store at the mall and move nearly 700 employees into the building. Value city's chief financial officer says some about 100 jobs will be new to central Ohio.

If Columbus City Council approves, Value City will receive a 75% tax abatement for 10 years on the value of the renovation.

New immigrants from across the globe continue to change the face of Central Ohio. But with little to no knowledge of the language, the culture and bureacracy, adjusting to a new life becomes a struggle for many.

Organziations and agencies that serve the new arrivals say finding and receiving adequate healthcare for themselves and their families is among the most challenging change immigrants face.

Click the "listen" link to hear Dorcas Taylors two-part report.

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