Debbie Holmes

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Debbie Holmes began her career in broadcasting in Columbus after graduating from The Ohio State University. She left the Buckeye state to pursue a career in television news and worked as a reporter and anchor in Moline, Illinois and Memphis, Tennessee.

She returned to radio news after moving to Los Angeles and earned 2 Golden Mike awards for live news reporting. In 2002, she earned her MBA at Franklin University.

In September 2009, she returned to her career roots and started working part-time at WOSU News and in December 2010 began working full-time. She enjoys public broadcasting because it allows her to cover news stories in-depth. Debbie and her husband have two children.

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Central Ohio auto recycling companies are getting crushed under a pile of trade-ins from the "Cash For Clunkers" program. Now, the salvage yards need more time to process the discarded vehicles.

About 500 cars, trucks and SUVs in the "Cash For Clunkers" program ended up here, at Buckeye Auto Parts on Columbus' west side. Vice President of the company, Scott Fine, says it requires almost three hours to take a vehicle apart.

"We dismantle the vehicle, drain the fluids and dispose of the engines and then we flatten the cars when we're done," he says.

Minority physicians in Central Ohio are doing their part to spread the word about swine flu vaccinations. WOSU's Debbie Holmes reports the doctors are concerned too many African-Americans and other people of color are unaware of the benefits of the vaccine.

Customers at Debby's Wigs and Fashions in Mount Vernon Plaza expressed a lot of concern about the swine flu vaccine. 39 year old Kyra Scales says she is healthy and doesn't want to take a chance on any side effects from the vaccine.

"I actually feel that if you expose me to it than I'll eventually catch it."

An estimated 23-hundred people lined up at the Columbus Health Department for a swine flu vaccination. Another flu vaccination clinic is scheduled this afternoon in Grove City. WOSU's Debbie Holmes reports many of those seeking the swine flu vaccine want to protect others.

Funeral services are scheduled later today for 14 year old Jon Fowler. Fowler is the first Ohio child to die of swine flu complications. He attended Holy Spirit school in Whitehall. On Monday, fellow students, teachers and administrators remembered Fowler with prayers and tears. WOSU's Debbie Holmes reports school officials helped students cope with the loss of the eighth-grader.

A boat glides across Griggs reservoir in the beautiful afternoon sunlight. But, residents are that the peaceful scene is threatened by a proposed $4,000,000, 11,000 square foot boathouse for Ohio State University's women's rowing team. It is set to go up on the western edge of the reservoir in Duranceau Park. Katie Shatow has lived here for 6 years. She says the decade-long effort to stop the boathouse included dozens of residents who launched a "Save Our Park" campaign and many meeting with attorneys.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says 641,000 Ohioans are unemployed and actively seeking work. In Central Ohio, some of those thousands have turned to local libraries to get job search help.

Several libraries hosted a "job help" day to show job seekers how to build a resume, make a good impression, and show ways to use the latest computer tools to snag the ultimate job.