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A program announced last month to help children hurt by their parents' addictions is already expanding in Ohio.

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According to city officials, Gahanna just doesn't stand out.

Gahanna marketing director David Kusz says it came to their attention that the city of 33,000 lacks a clear brand - and that's a problem for staying competitive.

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Last week a new proposal to amend Columbus' charter was submitted to city hall. It's a new version of an old idea - changing the structure of City Council.

Columbus has a council far smaller than most cities its size, just seven seats for 800,000 people. And many voters have signaled that they want some sort of change.

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For the fourth time in five months, the state has fallen short of predicted revenue.

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A public comment period on strict new rules proposed for the use of medical marijuana in Ohio is ending.

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The City of Columbus plans to provide a new paid family leave policy for city workers. City Council member Elizabeth Brown says most company benefits haven't kept pace with current family needs.

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Columbus city leaders think they have some solutions for parking in the popular Short North District.  This week,  Council members passed an ordinance creating a Short North Special Parking area.

It requires new developments to consider the parking they need and pay a fee if they can't meet the demand.  

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The Ohio House has unanimously passed a bill designating the barn as the official historical architectural structure of Ohio.

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New U.S. Census Bureau estimates say Franklin County has surpassed Cuyahoga to become the most populous county in the state.

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A new Ohio law requires drivers to allow at least 3 feet of space when passing bicyclists on the road, though some cyclists say it's tough to enforce and not a strong enough deterrent to cars zipping past too closely.

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Though it’s been cold and snowy this week, this year’s warmer than usual winter is good news for Ohio taxpayers. Before this snowfall, the state had spent a little over $63 million on road salt, when the yearly average spent over the last decade has been nearly $77 million.

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The Franklin County Board of Elections says a test of new electronic poll books was successful and they'll be used during the May 2 primary.

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For the third time in four months, the state has fallen short of bringing in the revenues that were projected.

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What was the site of the nation’s first ever public housing complex is getting a second life. As residents begin moving into new housing at the old Poindexter Village, though, many see the complex as a site of lost history. 

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State officials say a record number of concealed carry licenses for handguns were issued last year.

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Ohio is celebrating 214 years of statehood this year, and the Statehouse in Columbus is marking the occasion with a family-friendly party on March 5.

We know that in times of heightened stress, human instincts tell us to fight or flee. For some American Muslims, the current political climate has created a need for more Muslims to stand up and fight by seeking political office.

"Muslims didn't ask to be dragged into the spotlight, but now that we're there and we need to push back," said Robert McCaw, director of government affairs at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). "Getting into elected offices is one of the best means."

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If Columbus City Council wants a change, both liberal and conservative advocates say a committee proposal will just lead to more of the same.

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A committee appointed to research options for revamping Columbus City Council had its final meeting on Friday, the result of a push from residents to better support district representation.

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Some state lawmakers want to bring back cursive handwriting as a requirement in Ohio's elementary schools.

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Ohio's governor has proposed allowing counties to create committees that would review overdose fatalities, and the public would have limited access to the findings.

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Ohio lawmakers are moving quickly to override a state Supreme Court ruling that prosecutors fear could delay and shorten sentences for suspects caught with cocaine.

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Lawmakers in Ohio have proposed a law that would remove sales taxes from feminine hygiene products.

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Ohio's government agencies will spend the next year looking closely at hotspots that are contributing to Lake Erie's algae blooms and developing a monitoring network.

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The Kasich administration is proposing to change the way it distributes money to local governments. The Ohio governor’s plan would give precedence to communities with less capacity to raise their own funds.

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Lawmakers, state agencies and special interest groups are preparing for Gov. John Kasich’s big budget proposal. Kasich will roll out that proposal on Monday.

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Flags will fly at half-staff in parts of Ohio over the weekend to honor a Cleveland police officer killed in the line of duty.

Victims' rights advocates are proposing an amendment to Ohio's constitution that would give crime victims and their families the same rights as the accused.

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Ohio’s Sherrod Brown has joined Democratic Senate leaders to come up with a $1 trillion infrastructure proposal they say should provide a framework for President Donald Trump.

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There's been little public word about what has happened to an Ohio college student detained by North Korea, as a new administration takes over one year later amid deep U.S. concerns about the hostile country's nuclear and missile development.

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