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Columbus City Council on Monday approved the city’s operating budget for 2018.

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To little surprise, the opioid crisis and Columbus’ record number of homicides in 2017 were repeatedly referenced during Mayor Andrew Ginther’s first of several community forums being held ahead of his upcoming State of the City address.

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The city of Columbus is overhauling its tax incentive policies to focus on increasing the availability of affordable housing in thriving neighborhoods like the Short North.

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The city of Columbus is making strides in staffing up its police department, as the city continues to see a record number of homicides. Mayor Andrew Ginther announced on Wednesday that the city plans to add 30 additional police recruits to its 2018 recruit classes. 

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Columbus saw its deadliest year yet in 2017, with 143 homicides, a record that was last broken in the midst of the cocaine epidemic a quarter-century ago.

Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs says it's not just the opioid epidemic that's to blame for the rising number of deaths – it's also that the number of of police is far short of where it should be. The numbers back her up: Columbus lags behind comparable cities in the size of its police force, and the department is struggling as a result.

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The emergence of police body cameras has caused several communities to solve their own questions about what is and is not public record. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther joined with Republican state Rep. Niraj Antani to introduce a bill that would provide some definitions.

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The CEO of the Columbus Foundation has unveiled an ambitious plan for a new downtown stadium to help keep the Crew SC from moving out of Columbus.

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Antonio Stargell says he still gets angry thinking about his son's death.

“He got shot day after Mother's Day, 2016, with some friends,” Stargell says.

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Going into a meeting with Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt and Major League Soccer officials, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said city officials were "resolved to do our part" to keep the soccer club from moving to Austin, Texas.

They left that meeting not nearly as optimistic.

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Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced a comprehensive neighborhood safety strategy on Thursday, expected to be submitted at next week’s City Council meeting.