Nicole Rasul

 In this April 4, 2018, file photo, shoppers walk past the Victoria's Secret store on Broadway in the Soho neighborhood of New York.
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As part of the latest round of corporate responses to COVID-19, Columbus-based L Brands announced Tuesday that they are temporarily closing stores across the country. 

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With K-12 institutions across Ohio shuttered over the coronavirus, Columbus City Schools began offering free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals at 14 locations across the city Monday.

New Columbus Schools superintendent Talisa Dixon talks to students at Trevitt Elementary in King-Lincoln.
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Although Gov. Mike DeWine has not ordered schools in Ohio to close, he has asked them to review and update their safety plans in preparation for a coronavirus outbreak.

Short North in Columbus, Ohio.
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Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday declared a state of emergency after Ohio officials identified the first three cases of COVID-19 in the state. If the coronavirus spreads throughout the state as it has in others, like Washington, that will likely mean quarantine and a major change in how work is done.

Product Delivered to the Greater Columbus Convention Center for the 2020 Arnold Fitness Expo
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The cancellation of this week's Arnold Fitness Expo has vendors who anticipated marketing their products at the annual event returning home earlier than expected. 

Arnold Sports Festival at the Great Columbus Convention Center in 2018.
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The annual Arnold Sports Festival arrives in Columbus on Thursday, and officials are taking action to halt the spread of the coronavirus amid the flood of athletes and onlookers. 

Franklin County Coroner Anahi Ortiz briefed the media on February 26, 2020 on deaths by suicide, drug overdose and homicide.
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Franklin County Coroner Anahi Ortiz announced Wednesday that suicide and homicide deaths have increased 40% from the same period last year, while overdose deaths have gone up by 49%.

The RREACT cars are part of a program to provide overdose victims with treatment.
Columbus City Council

Columbus City Council on Monday night approved $371,523 in federal money to help fund a second Rapid Response Emergency Addiction Crisis Team in Franklin County. 

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, here at a news conference in November 2018, made worldwide headlines following the 2016 murders of eight Pike County family members.
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A grand jury filed a second indictment Friday against suspended Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader. 

Young adult on his phone
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The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says more than 1,250 young people have participated in a program that helps foster children transition to independent adulthood. 

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The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA) passed in 2009 requires the FDA to include new warning labels on cigarette packages. But in 2012, the agency’s attempt to add the labels was thwarted by a lawsuit from cigarette companies, who said the requirements violated First Amendment rights.

Wedding cake
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The New Albany location of Utah-based NOAH's Event Venue closed suddenly this month, after the company declared bankruptcy last year.

Multiple fire crews responded to a two-alarm fire at Battelle in Columbus on February 12.
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Multiple fire crews responded to a two-alarm fire at Battelle's headquarters on King Avenue on Wednesday morning. The fire has since been extinguished, with no injuries reported so far.

Construction of the new Franklin County Corrections Center on Fisher Road in August 2019.
Franklin County Sheriff's Office

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners will vote Tuesday to move forward on $29 million in expenditures, including construction for the new county jail.

Mayor Andrew Ginther announces the 614 For Linden plan on Nov. 25, 2019.
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Mayor Andrew Ginther and city leaders on Wednesday outlined actions to prevent evictions and address the housing needs of some of Columbus’ most vulnerable citizens.