Elizabeth Brown

Ohio State University Kirwan Institute

Columbus City Council voted Monday night to re-elect Shannon Hardin as president for the upcoming term.

Janitorial workers rally in downtown Columbus on Sept. 16, 2019 to call for a higher minimum wage.
Paige Pfleger

Janitorial workers gathered in downtown Columbus on Monday afternoon to rally for a $15 minimum wage. 

Boxes of tampons are displayed in a pharmacy, Monday, March 7, 2016, in New York.
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Columbus is expanding access to free tampons and pads to all municipal buildings. 

Volunteers at the Buren Shelter assemble bags of free tampons for shelter residents.
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Columbus City Council voted Monday to provide free menstrual products at all the city's recreation centers.

Christopher Columbus statue in front of Columbus City Hall.
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Columbus City Council is hosting its last two public hearings to discuss the city’s 2019 capital improvement budget.

Elizabeth Brown

Columbus City Council will introduce the capital improvement budget, which they developed with community input, at its meeting Monday night.

Christopher Columbus statue in front of Columbus City Hall.
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Less than a week after Gov. Mike DeWine signed a restrictive abortion ban, Columbus City Council voted to pass a resolution condemning the law, which is scheduled to take effect within 90 days.

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Columbus uses income tax incentives to encourage employers to create jobs. On Friday, City Council member Elizabeth Brown is announcing a measure requiring those jobs to pay at least $15 an hour.

As Columbus officials and business leaders work on purchasing the Columbus Crew, the city has developed a plan to turn MAPFRE Stadium into a $100 million, multi-use sports park.

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Local advocates rallied Thursday to protest the federal government's new restrictions on refugee admissions.

Construction at River & Rich in Franklinton.
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The 200-plus apartment development River and Rich is nearing completion on Franklinton’s east side. The hum of heavy machinery and the staccato thump of nail guns played in the background last week as city leaders gathered to pitch a revamped tax abatement plan.

Elizabeth Brown

On Monday, Columbus City Council voted to provide $185,000 to the Columbus Families Together Fund, aimed at supporting immigrants facing deportation. Council members say the goal is to prevent the separation of Central Ohio families if one or more members are living in the U.S. without proper residential status.

Esther Honig

Three hundred security guards in Columbus have joined a local union in the first contract of its kind in Ohio.

Elizabeth Brown

Columbus City Council member Elizabeth Brown met Wednesday evening with local immigration advocates to discuss the impact of federal immigration policy. The meeting, part of a nationwide "Dreamer Dinners" campaign, comes as the future of the DACA program is increasingly uncertain. 

Esther Honig

All of Columbus' recreation centers and homeless shelters will soon see some major additions to women's restrooms: Free tampons.