Franklin County

Kedada Bethel from LCD Academy in Gahanna.
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Toddlers at LCD Academy in Gahanna are learning about sea creatures. Watercolor sets are spread out on the table, and the kids paint on coffee filters with construction paper sharks, starfish and whales in the center.

Children color at Youth & Family Day at WOSU@COSI.
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Franklin County officials are raising concerns about looming requirements for child care providers. The mandate takes effect in 2020, but the county has a ways to go before local providers are in compliance.

Franklin County Commissioners have approved a new paid family leave policy. About 1,400 workers in Franklin County can now get two weeks of their normal pay when taking time off under the family leave program. 

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Franklin County is breaking ground on a new jail Monday. The Franklin County Corrections Center will be situated on the Fisher Road west of downtown Columbus.

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Just a day after a Central Ohio Republican dropped her bid to become Ohio’s next Secretary of State, another is ending his bid to be the state’s treasurer. 

Jail Employee On Leave Amid Financial Probe

Aug 25, 2017
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An employee at a state jail in Franklin County has been placed on leave amid an investigation into potential mismanagement of funds.


Officials collecting child support payments in and around Ohio's capital are trying to use a less bureaucratic, more customer-oriented approach to attempt to get more parents to make those payments.

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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.


The Ohio Department of Health said Wednesday that infant mortality has recently increased in the state as a whole. But in Franklin County, the number of deaths actually went down.

WOSU's Sam Hendren talks to Liane Egle, executive director of CelebrateOne, a group that was formed following the work of the Franklin County Infant Mortality Task Force.

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This week, WOSU and NPR stations across the country are participating in a national week of conversations called A Nation Engaged. We’re asking this question:  “What can we do to create economic opportunity for more Americans?”

Recent U.S Census Bureau data shows that median incomes are up and poverty is down, but here in Ohio 1 in 5 children live in poverty. Central Ohio is often cited as region of economic resilience, but research shows that Columbus ranks among the worst cities in upward mobility. This hour, a conversation about creating economic opportunity for children born into poverty.

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A new report on the "State of the Air" released this morning finds the air we breathe in Franklin County is getting better, but still gets a failing grade from the American Lung Association.

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The rift between Franklin County Democrats played out in the recent primary election. Today, we'll discuss those election results, their impact on the party conflict and the current battle between Franklin County Democrats.

A heavy turnout in parts of Franklin County this morning caused some voters to wait nearly two hours to cast a ballot.  In Blacklick lines at East Pointe Christian Church stretched out the door.

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A new electricity contract will save Franklin County government more than $100,000 over 26 months and will help protect the environment.

Rifts Within the Franklin County Democratic Party

Mar 4, 2016
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Today we will look into divide between Democrats in Franklin County. It's the spilt that was seen in the recent mayoral race between, now Mayor, Andrew Ginther and Sheriff Zach Scott. We'll explore the roots of the rift and where it will lead for the party.