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OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vermont.
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The number of fatal drug overdoses in Ohio declined for the first time since 2009, according to state health officials, a milestone in the state's ongoing battle with the deadly opioid epidemic.

Carlos Malvestutto works on infectious diseases at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

There are about 230 new cases of HIV in Franklin County every year, mostly among people aged 25-29. On Thursday, celebrated as National HIV Testing Day, free testing is available at multiple locations across the city. 

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Public health officials are applauding the Ohio House’s unanimous passage of a bill that tackles infant mortality and maternal health.

Franklin County workers repair a sinkhole that formed in Jackson Township after heavy rains Wednesday night.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

City and county agencies are fixing up roads in the aftermath of a storm that brought record rain and flash flooding, closing streets and highways in parts of Central Ohio.

Columbus Urban League president Stephanie Hightower at a press conference announcing Franklin County's new poverty reduction plan.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday announced a plan to reduce poverty in Central Ohio.

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Delaware County once again tops the list for healthiest county in Ohio, according to a new national study.

Members of the Complete County Committee include city and county representatives. They are tasked with ensuring comprehensive data collection for the 2020 census.
Olivia Miltner / WOSU

City of Columbus and Franklin County officials announced a new 2020 Census committee on Wednesday tasked with ensuring all residents are counted.

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President Trump announced a new plan to end the HIV epidemic in America by 2030 in his State of the Union address Tuesday. Ohio is one major target of the initiative.

Franklin County Rolls Out 911 Texting Option

Jan 23, 2019
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Franklin County residents with emergencies now have the option to text 911 instead of placing a call.

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Franklin County is offering an extension on next week's property tax deadline for federal workers missing checks because of the government shutdown.

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The Ohio Auditor’s Office says a food vendor’s failure to pay $122,000 in rental fees at the old Franklin County Veterans Memorial went undetected for years.

This home was being leased as part of a rent-to-own contract, before the owner made a clerical error and was suddenly evicted.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

A new program assisting Columbus residents facing evictions has released a report on its first six months of work.

Franklin County Courthouse
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Franklin County’s juvenile court is holding a public event Thursday at 2 p.m. to talk about the effectiveness of a program aimed at helping youth with substance abuse or mental health issues.

Kedada Bethel from LCD Academy in Gahanna.
Nick Evans / WOSU

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.
A.J Zanyk

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.