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In Clintonville, a 100-year-old pin oak tree towers in front of Maureen Keyhani’s home on Arden Road. The tree sits in what is called a curb lawn between the sidewalk and the curb, and its knotted roots extend to the street.

Keyhani and her neighbors love the tree, so it was a surprise when Keyhani received a notice that the city of Columbus wanted to cut it down.

More Of Ohio's Small Villages Are Voting To Disband

Nov 4, 2019
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A recent analysis has found a rising number of small towns in Ohio have disbanded in recent years.

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After less than a year and a handful of transactions, the website that was allowing Ohioans to pay taxes in bitcoin has been shut down by state treasurer Robert Sprague.

The Politics Of Impeachment

Oct 1, 2019
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced plans last week to focus an impeachment inquiry on efforts by President Donald Trump and others to pressure for Ukrainian interference in the 2020 election.

It marks the fourth time in history that the U.S. House of Representatives has launched an impeachment inquiry into a sitting president.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher, the history of impeachment, what it means and what the process involves.

 

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Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Sep 30, 2019
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Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder said last week that his GOP caucus will take a close look at Gov. Mike DeWine’s gun control proposal when it is introduced. 

But Householder was critical of DeWine’s version of a so-called "red flag" law. DeWine has said he won’t abandon ship on the plan. 

Coming up on the All Sides with Ann Fisher Weekly Reporter Roundtable, the debate over gun control in Ohio, and more.

     

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    A new 20,000-seat stadium for the Columbus Crew SC is being proposed for the Arena District.
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    Columbus City Council returns Monday night after a month off. Council members will consider a string of new borrowing proposals and the creation of a community authority charged with overseeing development near the proposed Crew SC stadium.

    Young People And Voting

    Aug 30, 2019
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    Ohioans ages 18-29 showed up at the polls for the midterm elections last year, increasing their turnout by roughly 16% from the previous midterms in 2014.  

    But their Baby Boomer counterparts are still more likely to cast a ballot.

    Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: mobilizing the youth vote.  

     

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    The children of some U.S. military members and government workers overseas will have a harder time getting citizenship under a Trump administration policy announced Wednesday.

    The changes will affect a relatively small number of people. But the announcement touched off widespread confusion and outrage — with immigrant and veterans' advocates questioning why the administration would change the rules for people who are serving their country.

    Weekly Reporter Roundtable

    Aug 26, 2019
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    Gov. Mike DeWine reiterated his stance on executions, saying the state’s current lethal injection protocol will not be used and Ohio needs to find another process.

    However, DeWine’s office has given what some call mixed messages, as news state lawyers told the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that executions were still on the table.

    Today on our weekly reporter roundtable, the death penalty and more politics news.

     

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    The Ohio Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that government bodies cannot do public business with a secret ballot. 

    Damita Brown, interim director of the Columbus Office for Diversity and Inclusion, speaks about a study of hiring practices on July 24, 2019.
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    The City of Columbus announced plans to increase its work with minority- and women-owned businesses Tuesday, after conducting a study of its relationships with diverse partnerships.

    On Friday, March 22, 2019, a participant smokes a marijuana cigarette during at meet and greet at "Tommy Chong's Live, Love, and Smoke Tour" in Los Angeles.
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    Columbus City Council introduced a measure this week to drastically reduce penalties for marijuana possession.

    Two vital research agencies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are hemorrhaging staff as less than two-thirds of the researchers asked to relocate from Washington to the Kansas City area have agreed to do so.

    Lt. Gov. Jon Husted at the Opportunity Zones Showcase in Columbus, where he unveiled the marketing platform for opportunity zones to share details on places and projects available for investment.
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    Ohio has been operating under a temporary budget for a week and a half. But Lt. Gov. Jon Husted isn't too worried about the budget stalemate, which must be resolved by next week.

    Austin Place development just west of the Hilltop. Columbus is struggling to build enough housing to accomodate its rapidly growing population.
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    Under the 90-degree sun, two men in hard hats install air conditioners in the backs of apartments. A second pair climbs ladders to install windows, while another drills screws into white-painted doors.

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