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Franklin County Municipal Courthouse
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Columbus and Franklin County officials say a new municipal courthouse downtown may go up across the street from the current courthouse.

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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The U.S. Small Business Administration hosted a conference Wednesday to discuss how Central Ohio residents can benefit from "opportunity zones"—a federal tax benefit approved in 2017.

EPA's 'Secret Science' Rule

Jan 22, 2020
Acid mine drainage can cause creeks to turn a dark orange hue.
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The Trump Administration is working on a policy change that would require scientists to disclose all of their raw data, including confidential medical records, before their findings could be considered in shaping regulations.

News organizations and journalists' advocates are challenging restrictive new ground rules for reporters assigned to cover the Senate impeachment trial.

Correspondents who submit to an official credentialing process are granted broad access throughout the Capitol complex and usually encounter few restrictions in talking with members of Congress or others.

But now Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger has imposed new requirements for the impeachment trial, negotiated in part with Republican leadership:

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Starting on Thursday, every committee hearing at the Ohio Statehouse will be streamed live or recorded and broadcast later.

Cuyahoga County may make it easier for employees to report whistleblower complaints within county government.

County council gave a first reading to revised reporting safeguards Monday evening.

Councilman Dale Miller, a Democrat who introduced the measure, said it grew out of talks with county Inspector General Mark Griffin. The changes are intended to give potential whistleblowers more comfort in coming forward with complaints, Miller said.

Money in a tip jar.
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When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, Ohio’s lowest paid workers will have a special reason to celebrate. 

City leaders reveal the results of a small business assessment.
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Columbus officials on Wednesday shared the results of an assessment of small business economic development in the city.

Christopher Columbus statue in front of Columbus City Hall.
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Columbus City Council won’t hold its regular hearing Monday evening, but members are hosting a series of public hearings this week to touch base with residents ahead of the New Year.

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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.

bitcoin
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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
U.S. Capital Building
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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.

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