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E.J. Thomas is the director of Mid-Ohio Habitat For Humanity, and says many low-income families can't afford housing considered "affordable."
Nick Evans / WOSU

This is the first of a two-part series on affordable housing in Columbus. Read part two here.

Mattias Minarsch leads a group of about half a dozen Habitat For Humanity volunteers putting the finishing touches on a home in Linden.

Christopher Columbus statue in front of Columbus City Hall.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Columbus City Council meets Thursday evening to get public input on finalists to fill an upcoming vacancy.

Former Put-in-Bay mayor Bernard "Mack" McCann pleaded guilty Friday to two misdemeanor counts of conflict of interest in a public contract in a deal with prosecutors, according to the Associated Press. 

McCann was indicted last year on six counts related to conflict of interest in public business. He resigned from his position on Wednesday but denied wrongdoing in his resignation letter. AP reports he agreed to leave office as part of his plea deal.

Interim mayor and former council president Jessica Dress says the news of McCann's resignation didn't come as a surprise.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Technically, Columbus city elections are non-partisan, but both major parties usually put up slates of candidates for mayor and city council. Not so this year: No Republicans are running for a municipal office.

That means Democrats like Mayor Andrew Ginther are virtually assured re-election.

The U.S. government's public debt is now more than $22 trillion — the highest it has ever been. The Treasury Department data comes as tax revenue has fallen and federal spending continues to rise. The new debt level reflects a rise of more than $2 trillion from the day President Trump took office in 2017.

Despite being in the second-longest economic expansion since the post–World War II boom, the U.S. is projected to rack up annual deficits and incur national debt at rates not seen since the 1940s, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

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President Trump is delivering a "State of the Union" address Tuesday after a delay due to the government shutdown. Watch his speech live, followed by a Democratic response delivered by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. 

Updated at 2:05 p.m. ET

President Trump will deliver his second State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night. He's expected to deliver a bipartisan message themed around "choosing greatness," while outlining what the White House calls a "policy agenda both parties can rally behind."

Mayor Andrew Ginther files for re-election at the Franklin County Board of Elections on Feb. 4, 2019.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Mayor Andrew Ginther officially filed for re-election on Monday, ahead of the November 2019 mayoral election.

Andrew Ginther

In his annual State of the City address, Mayor Andrew Ginther touted Columbus’ work to improve neighborhoods—particularly Linden. Looking forward, the mayor emphasized plans for housing, health, climate change and education.

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers received their first partial paychecks this week as the government reopened Monday after a 35-day partial shutdown.

Some 400,000 workers had been furloughed, and another 400,000 had been on the job but were not getting paid.

While the financial costs for those workers were high, the shutdown also took a heavy toll on employee morale. And it may have the longer-term impact of making it more difficult to bring new people into the government.

Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration is preparing to roll out his first proposed budget, which will likely include several big agenda items. 

Christopher Columbus statue in front of Columbus City Hall.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Columbus Council chambers buzzed last Thursday as finalists jockeying for two vacancies got ready to make their pitches to sitting members. It’s the first time Council members are conducting public hearings ahead of a vacancy appointment.

Inauguration Day is here. Mike DeWine will be sworn in Monday as Ohio's 70th governor. Watch the ceremonies live, courtesy of the Ohio Channel.

Ohio Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine reviews his prepared comments ahead of a primary election night event, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.
Bryan Woolston / Associated Press

For the first time in eight years, Ohio gets a new governor on Monday. Its 70th governor, to be exact. But Mike DeWine is hardly a new face for Ohioans.

Tony Dejak / Associated Press

The inauguration of Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine will mark a shift away from volatility in a state buffeted in recent years between the shifting ambitions of an outspoken governor and the frequent outbursts of an unpredictable president.

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