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Congressional leaders are planning to delay a spending fight until after the memorial ceremonies for former President George H.W. Bush are completed.

House leaders are drafting a bill to postpone a potential government shutdown from midnight on Friday night to the end of the day on Dec. 21.

Michael De Bonis / WOSU

Near the banks of the Scioto River in downtown Columbus, a white marble building with six floors of office space lies empty and dormant. Orange cones and yellow caution tape near the building's main entrance warn pedestrians of falling debris.

Ohio’s incoming Secretary of State is taking some heat over one of the people he picked to co-chair his transition team – Ken Blackwell, who’s been blasting Democrats in the ongoing vote count in Florida. But Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) is standing by his choice.

Andrew Ginther

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced his proposed 2019 General Fund Budget on Wednesday morning. The budget totals to $912 million, with just over two-thirds going to public safety.

Democrats will take control of the U.S. House in January with big items topping their legislative to-do list: Remove obstacles to voting, close loopholes in government ethics law and reduce the influence of political money.

Party leaders say the first legislative vote in the House will come on H.R. 1, a magnum opus of provisions that Democrats believe will strengthen U.S. democratic institutions and traditions.

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

Columbus City Council has released a timeline for filling two upcoming council vacancies, a controversial process updated by a recent amendment to the city charter.

Buckeye Lake Construction Finishes Ahead Of Schedule

Nov 9, 2018

The replacement for the Buckeye Lake dam, which had deteriorated to the point where authorities said it was at risk of failure, has officially opened.

Nick Evans / WOSU

Voters across Ohio head to the polls Tuesday, and there's a lot of decisions to make. For one Franklin County resident, though, Election Day raises another question: How exactly do we pick polling locations, anyways?

Stonewall Columbus

Columbus once again scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s annual rating of cities on LGBTQ inclusion.

Carmen Fultz, an employee of Buckeye Relief LLC, sorts the male and female marijuana plants inside a Veg Room, in Eastlake, Ohio.
David Dermer / Associated Press

Several large and small cultivators of marijuana for Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program say they plan to be harvesting their products soon. But that doesn’t mean patients will be able to buy it anytime soon.

Construction at River & Rich in Franklinton.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Columbus City Council is taking a close look at parking in a handful of neighborhoods, with an eye on rolling out new restrictions in the middle of next year.

President Trump wants to cancel an automatic pay raise set to take effect next year for federal civilian workers.

Federal workers were to get a 2.1 percent across-the-board raise in January, with more for those who live in high-cost areas. But in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday, Trump wrote, "We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases."

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Gov. John Kasich has named a new director for the state agency that oversees mental health services, after the agency’s leader stepped down last week.

Besnson Kua, Derek Jensen / flickr & wikimedia

WOSU has been very busy in the past couple weeks with our Curious Cbus project, where you ask the questions and we investigate the answer. We've reported on the end of the "Clintonville Kangaroo" saga and learned why there is an abandoned highway overpass downtown.

All of those stories are thanks to questions from you.

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation building in downtown Columbus.
Dan Konik / Ohio Public Radio

Employers could be getting a big rebate if the Board of Directors for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation approves it.

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