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Just outside Durango, Colo., archeologist Rand Greubel stands on a mesa surrounded by juniper trees. He points to a circular hole in the ground, about 30 feet across and more than 8 feet deep. There's a fire pit in the center of an earthen floor, ventilation shafts tunneled into the side walls and bits of burned thatching that suggest how the structure once continued to rise above the ground. It's a large pit house from what's known as the Pueblo I period.

"We knew right away that it was highly significant just because of the sheer size of it," Greubel says.

Amazon Prime delivery trucks.
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The city of Columbus announced a new program this week to help manage traffic flow around deliveries. It’s working with mobility company curbFlow to coordinate pickup and drop-off activity.

The Columbus Crossroads project, still under construction in downtown Columbus, will result in a redesigned split for I-70 and I-71.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

For the first time in several years, an Ohio Department of Transportation panel has voted to move forward on hundreds of millions of dollars in road construction projects.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is seeking feedback as it updates Access Ohio 2045. That's ODOT's long term transportation plan that guides policies and strategies.

gas pump
David Zalubowski / Associated Press

Ohio’s 10.5 cent gas tax increase from the state’s transportation budget has been in place for four months as of November 1.

Streetcar in Cincinnati
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State officials say $105 million in grants is going to public transit systems across Ohio.

A recovery vehicle moves a sled down a track after a test of a Hyperloop One propulsion system, Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in North Las Vegas, Nev.
John Locher / Associated Press

A proposed Hyperloop line connecting Central Ohio to Chicago and Pittsburgh could be shovel-ready within the next decade, but the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission says it does not have estimates on how much the project would cost.

Cecily King, right, and her daughter Odessa hang a sign that says "If You're Going Through Hell Keep Going" over a Columbus highway.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

You are enough. You are valuable. You are worthy.

Mantras like these have been appearing on highway overpasses and bridges across Columbus over the last few months.

A COTA bus stop in downtown Columbus.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

People riding Central Ohio Transit Authority buses can now pay without cash, thanks to the launch of a new mobile payment option called "Connector."

Starting Oct. 1, 2020, when the REAL ID law takes effect, if you plan to fly anywhere in the United States, the driver's license you show to security is probably going to need to have a star at the top. Essentially an enhanced driver's license, it will be required at the airport gate, unless you have another accepted form of ID. And officials are worried that one year out, many people don't yet have one.

COTA

For the first time, the Central Ohio Transit Authority will offer free bus fares for all customers on Election Day.

Rev. Meredith McDougle (center) with the new Hilltop Circulator.
Nick Evans / WOSU

In a past life, as registrar of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Columbus City Council member Mitchell Brown says he got a keen understanding of the challenges aging Ohioans face.

no parking tow zone sign
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A new lawsuit accuses Westerville-based Shamrock Towing of illegally towing thousands of vehicles since 2015.

A recovery vehicle moves a sled down a track after a test of a Hyperloop One propulsion system, Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in North Las Vegas, Nev.
John Locher / Associated Press

Statehouse visitors on Monday will get a first look at the XP-1, a prototype of the vehicle Virgin expects to use in Hyperloop systems like the one proposed for Columbus. It's the hyperloop's second stop in Columbus, after appearing in front of COSI on Sunday.

Sam Hendren

A pair of Republican senators want to keep requiring Ohio vehicles to have front license plates. A new provision that drops that requirement goes into effect next year, so the lawmakers say they still have time to fight the change.

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