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Nina West, the drag queen sometimes known as Columbus activist Andrew Levitt, will serve as the Grand Marshal of Columbus's 38th Annual Pride Festival and Parade, happening downtown this weekend.

Three students from Dublin Jerome High School created an affordable, solar-powered robot to fix water pollution.
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Three Dublin Jerome High School students created what they say is an affordable, solar-powered robot that can monitor and remediate water pollution.  They’re taking their invention to a national competition at The Ohio State University this weekend.

Jamie Monghan is a prisoner at the Ohio Reformatory for Women. She lives in the Tapestry Unit for women in addiction recovery.
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Heroin ran Stephanie Pollock's life. She woke up in the morning with heroin on her mind, her day revolved around it, and everything else including her three kids and her own well-being paled in comparison.

Asa Holzschuh's family arrived at it house at 3:30 am. They spent the morning cleaning of the remain's of his neighbor's roof outside of Laurelville, Ohio, after a tornado tore through their property.
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Tornadoes that rolled through Dayton and Celina on Monday night made national headlines and are blamed for at least one death, but people closer to Central Ohio also dealing with damage as well.

The restaurant scene in Columbus is diverse and vibrant, with culinary destinations appreciated across the county. Decades ago, choices for dining out were much more limited, but there are stil some truly exceptional establishments in Columbus' foodie history.

A memorial in front of Shady Lane Elementary School pays tribute to two teens shot, one fatally, on Wednesday evening.
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Bonnie, 73, was enjoying a quiet Wednesday night on her porch. Across the street, a couple of teenagers gathered near the playground at Shady Lane Elementary School.

“I seen a black car pull up in the gravel, and the kids started walking toward it, and I went ahead and started to step in the house, and as I got one foot inside...the house I heard five fire crackers,” Bonnie says.

Crystal Glass attended Zahn's Corner Middle School and grew up near a uranium enrichment plant in Piketon. She got a benign tumor at 14, and cancer years later.
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In Waverly, a YMCA gym is lined with poster boards set up on easels. Glen Broughton stands in the middle, looking over a huge three-dimensional map of the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

Columbus has had more rain this year than even Seattle. That's led to some rain delays for the Columbus Clippers.
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While we are well-warned about April showers, rain is persisting well into May, with another soggy weekend in the forecast for Central Ohio.

Reporter Paige Pfleger holds up a letter from the Ohio Department of Taxation that threatened to withold her tax returns if she didn't complete an ID quiz.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Submitting your income tax returns in Ohio doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get a refund right away. Sometimes, in order to get your money, there's a quiz standing in your way. I should know.

Adam Kocher cuts open a bale of fermented hay, which they grow to feed cows.
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The Kocher family has been farming the same plat of land near the northern Ohio village of Bloomville for generations. Among other crops, they grow alfalfa hay to feed their 700 dairy cows.

Each year, the Tiny Desk Contest receives entries from all 50 states, thanks in part to encouragement from NPR Member stations across the country. This year's entries showcased impressive talent in local scenes and introduced us to a myriad of great new-to-us musicians. While the Tiny Desk Contest judges wrap up evaluating Contest entries, we want to share some of the entries our Member stations love.


Freshman Micaela Kreutzer wants to see Ohio Wesleyan University disaffiliate from the Methodist Church in the wake of a general conference vote.
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Ohio Wesleyan University is quiet after the end of the semester, a calm campus belying an internal struggle.

Julie Callahan shows a picture of her family, including her son Jackson, who is non-verbal autistic. She says relinquishing custody was the last option left.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

In Ohio, parents of children with severe mental health issues sometimes face an excruciating decision: To get their child costly care, they must sign over custody to the state. Now those parents are fighting for change, and a chunk of Gov. Mike Dewine’s budget.

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We asked, and Central Ohio responded: Almost 50 bands submitted songs to NPR's 2019 Tiny Desk Contest!

Bret Davis looking out on his fields during a rain storm.
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Bret Davis leans against a work bench at a farm north of Delaware. He and his partners are casting about, trying to stay busy while the rain keeps them from planting.

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