Ohio casino gamblers spent about $70-million last month. The figure is about the same as in October. Revenue figures fall short of projections for the first five months of Ohio’s new budget year and that means a smaller jackpot for cities, towns and schools.
A police officer, a child, and a woman are injured and a suspect is dead after several shootings around Central Ohio Friday morning.
Columbus schools are poised to increase staff and money for the office of internal auditor. The proposal is expected to be considered as early as next month.
After voters overwhelmingly rejected a combined property tax increase and bond issue, Columbus school officials are turning to possible budget cuts and a possible return to the ballot next year.
Columbus city, healthcare, and business leaders vow to reduce infant deaths by 40 percent in the next several years. A council-appointed commission will recommend ways to reduce the city’s infant mortality by the middle of next year.
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman Friday outlined his budget plan for 2014. And it’s full of black ink.
One week after a massive typhoon swept across the Phillipines, the death toll keeps rising. A Phillipine defense official says more than 3,000 are confirmed dead as of Friday morning. The disaster has spawned international relief efforts, including some here in Columbus.
Ohio’s coal industry suffered another setback when Murray Energy last month announced it would close its mine in Brilliant – on the Ohio River. Coal is still a one-billion dollar industry in Ohio, but coal consumption has fallen to a 20-year low. Regulation and competition are to blame.
Proponents of school reform in Columbus spent more than two-million dollars in a bid to pass a 24% property tax increase and hire an independent auditor. But, district voters overwhelmingly rejected funding for the plan by more than a two-to-one margin..