Increased Ohio Shale Fracking Drives Demand For Rail Improvements

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Enlink Midstream of Texas spent $6-million to re-activate this rail spur and loading terminal in Frazeysburg. The company says it will eventually haul 24,000 barrels per day of oil and natural gas liquids away from Ohio's shale region.
1:26PM
April
14, 2014

The number of hydraulically fractured wells drilled in Ohio has now topped 800. About half of those wells are producing natural gas and oil. While debates over safety and severance taxes continues, production is reaching critical mass. And that has created need for more railroad capacity. The rail improvements have rippled into Frazeysburg and Columbus.

Columbus Mumps Outbreak Spreads

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Columbus health officials say confirmed cases of mumps keep increasing. The first of 116 cases was reported in January on the OSU campus.
7:25AM
April
2, 2014

Columbus health officials normally report one case of mumps per year. This year 116 cases of mumps are confirmed, mostly among students and staff at Ohio State University. As the disease continues to spread health officials have opened a special immunization clinic.

New Albany Company Expands After Quick Approval From Ohio EPA

Workers assemble caps and lids for cosmetic products at Anomatic's New Albany manufacturing plant. (Photo: Tom Borgerding)
Workers assemble caps and lids for cosmetic products at Anomatic's New Albany manufacturing plant.
7:27AM
March
26, 2014

Central Ohio will get more jobs during the next couple of months. A manufacturer for beauty industry products says it will add to its payroll to meet higher customer demand. The New Albany company was aided by speedy action at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Franklin County Wants More Than Tornado Sirens To Warn Of Threats

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Franklin County Emergency Management Employees monitor man-made and natural threats to residents. (pictured front to back) Steven Smith, Brian Shang, Randy Carver, and Matthew Caudill
11:12AM
March
21, 2014

Spring brings the threat of tornadoes and floods. Franklin County officials want to move beyond sirens to notify residents of emergencies. They want to use mobile phones to warn residents of emergencies .

Charter Schools Recruit Brookhaven High School Students

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Brookhaven High School is scheduled to close in June. Area charter schools are competing for the school's current students.
7:18AM
March
14, 2014

The scheduled closing of Brookhaven High School in June has upended lives of hundreds of Columbus high school students. The class of 2014 will be the last to graduate from the Karl Road school. Younger students will have to change schools. That has unleashed competition for students between the district and area charter schools.

Top Columbus Companies Bet On Big Data

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Columbus' largest businesses have formed Columbus Collaboratory to share consumer data.
5:00AM
March 12, 2014

Seven of Columbus’s biggest firms are making a big bet on big data. They have joined together to form a new company to collect and share information. It’s called the Columbus Collaboratory and leaders say it will create 100 new jobs.

Columbus Board Votes To Close Schools

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Columbus School Board president Gary Baker and three other members listen to comments at board meeting before voting to close five schools
11:41PM
March
4, 2014

The Columbus School Board voted to close five schools at the end of the current school year. The decision will save the district money, but it was made after some tearful pleas to spare two of the schools.

Ohio Job Market Suffers Tech Disconnect

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Connect Ohio Executive Director, Stu Johnson, advocates for high speed internet and more worker training in Ohio. The organization is funded mostly by federal and state grants and contracts for services.
8:59AM
March
3, 2014

Ohio’s job market suffers from a kind of disconnect. A new report shows a technology gap between the needs of employers and the technological competence of workers.

Ohio Supreme Court Considers Oil Drilling Case

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Justice Paul Pfeifer asked pointed questions in oil drilling dispute.
3:33PM
February 26, 2014

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering a case that could affect oil and natural gas drilling in Ohio and other states. An Akron suburb is trying to stop drilling on private property by a state-permitted well.