Early Voting Begins, Columbus’ Mayor Race Will Be Top Draw

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Columbus City Hall (center) will house a new mayor in 2017. A May primary will decide the contenders
8:13PM
April
7, 2015

Early voting began Tuesday. past primary elections in Columbus drew few voters for lack of contested races. This year, a four way race for mayor tops the city ballot. During an appearance on WOSU TV’s Columbus on the Record, the candidates addressed a range of issues, including the city’s tax burden.

Early Voting Begins Next Week, City Leadership Posts Up For Grabs

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Columbus voters will decide candidates for city and school leadership posts in this year's primary.
12:41PM
March 31, 2015

Early voting begins next week for the May primary. Columbus voters will decide candidates for both the city school board, city council, and mayor. .

Former Olentangy Teacher Indicted

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39 year old Matthew Rausenberg is charged with criminal misconduct involving at least five of his students while teaching in the Olentangy school district.
11:25AM
March 26, 2015

A Delaware County Grand jury Thursday indicted 39 year old Matthew Rausenberg of Columbus on 32 counts alleging sex crimes against children in his classroom. First Assistant Prosecutor Kyle Rohrer outlined the charges saying Rausenberg faces life in prison, if convicted.

Manufacturers Seek Young Workers

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Honda North America, executive vice president Rick Schostek announces company plan to recruit young workers.
9:54AM
March
25, 2015

Some manufacturers in Central Ohio see workforce trouble ahead. It has nothing to do with labor strife. Rather, the trouble has more to do with demographics and perceptions of factory work.

Governor Kasich Vows New Dam At Buckeye Lake

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Gov. John Kasich discusses plans to fix Buckeye Lake Dam with other department directors at the Ohio EMA headquarters in Columbus.
1:11PM
March
19, 2015

Governor John Kasich says the dam forming Buckeye Lake will be replaced. Kasich announced the project after meeting with state and local officials Thursday. He says the state has “dodged a bullet” since the dam has not yet failed.

Newark Group Urges Change In Public Employment Job Applications

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Billie Bibow of Newark tells a Denison University audience of her efforts to find work after being released from prison. The Newark Think Tank on Poverty advocates changes in state law to help non-violent, ex-felons
10:06AM
March
16, 2015

As Ohio considers early release for some inmates convicted of non-violent felonies, a pair of state lawmakers has introduced a bill to improve odds of them getting work. In Newark, a non-profit is actively backing the proposed legislation as a means to combat poverty and help ex-felons from returning to prison.

Ohio Legislature Weighs New ‘Run-off’ Regs For Farmers

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The blue-green algae inundating Lake Erie and some other Ohio lakes is fueled by fertilizer runoff from farm fields and lawns.
1:50PM
March
9, 2015

The Ohio House is expected to vote on legislation this week to regulate fertilizer and manure run-off from fields. The run-off is partially blamed for a toxic algae bloom on Lake Erie that disrupted water supply for 400,000 Toledo residents last summer.

Teachers At Columbus Charter School Vote To Unionize

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A classroom at Franklinton Preparatory Academy on Chicago Avenue.
12:46PM
March
6, 2015

Teachers at a Columbus charter high school have narrowly voted to form a union. But the election outcome is contested.

Finances, Technology Pressure Ohio Reading Services For Blind

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VOICEcorps on West Broad Street provides special radios free to Central Ohio's blind and visually-impaired.
6:16AM
March
6, 2015

A combination of stagnant funding and changing technology is putting pressure on a decades old service for Central Ohio’s blind community. VOICEcorps is searching for ways to maintain services for the visually impaired.