Ad Campaign Encouraging Reports of Abuse, Draws Scrutiny

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Kiersten Curtis fields phone calls and texts at the Center For Family Safety and Healing on Livingston Avenue. .
6, 2015

A new Central Ohio program encourages people to report child abuse. The Center for Family Safety and Healing has launched an ad campaign to urge witnesses to call or text what they see. The organization wants to change behavior and reduce abuse, but there are questions about the proper role a private group should play in enforcing child protection laws.

Teachers At Columbus Charter School Seek Union Vote

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Franklinton Preparatory Academy founder Martin Griffith in a classroom at the Chicago Avenue school. A group of teachers at the school wants union representation.
28, 2015

A group of teachers at Franklinton Preparatory Academy have taken steps to force a union organizing vote. If successful, it would be the first union at a central Ohio Charter school.

O-H-eh! Ohio Canada Trade Mostly Autos And Oil

More than 300,000 Ohio jobs depend on trade and investment in Canada
27, 2015

As a Great Lakes state, Ohio has deep economic ties to Canada. More than 300-thousand Ohio jobs are linked directly to exports to Canada. Canadian Consul General for Ohio, Douglas George, says he’s looking for more trade ties during a week-long visit to the state that began in Columbus.

Columbus Welcomes Hockey’s Best Players And Fans

The outdoor ice rink outside Nationwide Arena.
January 23, 2015

Columbus is host to the National Hockey League All Star game this week-end. The NHL showcase will bring thousands fans and visitors to the city as well as international media attention.

Central Ohio Job Market Tightens, Puts Pressure On Wages

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Production workers at SK Food Group make sandwiches and frozen food items for some national chains. The plant near Rickenbacker supplies SK's customers mostly east of the Mississippi River.
23, 2015

Ohio’s jobless rate declined again last month to 4.8%. The new number is the latest sign that central Ohio’s job market is turning in favor of workers. The tightening labor market helps job seekers but may put a brake on growth of some individual companies.

Federal Officials Outline Police Plan In Columbus

The Department of Justice says it will launch a program to mend strained relationships between law enforcement and communities
January 21, 2015

Federal Justice Department officials told a Columbus audience Wednesday they’ll launch a national effort to mend police relations with African American communities after police-involved shootings in Missouri and Ohio.

Former Columbus Superintendent Gene Harris Avoids Jail Time

Former Columbus Superintendent Gene Harris (right) was sentenced in Municipal Court on charge dereliction of duty, Wednesday.
January 14, 2015

Former Columbus City Schools Superintendent Gene Harris is forfeiting her teaching license and her superintendent’s certificate, but will avoid jail time for her role in the district’s data scrubbing scandal.

Former Columbus Schools Chief Faces Charge Linked To Data Scandal

Former Columbus superintendent Gene Harris is scheduled to appear in municipal court on a misdemeanor charge of 'dereliction of duty.'
January 12, 2015

The former top admininstrator of the Columbus City Schools, Gene Harris, faces possible jail time for alleged dereliction of duty. The charge is linked to a data-rigging scandal in Columbus that surfaced more than two years ago.

Mayor Coleman Vows More ‘Green’ For City

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Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says he'll keep city focus on environmentally friendly policies during his last year in office.
9, 2015

During his last year in office, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman vows more focus on the environment. Coleman unveiled his “green” blueprint Friday at the Columbus Metropolitan Club. Coleman says past and future efforts are designed to make the city more environmentally friendly.