95 percent of ancient Ohio was forested. But centuries ago there were also small regions of prairie. Tall grasses and wildflowers were part of the prairie ecology and so were bison. Researchers near Columbus are trying to reestablish a prairie / bison ecosystem.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Efforts to prevent future toxic algae blooms in Ohio waterways have stalled in the Ohio legislature. As the new year begins, new efforts are underway to reduce the threat to drinking water supplies.
As Ohio State prepares for next week’s football championship, some parents of players are appealing for help with travel expenses to Dallas. But re-imbursement is unlikely. NCAA rules say parents of players are responsible for travel to bowl games and no new provision was made for this year’s first football play-off.
In the past year more than 50 percent of companies recruited to Columbus are foreign-owned. The figure reflects an effort on the part of Columbus 2020, a business development organization linked to the Chamber of Commerce.