Casino Tax Revenue Falls Short Of Projections

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Casino taxes are falling short of projections
July 28, 2014

When voters went to the polls to approve or reject casino gambling four years ago, they did so with the expectation of a rich new source of revenue for the state. Projections said casinos would earn nearly $2 billion a year. Now that the four casinos are operating tax revenues have not lived up to expectations.

Delaware Co. Township Eyes License Renewal Tax To Increase Revenue

18, 2014

As officials in Washington try to find fixes for the nearly depleted federal highway trust fund, a Delaware County township has its own infrastructure worries. Officials in Liberty Township – which encompasses Powell – might implement a new license plate renewal fee.

Central Ohio Mumps Cases Now Surpass Last Year’s National Figure

child with mumps
A child with mumps with the characteristic swollen jaw
July 16, 2014

The number of Central Ohio mumps cases has now surpassed the entire number of cases reported in the United States last year.

Columbus Zoo Won’t Try Levy Proposal On November Ballot

Speaking about the failed May ballot issue, one board member said “We sat on our haunches hoping Jack Hanna would carry us through.”
9, 2014

The board of directors of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has voted to forego a levy request on the November ballot.

Plans To Demolish Vets Memorial Move Forward

The east facade of Veterans Memorial faces the Scioto River and downtown Columbus
8, 2014

The Franklin County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to hire a firm that will draw up plans to raze the 60 year old building.

Democratic Candidate For Governor Ed FitzGerald Appears On WOSU

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Democratic candidate for governor Ed FitzGerald
July 2, 2014

The democratic candidate for governor is facing sharp criticism from the camp of incumbent Republican Governor John Kasich. Candidate Ed FitzGerald appeared on WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher Wednesday.

Ohio History Center Exhibit Traces Extinction Of State’s Species

The last female passenger pigeon, part of the Going, Going, Gone? exhibit
1, 2014

A new exhibit at Columbus’ Ohio History Center traces the state’s extinct species and looks at modern-day threats to other animals and plants.

Columbus’ ComFest Kicks Off At Goodale Park

27, 2014

Thousands will descend on Columbus’ Goodale Park June 27 through June 29 for the annual Comfest celebration.

Columbus City Schools Kicks Off Summer Third Grade Reading Blitz

Dr. Dan Good and colleagues
Columbus City Schools Superintendent Dan Good flanked by schools personnel and volunteers. Staff will go door to door to deliver tote bags filled with reading materials. They'll also encourage parents to enroll their children who have so far failed the third grade reading test.
24, 2014

Columbus City Schools officials say they’re launching a summer Third Grade Reading Blitz. The school system wants third graders who have so far failed the Ohio Achievement Assessment to attend summer classes or receive some other type of assistance.