Ohio Ends Fiscal Year With $800 Million Surplus

Ohio's fiscal year ends with a bit of a surplus.
2, 2014

Ohio has ended its budget year as expected with a nearly $800 million surplus, money set aside to fund tax breaks and any unexpected Medicaid expenses coming from federal health care reform. State budget director Tim Keen said Wednesday Ohio beat projections for the fourth consecutive fiscal year through spending cuts and better-than-expected tax revenues. [...]

400,000 Expected Downtown for Red, White and Boom

Red, White and BOOM! in downtown Columbus.
2, 2014

Planners expect 400-thousand people downtown tomorrow night for the 34th annual Red, White and Boom Celebration.

Central Ohio Mumps Outbreak Outnumbers Nation in 2013

Columbus Public Health officials say Central Ohio's mumps outbreak now outnumbers cases nationwide in 2013.
24, 2014

The number of mumps cases in Central Ohio now outnumbers all of the cases nationwide last year.

City Auditor Warns of Possible Financial Trouble

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Columbus City Auditor Hugh Dorrian says state cuts and the elimination of certain tax revenues could have a negative effect on city finances.
24, 2014

Columbus City Auditor Hugh Dorrian says a letter he sent to Mayor Coleman and City Council two weeks ago about city finances was a warning not a condemnation.

State Begins Gypsy Moth Treatment Program

The Ohio Department of Agriculture today began using low flying airplanes to spray gypsy moths living in Central Ohio.
23, 2014

The sounds of low-flying planes above Central Ohio today are part of the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s attempt to reduce the gypsy moth population.

Columbus Recycle Program Hires Ex-Cons

RecycleForce Columbus recently acquired a 26 foot long truck to haul recycled materials.
23, 2014

There is one a fledgling operation in Columbus that helps ex-offenders find work that often changes their lives and helps them stay out of prison.

Shining The Light On Public Records Requests In Ohio

A recent audit exposes how the state of Ohio handles public record requests.
11, 2014

A recent survey showed small government agencies were highly responsive to public record requests.

Portman Calls For Veteran’s Administration Transparency

Rob Portman
Ohio Senator Rob Portman says veterans should be at the front of the line to receive the best treatment not at the back of the line to receive mediocre treatment.
May 22, 2014

According to a report in the Dayton Daily News the Veteran’s Administration has admitted that 23 people across the country have died because of delayed care.

13 Endangered Buildings In Columbus

Veterans Memorial
May 13, 2014

Columbus Landmarks recently issued its Most Endangered Building List. The list features 13 historic structures in danger of demolition. Landmarks Executive Director Ed Lentz says historic buildings are vital to creating a city’s character. Lentz is the Executive Director of Columbus Landmarks Foundation. He talked with WOSU’s Marilyn Smith about the importance of maintaining buildings of [...]