Dublin Lures Amazon With Free Land

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The city of Dublin has offered free land to an Amazon subsidiary to encourage it to set up shop in the area.
4:24PM
September
9, 2014

The City of Dublin proposes to give away land to a web-based data company.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sees Spike In Respiratory Patients

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Nationwide Children's Hospital has seen an increase in respiratory cases. The increase could be related to an outbreak of an uncommon strain of enterovirus.
4:08PM
September
8, 2014

The number of children being treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for respiratory problems increased 20 percent during the last week. So far, doctors have treated about 73 patients.

Franklin County Child Poverty Rates Up

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Kids Count, an annual report released by Children's Defense Fund-Ohio, finds more than a quarter of Franklin County children live in poverty. Forty-five percent of area children receive free or reduced school lunches.
2:28PM
September
8, 2014

The economy may be improving, but the number of local children living in poverty continues to increase.

Columbus Castings On South Side To Hire 550 Workers

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A Columbus Castings worker preps an undercarriage piece for an Amtrak order. The steel foundry is expected to hire 50 more workers after rail car manufacturer announced it plans to hire 550 new workers.
2:55PM
September
3, 2014

The struggling South Side of Columbus is getting a major boost. After several down years, the neighborhood’s long time major employer has announced it plans to nearly double its workforce.

Franklin County Property Owners Contest Updated Valuations

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Franklin County appraiser Eric Ebert (center) speaks with a property owner challenging his updated valuation.
4:35PM
September
2, 2014

Franklin County property owners recently received updated appraisal values. And a number of homeowners already have begun to contest the changes.

OSU Band Taskforce Surveying Current, Former Members

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Ohio State University Marching Band
12:17PM
August
28, 2014

Some former and current Ohio State University band members are being asked what they think about the band’s culture.

Fired OSU Band Director Denied Appeal By University

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Jonathan Waters was fired last month after an investigation that OSU officials say revealed "a culture conducive to sexual harassment."
10:33AM
August 28, 2014

Ohio State has rejected the latest appeal for reconsideration by fired marching band director Jonathan Waters.

Bumper Crop Means Full Silos, Potentially Lower Prices

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One survey estimates a 25 percent increase in bushels of corn per acre compared to the state's three-year average.
8:21AM
August
27, 2014

Ohio farmers are looking at a potential bumper crop during the fall harvest, but that could be offset by lower prices and spoilage from some crops having to be stored outside.

Some Local Agencies Do Not Use Acquired Military Surplus

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Police departments around Ohio have received similar military-surplus vehicles as this one.
5:00AM
August
26, 2014

The heavily-armored police response to Ferguson, Missouri protesters ignited a debate about the militarization of local agencies. Since 1997, local departments have been able to get free military surplus like M16s. The Afghanistan and Iraq Wars have increased the amount of excess equipment. But not all the equipment is being used.