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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.
8, 2014

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

Anti-Fracking Billboards In Ohio Coming Down

Two billboards in Coshocton, Ohio oppose deep-injection wells. The billboard owners ended the lease on the signage.
8, 2014

An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against “poisoned waters” on billboards near two wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages are coming down.

Civil Rights Exhibit at Ohio State Recognizes Columbus Activists

A group of women from the NAACP in the 1950's
A group of women from the NAACP in the 1950's
September 8, 2014

50 years after the Civil Rights Act passed, a new exhibit at Ohio State’s Thompson Library, highlights the role Ohioans played in the civil rights movement.

Ohio National Guard Postpones Training

The Ohio National Guard has postponed training exercises for lack of funds
September 8, 2014

Ohio adjutant Major General Deborah Ashenhurst has postponed training drills and travel for Ohio National Guard members. Ashenhurst announced the change after funding from Congress fell short.

Prison Inmate Food Vendor Weighs Recommendations

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Food service vendor Aramark says it will implement recent suggestions from a legislative oversight committee to solve problems feeding prison inmates.
5, 2014

The private vendor with the contract to feed Ohio prison inmates says it will work with the corrections agency to address several recommendations to fix problems.

Gun Control Group Targets Kroger’s Firearms Policy

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One in a series of newspaper ads that criticizes Kroger for allowing openly-carried guns in its store
September 5, 2014

A gun control advocacy group is targeting Cincinnati-based Kroger with a national advertising campaign. “Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America” wants the nation’s largest supermarket chain to change its firearms policy.

Ohio Supreme Court Delivers Blow To AEP In Coal Ruling

An American Electric Power plant in Conesville, Ohio.
4, 2014

The Ohio Supreme Court has sided with state utility regulators in a dispute with American Electric Power over how much the company can charge customers for coal.

Worthington Council Approves Guidelines For 41-Acre Property

The property is considered prime real estate that sits between downtown Worthington and Interstate 270.
4, 2014

The city council in Worthington has approved development guidelines for the 41-acre property that once held the United Methodist Children’s Home.

Athens County ‘Micro-Grid’ Promises Energy Independence

Randall Gabriel
27 year old Randall Gabriel points out slope on his Athens County farm where he wants to install solar panels. The panels would generate electricity for Gabriel and several other nearby homes
4, 2014

Powerful storms, deregulation, and tougher environmental standards, have all made the cost of electricity more volatile for consumers in recent years. Now, a small micro-grid project in Athens County would allow homeowners to generate their own power.

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.
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.