Several hundred people gathered Tuesday night in east Columbus to protest a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
Central Ohio is home to more than 110,000 college students. An estimated two-thirds of them will leave the area after they graduate.
Authorities in Nelsonville are still investigating a Saturday night explosion that forced the evacuation of 60 homes in the Athens County community. No one was injured. The driver of a Jeep skidded off a city street and gasoline spread through the city’s storm water drainage system.
While the rest of the Columbus job market is stabilizing, the area continues to lose jobs in the professional, scientific and technology sector. Bill Lafayette of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce says salary pressure is forcing companies to ship technical jobs overseas – to India, China and Russia.