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Foreclosures Drop Sharply In First Half Of 2013

Foreclosures in Franklin County have slowed by about 40 percent since the peak of the housing crisis in early 2010.
July 3, 2013

Just over 3,000 Franklin County homes went into foreclosure in the first six months of the year. That’s down more than 25 percent from the same period last year and nearly 40 percent below the first half of 2009.

Consumers Boost Retail Spending In Franklin County

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Columbus Chamber of Commerce Research Director, Jung Kim, says the Franklin County economy has recovered in 'stops and starts' since the Great Recession of 2009
12, 2013

Franklin County today released its 2012 snapshot of retail spending. Four years after the Great Recession, retail sales in Franklin County are up by 15%. But, 10% of the county’s storefronts remain vacant.

Schools, Local Governments Getting $113 Million From Workers’ Comp

Local governments and schools will receive rebates after what Gov. John Kasich's office calls solid investments by the Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation.
May 13, 2013

A month after Ohio employers learned they’d be getting $860 million back from the state’s worker compensation insurance fund, local school and governments heard today they’re in line for more than $100 million.

State Budget Proposal Would Halt County Sales Tax Increase

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Ohio counties may be prevented from raising sales taxes under Governor Kasich's proposed two year budget.
6, 2013

Governor Kasich’s proposed two-year state budget would restore $28 million dollars to the local government fund, but prevent local governments from raising sales taxes.

Franklin County Turns To Veterans For Disaster Response

Darrell Koerber is deputy director of Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
15, 2013

The county is using a federal grant to train veterans in disaster psychology, urban rescue, first-aid, and fire safety.

Franklin County Struggles With Spike In Teen Suicides

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January 7, 2013

The county saw ten people between the ages of 13 and 18 take their own life in 2012. That’s more than the previous four years combined.

Obama Coming To Central Ohio; Romney Hosting Rally In Cincinnati

President Obama and Mitt Romney will be back in Ohio on the Friday before the election trying to sway voters in the key battleground state.
October 31, 2012

President Barack Obama is resuming his storm-delayed chase to win Ohio with help from former President Bill Clinton, while Republicans are putting together a huge rally for Friday evening.

Candidates And Supporters Make Final Push For Women Voters

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor (yellow shirt) and former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery (plaid skirt) have been trying to get Ohio women to support MItt Romney. On the right, former Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland talks to a group of young women outside the Franklin County early voting center.
26, 2012

Supporters of both President Obama and Mitt Romney are doing their best to sway Ohio women in this key battleground state.

Three Franklin County Voters Indicted For Voter Fraud

Illegal voting is a 4th-degree felony, punishable by up to 18 months in prison.
October 17, 2012

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says the indictments issued yesterday charge three people with felony voter fraud for voting twice in recent elections.

Franklin County Prepares For “Day Long” Early Voting Lines

Franklin County moved its early voting site to an old Kohl's store on Morse Rd. to accomodate longer lines and allow people to wait inside.
October 16, 2012

The Franklin County Board of Elections met for a special meeting Monday as Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted awaits a U.S. Supreme Court decision on early in-person voting for the three days before Election Day.