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Santa Maria Replica Remains In Storage Amid Fundraising Effort

The executive director of Columbus Santa Maria Inc. says there are new negotiations, but the ship's future remains uncertain.
26, 2014

The 23-year-old replica of Christopher Columbus’ flagship was removed from the Scioto River earlier this year because of a riverfront renovation project. Its potential return depends on a nonprofit group raising $1 million for repairs, and so far those talks haven’t progressed.

Down Gas Prices Add To Holiday Travel

The steep drop in gas prices is expected to help push more travelers onto Ohio roadways this holiday season.
24, 2014

Down gas prices are expected to have more people driving around the state today, which is already one of the biggest travel days of the year.

November Jobs Report Brings Lowest Unemployment Rate Since 2001

The state says Ohio has 287,000 unemployed workers last month, down 18,000 compared with October.
December 19, 2014

Ohio’s official unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in 13 years after employers added naerly 18,000 jobs in November.

Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Use Of Traffic Cameras

The high court stood by its 2008 ruling in a challenge to Akron cameras that cities have "home-rule authority" to use the cameras.
18, 2014

The Ohio Supreme Court has again upheld use of traffic camera enforcement by the state’s municipalities.

An Infrastructure Project As A Job Training Program?

Jessica Kimble outlines the apprenticeship for the operating engineers union.
18, 2014

The largest infrastructure project in Akron’s history is turning into a job-training program that local officials hope will help close the skills gap.

Out Of Control Fracking Well Displaces Eastern Ohio Families

The well blowout occurred in Monroe County near the Ohio River. The state Department of Natural Resources says it's not sure when it will be fixed.
17, 2014

At least 25 families have been evacuated from their Monroe County homes because of an out-of-control natural gas fracking well.

Democrats Elect Pepper New Party Chairman

David Pepper is a Cincinnati-area Democrat who's lost two statewide races in the last four years.
December 17, 2014

Ohio Democrats have elected Cincinnati lawyer David Pepper as their next chairman as the party looks to rebuild after a year of political missteps and devastating losses.

Governor’s Mentoring Program Has Religious Requirement

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17, 2014

If you want to be part of Governor Kasich’s program to mentor for Ohio school children, you’ll have to have a religious affiliation.

Program Uses Text Messages To Link The Hungry With Pantries

Volunteer Janet Reuss helps distribute emergency food at a pantry supplied by the Mid-Ohio foodbank
December 15, 2014

The goal of the new Columbus program is to link people who need extra food with underused food pantries in their neighborhoods.

Ohio Senate Approves “Historic” Redistricting Overhaul

Backers say the new system would create more competitive districts.
December 12, 2014

The new proposal would create a seven-member panel to redraw lines. Two minority-party votes would be needed to adopt the boundaries for 10 years. Lacking those votes, the majority would draw them and they would be good for four years.