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State School Board Proposes Rule Change For Art, Music, Gym

By Angela Reighard

(November 12, 2014) — A proposed rule change by the Ohio State School Board has many up in arms about the future of art, gym, and music classes and their teachers.


Ohio’s Debate Over Early Voting

By Angela Reighard

(November 4, 2014) — All eyes are on the polls Tuesday evening as voters line up and cast their ballots for statewide races.


Marriage Equality Billboard Brawl

By Angela Reighard

(October 15, 2014) — A Columbus billboard advertising holy matrimony sparked a debate in the area with members of the LGBT community responding with a billboard of their own.


1 Isolated In Summit County After Nurse’s Ebola Diagnosis

By Angela Reighard

(October 15, 2014) — Health officials say one person in Ohio has been voluntarily quarantined after having household contact with the Texas nurse who recently visited Ohio and was later diagnosed with Ebola.


Former Inmate Receives Over $700,000 For Wrongful Imprisonment

By Caleigh Bourgeois

(October 14, 2014) — An Ohio man who was imprisoned for 17 years will be rewarded $721,560.08. A state legislative panel approved payment of damages to Darrell Houston to compensate for money he would have earned had he not been incarcerated.


State Health Officials: Ohio Prepared For Ebola

By Angela Reighard

(October 14, 2014) — The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) say Ohio is prepared for the unlikely event of an Ebola outbreak in the state.


Analyzing the Ads: Experts Weigh In On Statewide Campaign Commercials

y Angela Reighard

(October 9, 2014) — Numerous candidates for statewide offices are using “soft spots” this election season, featuring their children and catchy slogans. But, there is a deeper meaning behind these ads and some say they can tell us a lot about the election.


Corrections officers: Reductions in staff put big burden on others

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(October 7, 2014) — Leah Marquis, a corrections officer at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, said she felt the weight of staff reductions in her workload.


Arnold Schwarzenegger comes back to Columbus for rededication of statue

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(October 7, 2014) — The Terminators famous warning rang true. Arnold Schwarzenegger came back to Columbus for the rededication of his bronze likeness in its new home, the Greater Columbus Convention Center.


Charitable lottery machines turned on

By: Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(October 6, 2014) — The Ohio Lottery Commission downloaded software for its next-generation charitable game machines, allowing 157 posts to start offering the games to their visitors yesterday.


Ohio Correction Employees Picket For Safe Prisons

By Angela Reighard

(October 6, 2014) — Members of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA) picketed Monday in front of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) demanding safer prisons.


Inductees in Ohio civil-rights hall of fame urge continued work for equality

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(October 3, 2014) — On a brief stroll for exercise in 2001, Joan Evelyn Southgate dreamed up a longer walk.


A Look at ‘Obamacare’ One Year Later

By Angela Reighard

(October 3, 2014) — Its been one year since the launch of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.


Abortions in Ohio hit record low since 1976

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 27, 2014) — The number of abortions in Ohio hit a 37-year low in 2013 with 23,216 performed, the Ohio Department of Health said in a report released yesterday.


New task force: Deaf, blind people woefully underemployed

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen
The Columbus Dispatch

(September 25, 2014) — Almost half of blind and deaf Ohioans recently queried for a special report said they don’t have a job. Of those who did, about 35 percent don’t get more than 31 hours a week.


Ohio praised for anti-human trafficking efforts

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 25, 2014) — Ohio ranks among the top states in preventing and policing human trafficking, according to a recent report.


Road salt secured for Ohio counties, but prices skyrocket

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 23, 2014) — Some Ohio counties will pay a record amount for road salt this winter more than triple the rate of a year ago.


House democrats rally for a debate

By: Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 23, 2014) — Two Democratic representatives don’t want to see the conversations between statewide candidates die.


Fifth and sixth graders promote voting through contest

By: Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 23, 2014) — Middle school students will not be submitting a ballot this year, but they’ve shown they know the importance of it.


Electronic poll books may make paper passe

By Danielle Keeton-Olsen

(September 19, 2014) — Ohioans used to signing their names in thick poll books could start seeing more electronic tablets when they vote.