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City Council Ward Proposal Untimely, Expensive, Opponents Say

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega City Council Ward Proposal Untimely, Expensive, Opponents Say

One Columbus is a group standing on the other side of the ward issue that has been put before the city. In opposition to creating district positions for council members, the group hopes to spread the ‘no’ vote for the August 2nd special election. Issue 1, headed and promoted by Represent Columbus, would change the […]

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Kasich Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Ballot Initiative Cancelled

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Kasich Signs Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Ballot Initiative Cancelled

By the end of summer, people suffering from chronic and painful ailments will have access to marijuana for palliative treatment. Ohio is now the 26th state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Gov. John Kasich signed the bill into law last week, rendering a competing ballot measure somewhat irrelevant. Ohioans will be able to bring […]

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Rape Kit Backlog 80 Percent Processed

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Rape Kit Backlog 80 Percent Processed

After more than a decade of rape kits was found to be backlogged, a good percentage of them have finally been processed. Of the 13,800 kits Attorney General Mike DeWine said were submitted by hundreds of police departments, roughly 11,000 have been tested so far. The backlog spans back past 1993, when DNA evidence didn’t […]

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Kasich Signs Bill for Child Car Safety

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Kasich Signs Bill for Child Car Safety

There may be a lot more broken car windows come fall. Governor John Kasich recently signed a bill allowing good samaritans to break and enter a hot, locked vehicle if there is a child or animal inside. Senate bill, sponsored by Republican Senators Jim Hughes (Columbus) and Frank LaRose (Copley Township), requires any rescuer to […]

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Ugandan LGBTQ Refugees Seek a Better Life in Columbus

Amber Hage-Ali Amber Hage-Ali Ugandan LGBTQ Refugees Seek a Better Life in Columbus

Stonewall Columbus and Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS), are collaborating to create a new program for LGBT immigrants fleeing Uganda. “We are working on a partnership with SWC (Stonewall Columbus) to help get the story of the experiences of the LGBTQ from Uganda to the public,” said Angie Plummer, executive director of CRIS. In […]

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Voters to Decide on Columbus City Council Ward Proposal

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Voters to Decide on Columbus City Council Ward Proposal

Columbus residents will vote on August 2nd whether or not Columbus City Council needs to add six more members. Represent Columbus, a grass-roots group, leads this most recent attempt to change the Council Member election process from seven citywide positions. The goal is 13 members, with 10 coming from specific neighborhoods and three elected at-large. […]

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Local Leaders Debate Police Body Cameras

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Local Leaders Debate Police Body Cameras

Government transparency sits at ends with privacy as city officials and civil rights representatives discuss the specifics of police-worn body cameras. The discussion is still happening, and part of it took place at a forum hosted by the Columbus Metropolitan Club at the Boat House on Wednesday. George Speaks, Columbus Director of Public Safety, Andy […]

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