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Council to Take Up ‘Andre’s Law,’ CPD to Get $4.5M Body Camera Upgrade

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Council to Take Up ‘Andre’s Law,’ CPD to Get $4.5M Body Camera Upgrade

Columbus City Council will take up Andre’s Law, a law proposed by the family of Andre Hill, the 47-year-old Black man shot by a Columbus police officer in December. Mayor Andrew Ginther announced in a Thursday media briefing the taking up of the law by the city, which would require changes to the Columbus City […]

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Undocumented Immigrants in Sanctuary Ask ICE for Stays of Removal

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Undocumented Immigrants in Sanctuary Ask ICE for Stays of Removal

After seeking sanctuary in Columbus churches for several years, undocumented immigrants Edith Espinal and Miriam Vargas may soon return home to their families. Following the Biden administration’s decision to pause deportations for some non-citizens for 100 days, Espinal and Vargas are applying for stays of removal to prevent the Department of Homeland Security from acting […]

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City of Columbus Implements CROWN Act

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman City of Columbus Implements CROWN Act

The City of Columbus has implemented the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair or CROWN Act. The legislation, intended to ensure protection against discrimination based on hair texture and race-based hairstyles like braids, locs, and twists, went into effect on Friday, Jan. 16. The ordinance was sponsored by Councilmember Priscilla Tyson with Councilmember Shayla Favor, […]

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Columbus Gears Up for Armed Protests This Weekend

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Columbus Gears Up for Armed Protests This Weekend

Updated 01/15/2021: This article has been updated to include information on City of Columbus Downtown campus closures. Coming just over a week after the insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol, and the FBI warning of more armed, pro-Trump protests planned in all 50 states ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, local […]

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Ohio Bartender and Her ‘Militia’ Group Joined Capitol Breach

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Bartender and Her ‘Militia’ Group Joined Capitol Breach

By Jake Zuckerman A Champaign County bartender who runs a self-identified militia, joined by three others in her unit, drove to Washington D.C. last week to join what descended into a seditious mob invasion of the U.S. Capitol. Jessica Watkins, 38, a bartender, said she doesn’t consider herself as having committed a crime — she said […]

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Governor Activates Ohio Guard Ahead of Planned Protests, Says He ‘Assumed’ a Peaceful Transition

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Governor Activates Ohio Guard Ahead of Planned Protests, Says He ‘Assumed’ a Peaceful Transition

By Marty Schladen As he called up the National Guard Tuesday to prepare for a possible attack on the Statehouse, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday said he didn’t anticipate President Donald Trump’s unprecedented attack on a peaceful transition of power. DeWine said he was activating 500 members of the Ohio Guard to protect the Statehouse […]

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Ohio SNAP Benefits Expansion Now Offers Grocery Deliveries

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio SNAP Benefits Expansion Now Offers Grocery Deliveries

By Tyler Buchanan Low-income Ohioans now have another option for using their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to purchase groceries to be delivered to their homes. A new partnership between InstaCart and Aldi allows those living near one of the discount supermarkets to buy groceries online using their EBT card.  Aldi joins two other major […]

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