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Q&A with Council’s Newest Member, Rob Dorans

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Q&A with Council’s Newest Member, Rob Dorans

Rob Dorans was sworn in as Columbus City Council’s newest member last week, replacing former president pro tem Michael Stinziano. Stinzianio won his race against former county auditor Clarence Mingo in the 2018 general election, and officially took office on Monday, March 11. Stinziano’s successor comes from a labor law background, dedicating seven years to […]

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Columbus Vice Detective Arrested, Indicted on Federal Charges

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Columbus Vice Detective Arrested, Indicted on Federal Charges

After a federal investigation, a Columbus Vice Detective has been arrested and charged with crimes related to kidnapping victims under the guise of an arrest and trading their freedom for sex.  Vice Detective Andrew K. Mitchell faces seven counts, with three counts of depriving individuals of their civil rights while acting as a law enforcement […]

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Report: Infant Mortality Rate Drops Overall, Racial Disparity Persists

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Report: Infant Mortality Rate Drops Overall, Racial Disparity Persists

More Franklin County babies lived to see their first birthday in 2018, but the disparity between black and white babies has persisted, according to a report released by CelebrateOne and Columbus Public Health. Last year, the county’s infant mortality rate dropped to roughly 8 deaths per 1,000 births, an overall 23 percent decrease from 2011. […]

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Video: Women Have Options Seeks More Funding as Ohio Considers Abortion Ban

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Video: Women Have Options Seeks More Funding as Ohio Considers Abortion Ban

Abortion rights are under attack here in Ohio, with the state legislature considering the third iteration of the “Heartbeat Bill” in as many years.  While former governor John Kasich vetoed the bill twice, the political landscape in Ohio changed with the election in 2018. Governor Mike DeWine, a staunch conservative when it comes to reproductive […]

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Opinion: City Council Coincidence?

River Righter River Righter Opinion: City Council Coincidence?

Like many citizens, I believe I have a valid concern. In my opinion, Columbus City Council has made some disappointing decisions lately that have left me thinking, “why don’t I have a vote on who these people are that are supposed to be representing me?” The appointment process is frustrating for active citizens alike, especially […]

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Video: Ginther Talks Neighborhoods, Public Safety Heading Into Second Term

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Video: Ginther Talks Neighborhoods, Public Safety Heading Into Second Term

Mayor Andrew Ginther is running to keep his seat as Columbus Mayor, which shouldn’t be too difficult, as he’s running unchallenged. Earlier this week, CU sat down with Ginther to discuss his first term, its successes and challenges, and the plans he has for his second term. We ask Ginther about his approach on neighborhood […]

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Council Passes Resolution Supporting Undocumented Immigrants in Sanctuary

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Council Passes Resolution Supporting Undocumented Immigrants in Sanctuary

It’s a symbolic gesture, but Columbus City Council has passed a resolution in support of two undocumented residents currently in sanctuary. The resolution, introduced and passed on Monday, Feb. 25, recognizes the economic and social impact of immigrants on Columbus and calls on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to handle the cases of Edith […]

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