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Statehouse Roundup: Abortion Regulations, Celebrating Women’s Suffrage and more

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Statehouse Roundup: Abortion Regulations, Celebrating Women’s Suffrage and more

The Ohio Statehouse is making moves on several pieces of legislation that will affect everything from school funding to abortion access. Keep tabs on your state government and read on to learn more: SB 4 — Make capital appropriations for school facilities assistance Due to the number of districts that have passed local bond levies […]

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The Confluence Cast: Mayor Andrew Ginther

Tim Fulton Tim Fulton The Confluence Cast: Mayor Andrew Ginther

They say politicians are only as good as their last election, but after that, they’re already looking towards the next election. After serving four years as mayor of Columbus, Andrew Ginther is reflecting on the accomplishments of his first term, but since he’s running unopposed for reelection, now he’s thinking about what to get done in his second term. […]

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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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