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Jim Letizia

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Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.

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Sales of existing homes in August were flat on the national level. But figures released Thursday also show mixed results on the state and local levels. 

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Hilliard officials are attempting to recover more than 500 thousand dollars allegedly stolen by a former city employee.  

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Columbus police have charged a preschool teacher with 21 counts of child endangering. 

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Ohio State University has closed the top levels of the Ohio Union South and Lane Avenue parking garages as it evaluates safety enhancements in the wake of four students dying from falls in the last year. 

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Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio says he supports but is not happy about holding additional Judicary Committee hearings next week on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

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A union representing Ohio bus drivers is threatening to strike if state lawmakers allow driverless busses onto local streets. 

Licking County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the deaths of two men at the Lost Lands Music Festival over the weekend. 

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A Fairfield County judge has sentenced Walnut Township fiscal officer Lynn Kraner to sixty days in jail and ordered her to resign by the end of October for unlawfully recommending her sister for a job in the township. 

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The Ohio Board of Education has voted to give state schools superintendent Paolo DeMaria a 2.75 percent raise and a 20 thousand dollar bonus. 

Newark Advocate

The man who supplied primarly undocumented workers from Guatemala to central Ohio egg farms has pleaded guilty to a labor trafficking charge. 

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A class action lawsuit has been filed against Columbia Gas and its parent company NiSource on behalf of residents north of Boston, Massachusetts impacted by last week's natural gas explosions. 

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It's now yet clear how Columbus police will enforce new regulations on eletronic scooters and bicycles that City Council is expected to approve this coming Monday. 

Ohio Public Radio

The Franklin County Sheriff's office has released details of last week's raid of a Buena Vista Avenue home, where deputies seized hundreds of pounds of marijuana and found 43 cats being hoarded.  

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A new annual report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows Ohio's current obesity rate is 33.8 percent, up from nearly 20 percent in the year 2000. 

Public records show the Columbus police officer who shot and killed a woman after she reportedly stabbed him show a history of violence, drugs, domestic disputes and disturbances at the 15 local properties he owns. 

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A meet-and-greet last night with a candidate for Columbus City Schools superintendent was cut short. 

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Columbus City Council last night approved a nearly 400 million dollar bond sale to fund street repairs and  other infrastructure  projects.

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The Greater Columbus Arts Council has revised its ticket tax proposal, saying venues up to 400 seats and events costing up to 10 dollars will be exempt from the proposed 7 percent fee. 

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed head coach John Tortorella a two-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season. 

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A Clintonbille woman who was found living with nearly six hundred exotic birds is getting close to getting one hundred of them back. 

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Ohio State University created a task force earlier this year to review suicide prevention efforts and mental health support services after two students died in the last two years falling from parking garages. 

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The man state lawmakers formally dubbed Ohio’s oldest elected official has passed away. 

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The Columbus Public Service Director has signed an order banning the use of motorized scooters on sidewalks.  

The latest survey by the employment firm Manpower Incorporated shows 16 percent of central Ohio companies plan to hire more workers in the fourth quarter, while 3 percent plan to cut jobs.  

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The gubernatorial campaigns of Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray are hoping to reach people watching Hurricane Florence coverage. 

Franklin County Commissioners Tuesday approved a plan to bring underpass lighting, sculptures, and new landscaping to the West Broad Street interchange at I-270.  

The Hilliard language arts teacher who gave a 'morality' test that included questions about sex and violent behavior has resigned. 

thelantern.com

Ohio State University President Michael Drake is offering condolences after a student died in a fall from the school's Lane Avenue parking garage. 

Columbus police have identified the man shot by two officers early Sunday at an after-hours club. 

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An estimated 150 people attended a public meeting last night on the Columbus City Schools' plan to close Linden-McKinley High School.  

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