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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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Jul 31, 2018

Trustees at Central Ohio Technical College in Newark have named John Berry the school's next president. 

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A Chipotle restaurant on Sawmill Parkway in Powell was closed Monday after several reported illnesses. 

Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed into law a proposal cracking down on the payday lending industry. 

Columbus City Council last night approved changes in municipal tax break policies with an eye toward creating more affordable housing stock. 

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President Trump says he's willing to shut the federal government down if minority congressional Democrats don't give him the votes for border security, which includes a border wall. 

The Ohio Highway Patrol says the pilot of a small plane walked away unharmed when the craft crashed at the Knox County Airport near Mount Vernon on Saturday morning. 

No injuries are reported out of a fire early late last night at an east side scrap metal business. 

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Tiger Woods says he will play in next week's Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron. 

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Murder charges have been filed against a Columbus woman who police say choked a man with a telephone cord at a north side motel. 

The Ohio Department of transportation says work on the southbound lanes of I-270 near Roberts Road on the west side will begin Sunday. 

Columbus City Council is expected to vote this coming Monday to place a measure on the fall ballot banning fracking activity within city limits. 

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Court-appointed attorneys in Licking County are getting a pay increase after threatening to stop taking cases. 

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The Ohio Parole Board this week denied parole for a Columbus man twice paroled for shooting at a Columbus police officer and for armed robberies of a local gas station and restaurant in 1986. 

Three people charged in connection with a murder in May of last year were sentenced this week  to prison terms. 

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A Franklin County grand jury has indicted a former Columbus police spokesperson on four felony counts of sending and receiving videos and images of children having sex with adults. 

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The race to fill the seat of the retiried central Ohio Republican congressman Pat Tiberi is too close to call, according to a national polling organization.  

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The Champaign County teen convicted last week of killing his father's girlfriend was sentenced Tuesday to 28-years to life in prison. 

A Hamilton County judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the City of Cincinnati from enforcing it's two-month-old ban on bump stocks. 

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Three officials in the central Ohio village of New Holland  are facing criminal charges, and the officer who filed those charges has been fired. 

A study commissioned by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio shows the region's recycling industry created thousands of jobs and generated more than one billion dollars in annual revenue.  

Lake County health officials are reporting the state's first case of West Nile virus this year  

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The Mid-Ohio Foodbank says it will close its Groveport Road farm on August 2 after it failed to secure a new lease from the charter school that now owns the property. 

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Ohio State University has fired assistant football coach Zach Smith after Smith's former wife filed a civil protection order against him last Friday and an allegation of previous domestic violence surfaced. 

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Mortgage delinquency rates declined in Ohio in April as compared with the same month a year ago, according to the latest analysis by the real estate firm CoreLogic.

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Last December, the City of Columbus filed a lawsuit against McKesson Corporation and other drug distributors and makers for their alleged roles in the opioid crisis. 

Franklin County Sheriff's deputies say a driver is hospitalized in critical condition after a two-vehicle crash last night on the south side. 

Franklin County Sheriff's deputies say one person was killed and another hospitalized in critical condition following a shooting last night on the south side. 

A Delaware County jail guard is scheduled to appear in court today on charges of sexually abusing a student while volunteering as an instructor at the Delaware Area Career Center

A central Ohio nurse who authorities say faked a diagnosis of lung cancer to obtain money and sick time has pleaded not guilty. 

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Franklin County Sheriff's deputies and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force this past Tuesday executed a search warrant at the home of a Columbus Police sergeant who was relieved of duty. 

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