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Former Columbus City Council member Michelle Mills will repay up to 44 thousand dollars  in questionable expenditures she made while leading St. Stephen's Community House.

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Former Columbus City Council member Michelle Mills has been placed on leave from her job as head of St. Stephen's Community House while authorities investigate organizational spending.

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The attorney for former Columbus City Council member Michelle Mills says she will plead guilty this morning to a misdemeanor ethics charge for failing to properly disclose the value of a 2014 trip to an Ohio State football game with other elected officials and a convicted lobbyist.

The Redflex traffic camera enforcement company has agreed to pay 100 thousand dollars restitution to the City of Columbus to avoid further federal prosecution.

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The former head of a red light camera company has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for bribing current and former Columbus elected officials. 

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More than 100 protesters stormed the Columbus City Council stage tonight, demanding justice for Tyre King and Henry Green - two black teens shot and killed by Columbus police earlier this year.

The Ohio Ethics Commission says four current or former Columbus City Council members paid less than they should have to watch an Ohio State football game in a luxury suite with a lobbyist.

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The Columbus City Hall lobbyist convicted for his role in the Redflex bribery scandal was sentenced yesterday to 15 months in prison for extortion.

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Court documents show federal district judge George Smith has recused himself from the case of John Raphael.

The food service company whose contract was recently terminated by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority has filed a defamation lawsuit, claiming the Authority damaged its reputation.

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The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority has ended its food service contract with Centerplate, a company with ties to the City Hall lobbyist at the heart of the Redflex bribery scandal.

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Elected Columbus officials - including former City Council president and current Mayor Andy Ginther - have faced a series of ethical issues and investigations over the past year.

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A judge has set a March 30th sentencing date for the Columbus City Hall lobbyist who pleaded guilty  in the Redflex bribery scandal.

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Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther is among several city officials under investigation for ethics violations.

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Former Columbus City Council Member Mike Mentel has filed the paperwork to run for the Franklin County Commission seat held by fellow Democrat Paula Brooks.

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A City Hall lobbyist has pleaded guilty to extortion in the case involving the bribery of Columbus public officials by a traffic-camera company trying to keep its contracts with the city.

City Hall sources tell WCBE the Ohio Ethics Commission is investigating Columbus City Council president and mayoral candidate Andy Ginther and three other current or former council members for a lobbyist-funded trip they took to the Big Ten Championship game last December.

Columbus City Council president and mayoral candidate Andy Ginther today proposed tougher new ethics rules for lobbyists and elected officials, as questions about his own behavior have been raised in recent weeks.  

An Ohio lobbyist has agreed to plead guilty to extortion in a scandal involving the bribery of Columbus public officials by a traffic-camera company trying to keep its contracts with the city. 

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The City Hall lobbyist at the center of the Columbus red light camera scandal is talking to federal investigators.

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Amid an FBI bribery investigation, Democratic Columbus City Council member Michelle Mills says she will resign on September 4th and will not run for election this year.

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The lobbyist named in Columbus’ red-light camera bribery scandal will no longer hold seats on two county boards.

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The federal investigation into the Columbus red light camera bribery case is expanding. 

Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman for records related to a probe of a former red-light camera company executive who has pleaded guilty to bribing city officials in Columbus and Cincinnati. 

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Democratic Columbus City Council President and Mayoral Candidate Andy Ginther yesterday accused the media of  misrepresenting the facts of a federal bribery case that links contributions from the former CEO of a red-light camera company to the campaigns of elected officials in Columbus and Cincinnati.

Democratic Columbus City Council president and Mayoral candidate Andy Ginther denies accepting bribes from the company that operates the city's traffic enforcement camera system.