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Funeral services are pending for former Violet Township fire chief John Eisel, who passed away on Friday while vacationing with his family in Kentucky. 

An advocacy group plans to submit over 18 thousand petition signatures to the city clerk today seeking to ask voters to overturn Columbus' new ticket tax.  

Cleveland Monsters

The Columbus Blue Jackets are not commenting on reports that forward Sonny Milano has been arrested and charged with assault in New York. 

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Ohio is operating on a budget extension since lawmakers failed to pass a new two-year state budget by the constitutionally mandated June 30 deadline.

Licking County Sheriff

A Licking County grand jury has indicted the man suspected of killing a 12-year-old Newark girl last month. 

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Columbus police say four people are hospitalized for treatment of injuries sustained when a musical group's tour bus overturned last night on the I-70  east ramp to I-270 north on the west side. 

Federal prosecutors say several members of the Short North Posse will remain in jail despite a new court ruling. 

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Bexley is one of three Ohio communities banning the use of plastic shopping bags to help protect the environment. 

Ohio Legislature

The leader of the Ohio Democratic Party is criticizing a bill to give tax credits to people who donate to non-profit pregnancy crisis centers that steer women away from abortion.

A federal judge in Cincinnati has temporarily blocked Ohio's so-called "Heart Beat Bill" which bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.  

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Delaware County health officials are investigating a case of Legionnaires' Disease at an area nursing home. 

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Another lawsuit has been filed against Mount Carmel Health System regarding the Legionnaires' Disease outbreak at its Grove City hospital. 

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A Columbus resident who has taken sanctuary at a local church has been fined nearly 500 thousand dollars by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

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Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a 16 count indictment alleging theft in office and evidence-tampering for stealing money seized in drug cases and accepting thousand of dollars in loans from county employees and vendors. 

AAA expects a record number of Ohioans to travel at least 50 miles from home during the Independence Day holiday period, beginning July 3rd through Sunday. The state's anticipated road travel volume of 2.1 million marks an increase of 4.7 percent from last year. AAA Ohio Auto Club spokesperson Kimberly Schwind tied the increase to the economy. 

Bond is set at 500 thousand dollars for one of two brothers charged in Saturday night's fatal shooting on the south side. 

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A study by Allstate insurance company says Columbus has some of the worst drivers in the nation.  

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After losing three star players to free agency, the Columbus Blue Jackets Monday signed free agent forward Gustav Nyquist. 

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Columbus City Council last night approved the city’s 50 million dollar share of the 295 million dollar cost of building a new downtown stadium for the Crew SC and converting the team's current facility into a sports park. 

Ohio Public Radio

The owner of Ohio’s two nuclear power plants says it still plans to deactivate and decommission them since lawmakers were not able to pass a bail out measure before the June 30 deadline.

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A former Toledo pastor convicted of child sex trafficking after a woman said he groomed her for sex when she was 14 has been sentenced to life in prison. 

Columbus police have arrested two people following a fatal shooting Saturday night on the south side. 

Columbus Police have identified the body found near an Alum Creek bike trail late Friday.  

Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has signed a stopgap measure to continue state funding after lawmakers failed to meet a statutory deadline of Sunday on a two-year operating budget. 

Ohio Public Radio

For the first time in a decade, state officials are poised to miss the deadline to get the two-year operating budget to the governor for his signature.

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Ohioans have just a couple of days to fill up before the new statewide gas tax goes into effect.

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An Ohio sheriff has been indicted on felony charges including theft in office and evidence-tampering.

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The Muskingum County Coroner says a body found last week in the Muskingum River is that of a mising Columbus teen who was presumed drowned. 

Sentencing is scheduled August 5 for a former Columbus preschool teacher convicted on child endangering charges for encouraging children to fight and then posting the videos online. 

Columbus police say a husband and wife were shot and killed in their north Linden home on Thursday.

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