Jim Letizia

Reporter, News Anchor

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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Two more Ohio prison guards have died of COVID-19, bringing the total to seven.

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan says he recently tested positive for COVID-19.

The Ohio Highway Patrol says nine people were killed over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, down from 18 last year.

State health officials Sunday reported 7,729 new cases of COVID-19 and 21 new deaths. 

Ohio Department of Health

Four new states have been added to Ohio's COVID-19 travel advisory.

An Assistant Ohio Attorney General has been cited for leaving the scene of two crashes on the same morning in Upper Arlington.

The grace period for expired driver's licenses, ID cards, and vehicle registrations is being extended until July 1st, 2021.

Former Democratic Cincinnati City Council member Tamaya Dennard has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to allegations of exchanging votes for cash.

Columbus City Council on Monday rejected a citizen petition creating a clean energy fund and a fund to educate and train citizens and workers about clean energy.

The Franklin County Auditor's office is refunding 3.5 million dollars to schools, libraries, and municipalities.

Columbus City Council members are examining how police officers are dispatched and other potential reforms in 2021.

An Ohio State University student from Dublin is one of 32 nationwide to be named an American Rhodes Scholar this year. 

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

A man on death row for the 2000 murder of a Newark woman has been named a suspect in a Florida cold case homicide.

Columbus City Council last night approved a measure capping fees charged by third-party restaurant delivery companies.  

State health officials Sunday reported 8,133 new cases  of COVID-19  and 12 new deaths.


Former U.S. Ambassador and Congressman Tony Hall is the winner of the 2020 Dayton Peace Prize.

Property rental portal Airbnb is suspending or removing 88 property listings in Columbus, Cincinnati and Cleveland from its platform. 

Ohio's official unemployment rate for October is 5.6 percent, down 2.7 percent from the revised rate for September.

Worthington City Schools are preparing to move to a remote learning model Monday because of the pandemic.

The non-profit hunger relief group Feeding America estimates the rate of food insecurity in Ohio this year is 18.1 percent, up from 13.9 percent in 2018.

Ohio Public Radio

A Cincinnati city council member who has been planning to run for mayor has been indicted on corruption charges.

Ohio State University will no longer allow relatives of  Buckeye and opposition football players inside Ohio Stadium, starting Saturday

Ohio Department of Health

State health officials say a technical glitch delayed the daily coronavirus numbers Wednesday.  With thousands of cases still to be examined, the state coronavirus website  reported 6,385 new COVID-19 cases and 55 new deaths.

The Southwest Licking schools are moving to a remote learning model because of the pandemic beginning today.

The woman escorted from a middle school football game for not wearing a mask has rejected a plea deal to charges of resisting arrest and criminal trespassing.

Nearly three-fourths ths of registered voters in Franklin County cast a ballot in the 2020 general election, according to election officials. 

Several school districts in Ohio are changing their operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.


A group of anti-abortion organizations is pulling support of Republican Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's re-election bid.

All visitors age ten and over at any Franklin County Metro Park are now required to wear a facemask.

Ohio State University is moving the first two weeks of spring semester classes back to a remote learning model to help stop the spread of COVID-19.