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Authorities say the multi-jurisdictional task force deployed to address the reckless operation of ATVs and dirt bikes in Columbus and Franklin County made 11 arrests, impounded 11 vehicles, and recovered five guns last weekend.

Columbus officials say they're expanding a pilot program that offered a more appropriate response to certain emergency calls and reduced reliance on police and fire personnel. Over a four-week period this summer, a "Triage Pod" consisting of a social worker, emergency communications dispatcher and paramedic handled 9-1-1 calls involving mental health, addiction and other social determinants of health.

The city of Columbus plans to increase the penalties for illegal and dangerous ATV and dirt bike riding and work with other Franklin County jurisdictions on enforcement. Columbus City Council members say they've received hundreds of calls about reckless activity on city streets and in neighborhoods.


Columbus will receive $25 million from the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant program to support the city's Crossroads Project.

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther today committed another $10 million to the city's affordable housing efforts and announced two other related programs.

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Columbus officials say they plan to invest at least $4.5 million in new body-worn cameras for police and require officers to use them correctly.

Columbus and Franklin County officials are encouraging residents to avoid the downtown area this weekend and through President-Elect Joe Biden's inauguration amid increased chatter about armed protests near the Ohio Statehouse.

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The City of Columbus is making utility assistance grants available for residents.

A day after the governor announced a statewide curfew to slow COVID-19 cases, Columbus and Franklin County officials issued a Stay at Home advisory that will take effect Friday.

Columbus and Dayton officials today filed a lawsuit seeking a court order against Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigation to fix gaps in the state’s criminal background check process. 

Columbus City Council has repealed the city's 10 pm curfew on bars and restaurants. The action last night ends the order enacted in July. 

Columbus and Franklin County officials today announced $20 million in CARES Act funding for human services organizations in the region. Elon Simms of the Crane Group chaired the application review committee. 

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther today announced the formation of a Recovery and Resiliency Advisory Committee to suggest how the city, public sector, non-profit and private sector partners can support an inclusive economic recovery strategy.

The City of Columbus today launched a pilot program to connect more women, minorities, and families to available resources as part of a broader financial empowerment effort.

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Columbus officials today announced an upcoming expansion of fall programs offered by the Recreation and Parks Department.

Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther today announced the city will use federal CARES Act funding to ensure that every Columbus City Schools student has a Chromebook for virtual learning.

Columbus officials today announced an independent research review of the city's response to recent protests.

Columbus officials today announced a charter amendment to establish a civilian police review board and an inspector general for the police division.

A conservative think tank has filed a lawsuit against the City of Columbus and the state of Ohio, claiming that its employees who live outside of Columbus shouldn’t have paid city income taxes while working during the state’s stay at home order.

Franklin County and the City of Columbus are teaming up to help small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Columbus officials say the city has received 157 million dollar in federal funding through the CARES Act to help residents recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 


The Columbus Board of Health today declared a local public health emergency giving the city extra safety measures to respond to COVID-19 cases. The declaration allows for the quarantine and isolation of individuals with the virus and as a last resort law enforcement involvement for any instances of non-compliance. 

A divided state Supreme Court has accepted an appeal by Ohio's capital city fighting to keep its ban on bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly.

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Columbus City Council will fund a grant program to promote the recruitment of immigrants and refugees for civil service positions with the city.

Columbus city leaders Wednesday announced all full-time municipal employees will now make a minimum of 15 dollars per hour. 

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and several central Ohio municipalities are coming together for a comprehensive affordable housing study.


Two former motels in Franklinton are being transformed into affordable housing for at-risk youth.

With their NFL franchise in better shape, Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam are tackling soccer. 

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Columbus government officials say all local offices will be open today even though it is a federal holiday. 

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