Columbus, Ohio

Columbus is the state capital and the largest city of and the most populous city in the U.S. State of Ohio. With a population of 892,533 as of 2018 estimates, it is the 14th-most populous city in the United States and one of the fastest growing large cities in the nation. This makes Columbus the third-most populous state capital in the US and the second-most populous city in the Midwest. It is the core city of the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses ten counties.
  • Legen-DAIRY: Ohio State Fair butter sculpture honors 50th anniversary of moon landing
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    Legen-DAIRY: Ohio State Fair butter sculpture honors 50th anniversary of moon landing

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Every year the Ohio State Fair features a very impressive butter sculpture - but we're over the MOO-n excited about the one this year. The American Diary Association Mideast is honoring the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with year's butter sculpture at the Ohio State Fair. Made from more than 2,200 pounds of butter, the sculpture captures the most memorable moments from the July 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon. The sculpture includes a life-sized butter figure of Wapakoneta native Neil Armstrong standing next to the lunar module Eagle and saluting the American flag after planting it on the moon. “Those who remember the moon landing often recall exactly where they were

  • The Charlotte Observer

    Commission awards 5 grants to programs bolstering fathers

    Commission awards 5 grants to programs bolstering fathers Ohio has awarded grants to five groups that promote fathers. The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood says the two-year grants of $260,000 each are aimed at advancing the organizations' efforts to help fathers become better parents, partners and providers. Executive Director Kim Dent says research shows children with fathers present in their lives do better academically, economically and personally. The money will help address barriers that might keep fathers from engaging at schools or other settings, develop fatherhood classes and help dads prepare for, find and keep jobs. Grant recipients are Action for Children of Delaware, Franklin and Licking

  • Ohio Tobacco Buying Age and Other Parts of the State Budget Not Yet in Effect
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    Ohio Tobacco Buying Age and Other Parts of the State Budget Not Yet in Effect

    After the House and Senate couldn't agree on a new state budget, lawmakers operated on a temporary spending plan.  Now that a permanent two-year budget is in place, agencies can operate with certainty and know the amount of money they have to do the business of the state. But it doesn't mean every item in the budget is in effect now.  Some provisions may take 90 days to go into effect Though it took an extra 17 days to get it enacted, Gov. Mike DeWine called this spending plan “visionary,” as it helps workers and young people and addresses infrastructure and clean water.  “The budget that I signed is a budget that really invests in the future of the state of Ohio,” he said. But some provisions

  • A state fair's solution to light and sound sensitivities
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    A state fair's solution to light and sound sensitivities

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State Fair is collaborating with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence to create a "sensory-friendly morning" during the fair. On the scheduled day, the Ohio State Fair will turn down the lights and volumes of the rides so that fair-goers with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities and other social and cognitive challenges can enjoy the rides without the bright flashing lights or the loud music that tends to go along with them. OCALI will have a “Quiet Room” and there will be educational activities throughout the fair as well. “We know the fair can be a bit overwhelming for some people," said Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler. “By offering

  • Ohio extends program helping drivers get licenses reinstated
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    Ohio extends program helping drivers get licenses reinstated

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A program that has helped more than 6,500 Ohio drivers get their licenses reinstated after suspensions is being extended until the end of the year. Drivers can apply to have certain license reinstatement fees waived or reduced under the Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative. Cleveland.com reports two state representatives, Republican Dave Greenspan of Westlake and Democrat Juanita Brent of Cleveland, are proposing the program be made permanent. Over 79,000 people have applied for amnesty in the program's first six months. Officials waived or reduced fees for roughly 71,000 people, eliminating nearly $60 million in fees. Eligible drivers must have completed any other court-ordered

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    Ohio hemp businesses hire powerful Statehouse lobbyist

    Ohio hemp businesses hire powerful Statehouse lobbyist A powerful Statehouse lobbyist is leading a new coalition representing Ohio's burgeoning hemp industry. Grant Street Consultants' Neil Clark was appointed Wednesday. That same day, state lawmakers passeda bill allowing Ohio farmers and university researchers to grow industrial hemp and legalizing sales of hemp-derived cannabidiol (kan-uh-bih-DY'-ahl) oil, or CBD. The measure still needs Republican Gov. Mike DeWine's signature. Ohio would become the 47th state to regulate hemp. The Ohio Farm Bureau has predicted it would become the state's third largest crop behind corn and soybeans. The industry coalition includes three entrepreneurs from

  • Retired military officers to speak at veterans conference
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    Retired military officers to speak at veterans conference

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two retired military officers will be the keynote speakers at this year's Ohio Women Veterans Conference. The Ohio Department of Veterans Services says Rear Adm. June Ryan, of the U.S. Coast Guard, and retired Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst will be the keynote speakers at the Aug. 10 conference. Ashenhurst also is the director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services. The department says the Ohio conference is one of the largest gatherings of women veterans in the nation and provides resources and networking opportunities for the state's 67,000 women veterans. Registration is required for the conference, which kicks off with pre-conference activities Aug. 9. Online registration

  • Ohio hemp businesses hire powerful Statehouse lobbyist
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    Ohio hemp businesses hire powerful Statehouse lobbyist

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A powerful Statehouse lobbyist is leading a new coalition representing Ohio's burgeoning hemp industry. Grant Street Consultants' Neil Clark was appointed Wednesday. That same day, state lawmakers passeda bill allowing Ohio farmers and university researchers to grow industrial hemp and legalizing sales of hemp-derived cannabidiol (kan-uh-bih-DY'-ahl) oil, or CBD. The measure still needs Republican Gov. Mike DeWine's signature. Ohio would become the 47th state to regulate hemp. The Ohio Farm Bureau has predicted it would become the state's third largest crop behind corn and soybeans. The industry coalition includes three entrepreneurs from Green Light Acquisitions, which