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The Columbus Dispatch: Latest news, information, and blogs
Updated: 4 hours 50 min ago

‘Scabs go home!’ shout striking Reynoldsburg teachers

5 hours 1 min ago
Reynoldsburg teachers greeted their students from the picket line this morning, after union members overwhelmingly turned down the school board’s final contract offer last night. About 40 teachers were outside Reynoldsburg High School’s Summit Road campus this morning, loudly chanting during their picketing of the school.

Pickerington robocall mishap tells most parents their kids are absent

5 hours 20 min ago
Their child wasn’t in school, the automated phone call told a huge number of Pickerington Central High School parents yesterday. So parents began texting kids: “Where are you? Are you in school?” But those texts were going to students — in the classroom. It was all a big mistake.

Candidates woo businesswomen at Columbus forum

6 hours 2 min ago
Several candidates for statewide office convened in Columbus yesterday to chat with female business owners about growing their companies, ensuring a skilled workforce and economic development. Less than seven weeks before Election Day, the lunchtime forum hosted by the National Association of Women Business Owners drew Republican and Democratic candidates for attorney general, auditor and secretary of state and the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, Sharen Neuhardt.

Ohio EPA tests soil near tainted Saunders Park

6 hours 5 min ago
State environmental workers are testing the soil at several Near East Side homes to determine whether toxins found at nearby Saunders Park also contaminated surrounding yards. A health survey of people who live near the park found no pattern of symptoms consistent with exposure to arsenic or lead, two of the toxins discovered in the park, Columbus officials announced yesterday.

Morrow County congregation ready to rebuild after fire

6 hours 53 min ago
A Morrow County congregation that lost its church to a fire in December plans to break ground on a new building on Saturday.

Christian convert Rifqa Bary writes book, still believes she’s under threat

7 hours 7 min ago
A 22-year-old woman has written a book about running away from her central Ohio home as a teenager after converting from Islam to Christianity — a case that gained national attention and pitted Christian fundamentalists against Muslims.

Broken rail caused fiery derailment near fairgrounds, report finds

7 hours 24 min ago
Federal investigators say a broken track caused the fiery Norfolk Southern tanker-car derailment near the state fairgrounds more than two years ago. The National Transportation Safety Board released its final report on its investigation into the derailment yesterday. A train carrying ethanol, corn syrup and grain slipped the rails around 2:05 a.m. on July 11, 2012, a little north of Downtown. One of the 17 cars that derailed punctured and spilled ethanol that fueled a huge fire.

VITAL STATISTICS

8 hours 19 min ago
This list is compiled from voluntary submissions by parents to hospitals.

Exhibit of Wexners’ art expected to draw tourists’ dollars

9 hours 12 min ago
When Ohio State University’s Wexner Center for the Arts opens its blockbuster art exhibition on Sunday — “Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection” — the show is expected to not only enrich the city’s cultural life but the area’s economy as well.

Continental to move headquarters to Downtown next year

9 hours 36 min ago
Continental Office Environment announced last night that it will move its headquarters Downtown in 2015, signaling a new approach to its changing business sector.

Brown sponsors bill to boost U.S. manufacturing innovation, teamwork

9 hours 53 min ago
WASHINGTON — Supporters say a bill aimed at creating institutes across the country that push innovation in U.S. manufacturing could create a manufacturing renaissance.

SmartCrowdz gets $1 million loan through Ohio Third Frontier

9 hours 58 min ago
The Ohio Third Frontier Commission has loaned $1 million to Columbus firm SmartCrowdz, to support the development of the company’s mobile-technology platform.

Ohio farmers eligible for disaster aid from last winter’s harsh weather

10 hours 16 min ago
Farmers in 22 northeastern and southern Ohio counties who suffered losses as a result of freezing weather between Jan. 1 and April 17 are eligible for help from the federal government.

Head of prison watchdog agency pressured to resign or be fired

11 hours 26 min ago
The head of a state watchdog agency that has been active in investigating security problems and food complaints at state prisons is being pressured to resign or be fired by the chairwoman of the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee. Joanna Saul reportedly has been asked to sign a letter of resignation by today or face being fired by the committee made up of eight legislators, four Democrats and four Republicans, a source told The Dispatch.

L Brands expansion-work funds released for New Albany infrastructure projects

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:57pm
The New Albany Community Authority will transfer $7 million from its economic-development fund to the city to pay for projects associated with L Brands’ expansion on the International Personal Care and Beauty Campus.

Kroger to expand Hill Road store in Pickerington

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:49pm
The Kroger Co. plans to add nearly 21,000 square feet and a pharmacy drive-through to its store in the Windmiller Square shopping center.

Judge sentences man to 10 years on federal sex charge

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:55pm
A Reynoldsburg man was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison for enticing a 14-year-old girl to engage in illegal sexual activity. U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson also ordered Matthew C. North, 23, of S. Oakbrook Drive, to register as a sex offender.

Bill would help domestic violence victims with privacy

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:49pm
Democrats reintroduced a bill this morning that would allow those hiding from an abuser to vote and participate in other civil duties but keep their address private. The Address Confidentiality Program would allow victims of domestic violence, abuse and stalking who have escaped their harassers through anonymity to register a placeholder mailing address through which government agencies can contact them.

Man sentenced to 31 years to life in 2013 slaying

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:17pm
A 31-year-old man was sentenced this morning to life in prison with no chance of parole for 31 years for the shooting death of a fellow drug dealer during a robbery in a South Side trailer park. In August, a jury found Beau Stephenson guilty of the murder of 40-year-old Christopher Manley on Jan. 28, 2013.

Two killed in Delaware County wreck

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:35pm
A husband and wife from Marion died this afternoon when their motorcycle was hit by a car that crossed the median on Rt. 23 in Delaware County.