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Police arrest man in fatal South Side shooting

Columbus police have arrested a man who shot a 63-year-old man to death early yesterday on the South Side. Police were called 3:59 a.m. to a parking lot at 2910 Lockbourne Rd. for a reported shooting and found the victim inside a vehicle. He had been shot once in the upper body, police said.

Agriculture industry has history of making political donations

After a huge toxic-algae bloom in the western part of Lake Erie contaminated Toledo’s public water supply this summer, environmentalists, politicians and scientists scrambled.

Children Services levy is key for keeping families together

If a 1.9-mill renewal levy for Children Services wins voter approval on Nov. 4, Executive Director Chip Spinning said, the agency expects to keep working to boost kinship care and to support more families through services and counseling to keep children out of foster care. Paid, out-of-home care is down 16 percent over the past five years.

Circleville officials, law enforcers push for lower limit on busy stretch of Rt. 23

The posted speed limit on a roughly 3-mile-long commercial stretch of Rt. 23 between Circleville and the DuPont plant in Pickaway County is 60 mph. And officials say even that is too fast. They have asked the Ohio Department of Transportation for help. The State Highway Patrol, the Pickaway County sheriff’s office, local business and industry leaders and Circleville Mayor Don McIlroy are among those who want the speed lowered and are considering their options.

Franklin County water comes at a high price

Franklin County system users pay 84 percent more than Columbus residents pay for water, according to the county sanitary engineer department. Like most Columbus suburbs, the county buys its water from the city.

Students, parents rally for Reynoldsburg teachers

Best buddies Carson Barry and Trinity Tobe showed their teachers some love today by asking Reynoldsburg school district officials to do more to end a teacher strike at a rally at Huber Park in the city. The 11-year-olds were among hundreds at the protest.

'Dispatch' religion reporter honored

JoAnne Viviano, Faith & Values reporter for The Dispatch, was named the Cornell Religion Reporter of the Year by the Religion Newswriters Association at its annual conference in Atlanta last night.

2 killed as small plane goes down, hits garage

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Authorities in southwest Ohio say both people aboard a small plane have died in a crash in a suburban area south of Middletown. The crash was reported to authorities just before 9 a.m. today. The plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in Liberty Township, some 25 miles north of Cincinnati in Butler County. Liberty Township authorities say there are no reports of injuries to residents of the area.

Young appointee O'Donnell faces Hawkins for Common Pleas seat

Sixteen months after she was appointed to a vacancy on the Franklin County Common Pleas bench, Colleen O’Donnell is running for the right to complete the term. Her opponent is Monica Hawkins, a former staff attorney for Franklin County Children Services.

Time a central issue in Common Pleas race between Brown, Gonzales

Eight years as a trial attorney is plenty of preparation to be a judge, says Chris Brown, 34, who is seeking a seat on the Franklin County Common Pleas bench in the Nov. 4 election. His opponent doesn’t agree.

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