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Alison Holm

Reporter, News Anchor, International Fiduciary Compliance Officer

A native of Chicago, Alison grew up in Cincinnati and lived in several cities that did not begin with the letter "C" before she moved to Columbus. She received a BA from Earlham College and briefly attended Bir Zeit and Hebrew University. After a wide ranging career that included late night jazz host, housing discrimination field investigator, and occupational health video production, she settled on radio news as the best excuse to talk to people for a living. Some of her favorite interviews include Nikki Giovanni, Yo-yo Ma and N'tobo M'beke. Alison has an equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.

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Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs has recommended a 24-hour suspension for an officer seen on video kicking a suspect lying on the ground.  

Women will be allowed go topless at ComFest

Over the weekend a Columbus City Schools official said termination was in the works for an employee who posted hateful comments against LGBTQ people and the city's Pride Festival on his Facebook page.

Comfest organizers say they will file a federal lawsuit Monday to keep state liquor agents from using a regulation governing strip clubs to punish the festival and female attendees who chose to go topless in Goodale Park.  

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State transportation officials estimate 12 to 15-thousand shoppers will swarm the new IKEA store at Polaris when it opens today. 

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Columbus police officials have concluded the actions of an officer videotaped apparently kicking a prone suspect in the head were "unreasonable", according to a statement released Wednesday afternoon. 

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A Columbus man has been sentenced to six years in prison for conspiring to participate in a dogfighting ring.

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Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams says the alleged murderer who was the subject of a nationwide man hunt took his own life Tuesday near a fast food restaurant in Erie, Pennsylvania.

The Columbus Board of Education Tuesday night heard details about new statewide options to certify students are ready to graduate from high school.

Two Jackson County men have been sentenced today for digging up and selling artifacts and human remains from a Native American burial site in 2012. 

Sales of existing homes rose in January on the national level, but declined on the state and local levels.

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A group of Columbus health professionals and community activists say the city needs a new perspective on dealing with violence in neighborhoods. 

While confusion continues over President Trump's executive order on immigration, and Statehouse  Republican and Democrats are squaring off over "sanctuary cities" bills, the Columbus Board of Education last night approved a resolution promising a safe environment for all students and staff, regardless of immigration status. 

Cincinnati and Columbus are the latest to adopt policies that stray away from enforcing immigration laws, essentially making them so-called sanctuary cities for immigrants and refugees.

In exchange for an estimated $68-million tax abatement, the developer behind the Easton Town Center retail complex is promising to create 500 new jobs, 250 housing units and jumpstart a development fund for the nearby Linden neighborhood. 

A new study by a non-profit group that tracks human trafficking cases says it is seeing more of them in Ohio and around the nation.

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Columbus City officials yesterday responded to executive orders from President Trump banning refugees and immigrants from some countries with a majority Muslim population.

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Tuesday was a good day for the Columbus City Schools, capped by the annual State of the District address.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation has suspended five employees and fired another who worked at state crime labs.   

A bomb threat that forced evacuation of a Jewish community center in a Cincinnati suburb Wednesday morning may be related to 20 similar threats being reported nationwide.  

Existing home sales rose on the national level in November as compared with October, but declined on the state and local levels.

A new survey of central Ohio employers shows they plan to hire workers at a slower pace this winter as compared with last winter.

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Internationally known Columbus photographer Kojo Kamau died of a heart attack late Sunday afternoon, according to family.  

Crews from the Columbus Department of Public Service began pre-treating major roadways earlier today, and by mid-afternoon, some 40 trucks are clearing Priority 1 roadways as the city prepares for 1-2 inches of snow this tonight.  

Advocates on both sides of a proposed bill in the Ohio House to relax restrictions on gun-free zones are wasting no time in weighing in on yesterday's attack at Ohio State University by a knife wielding student. 

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Classes resume today at Ohio State University, less than 24 hours after an attack left eleven people injured and the attacker dead.

Ohio State University sent an "active shooter on campus" this morning, urging students and faculty to shelter in place.  According to reports, a vehicle crashed into Watts Hall this morning around 9:30, and Columbus Fire responded to suspicions of a possible chlorine leak.  Shortly after that, an individual within the building began to attack people.  Fire officials say nine people have been taken to the hospital; one is in critical condition, while the others are considered stable.   

Sales of existing homes in October rose on the national and state levels, but declined on the local level.

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A protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down traffic in downtown Columbus for over an hour,  after one man chained himself to a van parked in the intersection of Broad and 3rd Streets.

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Last night was a good one for school levies on ballots in Franklin County, including the Columbus City Schools' 6.92 mill request.

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