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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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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.   

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