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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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An update on the 5-year financial forecast shows the Columbus City Schools sitting a little more comfortably than originally projected last fall.  

Columbus police are reporting that two people were shot this afternoon in the area of Liberty Elementary and Independence High School in southeast Columbus.

Mumps Cases Confirmed In Twelve Ohio Counties

Mar 31, 2014

The number of cases of mumps in Central Ohio has risen to 111, with 89 linked to Ohio State University.

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The number of cases in the outbreak of mumps that first surfaced in the OSU area has risen to 63 across Franklin County.

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The Columbus City Schools board voted unanimously last night to cut three principals involved in the districts data-scrubbing scandal, despite last minute appeals from its constituents. Alison Holm reports.

16 cases of the mumps have been confirmed in an outbreak at Ohio State University, but officials say that number could climb.

State regulators ordered a gas drilling company to halt operations today after four minor earthquakes shook an area 20 miles south east of Youngstown.

The Columbus City Schools board voted unanimously last night to close four schools and relocate a fifth. 

Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed a bill that aims to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of those under age 18.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is looking into whether it can reintroduce breeding populations of sturgeon to Lake Erie.

The Columbus City School Board is scheduled to vote on a raft of school closures at tomorrow's board meeting, but it looks like Independence High School and Siebert Elementary School may get a reprieve.

Ohio has the lowest car insurance rates in the country, according to a industry report released today, despite a dramatic increase last year.

Columbus City Schools

More than 200 people turned out last night to let the Columbus City School board and administration  know how they feel about proposed school closures. 

Borrowing the Facebook motto, the Columbus school board is moving quickly with plans for big changes in the district including school closures and personnel changes.  

The city of Akron, where 98 percent of security alarms turn out to be false, is beginning a new policy requiring confirmation of a possible crime.

A central Ohio judge says there's not enough evidence to convict a driver who struck and killed a drunken bicycle rider.

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In his official report on the data scrubbing scandal in Columbus City Schools, State auditor David Yost says the district deliberately - and possibly criminally - changed grades, erased absences, and manipulated enrollment figures in order to make the district look better. 

A report by a non-profit advocacy group called The Food Research and Action Center shows 11 thousand more low-income Ohio children got free or reduced-price school breakfasts last year.

As the temperatures are expected to plummet in the next few days, Columbia Gas is asking customers to voluntarily conserve natural gas.

Preparations are under way for a Civil War-era winter ball being held Saturday at the Ohio Statehouse.

The attorney for a southwest Ohio couple accused of abandoning the adopted 9-year-old son they raised since infancy says the boy has gotten some much-needed help.  

Last night was Columbus City Schools board member Carol Perkins last regular meeting before leaving the board at the end of the month.

Most school districts in central Ohio today are holding regular sessions while some opted for a two-hour delay.

In Ohio and across the country, many people are heeding the call to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day by doing something for other people.

Documents show a condemned Ohio killer facing a never-tried lethal injection method attempted unsuccessfully to delay his execution by requesting he become an organ donor.

Columbus City School Board member Carole Perkins has announced she will retire at the end of the month, nearly 7 years after she first joined the board as a mid term appointment.

Utility customers facing a disconnection or needing to restore service this winter have a chance to remain connected, thanks to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio's annual Winter Reconnect Order.

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Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich says he'll deliver his annual State of the State speech in the northeast Ohio city of Medina.

Hundreds of Ohioans trying to get or renew their driver's licenses this week are running into trouble because of computer problems.

The owner of an Ohio roofing company has pleaded guilty to charges related to employing immigrants who are in the country illegally, filing false tax documents and insurance fraud.

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