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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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The base of operations for Ohio's and Indiana's joint effort to win a test site for unmanned drone aircraft will be based in Springfield. 

The Columbus City Schools are taking steps to address the issue of grade-reading readiness, and to come into compliance with the state's third grade reading guarantee.

Summer Food Service Program sites are open to provide meals to children who normally receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year.

Retiring Ohio State President Gordon Gee is offering his explanations for stepping down, citing everything from his age to a desire to spend more time with his family, which includes twin granddaughters.

An estimated 1.3 million Ohioans plan to travel over the Memorial Day weekend.

The FBI and Cleveland Police are defending themselves against allegations of shoddy work after three women missing for a decade were rescued from a home late Monday.

Anti-Union State Legislation Drawing Protest

May 1, 2013

Legislation that would allow Ohio workers to opt out of paying union dues have been introduced in the Ohio legislature.

A Bishop Watterson teacher fired over her sexual orientation says she will continue to pursue the grievance process in a fight to regain her job. Former phys-ed teacher Carla Hale met with Watterson principal Marian Hutson Tuesday.

Dublin Jerome High School students and staff are struggling to come to terms with the death of a teacher this morning.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is coming to Columbus later this week, to talk about recommendations to improve education.

The Clippers home opener may have been rained out last night, but baseball is still blooming in Columbus this weekend, with the Wexner Center's series of baseball shorts.

The Columbus City School boards last night voted to suspend the search for a permanent replacement for superintendent Gene Harris, who is stepping down in June, and to put that task in the hands of a new committee to be headed by the Board president and Mayor Michael Coleman. The resolution passed – but not without controversy.  Alison Holm has more.

The Columbus Blue Jackets managed to steal some thunder at the NHL trade deadline in a deal that could help propel the team to the playoffs for only the second time in franchise history.

Autism And Shakespeare

Apr 1, 2013

April is Autism Awareness Month.

Drastic cuts to transportation, extracurricular activities and athletics for the Columbus City Schools are off the table, thanks to some good news from the state, say district officials.

  

The Columbus City Schools may turn to outside partners for help expanding pre-kindergarten classes.  Alison Holm has more.


Columbus City Schools could cut classes, jobs, and transportation under a series of proposals presented last night.


Earlier this month, Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel raised some eyebrows for criticizing fellow Republican John Kasich's proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to more Ohioans, and some conservatives are still balking at the idea.

A New Albany doctor has been charged with the rape and murder of a pregnant woman discovered in her car last summer.

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Ohio State University says President Obama will deliver the commencement address in May, becoming the third sitting president to do so.

  

After five plus seasons, the Columbus Blue Jackets fired General Manager Scott Howson Tuesday night.  Alison Holm has more.

In the battle for economic growth, cities are competing to attract workers, businesses, and development. One lobbyist says the arts are an underutilized tool to boost a cities image -- and it's bottom line. 

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The Republicans at the head of state government say they hope to remain on the job after 2014. The governor, state auditor, treasurer, attorney general and secretary of state have all indicated they plan to run again. And they have significant campaign cash on hand already.

A Franklinton landlord convicted in the aftermath of a fatal fire at one of his properties a year ago has been arrested again for violating probation.

The Ohio House has agreed to the governor's plans to move the State of the State speech out of the capital for the second year in a row.

A former Centennial High School resource officer pleaded guilty this morning to a federal charge that he coerced sexual behavior from minors.

Ohio gas prices are higher to start the new work week, but auto club AAA expects prices to decline overall this year.

Some communities are reporting increases in cases of influenza.

Mayor Michael Coleman yesterday introduced the members of a new commission that will focus on improving education in Columbus.

The deadline is just days away for Ohio to announce whether it will begin plans for a state-based health insurance exchange in compliance with the President's Affordable Care Act.  Ohio's Republican lieutenant governor insists the new federal health care law is flawed, but she says the state is moving forward with the overhaul.

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