Jim Letizia

Reporter, News Anchor

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.

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9:28 am
Fri March 20, 2015

February State Jobless Rate Unchanged

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in February, unchanged from the previous two months.

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8:38 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Review Board Recommends Beavercreek Police Wear Body Cameras

The Beavercreek citizens and law enforcement board reviewing last year's fatal police shooting of John Crawford III wants officers to start wearing body cameras. 

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7:34 am
Fri March 20, 2015

New Adoption Records Law Now In Effect

Wendy Barkett, signing a poster on the wall at a gathering of adoptees in Columbus on Thursday
Credit Ohio Public Radio

400 thousand adoptees today may begin to take advantage of a state law giving them access to their adoption files and birth certificates.

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7:11 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Kasich Says State Will Replace Buckeye Lake Dam

Governor John Kasich meets in Columbus with department and emergency management officials Thursday to discuss plans to fix the Buckeye Lake dam.
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Ohio Governor John Kasich says the process of replacing a faulty earthen dam at Buckeye Lake will begin immediately and the water will be kept at lower winter levels in the meantime, a move likely to hurt tourism. 

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7:01 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Columbus Firefighters Endorse Ginther

Credit local67.com

The Columbus Firefighters union has endorsed city council president Andy Ginther's mayoral bid.

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6:55 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Columbus Joining Other Cities In Challenging State Traffic Camera Law

City officials in Columbus and Dayton are joining other Ohio municipalities in fighting the state's new traffic enforcement camera law. 

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6:53 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Police: Fire Set To Cover Woman's Murder

Anna Ferriman
Credit Columbus Division of Police

Columbus police say a woman found dead in a burned-out East side townhome on Monday was murdered, and the fire was set by the killer to destroy any evidence.

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6:39 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Local Serial Rapist Sentenced

Terry Smith Junior
Credit Columbus Division of Police

A Columbus man was sentenced Thursday to 24 years in prison for raping six women from October 2013 through June of last year.

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6:37 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Woman, Infant Shot And Wounded On East Side

Columbus police are asking for the public's help in finding the person or persons who shot and wounded an infant and a woman early Thursday morning near Mount Vernon Avenue and North 18th Street.

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6:35 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Central Ohio Foreclosure Activity Declined In February

Foreclosure activity in central Ohio declined in February.

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6:28 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Training For People In 740 Area Code Begins Saturday

People with telephone numbers in the 740 area code will begin training for a new way to call their neighbors. 

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6:26 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Japan Says Its Companies Have Created Thousands Of Ohio Jobs

The Consule General of Japan says 422 Japanese business facilities in Ohio are providing a total of nearly 71 thousand direct jobs. 

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10:16 am
Thu March 19, 2015

December Death Of Ross County Woman Ruled Suicide

Ross County Coroner John Gabis
Credit rosscocoroner.com

The Ross County Coroner has ruled the death of a pregnant Chillicothe woman a suicide.

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10:14 am
Thu March 19, 2015

PUCO Approves AEP Disconnection Plan

Credit aeptexas.com

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved a request by Columbus-based American Electric Power to remotely disconnect the electricity of 132 thousand central Ohio customers who have smart meters but have not paid their bills.

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7:22 am
Thu March 19, 2015

POTUS Tells Cleveland Audience His Economic Policies Are Clearly Working

President Obama at the City Club of Cleveland
Credit Toledo Blade

President Obama challenged Republican budget priorities during a speech in Cleveland yesterday, saying they are based on economic theories that do not work.

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7:13 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Two Studies Examine Rates And Causes Of Suicide

A new Ohio State University study shows adolescents and young adults living in rural areas are more likely to commit suicide than those in urban areas.

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7:09 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Cause Of Fatal Washington Court House Fire Officially Undetermined

Credit Associated Press

State Fire Marshal's investigators say an explosion of liquefied petroleum gas probably caused the December 26 house fire in Washington Court House that killed a woman and her three grandsons.

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6:57 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Teacher Charged With Rape May Also Face Drug Charges

Matthew Rausenberg
Credit Delaware County Sheriff's Office

The Delaware County elementary school teacher accused of sexually abusing two students could be facing more charges. 

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6:54 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Ohio Senate Approves Transportation Budget With Speed Limit Hike

The Ohio Senate has approved the 7 billion dollar, two year state transportation budget that includes a provision raising the speed limit to 75 mph on the Turnpike and rural interstates.

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6:40 am
Thu March 19, 2015

State Tax Quiz Will Remain In Place

Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa
Credit State of Ohio

The state tax commissioner says the Ohio Department of Taxation will keep using a controversial "identity quiz"  to verify information about people seeking refunds.

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