Delaware County Sheriff's deputies are calling suspicious the death of a pregnant woman who's body was found Wednesday afternoon. The body of 23-year-old Deanna Ballman was found in the back seat of a vehicle along a road in Harlem Township near the Licking County line. She was last seen in New Albany on Tuesday. Ballman's brother says she was responding to an online classified ad seeking housecleaning help.
The Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission has issued an air quality alert for Central Ohio today. The agency says high heat, sunshine, and pollutants from vehicles and industry will combine to create unhealthy levels of smog in the air. Children, the elderly, and people with breathing difficulties are encouraged to monitor and limit their outdoor activities.
The Riffe Gallery in Downtown Columbus is hosting an exhibit through mid October featuring artists and works of art that are described as unconventional and unforeseen. Fred Kight of member station WOUB in Athens reports.
Former Democratic Ohio Governor Ted Strickland is is accusing Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney of being secretive and says he should release more tax returns. Speaking with reporters during President Obama's visit to Mansfield Wednesday, Strickland questioned whether Romney was hiding something from the American people. Republican Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder has also suggested Romney would do well to release the forms.
President Obama says Republican challenger Mitt Romney's economic plan would give tax cuts to the richest Americans at the expense of popular tax breaks for most everyone else. On a campaign trip in Mansfield today, the president said Romney's tax proposal would force many people to give up popular tax deductions that allow them to buy a house, afford health care and send their kids to college. He pointed to a new report that concluded Romney's economic plan would shift the tax burden from wealthy taxpayers to low- and middle-class taxpayers.
As the State Auditor continues a comprehensive investigation into alleged data fixing by public school districts, Ohio Governor John Kasich says he supports the probe - but he'll withhold judgment until it's complete. Kasich says he wants the Ohio Board of Education to move forward and resolve the situation quickly so that the public does not question the credibility of the system. State Auditor David Yost hopes to finish the probe by the fall. It began with the Columbus Schools but has since expanded into a statewide probe.
Franklin County officials today began the first of a series of housing demolitions where abandoned properties have reduced home values. They're focusing on 17 vacant homes in Miffling, Clinton, Franklin, Hamilton, and Madison Townships. Funding for Franklin County's Township Nuisance Abatement Demolition Program comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.
The City of Columbus has awarded a 7.5 million dollar contract to Daimler Group Incorporated to build the new John Maloney Health Center on the South Side. The award comes despite irregularities in Daimler's bid. Jeremy Johnson is with Robinson Construction, another company that entered a bid 10-thousand dollars more than the one submitted by Daimler. He says Daimler's bid was left blank in some areas, and it does not cover all of the construction costs. A judge last week rejected Robinson Construction's request for a temporary restraining order blocking the contract.
As he visits the Buckeye State today, anew poll shows President Obama leads Republican challenger Mitt Romney by six points in Ohio, and is favored by at least 50 percent of likely voters in the key battleground states of Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania.
Delaware County Sheriff's deputies say a woman was found dead in a car along Bevelheimer Road near the Licking county line today. Deputies say the license plate of the car matches the number of a woman reported missing from Pataskala Tuesday afternoon and that she was last seen in New Albany. No other details were released.Wo
Construction is expected to begin soon to connect the Towpath Trail to Cleveland. The trail follows the route of the Erie Canal from Tuscarawas County to Akron, and officials Monday broke ground on the final leg. Anne Glausser of member station WCPN in Cleveland reports.
A Chillicothe man is facing charges in connection with a shooting Sunday on St. Margaret Road. Chillicothe police say an argument ended with gunfire, sending Nicholas Morgan to a hospital with leg injuries. Derek Thomas is charged with assault.
A Delaware man will serve 58 years in prison for raping a young girl. 55-year-old Oral Slaven was sentenced Monday on rape and gross sexual imposition charges. Slaven was convicted last month of assaulting the child in Delaware and Union counties over a three-year span.