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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12:38 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Two Charged In Overnight Shooting

Columbus Police have charged two people with shooting and wounding a man last night outside of a home on Kimberly Avenue. 

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12:37 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Boehner Backs Ryan Candidacy

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is comparing Republican Mitt Romney's choice of a running mate to John Kennedy. 

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12:23 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

More Presidential Ads Coming To Ohio

A business funded group supporting GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is spending more than 10 million dollars on tv ads in Ohio and ten other states  criticizing President Obama's handling of the economy. 

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12:21 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Analysis of 2010 Gubernatorial Spending

A new independent analysis shows the Republican Governors Association spent more in Ohio in 2010 than in any other state, helping John Kasich beat Democrat Ted Strickland. The assessment of national political spending in states with disclosure was conducted by the National Institute on Money in State Politics. It found the Republican governors' group directed more than 11 million dollars against Strickland. The group got a 1-million dollar donation from Rupert Murdoch, Kasich's former employer at Fox.

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12:19 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Columbus Police Want Lion Sculptures Returned

Columbus police say they'd like to see the trademark lion sculptures returned to the perch outside of headquarters they've used since 1991. Mayor Micheal Coleman's decision to move the sculptures to the Central Police Precinct over the weekend is not sitting well with some officers who note they stand for every fellow officer who died in the line of duty. The city removed the statues unbeknownst to officers in the dead of night Sunday using heavy lifting equipment. 

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9:45 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Politically-active Students Meeting At OSU

If President Obama is to win re-election, he'll need to hang on to the youth vote he captured in 2008. Some young voters are frustrated with The President because they think he's deserted the political left. More than one hundred of them are attending a national conference this week at Ohio State University. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports. 

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9:43 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Ohio Second For Toxic Air Pollution

A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council ranks Ohio second among the 50 states when it comes to toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants. The report ranks neighboring Kentucky as the worst state for pollution. Spokesperson John Walke says the report examined emissions from power plants in 2010, the most recent data available. 

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9:41 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Nearly 30 Percent Of Ohio Adults Are Obese

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control shows nearly 30-percent of Ohio adults are obese. The study shows women with college degrees are less likely to be obese than those without, while there was no educational influence on the obesity rate for men. The study shows overall, more than one in three American adults is overweight.  

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9:39 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Big Ten Medal Count

More than 100 former and current Big Ten student-athletes and coaches represented 32 countries in 24 sports at the 2012 Olympic games, winning 35 medals. Michigan athletes won 12 medals, Penn State athletes secured five medals, Minnesota athletes won four medals, Northwestern and Purdue athletes claimed three medals each, while Illinois and Indiana athletes each brought home two. 

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9:38 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Police Locate Shooting Victim

Columbus Police say they have located the victim of an apparent shooting early Monday and are now investigating the circumstances. Police would not release the name of the person found critically injured  near Maize Road and Oakland Park Avenue. Police say a second incident on Kimberly Avenue is also under investigation and may be connected. 

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9:37 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Fire Leaves Columbus Families Homeless

The Red Cross is assisting 11 Columbus families left homeless after  a two-alarm fire at their north side town homes early this morning. Columbus fire officials say no injuries are reported out of the fire at the Bayberry Place town houses. 

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9:36 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Westerville Teachers, School Board Ratify Contract

The Westerville Teachers Union and the School Board have ratified a new three year contract agreement. The deal includes 2 percent raises in the third year. It also includes the resumption of step raises in the third year. The contract brings back eight teachers who had been fired amid budget cuts, and it brings back recess aides, allowing teachers time to meet one-on-one with students. Union officials had warned members of the possibility of a strike. 

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12:24 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Commissioner Threatens NHL Lockout

The Columbus Blue Jackets are scheduled to open the new season on October 13th at Chicago. But the opener may be put on hold. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the league will lock out the players if the sides can not reach a new collective bargaining agreement by the end of the current deal on September 15th. Bettman says player salaries are the main issue. The league also wants to cut the players share of revenues from 57 to 46 percent. Bettman says just over a third of the league's 30 teams are profitable. The last NHL lockout was before the 2004 season.

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12:20 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Prison Time For Local Motorist

A Madison County motorist will serve 2-and-a-half years in prison for striking and killing a woman standing alongside a road earlier this year. 

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12:19 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Drought Taking Toll On Crop Production

The U.S. Agriculture Department says corn growers could end up with their lowest average yield in 17 years as the drought continues in Ohio and many other states. The Department is cutting its projected  corn production to 10.8 billion bushels from last month's forecast of nearly 13 billion bushels. The Department expects corn growers to average 123.4 bushels per acre, down 24 bushels from last year. That would be the lowest average yield since 1995. Soybean production is now forecast at 2.69 billion bushels, a 12 percent decline from last year.

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12:17 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Acting Superintendent Missued District Credit Card

Acting Ohio Schools Superintendent Michael Sawyers says he misused a Perry Local School district credit card two years ago. A State Education Department spokesperson says it was a mistake. John Charlton says Sawyers admitted it when he was hired as deputy State Superintendent in 2010. Charlton says it was not an issue then and is not an issue now. Sawyers says the district credit card looked similar to his personal card and he mixed them up. Sawyers is taking over today for Superintendent Stan Heffner, who resigned after he was found to have engaged in ethical violations. 

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10:03 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Saturday's Columbus Crew Match Rescheduled

Major League Soccer has rescheduled Saturday's Columbus Crew match to allow the players to attend teammate Kirk Urso's funeral. The game will be played August 22nd. The 22-year-old Urso died Sunday after collapsing at a downtown bar. The Franklin County Coroner is awaiting toxicology test results before determining an official cause of death. 

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10:02 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Voters May Update Addresses Via Computer

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says voters will now be able to update their addresses online. Husted says it should help voters meet the requirement of being registered at their current address 30 days before an election. He said it will also save tax dollars by reducing the workload at county elections offices and improve the security of voter rolls, leaving less room for fraud. But Democrats say they have some concerns about the new system. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports. 

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9:59 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Boomers Pessimistic About Retirement

A new survey shows a majority of voters over age 50 in Ohio and across the country have serious reservations about when or if they'll be able to retire. Because of that, they're saying the presidential candidates need to talk more about Social Security and Medicare. The poll was commissioned by AARP, and surveyed voters in Ohio and five other states. Pollster Guy Molyneaux says 50 percent of baby boomer voters in Ohio believe they will retire at some point, but 64 percent think they will have to delay retirement. Molyneaux says overall, boomers are pessimistic.  

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9:57 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Olentangy School Board Approves Labor Contracts

The Olentangy Local School Board last night approved three-year contracts with unions representing its maintenance staff and bus drivers. The contracts include 1 percent pay raises for the upcoming school year and half-percent hikes each of the following two years. The deals also include changes to health care coverage that gives employees a choice between two plans. The unions previously ratified the deals. The board also approved 2 percent pay hikes for school administrators over each of the next three years.  

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