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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7:12 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Cleveland Mayor Responds To Federal Report On Excessive Use Of Force

Frank Jackson at Thursday news conference
Credit cleveland.com

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says he is not blaming police officials for problems detailed in a Justice Department report describing a pattern or practice of officers using excessive force and violating citizens' civil rights. 

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7:02 am
Fri December 12, 2014

U.S. House Approves Extension Of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Congress has approved legislation to continue the fight against toxic algae and other problems in the Great Lakes. 

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6:55 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Ohio Senate Passes Bill To Shield Lethal Injection Drug Makers

The Ohio Senate has approved a bill backers say is needed to restart executions.

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6:47 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Kasich On Tour Touting Balanced Budget Amendment

Credit kasichforohio.com

Ohio Governor John Kasich is in Arizona this week as part of a national tour promoting a federal balanced budget amendment.

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6:39 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Vague Threats Force Lockdown Of Local Schools

Westerville police say a vague threat posted Wednesday night on the Whisper app put the city's schools on alert yesterday and forced the lockdown of all Columbus high schools. 

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6:36 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Activists Charged In P&G Protest To Plead Guilty Today

Credit cincinnati.com

Eight people who staged a protest at Cincinnati-based Procter and Gamble's headquarters last March will be in court today to plead guilty to criminal trespassing charges. 

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6:28 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Lawmaker Sentenced For Ethics Violations

Credit wcbe files

A Democratic state lawmaker who pleaded guilty to ethics violations related to accepting Cincinnati Bengals tickets from lobbyists and failing to properly report them on required disclosure forms was sentenced Thursday. 

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6:26 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Crows Causing Problems In Downtown Springfield

Credit springfieldnewssun.com

Clark County officials are working to remove the thousands of crows roosting at night in downtown Springfield.

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6:24 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Former State Welfare Director Indicted For Theft

Credit Cincinnati Enquirer

Former Ohio Department of Human Services director Arnold Tompkins has been indicted on federal charges of stealing 66 thousand dollars from the federal economic-stimulus program.

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11:22 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Former CCS Data Chief Sentenced To Jail, Probation

Steve Tankovich
Credit Columbus City Schools

The so-called architect of the Columbus City Schools' attendance data-rigging scandal was sentenced today to 15 days in jail and two years probation.

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7:54 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Mandela Memorial To Be Designed By Columbus Architect

A local architect will design a memorial to the late President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. 

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7:38 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Buckeye QB Allegedly Involved In Domestic Violence Incident

J.T. Barrett
Credit Ohio State University

A Columbus police report says injured Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett and his pregnant ex-girlfriend made 911 calls on Tuesday morning alleging each attacked the other.

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7:35 am
Thu December 11, 2014

West Side Family Facing Drug Charges

Columbus police have arrested a West side family on drug trafficking charges.

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7:28 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Ohio House Approves Traffic Camera Bill

The Ohio House has approved a Senate-passed measure requiring a law enforcement officer to be present for tickets to be issued from municipal traffic cameras.

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7:25 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Ohio House Rejects "Heartbeat" Bill

The controversial bill banning abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected has failed to pass the Republican-controlled Ohio House.

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7:16 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Ohio House Approves Hunter Silencer Use Bill

The Ohio House has approved a Senate-passed bill allowing hunters to use silencers and relaxing some rules for concealed handgun licenses.

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7:13 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Dayton Company Gets Federal Drone Use Waiver

Credit wollpert.com

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted a Dayton company an exception to the current ban on drones not for government or recreational use.

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7:02 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Groups, Individuals Opposing State School Board Rule Changes For Music, Art and Other Positions

The Ohio Board of Education says it's making changes to a rule that covers positions like music and art teachers along with staff like social workers and school nurses.

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6:53 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Ginther Announces Mayoral Bid

Andy Ginther
Credit columbus.gov

Democratic Columbus City Council President Andy Ginther has formally announced he will run for Mayor next year.

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7:02 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Vets Memorial Demolition Could Begin This Week

Veterans Memorial
Credit wikipedia

Franklin County commissioners are scheduled to vote today on a nearly 900 thousand dollar contract to raze Veterans Memorial downtown as part of a redevelopment of the site. 

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