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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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Three Democratic Columbus City Council incumbents will face two other Democrats and one Republican challenger in November after winning yesterday's primary election.

Congress plans to restore President Trump's proposed 300 million dollar funding cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

There are calls to reform the disciplinary system in the Columbus City Schools. 

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One day before the City Council primary election, Columbus leaders yesterday unveiled the city's 861.4 million dollar capital improvements budget for the year.

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Columbus City Council last night approved giving the parent of Anchor Hocking a tax break to move its headquarters from Lancaster.

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A Columbus man who claimed he acted in self-defense when he stabbed and killed a friend last year will serve four years in prison.

A Columbus manufacturer says it has been selected for a "lucrative" deal with a defense contractor.

One person is recovering from injuries sustained in a house fire Sunday on Columbus' north side.

Two people are dead and three others are hospitalized after three shootings in Columbus late Sunday and early Monday.

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A federal judge has sentenced the former head of the Cleveland and Chicago schools to more than four years in prison for steering 23 million dollars in Chicago contracts to education firms in exchange for more than 2 million dollars in bribes and kickbacks.

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The Cleveland Browns last night selected Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett with the first overall pick in the NFL draft.

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The City of Columbus is teaming up with a transportation company on a project in the Short North to test a free neighborhood shuttle service.

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The Capital City Half Marathon and 5K races are scheduled for Saturday. Several streets in the downtown area will be closed starting Friday night and lasting through Saturday.

Columbus and Franklin County organizations will host sites for this Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take-back Day, collecting unwanted, unneeded and expired medications for disposal.

Marion County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a fatal shooting that was discovered on Thursday.

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A Columbus woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for her role in several heroin overdoses in the Linden area last September.

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Ohio House Democrats have chosen Summit County Juvenile Court Magistrate Tavia Baxter Galonski to succeed State Representative Greta Johnson, who stepped down earlier this year to become the county's deputy law director. 

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Officials at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland say that city will host next year's induction ceremonies for the first time since 2015.

The City of Columbus is accepting public comment online about its plans to improve parking in the Short North.

A financial-services company plans to close it's far west side office in late May, costing 94 workers their jobs.

State officials say central Ohio’s jobless rate fell half a point to 4 percent in March.

Four central Ohio high schools are ranked among the best in the state by "U.S. News and World Report".

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The Columbus woman convicted of falsifying  an Amber Alert so police would find her stolen car  has been given a 180 day suspended jail sentence.

Columbus fire investigators have ruled accidential a house fire that killed a 16-year-old girl, her mother and her grandmother last month.

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Columbus police say an officer shot and killed the driver of a vehicle that was dragging the officer last night.

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Central Ohio Transit Authority President and CEO Curtis Stitt told the agency's board of trustees this morning he will retire on September 30th. 

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President Trump is expected to sign an executive order today calling for a review of all federal lands hosting national monuments designated since 1996.

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Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio says his constituents will support his opposition to President Trump's corporate tax cut proposal. 

Dozens of protestors interrupted a Columbus City Council community meeting last night, calling for the firing of Columbus Police Officer Zachary Rosen, who recently was captured on video  kicking a suspect in the head.

U.S. Attorney's Office

Federal prosecutors say two accused Columbus drug dealers have been indicted on charges of killing potential witnesses against them.

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