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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A new report by the March of Dimes gives the city of Columbus a failing grade when it comes to the birth rate of premature babies.

Italian tissue maker Sofidel Group plans to build a new plant in Pickaway Township near Circleville.

A judge has ruled Ohio University is not responsible for the nearly 29 hundred dollar dental bill for a student who slipped on an icy campus sidewalk and broke two of her teeth last February.


More than one-thousand pieces of evidence from the corruption trial of former Cuyahoga County Commissioner and former county Democratic Party Chair Jimmy Dimora have been released, more than three-and-a-half years after he was convicted.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is asking the state Controlling Board to approve an additional 500 thousand dollars to adequately care for exotic animals seized or surrendered under the state's recently enacted crackdown.


The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is again considering requests to open Wayne National Forest to oil and gas drilling.

Retailer Target says it will close 13 stores in the U.S., including two in Ohio,  because they aren't making enough profit.  The Ohio stores are in Springfield and on Columbus' far west side.

The U.S. Department of Education has restricted the initial flow of a 71 million dollar charter school grant to Ohio, pending further assurances the state can responsibly oversee the money amid an investigation into the state's former school choice director.


Wittenberg University President Laurie Joyner will resign tomorrow, a few weeks after she initiated more than 6 million dollars in budget cuts.

Whitehall Police

An Akron man has been sentenced to more than 27  1/2 years in prison for taking explicit photos of a teenage girl and posting them on Internet sites.

Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn says no charges will be filed in the case of a woman who reported being sexually assaulted by five men at Hocking College last August.


Meigs County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a 9-year-old boy who collapsed at a youth football practice.

Ohio State University has agreed to pay 3.45 million dollars in medical claims in separate lawsuits over patient care.

Rock Ohio Ventures will become the owner and operator of the Cincinnati and Cleveland casinos, along with the ThistleDown racino in Northeast Ohio, next year.


Columbus City Council last night approved an 8.9 million dollar contract to demolish old Fire Station 2 on East Fulton Street and build a new facility.

A federal judge has approved 1.3 million dollars in state payments to the law firm that handled the challenges of Ohio's same-sex marriage ban.

Ohio State University

A court date has been set for Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett following his citation for operating a vehicle under the influence.

Republican Ohio Governor and presidential candidate John Kasich says he will eliminate the U.S. Department of Commerce if he wins the White House.

Pishevar family

The parents of one of the four Case Western Reserve University students killed in a plane crash last year are suing a college fraternity.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Ohioans seeking health insurance coverage for next year will see a slight drop in the cost of a benchmark plan on HealthCare.gov.