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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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Republican State Senator Frank LaRose says he's running for Ohio Secretary of State next year.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office

A Columbus woman will serve six years in prison for selling the mixture of heroin and fentanyl that led to the overdose death of a man in February of last year.

kathryn'sreport.com

One of the two passengers aboard a plane that made an emergency landing at Ohio University’s airport last March has pleaded guilty to drug charges.

businessinsider.com

Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich says recent stories about problems at the White House are examples of why he did not endorse Donald Trump for president last year.

kentsmith.org

The Ohio House is considering a bill giving a 25 percent tax credit to musicians who use Ohio recording studios for projects costing more than 10 thousand dollars.

New Albany police are searching for the person or persons who drew racist and anti-semetic graffiti on the high school tennis courts and an equipment shed.

Lima Police

A Lima man was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for his role in a fatal robbery in Logan County.

Columbus police say a man who broke into a near east side home early Monday was shot and killed by an occupant.

uc.edu

A University of Cincinnati astrophysicist has created maps showing the racial makeup of the United States.

Police are investigating a murder-suicide in Pickerington.

sunherald.com

Family members have identified the couple and their five children killed in early morning house fire Monday in Akron.

Ohio Highway Patrol

Friends, family and the Ohio Highway Patrol are mourning the death of the state's first African-American trooper and former elected local leader.

gofundme.com

Dublin police investigators have been unable to determine the cause of the gasoline tanker truck crash last January at the exit ramp from U.S. Route 33 East to I-270 North.

heavy.com

Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp says four people - including a police chief - are dead in a shooting Friday at a nursing home in Kirkersville. 

uml.edu

A federal grand jury has indicted five people in a central Ohio identity theft ring that allegedly used victims' person information to obtain and use new and existing in-store lines of credit at major retailers.  

The Ohio Highway Patrol says a law enforcement officer was shot while responding to an active shooter situation at a nursing and rehabilitation center in Kirkersville this morning. 

U.S. Postal Service letter carriers across Ohio and the nation are participating in the annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive on Saturday. 

Dublin-based Wendy’s says it plans to cut jobs at its corporate headquarters as part of an effort to save 35 million dollars over the next two years.

wlwt.com

Attorneys for the mother of an 8-year-old Cincinnati boy say he was bullied and knocked unconscious at school two days before he took his own life last January.

The first algae forecast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicates a slightly greater risk for blooms to form in Lake Erie this year as compared with last year. 

vpic.org

A new report by Miami University in Oxford shows the quality of care in Ohio nursing homes is lower than the national average.

Dayton city officials plan to resume using traffic enforcement cameras, two years after they killed the systems to comply with state law.

All Zanesville City School buildings are closed today due to a large number of students and staff reporting flu-like symptoms. 

A state hearing officer has ruled against Ohio's largest online charter school operator in its appeal of the Ohio Department of Education's determination it owes 60 million dollars for enrollment that can't be justified.

Newark police yesterday apparently shot and wounded a man who they say was a suspect in a stabbing.

WCBE files

Developers are taking the first step toward building a 35-story apartment complex at the North Market. 

Ohio State University

The CEO of Ohio State University's Medical Center says he will take a leave of absence, then accept another position with the school.

paulryan.house.gov

Republican U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is scheduled to tour a New Albany area factory today to hear from manufacturers and make the case for tax reform legislation. 

Reynoldsburg City Schools officials are mum about why two administrators have been placed on paid leave, despite calls for answers from parents.

Franklin County Commissioners have approved spending 450 thousand dollars on mental health and suicide prevention services in public schools.

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