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The Christopher Columbus statue that stood outside City Hall for more than 60 years stands no more.

William Colston and his brother James Woody experienced the tornadoes together in an unusual way.
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On the night of the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes, when a twister with windspeeds of 170 miles per hour hit Montgomery County’s Shiloh Springs area, 32-year-old William Colston was in the apartment he shared with his mother and sister. His 26-year-old brother James Woody was home at his apartment in Columbus. They experienced the storm together in an unusual way.

Charlie and Amanda Jackson sing a duet in the Hatch New Media Space on December 7, 2018. Hatch Artist Studios in Springfield opens its doors to the public on the first Friday of every month.
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There are signs the tourism business may be on the upswing in Clark County. Tourist-related revenue there is up by more than $100 million since 2010. That growth is also fueling a welcome boost in hiring in Springfield, as new businesses and attractions pop up, enticing visitors to spend.

What’s behind the positive numbers?

It’s First Friday at the Hatch Artist Studios in Springfield.

West Jefferson will become home to Amazon's latest Ohio distribution center, slated to open by the end of 2019.
West Jefferson

The small village of West Jefferson will soon be home to Seattle-based tech giant Amazon’s sixth Ohio distribution center. Preparations are already underway on the massive "fulfillment center" building, slated for Route 40 between Springfield and Columbus. 

Amazon’s new, more than 850,000-square-foot, $175 million facility has been in the works for just a few months, West Jefferson officials say, and the project is moving at an accelerated pace.

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The Columbus City Council has voted in favor of an executive order by Mayor Andrew Ginther creating protections for the city's immigrants.

The vote Monday makes it against the law in Columbus to arrest or deny someone services based on their immigration status.

While the law reflects other sanctuary city laws across the country, officials say Columbus is not a "sanctuary city." President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw federal funding from cities that act as sanctuaries for immigrants.

A group calling for an independent investigation after an Ohio officer fatally shot a 13-year-old boy while investigating a reported armed robbery is returning to downtown Columbus to protest.

The group says it will hold a demonstration Monday afternoon outside City Hall.

Dozens of demonstrators packed city council chambers a week ago. They shouted down the council president and brought the meeting to a halt.

Protesters Take Over Columbus City Council Meeting

Sep 27, 2016
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In Columbus last night, dozens of protesters stormed the stage and took over a city council meeting. It’s the latest protest over the fatal police shooting of a 13-year-old boy.

Police calmly watched but did not make any arrests as protesters filed on stage and chanted “take a knee for Tyre.” Police say Tyre King was an armed robbery suspect who was shot after pulling a BB gun from his waistband. Protesters like Tammy Alsaada want an independent investigation into the shooting.

Police in Columbus responding to a report of an armed robbery shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who they say pulled a gun from his waistband that was later determined to be a BB gun.

It happened Wednesday night in Columbus near the intersection of South 18th Street and East Capital Street, just off East Broad Street.

Police say when officers arrived on the scene, the victim told them that a group of males had approached him and demanded money. One of them reportedly had a gun.

Jo Ingles

Just hours after she was named the first female presidential nominee of a major political party, Democrat Hillary Clinton took a bus tour through Pennsylvania and Ohio.  Yesterday, she stopped in Columbus. 

A few thousand people stood in the blazing hot sun for more than three hours to hear Clinton and her new Vice Presidential pick, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

John Glenn, Jr. Signed Photograph to Wallace Greene, Jr., 1962 - From the Wallace M. Greene, Jr. Collection (COLL/3093), Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections
USMC Archives

Astronaut John Glenn is getting an airport renamed in his honor in his home state of Ohio.

The 94-year-old former U.S. senator and his wife are scheduled to appear at a ceremony Tuesday to rename Port Columbus International Airport in Ohio's capital city as John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

State lawmakers voted on a bill last month to authorize the renaming. Republican House Speaker Clifford Rosenberger and Democratic Mayor Andrew Ginther are expected at the event.

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