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Rebecca Falconer
37 mins ago

Intel to build $20 billion chip plant in Ohio

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger on stage at a summit on November 08, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Horacio Villalobos - Corbis/Getty Images

Intel will open a new manufacturing mega-site near Columbus, Ohio, costing at least $20 billion, Time magazine first reported on Thursday night.

Why it matters: There's been a global chip shortage during the pandemic, which has impacted the manufacturing of products including vehicles and consumer electronics.

Free COVID tests available to all U.S. families

Stacked boxes of at-home rapid COVID-19 tests
Boxes of iHealth COVID-19 rapid test kits, provided by the state of California for elementary school parents. Photo: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A government portal for ordering free, at-home rapid COVID-19 tests is live.

👍 We submitted our orders and are happy to report it's a simple, smooth process.

Tyler Buchanan
21 hours ago - News

Report: Columbus one of nation's top state capitals

Columbus Crew fans celebrate a goal by waving flags.
Columbus Crew fans celebrate a goal during the 2021 Campeones Cup at Field last September. Photo: Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

Columbus is one of the best state capitals, and there's now data to back that opinion up.

Columbus students to get free books every month

Illustration of a house-shaped bookcase
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Columbus City Schools will use some of its federal pandemic relief funds to give free books to every student monthly.

Why it matters: Children in low-income families have less access to books at home, which can negatively impact academic achievement. This helps level the playing field.

Tyler Buchanan
21 hours ago - Business

Columbus startup funding is skyrocketing

Data: PitchBook; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Local startup funding skyrocketed in Columbus in 2021.

  • The region recorded 61 venture capital deals worth a combined $1.5 billion, an Axios Columbus review of Pitchbook data finds.

Columbus Zoo welcomes four rescued baby manatees

Stubby, a large manatee with white scars, is surrounded by three calves in a pool
Stubby, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's permanent resident manatee, greets new calves over the weekend. Photo courtesy of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

👋 Say hello to Lizzo, Cardi-Tee, MaryKate and Ashley.

What's happening: The Columbus Zoo welcomed four rescued manatee calves from SeaWorld over the weekend. It now houses nine manatees, its most ever.

Tyler Buchanan
Jan 19, 2022 - News

Report: Ohio's lax traffic laws make roadways unsafe

Data: Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety; Map: Jared Whalen/Axios

Ohio leaders could do a lot more to make driving here safer, recent research shows.

Tyler Buchanan
Jan 18, 2022 - News

Report: Columbus a hotbed for bed bugs

Data: Orkin; Chart: Baidi Wang/Axios

It's not the most appealing list to be on, but facts are facts: Columbus is apparently a hotspot for bed bugs.