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1 in 3 Ohioans may permanently work from home, study says

Figures are study's "medium" scenarios. Data: Ohio Mayors Alliance; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Working from home is here to stay for one-third of Ohioans, according to a study from a bipartisan coalition of mayors from the state.

Why it matters: The shift is expected to cause large cities like Columbus to lose millions of dollars in municipal income taxes, which help pay for their services, as those workers who live outside city limits no longer commute downtown.

Tyler Buchanan
10 hours ago - Sports

Blasting away with Nordecke Brass, the Columbus Crew supporter band

Four trumpet and trombone players pose at a soccer game, wearing the team's attire.
Tyler (second from right) and other members of the Nordecke Brass section at last Saturday's Columbus Crew game. Photo provided

The Nordecke Brass section has no sheet music. There are no rehearsals, no tryouts, and no director.

  • The only missions for these Columbus Crew musicians? Blast off and have fun.

Trumpeting the news: Luke Johnston, a veteran player for Nordecke Brass, invited Tyler to play at last Saturday's match against the New York Red Bulls.

The Columbus area's most popular ZIP codes for home buyers

Data: Zillow; Map: Sara Wise/Axios

Ever find yourself scrolling through Zillow for new homes?

  • You're far from alone. The most popular ZIP codes for home buyers (and dreamers) in the Columbus Metro Statistical Area all feature suburban neighborhoods surrounding the capital city.

Fall color delayed in most of Ohio

A forest turning orange, yellow and red in autumn
A Cincinnati park during a previous autumn. Photo: Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

While foresters had predicted this week would be the perfect time to take a peek at peak fall foliage, most of central Ohio's trees are still green.

Driving the news: Our unseasonably warm October has unfortunately come at a price. That stretch of high temperatures has many trees behaving as if it's still summer.

Ohio eases COVID quarantine rules for schools

Illustration of an apple wearing a covid mask.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Starting this week, Ohio students no longer have to quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 at school, as long as they agree to wear a mask at school for the next 14 days and have no symptoms.

  • If they test negative once on day 5, 6 or 7, they can unmask.

Why it matters: Families and school leaders have expressed concerns about students missing too much class time in isolation, especially if they aren't infected.

What to know before heading to the polls in Franklin County

A pollworker wears a mask reading "VOTE" at a voting location.
A volunteer poll worker inside the Franklin County Board of Elections office last year. Early voting is available through next Monday for the upcoming Nov. 2 election. Photo: Ty Wright/Getty Images

Ohio's general election is next week, with early voting underway in Columbus and Franklin County communities.

Why it matters: The Nov. 2 election impacts residents at the local level, featuring key races for school boards, city councils and other ballot issues.

Tyler Buchanan
Oct 25, 2021 - Politics

Get to know the 4 candidates for Columbus City Council

The Columbus, Ohio skyline, with a park, river, bridges and distant buildings.
Scioto Mile Park and the skyline of Columbus. Photo by: Jumping Rocks/UIG via Getty Images

Four candidates are running for three seats on Columbus City Council. Axios Columbus is highlighting the candidates in alphabetical order — Nick Bankston, Lourdes Barroso de Padilla, Shannon Hardin and Tom Sussi.

Our picks for fall-themed trips in the Columbus area

Two children pick out a pumpkin in a patch.
People enjoy during picking pumpkins at a New Jersey farm earlier this year. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Can you believe there are only two weekends left of spooky season? Here are some ways to celebrate in central Ohio while also staying safe outside:

🎃 Pick a pumpkin, hop on a hayride or explore a corn maze at a family farm: