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Ohio State president Kristina M. Johnson announces resignation

OSU president Kristina Johnson speaking on stage during an Intel investment announcement.

Ohio State University president Kristina M. Johnson speaks during Intel's announcement in Licking County. Photo: Paul Vernon/AP

We expected it would be a tough week for Ohio State, but not like this.

Catch up quick: University president Kristina M. Johnson announced her abrupt resignation late Monday, shortly after the Columbus Dispatch reported an unnamed consulting firm had investigated unspecified "concerns" raised by her staff.

Ohio's holiday spending expected to increase

Illustration of a bar chart made of presents.

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Statewide spending this holiday season is expected to increase for the 10th straight year despite buyers' concerns about inflation, the economy and higher housing costs.

Driving the news: Retail sales from October-December should reach $31.3 billion, per the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants' yearly forecast — a 3.4% increase over 2021.

Tyler Buchanan
Nov 16, 2022 - Business

✈️ New service at CMH

A 1940s postcard for the state of Minnesota.

Photo: Found Image Holdings/Corbis via Getty Images

If our recent cold spell already has you dreaming of a 2023 summer vacation, John Glenn Columbus International Airport has a new option to consider.

Piloting the news: Sun Country Airlines debuts next May with round-trip flights to and from Minneapolis-St. Paul through Labor Day.

Commute time slightly down from pre-pandemic levels

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The pandemic shaved a few minutes off your drive to and from work.

Driving the news: The average one-way commute in Columbus was 1.3 minutes shorter in 2021 compared with 2019, per the latest census data.

Everett Cook
Oct 21, 2022 - Business

Dozens of sportsbooks waiting on licenses in Ohio

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Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

With a little more than two months to go before sports gambling becomes legal in Ohio, some big-name sportsbooks are left waiting for their retail licenses, PlayOhio writes.

What's happening: The Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) set an Oct. 5 deadline for operators that had filed incomplete applications over the summer to provide the necessary licensing information.

Second-ever Amazon clothing store debuts at Easton

A row of outfits displayed on boards with a sign that says "Looks designed and inspired by top influencers"

Photo courtesy of Amazon

A tech-centric Amazon Style store opened at Easton Town Center yesterday, blending the convenience of online shopping with the dependability of an old-fashioned fitting room.

Why it matters: This is just the second Amazon brick-and-mortar clothing store in the country.

Honda to build $3.5 billion EV battery plant in Ohio

Bob Nelson, the executive vice-president of American Honda Motors, Co., Inc., addresses a crowd standing in front of an Ohio flag and Ohio Honda logo.

Bob Nelson, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., announces the automaker's plans at the Ohio Statehouse yesterday. Photo: Samantha Hendrickson/AP

Ohio is poised to become Honda's North American electric vehicle hub.

Driving the news: A new $3.5 billion EV battery factory is coming to Jeffersonville, about 40 miles southwest of Columbus, the automaker announced yesterday.

On this day in 2021: Zoo loses accreditation

An aerial overview of the Columbus Zoo entrance

Photo: Grahm S. Jones, courtesy of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

One year ago today, the Columbus Zoo lost its gold standard accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for the first time in 41 years.

Why it matters: The surprising news followed a year marred by scandals and was yet another blow to public trust for a beloved Central Ohio institution.

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