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Tyler Buchanan
16 hours ago - 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.

Columbus Zoo could sue to reclaim misspent funds

The entrance of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, with a sign covered in animal print
The entrance to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Photo: Grahm S. Jones, courtesy of the zoo

The Columbus Zoo is prepared to take legal action against former president and CEO Tom Stalf to reclaim the $432,000 it lost due his misspending.

  • Meanwhile, two other employees involved in the financial scandal reached settlements with the zoo Wednesday afternoon, spokesperson Nicolle Gomez Racey tells Axios.

Ohio schools can't require COVID shots — for now

Reproduced from National Academy for State Health Policy; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

While COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children ages 5 and older, it's unlikely they'll be added to Ohio's schedule of required student vaccinations any time soon.

Tyler Buchanan
Jan 12, 2022 - News

New trail will connect Linden neighborhood

Illustration of a bike with quarters for wheels.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Work is set to begin this spring on a new trail project planned for the Linden neighborhood.

The plan for an Amtrak station in Columbus

An architect's rendering of the entrance to a proposed Columbus Amtrak station, in color
An architect's rendering of the entrance to a proposed Columbus Amtrak station. Image: LMN Architects, courtesy of the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority

An Amtrak station could come to the Greater Columbus Convention Center if the city's goal of bringing passenger rail to Columbus stays on track.

What's happening: The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority recently unveiled plans for a proposed $23 million, two-level station integrated into the center's south building.

Tyler Buchanan
Jan 10, 2022 - News

How Ohio's minimum wage stacks up

Data: NELR/Axios research; Map: Will Chase/Axios

Ohio saw a jump in its minimum wage on New Year's Day, but the Buckeye State still trails much of the nation.

COVID surge closes central Ohio classrooms again

Data: Columbus City Schools; Chart: Thomas Oide/Axios

This week's return from winter break has been a struggle for central Ohio schools, with staffing shortages forcing more building closures than any other time this school year.

  • That likely isn't going away any time soon, with COVID-19 cases still surging to unprecedented levels due to the highly contagious Omicron variant.
Tyler Buchanan
Jan 7, 2022 - News

The backstory behind a 1970s Columbus marketing jingle

Illustration of state of Ohio on an "On Air" Sign
Illustration: Allie Carl, Aïda Amer/Axios

Let us take you back to the year 1979. You're on the way to see "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and the Pina Colada Song is on the radio.

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