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A first-timer's guide to Red, White & Boom

Fireworks explode over the Scioto River
Fireworks explode over the Scioto River during Red, White & Boom in 2019. Photo: Brooke LaValley/Columbus Dispatch/USA Today Network

The Midwest's biggest and brightest fireworks display finally returns tomorrow after two years.

  • Never been to Red, White & Boom? Here's how to hide your first-timer status.

OB-GYNs fear abortion ban will deter doctors from Ohio

Illustration of a doctor's handcuffed hands wearing medical gloves
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Ohio has just enough OB-GYNs to meet demand at the moment.

  • But after the state's severe abortion restrictions went into effect last week, doctors fear it could be more difficult to recruit new talent to stave off a shortage as more pregnancies are carried to term.

Electric vehicles' popularity plugging along in Ohio

Data: S&P Global Mobility; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Metro areas in Ohio and the Midwest are still deserts in the nation's electric vehicle market despite recent progress in Columbus to plug in more residents.

Why it matters: The world is in the midst of a global transition away from gasoline-powered vehicles, partially driven by environmental concerns, Axios' Joann Muller reports.

Columbus homebuilding lags amid surging demand

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Columbus ranks in the middle of its peers when it comes to building new homes in the U.S.

What they found: Columbus had 7.2 single-family building permits per 10,000 people in the first quarter of this year, per the latest analysis by real estate company Redfin.

Review: Kissho Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar is on a roll

Rows of sushi rolls on a plate
An assortment of sushi rolls from Kissho Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar. Front to back: buckeye, crunch munch, rocket and crunchy calamari. Photo: Alissa Widman Neese/Axios

πŸ‘‹ Alissa here with what might be Central Ohio's best kept sushi secret.

Driving the news: If you're searching for the perfect mix of quality, variety and affordability, head to Kissho Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar, just north of Reynoldsburg.

Tyler Buchanan
Jun 28, 2022 - Politics

City attorney: I'm not enforcing Ohio's abortion ban

Illustration of a gavel coming down on a hospital.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Columbus and other major cities in Ohio are pledging not to enforce the state's strict abortion law enacted after Roe v. Wade was overturned.

Why it matters: Democrats, outnumbered in statewide government, have little power to stop these laws, but they can wield power in cities under their control.

Bond package would pay for new affordable housing

Photo illustration of Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther with lines radiating from him.
Photo illustration: Allie Carl/Axios. Photo: Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

Voters will be asked to support a $1.5 billion bond package in November to fund new affordable housing projects and other public services.

Why it matters: The city's population is expected to keep growing long term, but the housing supply is not keeping up with demand.

Tyler Buchanan
Jun 27, 2022 - News

Online license renewals means fewer BMV trips

A sample Ohio driver's license.
A sample Ohio driver's license. Photo courtesy the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state is helping Ohioans avoid future trips to the BMV and we're here for it.