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West Jefferson will become home to Amazon's latest Ohio distribution center, slated to open by the end of 2019.
West Jefferson

The small village of West Jefferson will soon be home to Seattle-based tech giant Amazon’s sixth Ohio distribution center. Preparations are already underway on the massive "fulfillment center" building, slated for Route 40 between Springfield and Columbus. 

Amazon’s new, more than 850,000-square-foot, $175 million facility has been in the works for just a few months, West Jefferson officials say, and the project is moving at an accelerated pace.

Springfield-based EF Hutton recently launched Meggalife, a social media site designed to help users earn money for retirement while pointing and clicking online.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Two years ago, investment company EF Hutton relocated its headquarters to Springfield, Ohio.

The firm accepted a generous tax-incentive package, promising to invest millions of dollars and create up to 400 jobs in the city.

Some Springfielders say EF Hutton’s progress on these ambitious goals has been too slow. Now, EF Hutton officials hope a newly launched social-media investment platform will help convince the naysayers.

The Skydio R1 self-flying camera drone is equipped with 13 cameras, enabling it to look in every direction at once, the company says.
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Unmanned aerial drone technology is changing the way we live and work. And it’s not just Amazon and other corporate giants getting into the drone game. The multibillion-dollar industry is forecast to grow exponentially in coming years.

Will Higher Taxes Solve Springfield’s Problems?

Feb 5, 2018
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In May, Springfield voters approved a temporary income-tax increase. It raises the city’s tax rate from 2% to 2.4% for a period of 5 and 1/2 years.

But that wasn’t the first time the city asked residents for more money. A tax hike was also on the ballot in November of 2016. At the time, Springfield City Manager Jim Bodenmiller told voters that he would have to cut city services if the increase wasn’t approved.

He wasn’t bluffing. The tax increase failed in 2016, and the city started slashing services. 

Community producer Renee Wilde investigates the holiday legend of animals talking on Christmas Eve.
Renee Wilde / WYSO

For many of us, the holiday season is a time for sharing stories and traditions. In keeping with the holiday spirit, Community Voices Producer Renee Wilde traces the roots of her own holiday tradition, celebrating the Christmas legend that on Christmas Eve animals can suddenly talk.

Curious how widely known this talking-animals holiday legend is, Wilde heads to Clark County. 

Renee writes:

A winter market will be held in Springfield at the Mother Stewart's Brewery.
Mother Stewart's Brewery

The revamped, rebranded Springfield Farmers Market, held downtown outdoors in the summer, has more than doubled in size in 2 years - with more than 40 vendors now participating. And that momentum has led to something new - a winter market.

We’re calling it 'The Market at Mothers.' People can shop local goods, they can drink good beer and just enjoy community together," says Camaren Sloan.

The Convention & Visitors Bureau Events Manager. Which is the organization that manages the Springfield Farmers Market.

Opioid overdose survivors can experience physical and mental health problems, long after they're revived with naloxone.
Renee Wilde / WYSO

In Springfield, most calls to the city’s 911 emergency switchboard are related to an opioid overdose.

Some overdose victims will die. Many others will be saved with the fast-acting overdose reversal drug Narcan.

But, for some surviving overdose victims, that’s not the end of the story. An overdose can leave behind lasting mental and physical scars, advocates say.

The​ ​drug​ ​Narcan​ ​can​ ​seem​ ​like​​ ​magic​.​ ​Just​ ​one shot​ ​of​ ​the​ ​powerful​ medicine ​can​ ​literally​ ​bring​ ​an overdose victim ​back​ ​from​ ​the​ ​dead.​

Staff at the nonprofit Springfield addiction-treatment agency McKinley​ ​Hall are participating in a new approach to opioid overdose.
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Clark County has seen a record number of overdose deaths this year. But widespread use of the antidote ​Narcan is also allowing many people who overdose to survive and use again, increasing their risk of dying the next time.

Owners of The McAdams Building in Downtown Springfield are applying for 2.5 million dollars in state historic tax credits to renovate the building and turn it into apartments and storefronts.
Dan Gummel / WYSO

A long-vacant downtown Springfield landmark building may soon become home to a new mixed-use development that includes apartments, retail and restaurants.

The Turner Foundation is seeking $2.5 million in historic tax credits for the project, which would redevelop the McAdams building into 58 market-rate apartment units, with restaurants and retail on the first floor.

The project is estimated to cost around $17 million.

More than 200 people sang and held candles at a vigil in downtown Springfield Wednesday night in support of the victims of violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, less than a week ago.
Dan Gummel / WYSO

More than 200 people sang and held candles at a vigil in downtown Springfield Wednesday night in support of the victims of violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, less than a week ago.

Authorities have charged 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. with murder for allegedly driving a vehicle into a group of anti-white nationalist demonstrators at the rally. One person was killed and at least 19 other people were injured in the attack.

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