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Police in Columbus responding to a report of an armed robbery shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who they say pulled a gun from his waistband that was later determined to be a BB gun.

It happened Wednesday night in Columbus near the intersection of South 18th Street and East Capital Street, just off East Broad Street.

Police say when officers arrived on the scene, the victim told them that a group of males had approached him and demanded money. One of them reportedly had a gun.

State Leaders Brace For Dramatic Drop In State Report Card Grades

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The Ohio Departmente. of Education is pushing for updated safety plans for schools around the state
Ohio Department of Education

The Ohio Department of Education plans to release its state school report cards Thursday morning and state leaders are telling parents, students and educators to brace themselves for significantly lower than usual grades. 

The state has raised the bar on what qualifies as being proficient and how many students need to reach that standard to get a good report card grade.

Schools that are used to getting A’s and B’s could see their grades drop to D’s and even F’s.

Janeal Ravndal reads Carol Stoner's poem, "Sediment."

Juliet Fromholt

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a decision by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Ohio’s early voting laws.

 

The Ohio Democratic Party had sued Ohio Secretary of State John Husted after the elimination of what was known as “golden week” when Ohioans could both register and cast ballots at the same time.

 

On Tuesday, following the decision, Secretary Husted issued a statement saying Ohio remains one of the “easiest states in the nation in which to register and cast your ballot.”

 

Julie Moore reads Maureen Fry's poem, "Night Music."

A new Ohio law offers immunity from prosecution to people trying to get help for someone overdosing on drugs or overdose victims themselves who seek assistance.

The law taking effect Tuesday covers people calling 911, contacting a police officer or taking an overdose victim to a medical facility for up to two times. They would again be subject to prosecution on the third call.

 

Local Growers Bring Flowers From Field To Vase

Sep 13, 2016
A worker harvests lillies at the Little Miami Flower Company
Renee Wilde / WYSO

In 2015 floriculture sales made up a $31.3 billion dollar industry according to the Society of American Florists. 78% of those flowers came from Columbia, which became a competitive market thanks to the Columbian Free Trade Agreement, that gave the country duty-free access to the U.S. market. Low wages make imported flowers cheaper than U.S. produced. The average flower worker in Columbia makes $6 a day and can work up to 70 hour weeks without overtime.

Sara Björk / Flickr Creative Commons

Now when the nights are cool and the moon is dark, those giant puffball mushrooms swell in the woods,  getting so big...

September fogs, the sliding sun, and one of the most radical weather shifts so far in the season, calls them up from the ground.

As the day moves to within a few degrees of equinox, other creatures tell the time as well as puffballs.

April Laissle

Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton’s health became a focal point during running mate Tim Kaine’s visit to Dayton today.

The major topic of the rally at Stivers School for the Arts was college affordability, but the tone of the event shifted slightly during Former Governor Ted Strickland’s introduction speech.  

“Just let me say that I’ve known Senator Kaine for quite some time. He is a wonderfully prepared person to be the Vice President and to be the President, if that ever became necessary.” 

Wesley Community Center
Wesley Community Center

In 1966 riots broke out in West Dayton that would affect the community for decades. Out of those riots was born the Wesley Community Center, which for the last fifty years has provided educational, workforce and healthcare services to local residents. They now serve more than 7000 people annually. 

In this interview with WYSO, Yvette Kelly-Fields talks about the center's history, mission and services. She also tells us how the center is celebrating their fifty-years of service to Dayton's west side.

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