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WOSU shedding basement digs for OSU studio

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WOSU Public Media is moving up, literally.

The Public Broadcasting Service member television station was the recipient of a $5 million gift that will allow them to move from their basement digs at the Fawcett Center on Olentangy River Road to a new studio in the 15th and High District across from OSU.

A local couple and 30-year members, Sandy and Andy Ross, were the generous donors.

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They told Columbus Business First that WOSU is a huge part of their lives and they want to inspire others to adopt it into their lifestyles.

The new location will enable the station to more easily and frequently collaborate with the radio, TV, and computer graphics design studios at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

The exact location of WOSU’s new studio will be N. Pearl Street and 14th Avenue.

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Elderly Dublin man narrowly survives deadly weekend hike

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A weekend outing with his grandsons nearly ended in tragedy for one Dublin man according to a report from the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Rescuers found 80-year-old James Clark of Dublin at 1:15 AM Friday morning on a Mount Washington trail in New Hampshire. Clark was found in the fetal position with signs of hypothermia, and was treated at a hospital for what authorities say were non-life-threatening injuries.

Clark had to be carried about 1.7 miles down a trail after his two teenage grandsons went ahead without him. Clark said that the plan was for the boys to go on at their own pace, as they had done the previous two days while climbing the highest peaks in New York and Vermont.

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Mount Washington was the third leg of a five-day trip for Clark and his grandsons. According to reports, he was unable to continue due to extreme cold temperatures on the mountain.

Unfortunately, other weekend hikers were not as lucky as Clark. On Friday, 69-year-old William Whittenaur of New Hampshire died following a medical emergency on a New Hampshire trail.

Likewise, Sandra Lee of  New Jersey succumbed to an unknown medical condition while hiking on one of the state’s trails, and was pronounced dead at the hospital

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Will Gov DeWine’s new program really improve your BMV experience?

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Everyone’s least favorite errand will hopefully become less painful. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Registrar Charles Norman are working together to launch a pilot program to improve customer service at the BMV.

Specifically, drivers seeking a license renewal and vehicle registration will see changes to the process, reports NBC4i. Stay tuned for more details on the ins and outs of the program.

The program launched at 10:00 AM today.

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DeWine’s office says the new system aligns with an overall effort by the administration to make government more efficient.

How are some ways the Ohio BMV could improve customer service? Let us know in the comments below.

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How the “wettest year in Ohio history” could affect your grocery shopping

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While the rain may be ruining your weekend plans, it’s ruining the livelihoods of farmers around the state and, potentially, your grocery list. We are currently experiencing the wettest yearlong period in Ohio history, causing the state to be the farthest behind in planting corn and soybeans compared to all states that plant the crops, according to experts from The Ohio State University and federal reports.

And the trickle-down effect may impact your grocery shopping.

“Individual shoppers looking for specific items may experience hiccups in their availability or swings in their price,” said Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and Crop Science professor Matthew D. Kleinhenz, PhD.

As of June 9, only 50% of Ohio’s corn crop and 32% of its soybean crop was planted, a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows. By now, Ohio typically is 96% done with planting corn and 89% done with soybeans, reports the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State.

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But, the problems aren’t over once farmers get their crops in the ground.

“The growers who have been able to plant a corn or soybean crop likely will have to contend with other challenges that come with a lot of rainfall: more weeds, pests, and diseases,” reports Ohio State.

Though consumers may have more limited or more expensive offerings in the produce section this harvest season, the impact of the rain will have little effect on your shopping experience.

In my opinion, on the whole, Central Ohio shoppers can expect little change in the availability, etc of produce,” assured Kleinhenz. “The supply of produce is very resilient thanks to farms being located in many areas, the expertise of farmers, and other factors.”

Kleinhenz also reminds shoppers to remain patient and positive when something they’re looking for is not available, and use this time to enjoy what is available from growers.

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