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Columbus City Schools using $870k to pay off “secret” radio debt

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According to the current President of the Board of Education for Columbus City Schools Gary Baker, the state shortchanged the school district by almost $100 million a year in state financial aid. And just last month, dozens of Columbus City School teachers took the day off from school to march for better pay, smaller classroom sizes, and better working conditions.

However, it’s been announced that the Columbus Board of Education will use $870,000 of its general education fund—local and state money earmarked for teaching students—to pay the debt of local National Public Radio affiliate WCBE.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the $870,000 debt run up by WCBE has been kept secret by now. A background memo obtained by The Dispatch reveals Scott Varner, Executive Director of Strategic Communications and Public Relations at Columbus City Schools, communicating to Superintendent Talisa Dixon that the school board “may be asked again to supplement the station’s budget through the general fund.”

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Baker told The Dispatch following the 7-0 “consent agenda” omnibus vote that the administration recommended that Columbus City Schools covers the debt of WCBE using its general education fund. He also added that he is “pleased” the district is able to help fund WCBE, “a valuable community service.”

Back in 1970, WCBE established itself as an “educational tool of the Columbus City Schools,” according to the station’s website. Today, “WCBE is an NPR affiliate, broadcasting twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.”

The station is well known for its annual spring fundraiser (that was alarmingly unfruitful last year) that funds its $1.2 to $1.3 million budget. However, The Dispatch reports that district officials only recently learn that NPR had been accepting payments from WCBE General Manager Dan Mushalko.

Mushalko is on paid suspension pending the outcome of an internal audit. Read more at The Dispatch.

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“Celebrating Chris Bradley,” 10TV to air special tonight

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“We really miss Chris being a part of our lives.” 

From his husband and children, to his church, to 10TV, to people all across central Ohio, Chris Bradley was a beloved member of so many families. While he may be gone from this earth, the memories of Chris and his life of love, compassion, selflessness, and community will continued to be shared.

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See what’s ahead for Chris’s family and legacy on 10TV’s “Celebrating Chris Bradley,” tonight at 5:00 PM.

Celebrating Chirs Bradley and his legacy

"We really miss Chris being a part of our lives." Chris Bradley was a part of 10TV's family and families across central Ohio. Now, see what's ahead for his family and legacy — Monday at 5 p.m. on 10TV.

Posted by 10TV – WBNS on Sunday, July 21, 2019
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You might recognize new pop-up in the Short North

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Sprint, jump, jog to the Short North for day 1 of Lululemon’s yearlong pop-up. The popular athletic apparel company is now open at 640 N. High St.

Depending on the success of the pop-up, Lululemon could be a permanent installation on High Street.

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You could personally welcome Lululemon to the neighborhood by attending the grand opening event this Sunday, July 21 which will feature an outdoor yoga session.

This is Lululemon’s second stint in Short North with the first having been from 2008-2010 before the Easton and Polaris stores opened.

Lululemon Short North will be open from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Sundays.

For more information, click here.

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No butts about it, Ohio raises smoking age to 21

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In a move that nicotine-addicted members of Gen-Z are sure to find totally “un-lit,” state lawmakers have raised the legal age for tobacco sales to 21.

The bill, which passed as part of the new state budget, would have included a provision exempting people who turn 18 before October 1 from the new restrictions—but Governor Mike Dewine vetoed that portion of the law.

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Products such as cigarettes, rolling papers, vaping products and chewing tobacco are now only available for legal sale to those 21 and up.

Sorry, kids. You’ll just have to wait a few more years to start wasting money on products that damage your health in countless ways!

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