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Everything you need to know about the Democratic debate in Westerville

Mike Thomas

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On Tuesday, October 15, Otterbein University in Westerville will host the next debate between the 12 Democratic presidential hopefuls leading the pack for their party’s nomination.

Whether you’re an Otterbein student concerned with how the debates will affect your daily routine, or Westerville resident wondering which roads to avoid, there’s a lot to consider when this high-profile political showdown comes to town.

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Luckily, the city of Westerville has compiled a handy guide for what to expect next week when the debate kicks off. From road closures and parking to ticketing and security info for the event, the comprehensive guide provides everything you’ll need to enjoy—or avoid—this historic moment in Central Ohio history.

For Westerville’s complete Democratic Presidential Primary Debate guide, visit Westerville.org.

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Ohio named one of the dumbest states in recent list

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Safehome.org, a website specializing in "expert research to compare the
best options in security and safety" (per their website) recently published a ranking of the "smartest" states in the US, according to The Dispatch. For Ohio, the news is not good.

Landing at number 43, Ohio ranks among the ten-dumbest states on Safehome.org's ranking. The website looked at information such as bachelor’s degrees and college prep scores while creating their list, which named New Jersey as the "smartest" state and placed Idaho last.

According to Safehome’s research, 17% of adults in Ohio age 25 and older hold a bachelor’s degree. The state's graduation rate is 84%, while the average SAT score was 1,097 in 2018-19.

"While we believe things like having high test scores and earning academic degrees represent one way of understanding and quantifying how smart someone is, we acknowledge that we're not taking into account things like emotional intelligence or common sense," Safehome says in the conclusion of its study.

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Ohio gaining international attention for newest abortion bill

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A proposed abortion bill in Ohio that would require a medical procedure that may not even be possible is gaining international attention.

House Bill 413 would require doctors try to save pregnancies growing outside of the uterus (ectopic pregnancies) by reimplanting the fetus in the uterus, which has never been done before. NBC4i reports OBGYNs are arguing it isn't even medically possible.

TIME went as far as to say, "the bill seems to suggest that doctors could avoid jail time by performing a procedure that does not exist."

Also under the bill, doctors who end pregnancies could be charged with "abortion murder," and face the death penalty unless it is done to save a woman’s life and all possible steps are taken to save the fetus’ life.

Gov. Mike DeWine signed the heartbeat abortion bill into law in April, banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. It has since been temporarily blocked by a federal judge.

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Proposed Brewery District development could change skyline

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The Brewery district could be the site of a massive new construction project according to a report from ABC6.

During a meeting of The Brewery District Commission this week, North Carolina builder Zimmer Development Company and architectural firm NBBJ proposed a 30-story building complex to be developed on a 17-acre plot of land on West Whittier Street. The land is situated near Scioto Audubon Metro Park on the Whittier Peninsula.

According to the plan outlined by the developers, construction of the project would be broken up into three phases to be completed over 10-15 years. When complete, the complex would include over 370 apartments, 79-thousand square feet of office space, retail and restaurant space, outdoor patios, and a nearly 600-car garage.

Aside from the construction process itself, the proposed project will need to overcome a few hurdles in order to move forward. The proposed site of the building is currently owned by the company CSX, and also happens to reside on a flood plain.

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