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Touch a Hyperloop: Revolutionary technology to be displayed in Columbus this month

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Having a hard time believing Hyperloop technology exists? Later this month, you’ll have an opportunity to check it out in the flesh right here in central Ohio.

The Virgin XP-1 Hyperloop pod will be on display at the Dublin Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library on Tuesday, August 6 and Gravity on Monday, August 5.

The technology was on display at COSI on Sunday, August 4.

Having a great time at COSI today with Hyperloop One, kicking off their U.S. Roadshow with plenty of hands-on STEM activities!

Posted by COSI Columbus' Dynamic Hands-On Science Center! on Sunday, August 4, 2019

Virgin Hyperloop One CEO Jay Walder will be touring with the pod, sharing information about hyperloop technology and the planning and feasibility studies taking place right here in Central Ohio.

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Walder will also meet with legislative officials and business leaders at the Ohio Statehouse on Monday, August 5.

Virgin Hyperloop One’s technology would transport passengers and goods three times as fast as high-speed rail and enable regional cities to connect just as local city subways connect neighborhoods. A Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh corridor is in the study phases.

Below is more information about all the central Ohio stops:

COSI: Sunday, August 4, 2019

VHO has partnered with The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) to host a STEM outreach day – featuring the XP-1 vehicle and hyperloop-related, hands-on activities for all ages. The event is free and open to the public from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at COSI, 333 West Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215.

GRAVITY: Monday, August 5, 2019

The XP-1 Hyperloop Pod will be on display at Gravity, 500 W. Broad Street, from 4:00 – 7:30 p.m.

DUBLIN, OHIO: Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The XP-1 Hyperloop Pod will be on display at Columbus Metropolitan Library – Dublin Branch, 75 N. High Street from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. View the pod on the Library plaza, grab breakfast located in the meeting room on the lower level and network with local business and community leaders. The Hyperloop Pod will be leaving the library location at 8:30 a.m.

MARYSVILLE, OHIO: Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The XP-1 Hyperloop Pod will be on display from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. at Partners Park, 125 E. Sixth Street, Marysville.

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Columbus company cracks top 15 on Glassdoor’s list of best places to work

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Each year, Glassdoor (the website where current and former employees anonymously review companies) releases its list of the 100 best places to work.

Coming in strong at #15 in the 2020 edition of the ranking is the Ohio-based company CoverMyMeds, which operates the largest of its offices in Columbus. Employees of the healthcare software firm cited company culture and opportunities for personal growth as positive factors.

Founded in 2008 in Twinsburg and Columbus, CoverMyMeds has about 1,300 employees across all its Cleveland, Columbus and remote locations.

For more information on Glassdoor's rankings and to view the complete list of the 100 best places to work in 2020, visit glassdoor.com.

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Ohio House passes bill forbidding plastic bag bans

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UPDATE: A full year after the issue was first raised by lawmakers, the Ohio House passed a measure forbidding any bans on the use of plastic bags, according to a report from The Dispatch.

The majority Republican chamber voted 57-35 on Wednesday to approve House Bill 242, which would prevent bans on the use of plastic bags by grocery stores, restaurants and other retailers. The measure will now move to the State Senate for approval.

The legislation also would also protect other single-use plastic products such as food containers and plastic straws from being banned.

The city of Bexley passed a ban on single-use plastic bags in May of 2019, but that legislation would be unable to go into effect if House Bill 242 is passed.

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10/18/2018: After Kroger announced its plan to phase out single-use plastic bags and transition to reusable bags across its stores by 2025, some Ohio lawmakers are trying to stop municipalities from doing the same.

The Republican sponsors of HB625 and SB210 say the state as a whole should decide on a ban or fee on disposable plastic bags to avoid a patchwork of regulations from local governments to local governments, reports WOSU.

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Opponents of the legislation believe business owners at the community level should have the right to decide for themselves whether to implement a ban or a fee, though.

HB625 is scheduled for a committee hearing later this month which could result in a vote.

Do you side with the legislation or the opponents?

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Columbus man shares sexual assault allegations against OSU doctor on NBC News

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As sexual assault accusations continue to mount in the case against an Ohio State University sports doctor, one alleged victim shared his story on a national platform.

NBC News recently published an interview with Stephen Snyder-Hill, a Columbus-native, LGBTQ activist, and military veteran who has accused Dr. Richard Strauss of sexually assaulting him as a student over two decades ago.

Dr. Richard Strauss, who died in 2005

Snyder-Hill told NBC after years of trying to suppress the memories of 1995, it all came flooding back when allegations first surfaced against Strauss last year.

Now, Snyder-Hill is among hundreds of men accusing Strauss of sexual abuse, and more than a dozen individuals seeking legal action against the university.

For more on Snyder-Hill's allegations against Strauss, visit nbcnew.com.

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