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Two controversial abortion bills passed by Ohio Senate

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Two controversial abortion bills were passed by the Ohio Senate Wednesday. The first bill, Senate Bill 155, would require a doctor to inform a woman about an untested treatment to reverse a pill-based abortion, reports ABC6. The second, Senate Bill 208, would require doctors to inform the state when an infant survives an attempted abortion, and to provide care to that infant.

Opponents of Senate Bill 155 say it’s unethical to experiment on pregnant women.

“We should be basing our policy on science and fact, not misinformation and lies,” said Jaime Miracle with NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, per ABC6. “There’s absolutely no scientific or medical evidence that this idea even exists or is an effective form of medicine.”

Supporters of Senate Bill 155 say it would provide an important option to pregnant women.

“Whether it’s approved by the FDA or not, that doesn’t matter. There are 1000 babies alive today because of this,” said Michael Gonidakis, the head of Ohio Right to Life, per ABC6. “Why wouldn’t we want to give a woman this option to keep her baby if she changes her mind?”

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Senate Bill 208 opponents say there is already legislation that protects babies outside the womb, and would only cause harm to physicians and those seeking abortions.

“There’s absolutely no reason to pass this bill other than to stigmatize and shame abortion providers and the patients they serve,” Miracle said, per ABC6.

Senate Bill 208 supporters say the piece of legislation is important because it would protect the lives of babies.

“If a baby survives an abortion and is outside the womb, it should be protected and our medical community, our physicians should stand up and protect that child,” Gonidakis said per ABC6.

Both bills will head to the House of Representatives to be considered. Visit ABC6 for more information.

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Brewery District bakery to close after 10 years

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The Brewery District will be sans a bakery in just a few short days.

After 10 years, Kolache Republic will be serving its last pastry on Saturday, February 8.

"We are truly grateful to our community of customers, friends, family and staff who have supported us in our pursuit to bring a unique food experience to this vibrant city as Columbus’ first and only kolache bakery," wrote Kolache Republic on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/Kolacherepublic/posts/3438844786142628

Other than deciding it was "time to hang up our oven mitts and start a new chapter," the Czech pastry shop did not provide a reason for the closure.

If you're planning on showing a lot of love for Kolache Republic before it closes, Kolache recommends calling ahead for any orders of a dozen or more.

Kolache Republic is located at 730 S High St.

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Former meteorologist Mike Davis to plead guilty on child pornography charges

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According to court records and a report from his onetime employer, former 10TV meteorologist Mike Davis will plead guilty to the child pornography charges against him.

In his trial, scheduled for January 30, Davis is expected to plead guilty to four counts of pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor.

Davis is accused of uploading more than 15,000 images of suspected child pornography using a Yahoo email address. He was arrested on September 5 after the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) was tipped off to the alleged activities.

The indictment against him alleges that since 2012, Davis regularly downloaded and emailed to himself videos and images depicting young children engaging in sexual activity.

Davis originally pleaded not guilty to all charges in October 2019. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said no plea deal has been offered in the case and his office will seek jail time for Davis.

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Columbus advancing in process to become 1st hyperloop location

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For all you Hyperloop-heads out there, we've got some good news: Central Ohio was selected to advance to the second phase of the process to become the first official hyperloop certification center in the United States.

Seventeen other states submitted proposals, including Delaware, Georgia, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.

According to a release, over the last several weeks, MORPC has been meeting with several local governments to provide an update on the initial findings of the Rapid Speed Transportation Initiative (RSTI), which aims to improve connectivity across the Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh corridor.

The update also included findings on the Hyperloop Feasibility Study (also referred to as the Midwest Connect Feasibility Study) and the Environmental Impact Study (EIS) of the corridor.

Click here to learn more about MORPC's hyperloop efforts.

Click here for a hyperloop FAQ.

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