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Ballot Issue would raise Ohio minimum wage to $13

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According to paperwork filed with the Ohio Attorney General, a new ballot issue is in the works to increase Ohio’s minimum wage to $13 an hour by Jan. 1, 2025.

Once approvals are obtained from Attorney General Dave Yost and the Ohio Ballot Board, a petition with signatures from 442,958 registered Ohio voters would need to be completed by July 1 for the issue to make the November 2020 ballot.

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If successful, the proposed increase to the minimum wage would be rolled out between 2021 and 2025. Further increases tied to the rate of inflation would follow.

The minimum wage for non-tipped workers in Ohio currently sits at $8.70 an hour, which is lower than the minimum in 23 other states.

To learn more, visit Dayton Daily News.

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Former Giant Eagle on Neil could become the city’s latest mixed-use development

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Developer Casto is eying the former Giant Eagle location at 777 Neil Ave. as the site of a brand new mixed-use development, according to NBC4i.

Casto shared its plans with the Harrison West Society on Wednesday night. If approved, the Thurber Village shopping center on Neil Avenue would be redeveloped for residential and commercial use.

The first major hurdle the developer will need to clear is gaining the approval of CVS, which still operates a location in the site in spite of Giant Eagle's closure in 2017.

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“Save BIG money”—Hilliard Menards opening date announced

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The highly-anticipated new location of big-box megastore Menards will open Tuesday, Feb. 25, just south of Hilliard on Hilliard Rome Road, according to the company.

“Opening this new store will provide greater shopping convenience for everyone in the area,” Menards’ Ryan Neumeier said in a release.

Headquarted in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Menards is a family-owned company with more than 300 home improvement stores in 14 states. The new Menards is the fourth Central Ohio location, joining stores on Morse Road, E Broad St. and in Lewis Center.

For more information, visit Menards.com.

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Gahanna student facing prison time for triple-fatal crash near Easton

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An 18-year-old Gahanna Lincoln High School student is facing a 17-year prison sentence after causing a car crash near Easton in October that resulted in three fatalities.

Kobie Marquise Stillwell was driving an Audi A6 at 116 mph when he collided with a Toyota Camry at the intersection of Morse and Sunbury roads near Easton Town Center on October 12.

Two people in the Camry were killed: Kumari Biswakarma (driver), 40, of the Northeast Side, and her 24-year-old daughter Anju Biswakarma, reports The Dispatch. Kumari's 22-year-old daughter, Srijana Biswakarma, was hospitalized with severe injuries.

JaShawn Scott, 17, who was a passenger in the Audi 6 and Stillwell's football teammate, was pronounced dead at the hospital following the crash. A second passenger in the Audi was also injured.

Additionally an AK-47 was recovered from the Audi after the fatal accident.

A $25,000 bond was set at Stillwell's arraignment Wednesday. If convicted of the three counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault, with attached firearm specifications, he could be sentenced to 17 years in prison.

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