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Columbus ranks 5th in the world for quality of life

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Per a recent study, you’re just having a bad day, not a bad life.

According to numbeo.com, Columbus is ranked fifth in the world when it comes to quality of life.

The site considered purchasing power, safety, health care, cost of living, property prices to income ratio, traffic commute time, pollution, and climate in its methodology.

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Out of the 227 cities listed, Ohio appeared twice (s/o to Cincinnati for snagging the 31st spot). Canberra, Australia took the #1 position.

Check out the full list here.

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Missing 14-year-old girl last seen on Columbus’ west side

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Columbus Police are searching for Megan Brumfield, a 14-year-old girl who went missing from the city's west side on Tuesday.

Police say Brumfield was last seen near North Harris Avenue and Ridge Avenue. She is described as 5 feet 1 inch, 110 pounds, blonde hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about the girl's whereabouts should contact the Columbus Division of Police at 614-645-4624.

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Local Love: Classroom transformation featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show

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One deserving Central Ohio teacher got the surprise of her career thanks to another Columbus local.

Brittany Jeltema has dedicated her life to flipping classrooms for educators around the country. Her most recent transformation impacted teacher Kristen Muenster and her students at the Academy For Urban Scholars High School in Downtown Columbus.

"She goes above and beyond for her students and I was honored to give her the space of her dreams," Jeltema said of Muenster on Instagram.

Jeltema was also excited to have the support of several local businesses through the process, including Elm and Iron, Stump Plants, Swoon Rugs, and Wildcat Gift and Party.

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Jeltema's story and the big reveal was recently featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show. Watch the emotional clip below!

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To keep up with Jeltema as she continues to change the lives of our nation's teachers, follow her on Instagram at @thesuperheroteacher.

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Four months later, ODOT shares impact of SmartLane

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The I-670 SmartLane has only been open about four months, but its effects on traffic are reportedly paramount.

According to Ohio Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Brooke Ebersole, since the SmartLane opened in October, average commute times on I-670 east have been cut in half.

Prior to construction, traffic speeds averaged 25 mph, and the evening commute from downtown Columbus to the East Side of the city could take anywhere from 5 minutes to 30 minutes, said Ebersole. Now, with the left shoulder of I-670 open to traffic and an enforced speed limit of 45 mph, drivers can now rely on a 5-minute commute on I-670 between I-71 and I-270 regardless of the time of day, she added.

Beyond the weekday evening commute, Ebersole said the extra capacity provided by the SmartLane is also beneficial if there’s a crash.

"For example, a crash last month closed two of the three lanes on I-670 east, so ODOT was able to open the SmartLane to provide two lanes for traffic while still protecting emergency responders," she explained.

For more SmartLane coverage, click here. For more information on the SmartLane project, visit ODOT.com.

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