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Gas leak reported near Nationwide Children’s Hospital

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A gas leak near Nationwide Children’s Hospital has a couple research buildings evacuated and a street closed in the area.

Columbus firefighters say a construction crew hit a gas line at the intersection of Mooberry Street and Childrens Drive just before 9 a.m.

Two NCH research buildings were evacuated as a precaution, and Mooberry Street is closed between Parsons Avenue and 18th Street. The main hospital and the emergency room both remain open at this time.

No injuries were reported, and firefighters say it could be a few hours before the gas can be shut off.

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Small business grants available in Franklin County

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Relief is on the way for small businesses that are struggling because of the pandemic.

The City of Columbus and Franklin County are offering up grants to help offset some of the loss.

“If you’re a small business, I would encourage you to go ahead and look at the opportunity and go ahead and put in your application,” said Michael Bowers, the director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College.

Up to $8 million is available. Bowers says business owners applied for the first wave of dollars last month, and the response was overwhelming.

“We ended up with 600 applications by the time we closed the wave and that was within two days,” he said.

To be considered for the recovery funds, he says your business must reside in Franklin County, be under 25 employees and show a 25% revenue loss.

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