Columbus, here’s what you need to know today: New restaurant, drug bust (1.5 pounds of meth), mall loses tenant, medical marijuana and Elvis

Good morning Columbus:
We’ve got a reason to cheer this morning — it’s 35 degrees. Welcome to the heat wave!
Here’s what you need to know today.
New restaurant coming to downtown Columbus.
And there’s a unique twist — a facial recognition kiosk. Yep, that’s not a typo. Here’s why Fresh Take Kitchen wants to capture your smile when you order a salad. Click here. 
This business is leaving the mall.
FairOaks Mall has one less tenant. Read the story here.
The story we are working on: Big drug arrest
Seven people have been arrested after police served a search warrant at Hege Avenue in Columbus. Officers recovered 1.5 pounds of meth with a street value of $60,000 and $24,000 in cash. Click here to read the story.
Medical marijuana in Indiana?
The state legislature is back in session this week, and a Republican lawmaker is proposing a study about the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana. What do you think? Details here.
One fun thing.
We’re all shook up. Elvis would have been 83 years old today.

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