WOSU News Archives For April 2004

Reducing mercury pollution – no easy task

12:00AM
April
26, 2004

Mercury pollution in Ohio has been documented for years by the US Envrionmental Protection Agency. To reduce the chances of exposure, the federal EPA urges consumers to limit the consumption of fish taken from the state’s rivers and streams. Regardless, it’s uncertain how quickly or how thoroughly mercury contamination in the envrionment will be reduced.

Supreme Court refuses to let Clarett into NFL draft

12:00AM
April
22, 2004

The Supreme Court has turned down Maurice Clarett’s request to join the N-F-L draft this weekend. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she saw no reason to overturn a lower court’s stay preventing the former Ohio State running back from being picked.

COSI annouces deep cuts, reduced hours

12:00AM
April
19, 2004

The head of COSI announced deep cuts in the wake of voters rejection of an operating levy. COSI president Kathryn Sullivan says COSI will eliminate 67 positions – cutting the science museum’s staff by 36%. The museum will close Mondays and Tuesdays starting June 21st. Click the Listen icon to hear Howard Ornstein’s interview with Kathryn Sullivan.

Women farmers grow in number

12:00AM
April
19, 2004

The latest census data from the agriculture Department shows more than 236,000 women were managing farms in the U-S in 2002 — up 13% from 1997. That works out to about one in every ten farms.

Elephant gives birth at Columbus zoo

12:00AM
April
16, 2004

The Columbus Zoo has a new resident Friday – a baby elephant. The 280-pound male calf was delivered by Phoebe, a 17-year-old, 6,800 pound Asian elephant. Phoebe delivered the calf about 3:30 am as volunteers watched through a video monitor.

New database to help police fight stalking

12:00AM
April
14, 2004

The Columbus City Attorney and a multi-jurisdictional group of law enforcement officials hope better communication amongst departments will lead to more arrests and convictions of stalkers.

Envrionmental group says Big Darby endangered

12:00AM
April
14, 2004

A national environmental group has placed central Ohio’s Big Darby Creek 9th on its list of the country’s most endangered rivers. Washington D.C.-based American Rivers says suburban sprawl threatens the Big Darby.

Pickaway County Sheriff closes in on 40 years in office

12:00AM
April
14, 2004

Pickaway County Sheriff Dwight Radcliff is he longest-serving sheriff in Ohio history. He’s running unopposed for an 11th term in Office and has no plans to retire. Radcliff credits his longevity in law enforcement to his father who served as Pickaway County Sheriff from 1931-1961.

Fire destroys barn on OSU campus

12:00AM
April
9, 2004

Fire investigators are looking for the cause of spectacular barn fire on the Ohio State University campus. Flames and smoke could been seen at least a mile away. Friday morning’s fire destroyed an empty barn at the corner of Lane and Kenny.

Mayor Coleman calls for changes in hidden gun law

12:00AM
April
8, 2004

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, city council members and other city leaders today expressed displeasure with a portion of the conceal carry law now in effect. Coleman says the children playing in city parks may be in danger. The mayor and a host of other city officials say the new law allows people to carry hidden guns in public parks, pools, bike trails and other outdoor facilities.