Federal data says toxic emissions are declining in central Ohio.
WOSU News Archives For January 2005
The former president of a well-known central Ohio mortgage company today pleaded guilty to defrauding clients of millions of dollars.
The city of Columbus smoking ban went into effect at the strike of 12 last night. Bar and restaurant owners don’t yet know how the ban will effect their businesses, but they have plenty of concerns.
Mayor Michael Coleman wants Columbus to “get green.” among the proposals pitched by the mayor as he led reporters on a tour today are renovation of the Lazarus building, changes in recycling efforts, the development of a bird sanctuary near downtown and a program to reduce lead exposure in homes.
The man accused of killing a Columbus police officer during an attempted bank robbery pled innocent Thursday at his arraignment in US District Court in Columbus.
More pre-trial work was done Thursday in the case of suspected highway shooter Charles McCoy. McCoy is accused of 12 shootings along and near interstate highways in Central Ohio from October 2003 through February 2004. One of the shootings on the Columbus south outerbelt killed a Washington Court House woman. McCoy’s trial is scheduled to begin in early April. WOSU’s Tom Borgerding reports.
The Columbus smoking ban goes into effect on Monday. And many bar and restaurant owners still have questions about how the ordinance will affect them. The Columbus Health Department held a seminar today to help business owners understand the new ordinance.
The US Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public comment on an agreement with the livestock industry that it says will reduce air pollution from so-called factory farms. In Ohio there are about 140 of these farms including the Buckeye Egg Farm and large dairies and hog operations. But not everyone thinks it’s a good deal.
One of Columbus’ oldest retail stores is calling it quits. Schottenstein’s original store on the city’s southside will close soon….a casualty of declining sales. Community leaders say the store on South Parsons Avenue helps anchor an aging neighborhood and its closure will mean more than the loss of a few bargains. W-O-S-U’s Tom Borgerding reports.
More than 100 cities nationwide have red light camera systems to catch people in the act of running a red. The Columbus Division of Police plans to position cameras at twenty intersections around the city as early as this summer. They say the goal is to cut down on accidents, but some say the plan smacks of big brother.
On Thursday, President George W. Bush will be sworn in for another term. Many political observers say that he has Ohio to thank for that. Certainly few other states got more attention leading up to the election than Ohio. The political divisions ran deep, and three months later, for many people, they still do.