Ohio’s Medicaid director says roughly 61,000 residents on the federal-state health program are poised to lose their coverage the end of this week.
WOSU News Archives For December 2005
Members of the Somali community in Columbus rallied this afternoon at City Hall to protest the fatal shooting of a local man they say was mentally ill.
The State of Ohio continues to wage war on the Emerald Ash Borer – a tiny insect that’s caused the destruction of millions of Ash trees in the Great Lakes region. But a spokeswoman for the state agriculture department disputes a report that says eradication in the heavily infested Toledo area has been abandoned for lack of money.
All this week, we’ve been reflecting back on the top stories of 2005. We now turn to the biggest events in central Ohio. It was an extraordinary year in the courtrooms of Columbus. The Highway Shooter case ended, as did a decades old rape case, and a well respected businessman was ordered to prison. WOSU’s Mike Thompson has part one of his year in review series.
2005 was a busy year in politics in central Ohio. There was yet another challenge to the Columbus smoking ban. The city’s mayor entered the race for governor and then withdrew and politicians and activists maneuvered for what will certainly be a big political year in 2006. WOSU’s Mike Thompson looks at politics and government in part 2 of his year in review series.
2005 saw signs of economic recovery in central Ohio, but also signs of trouble. Rising health care costs caused labor strife. Declining enrollments forced officials to announce school closings. Several local leaders stepped aside during the year. 2005 also demonstrated the generosity of central Ohioans as they raised and donated millions of dollars to help victims of natural disasters. WOSU’s Mike Thompson completes his three-part series looking back at the top stories of 2005.
A Franklin County sheriff deputy fatally shot a Somali immigrant in Columbus Wednesday when he allegedly lunged at officers with a knife. Four Franklin County deputies were under orders to pick up 23-year-old Nasir Abdi and take him to a psychiatric center, but he resisted.
Law enforcement officers from around the state began graduates of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Friday. The officers were trained to handle any circumstance including road rage.
The Columbus downtown area has been the target of criticism in recent years for things ranging from failing street lights and closing department stores. This holiday season, a downtown organization is hoping people’s holiday spirit can bring a boost to the area.
The FBI is offering a $15,000 reward in the investigation of the bombing of a Cincinnati mosque. The Bureau says the reward is payable for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the two Tuesday night explosions. There were no injuries, but a director of an Islamic relations group says the blasts have caused Muslims to be more vigilant.
The liberal group MoveOn.org says it began running a local television ad yesterday targeting Ohio Congresswoman Deborah Pryce. The organization wants Pryce and other Republicans to pursue a plan to withdraw troops from Iraq. WOSU’s Sam Hendren reports.