WOSU News Archives For: January 23, 2006

COTA Ridership Shows Modest Increase

12:00AM
January
23, 2006

The chief executive of the Central Ohio Transit Authority says the higher price of gasoline has led to increased ridership on COTA buses. Bill Lhota says the increase began late last summer when the price for a gallon of gas rose to around $3.

Urban coyotes spark debate over safety

12:00AM
January
23, 2006

The coyote, an often feared and misunderstood animal, was first spotted in Ohio in the early 20th century. Now, Ohio State University researchers say more of the canines are taking up residence in populated areas.

State bill could prevent funeral protests

12:00AM
January
23, 2006

There’s a proposal in the Ohio legislature that’s aimed at preventing groups from protesting at funerals of Ohio troops who’ve been killed in the war in Iraq. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, an Iraqi war veteran is sponsoring the plan.

One Ohio tax delinquent takes advantage of amnesty program

12:00AM
January
23, 2006

Ohio is about half-way through its six-week-long tax amnesty program, and many tax delinquents have already taken advantage of it. One taxpayer in particular has taken advantage of it in a big way. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.

Ameriquest to Pay 6.6 Million to Ohioans

12:00AM
January
23, 2006

Lending giant Ameriquest is expected to reform business practices while its parent company pays 325 million dollars to settle investigations by attorneys general in Ohio and several other states.

Locally owned grocers prepare for bio-terrorism

12:00AM
January
23, 2006

Most people are aware of the threat of bio-terrorism. But for some the thought stops at large scale terrorist acts like the contamination of a city’s water supply. But a group of state agencies say the food industry is also a target. A group of independent grocers and state officials met at a Columbus grocery store Monday to discuss a new food defense guide.

Drunk Driving Charges Prosecuted Aggressively

12:00AM
January
23, 2006

Law Enforcement officers keep vigil on Ohio roadways for suspected drunk drivers. But, some drivers convicted on the charges test under the legal blood-alcohol limit on breathalyzer and field sobriety tests.