95 percent of ancient Ohio was forested. But centuries ago there were also small regions of prairie. Tall grasses and wildflowers were part of the prairie ecology and so were bison. Researchers near Columbus are trying to reestablish a prairie / bison ecosystem.
WOSU News Archives For March 2006
The Army now prohibits soldiers from using body armor that they’ve purchased themselves. Some troops bound for Iraq and Afghanistan had bought their own armor not approved by the pentagon. An Ohio father says he bought armor for his son because neither the army nor his congressman could assure he’d be adequately protected.
Ohio legislators are sending motorists a clear warning — you better not get behind the wheel if you’re high on drugs. Lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that sets very specific thresh-holds in blood or urine tests that could be used to prove a driver is indeed guilty of driving under the influence of drugs.
A plan Ohio legislators passed this week to get tough with people who expose themselves to children is now awaiting the signature of Governor Bob Taft, so it can become state law.
Some Ohioans who say they were sexually abused by clergymen are seething. They are upset that .when the Ohio House of Representatives Wednesday passed a bill attacking sexual abuse, it was stripped of a key provision the victims had pushed. And later, state senators agreed with the move.
The Columbus Police Department says cameras at two city intersections have already caught “well over a thousand” red light runners. Plans call for 13 city intersections to be red-light camera equipped before the end of spring. That could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in new revenue for the city and millions of dollars for the Arizona-based company Redflex.
Underage drinkers drink 26 percent of the alcohol consumed in Ohio. A new report shows the number of minors who are drinking appears to be growing, while the average age at which kids start is dropping.
A proposal aimed at helping victims who’ve been sexually abused by clergy is sparking an emotional debate in the statehouse.
The National Centers for Disease Control, The Ohio Department of Health and other state and local government agencies are preparing for a flu pandemic. Even though the H-5-N-1 Bird Flu virus has not shown up anywhere in the United States, thus far, and person-to-person transmission is rare, public health and state agriculture officials are taking precautions.
The Ohio Legacy Fund is sponsoring a proposed state constitutional amendment that would expand gambling in Ohio. The group says electronic gambling could help aspiring college students afford tuition.
An Ohio think tank that’s backing a proposed ballot issue that would raise Ohio’s minimum wage to nearly 7 dollars an hour next year has a new study out, contending that hundreds of thousands of Ohio workers could benefit by the change.