WOSU News Archives For March 2006

Army’s Body Armor Ban Bothers Ohio Father

12:00AM
March
31, 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.

New legislation defines “drugged driving”

12:00AM
March
30, 2006

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.

Bill to toughen indecent exposure penalties

12:00AM
March
30, 2006

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.

New Sex Abuse Bill Angers Victims

12:00AM
March
29, 2006

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.

Police praise red-light cameras while opponnents remain critical

12:00AM
March
28, 2006

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.

New study shows increase in underage drinking

12:00AM
March
28, 2006

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.

Sex-abuse victims, families criticize new bill

12:00AM
March
28, 2006

A proposal aimed at helping victims who’ve been sexually abused by clergy is sparking an emotional debate in the statehouse.

Ohio Prepares For Possible Spread of Bird Flu

12:00AM
March
27, 2006

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.

Group Proposes Slot Machines To Help Fund College

12:00AM
March
24, 2006

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.

Supporters tout benefits of minimum wage increase

12:00AM
March
24, 2006

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.