Foreclosures during the Great Recession added to thousands of blighted properties in Columbus. But, a state program helped fund demolition of many of those houses and apartment units.
WOSU News Archives For August 2006
Franklin and other counties’ election boards have been working overtime to validate the signatures on ballot initiative petitions. Employees in other Franklin County departments have pitched in to help the board review some half-million signatures this year. State law requires that the signatures on statewide petitions be verified at the county level.
The second summer strike force to reduce crime in Columbus recently came to an end, and Mayor Michael Coleman said it was a success. Coleman released the results in front of a former drug house on the city’s south side.
A treatment for colon cancer has undergone criticism lately for its prohibitive costs. The drug is up for FDA approval to treat two new cancers, which means more access to state-of-the-art medicine, and also more financial problems for cancer patients.
The Cincinnati area foster parents of a three-year-old who died in their care were arraigned in court Wednesday afternoon. A Hamilton County prosecutor says Liz and David Carroll wrapped Marcus Fiesel in a blanket with his hands behind him and left him in a closet while they attended a family reunion in Kentucky. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says it has launched an intensive investigation.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced it will keep three air traffic controllers on duty during early morning hours on weekends at Port Columbus. While that may seem like a positive move for workers and fliers, there are other looming problems. A new work contract set to be imposed by the FAA Sunday could cause mass retirements.
The race for governor this year is serious business in Ohio. But some advocates are trying to use humor as a political weapon. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports on a new video satire that Democrats are circulating, poking fun at Republicans.
About 25 conservative Christian clergymen have unveiled their endorsement .for republican Ken Blackwell. And the move is being criticized by ministers with more liberal political views.
About 100 public school students started their first day of classes a day or so earlier than everyone else. The brand new Metro High School welcomed its first freshman class Monday. The new school focuses on science, math, technology and engineering.
A new, highly sophisticated global positioning “monument” was installed this month on the grounds of the Ohio Earthquake Information Center north of Columbus. The instrument – the only one of its kind in the state – will detect minute movement in subsurface rock, helping scientists better understand the shifting of the North American landmass. It may also help them predict earthquakes in Ohio.
The lion’s share of news coverage in the Ohio governor’s race goes to Republican Ken Blackwell and Democrat Ted Strickland. But Ohio voters will have two additional options on the November ballot. Bob Fitrakis represents the Green Party .and Bill Peirce, represents the Libertarian. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has an inside look at the Libertarian campaign