WOSU News Archives For August 2006

Long-Shot Libertarian in the Run for Governor

12:00AM
August
24, 2006

If you’ve been following news reports about the race for governor, you may think you have only two choices – Republican Ken Blackwell and Democrat Ted Strickland. After all, they are usually the only candidates getting coverage. But Ohioans will actually have two other options on the November ballot. There’s Bob Fitrakis of the Green Party and Bill Peirce, a Libertarian. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has an inside look at the Libertarian campaign.

Birth-Control Prices On the Rise For Public Health Clinics

12:00AM
August
24, 2006

Public health clinics across the country are wondering what they’re going to do now the price for birth control pills skyrocketed. WOSU’s Mandie Trimble spoke with Kristopher Weiss at the Ohio Department of Public Health to find out if the increases will affect women around the state. Click the “Listen” Icon to hear the interview.

COTA to put sales tax on November ballot

12:00AM
August
23, 2006

The Central Ohio Transit Authority board today voted to place a sales tax on the November ballot. Board members say the higher tax will generate enough money to nearly double operations over the next two decades.

Ballot Board Sets Language For November Issues.

12:00AM
August
23, 2006

The Ohio agency that determines wording for statewide ballot issues has come up wtih summaries for two measures that are likely to face voters this November. And, opponents of a fall ballot initiative that expands gambling in Ohio and spends the proceeds on college scholarships say they scored a key victory.

Armed Bandit Robs Columbus Bicyclist

12:00AM
August
22, 2006

Columbus police say they’re investigating the robbery of a bicyclist who was riding on the Olentangy River bike trail near 5th Avenue. A male bicyclist reported to police that he was held-up at gun point.

Housing Analyst Says Columbus Market Is Overbuilt.

12:00AM
August
22, 2006

U-S home sales will be reported today and Thursday. Real estate analysts will closely watch median price and inventory levels of existing homes to get a good read on housing markets. But, a housing consultant says more consumers in Columbus and other Midwest markets are losing their homes through foreclosure. Mildred Wilkins, founder of Home Ownership Matters of Indianapolis, says that regional housing markets are “depressed.” right now.

Gas prices down?

12:00AM
August
21, 2006

In early August, gasoline prices in Ohio were around three dollars a gallon for regular unleaded. So when British Petroleum announced earlier this month that it would be shutting down an Alaskan pipeline, many Ohioans braced for more pain at the pump.

Strickland, Blackwell argue taxes, economic reform

12:00AM
August
21, 2006

The Democratic and Republican candidates for governor jousted for votes Monday at a large gathering sponsored by business advocates. More than 500 people turned out at a forum that was set up by several central Ohio chambers of commerce.

High Prices For Scrap Metal Causes Headaches For Utility Company

12:00AM
August
21, 2006

Scrap copper prices today topped $3.50 per pound on the New York Mercantile Exchange. While the higher price can be good news for metal recyclers, its lead to problems for one of Columbus’ largest companies. Now,American Electric Power wants its customers to keep an eye out for metal thieves.

Somali Immigrants Learn About Western Dental Health

12:00AM
August
21, 2006

As more immigrants arrive in Columbus, their diets change to include more processed food and more sugar. For a group of Somalis, the dietary changes create a need to change oral hygiene and dental care. They get help from several health and social service organziations.