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 October 2006
In what is one of the most talked about US congressional races in the country, the 15th district candidates are counting down the days to the mid-term elections. If Democratic Franklin County Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy defeats US Congresswoman Deborah Pryce it could possibly change control of the House.
Foreign policy and foreign trade are two defining issues in hot race for US Senate in Ohio. Incumbent Republican Mike DeWine is struggling to hold off a challenge from Democrat Sherrod Brown. The two men have very different views on fighting terrorism and the impact of global trade agreements.
Last week a federal judge suspended Ohio’s new identification requirements for people requesting absentee ballots. Sunday, a federal appeals court put that earlier ruling on hold. That means voters applying for the early ballots must continue giving proof of their I-D.
As Campaign 2006 enters its final week, candidates seek out the diminishing ranks of undecided voters. In Columbus, those ranks might include members of the city’s large Somali population. During the week-end, an estimated 150 or more people crowded into Mifflin Middle School auditorium for a forum sponsored by The Somali link newspaper.
Candidates in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race held their fourth and final debate Friday in Cleveland. Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Mike DeWine filled much of the time repeating slogans and themes from their TV commercials. Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen reports.
A federal judge in Columbus says Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro cannot intervene in a lawsuit challenging new voter identification requirements.
A federal judge has suspended Ohio’s new voter identification law as it applies to absentee voting. In an interview with Marilyn Smith on WOSU-AM, Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles analyzes the judge’s ruling.
Wal-Mart stores in Ohio today began selling certain generic prescription drugs for 4 dollars. Company officials say the reduced priced prescriptions represent about a quarter of the prescriptions dispensed in the United States. The company says it’s passing the saving on to customers. But critics of the giant retailer suspect other motives.
A divided state Supreme Court has ruled that publicly funded, privately operated charters schools don’t violate the Ohio Constitution.
With absentee ballots pouring in some county elections boards are pleading for approval to start counting ballots before Election Day. But state officials said Wednesday that Ohio law has no provision to allow the early counting of votes. Here in Franklin County, board of elections officials say they are surprised at the large number of people taking advantage of the new, early voting law. They now predict that one-third of all ballots counted on November 7th will be cast before election day.