WOSU News Archives For January 2007

Homeless count draws critics

12:00AM
January
31, 2007

For the past several years The Community Shelter Board has tried to find out just how many people in Columbus don’t have a place to call home. Thursday morning about 100 volunteers braved the cold winds to try to get an accurate count. But the census faces criticism faces criticism from local advocates.

Insecticides Offer Some Hope to Save Ash Trees

12:00AM
January
31, 2007

Now that federal funds have run out, the State of Ohio has halted destroying ash trees infested with the Emerald Ash Borer and has confined efforts to locating infestations and studying the trees’ decline. About a quarter of Ohio counties are under quarantine because of the insect. But some Ohioans are fighting back with insecticides to try to save their trees.

Washington culture tests ethics

12:00AM
January
31, 2007

Many Americans belive crooked behavior is the norm in Washington. From Capitol Hill, Chad Pergram examines the allure of power in the capital and what makes politicians go wrong.

“Rascal” Mobile Hospital Offers Low-Cost Spay, Neuter for Ohio’s Cats and Dogs

A tortoiseshell cat recovers after surgery aboard the Rascal Unit van.
12:00AM
January 31, 2007

Dr. Michelle Gonzalez has an office in Dublin but she sees patients all over the state. In March, Gonzalez began operating RASCAL, a surgical animal hospital on wheels. Since the first clinic last April, Gonzalez has sterilized about 3,500 cats and dogs. She goes to places where residents don’t make much money or where there’s a shortage of veterinary care.

Clinton leads Quinnipiac presidential poll

12:00AM
January
30, 2007

There are 21 months till the 2008 presidential election, but a new poll has singled out a clear frontrunner in Ohio, which will again likely play a critical role in the selection of a new president.

State-Owned Property Rediscovered

12:00AM
January
30, 2007

Ohio’s new treasurer thinks the state is sitting on millions of dollars worth of untapped resources.

Columbus’ Feral Cats Sterilized, Returned to the “Wild”

One of an estimated 1 million Central Ohio feral or stray cats
12:00AM
January 30, 2007

Thousands of Central Ohioans routinely take care of stray cats and dogs. They volunteer at shelters, provide foster care in their homes, take food and water to feral animals. Then there are those who trap unadoptable strays, have them sterilized, and return them to the places they came from. It’s called TNR; Trap, Neuter, Return.

EPA wants to control pollutants in everyday toiletries

12:00AM
January
29, 2007

The Ohio EPA is considering doing something that’s only been done in one other state’s cracking down on the amount of air pollutants in hair spray, deodorant, furniture polish and other consumer products.

Pair of Former Columbus City Employees Are Sentenced

12:00AM
January
29, 2007

The former Director of the Recreation and Parks Department and an employee get mostly probation after paying restitution.

Stray Cats and Dogs Overwhelm Ohio Shelters

12:00AM
January
29, 2007

Experts say the number of stray cats and dogs in Central Ohio is overwhelming. There are no exact figures but stray cats outnumber dogs – as many as a million cats may roam the streets and alleys. The agencies who take in strays are overwhelmed themselves.