WOSU News Archives For May 2007

State to Inspect Gambling Machines

12:00AM
May
23, 2007

The state attorney general says thousands of gambling machines cropping up across the state will be inspected to determine whether they are legal.

Senate OK’s new twist on horserace betting

12:00AM
May
23, 2007

People who go to Ohio race tracks will soon be allowed to place bets on video-taped races from decades ago, if state senators get their way. On a vote of 25 to 8, they approved a bill Wednesday authorizing the new twist on horserace betting, and they sent the measure to the Ohio House for more scrutiny.

Human Trafficking

12:00AM
May
23, 2007

A new exhibit at the Ohio Statehouse gives visitors an insight into human trafficking. It includes a profile of victims and an overview of areas of the world where human trafficking is most prevalent. But some Ohio lawmakers say human trafficking is alive and well in the buckeye state.

An Elementary School Closing Takes Toll on Linden Area.

12:00AM
May
23, 2007

In the past generation, enrollment in the Columbus Public Schools has been cut in half. The steep drop in student numbers has prompted the school board to close 18 school buildings during the last 4 years. Two more elementaries will close in two weeks when the current school year ends. WOSU News reports on the Linden area neighborhood in its week-long series, Fewer Students, Higher Stakes.

Additional limits on Adult Businesses Will Become Law

12:00AM
May
22, 2007

The long debated proposal to put statewide limits on strip clubs and other x-rated businesses is on its way to becoming law.

Columbus Schools Experience Enrollment Decline

12:00AM
May
22, 2007

From the time the baby boomers started school in 1952, an average of 3,300 new students entered the system each year. Shortly after the last of that generation began kindergarten, enrollment got on a downward slope and it never got off. During the early 1970s the school system reached its peak enrollment with almost 111,000 students. But a decade later nearly 40 percent had left.

Columbus Schools Confront Drop In Enrollment

12:00AM
May
22, 2007

In recent years, Columbus Public Schools and other big-city districts have been forced to confront declining enrollments, growing poverty, and changes in federal education policies. Superintendent Gene Harris outlined the big picture at a public hearing earlier this year. “We still have 56,000 students in 130 school buildings.” But those figures represent a decline of 10,000 students since 1999 and the downward trend is projected to continue next fall.

Skybus Completes Inaugural Flight

The "Spirit of Columbus" lifts off from Port Columbus on its inaugural flight to Calif.
12:00AM
May 22, 2007

The inaugural flight for Columbus’ start-up airline, Skybus, left for Burbank Tuesday morning and landed in California less than five hours later.

Charter Schools need more oversight

12:00AM
May
22, 2007

Over the past 10 years, there has been an explosion of choices available through Ohio’s public education system. With the rapid growth of charter schools and school voucher programs, parents at all economic levels have many choices. But what effect do these choices have on schools systems struggling to meet basic academic and facility standards?

Marysville Plane Crash Claims 2 Lives

The plane, which crashed upside down, was erected to aid in recovering the victims.
12:00AM
May 21, 2007

Authorities say 68-year-old pilot Evan Wood and 73-year-old passenger Walter Buchholz of Punta Gorda, Florida died today when their small plane crashed less than a mile from the Union County airport.