Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
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The state attorney general says thousands of gambling machines cropping up across the state will be inspected to determine whether they are legal.
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.
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.
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.
The long debated proposal to put statewide limits on strip clubs and other x-rated businesses is on its way to becoming law.
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.
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.
The inaugural flight for Columbus’ start-up airline, Skybus, left for Burbank Tuesday morning and landed in California less than five hours later.
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?
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.