Foreclosures during the Great Recession added to thousands of blighted properties in Columbus. But, a state program helped fund demolition of many of those houses and apartment units.
WOSU News Archives For: December 10, 2007
It’s the season of giving – to Presidential candidates. The woman and men running for President are raising hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign contributions. WOSU Commentator Michael Ivey suggests maybe some people being a little too generous.
Donations are down and food is running out at Ohio food banks. Religious and anti-hunger advocates are not just looking for canned donations, but also for some charitable action from the Senate. Religious groups have always weighed in on the food stamp program, but this time they are linking farm policies to poverty, nutrition and environmentalism. Senate Democrats are trying to bring the bill back to the floor this week.
National football star Michael Vick has been sentenced to 23 months behind bars after he pleaded guilty to felony charges stemming from his involvement in an interstate dogfighting ring. Vick has already lost millions in endorsements and has been suspended from playing for the Atlanta Falcons. Humane organizations said dog fighting rings like the one Vick was involved in are not unusual in the United States. Ohio state leaders said dog fighting is not unusual here either.
A deal that’s supposed to prevent Great Lakes water from being diverted to other parts of the US and the world got dammed up in the legislature last session. It may be reintroduced very soon, but one lawmaker is trying to turn the tide against it.
Columbus city council voted to spend $4,000,000 for development of a new police impound lot on the southside. But, the plan prompted complaints by some nearby residents.
The cold weather has settled in Central Ohio. Residents are turning up their thermostats. And calls for assistance to Columbia Gas are up by one-third. The state consumers counsel reports a significant increase in the number of customers losing their gas or electric service through disconnection. And people are turning out in large numbers to seek help from area agencies.
A survey says this upcoming presidential election could be the first one in a while where abortion may not play a big role. But those on both sides of the issue say they disagree, and note it’s still a major matter in Ohio.