WOSU News Archives For: December 12, 2007

Puppy mills breed dogs with disorders

12:00AM
December
12, 2007

Ohio continues to be home to large scale operations that breed puppies under poor conditions in dirty and unsafe environments. Some puppy mills, as they are commonly called, have been shut down this year. But some state lawmakers say there are many more of these facilities that need to be shut down. These lawmakers continue to push legislation that would increase penalties for puppy mill owners and operators.

State representatives pass foreclosure filings bill

12:00AM
December
12, 2007

The foreclosure crisis has left thousand of homes vacant and neighborhoods vulnerable to criminals who move into those homes to set up illegal businesses, or to strip them of anything valuable. House lawmakers have approved a change that they say will make it easier to find out who owns a foreclosed home.

Lawmakers plan to keep 911 cell phone fee

12:00AM
December
12, 2007

Cell phone users in ohio currently pay 32 cents a month on each line they own for emergency 911 service. That charge was approved by lawmakers years ago when counties were trying to create wireless emergency service in Ohio. But the fee was not meant to be permanent. It is set to expire at the end of 2008 and there’s now a move underway to keep that fee in place into 2009 and beyond.

Kids Feel the Holiday Blues, Too

12:00AM
December
12, 2007

The holiday season can be a busy and stressful time. However, it is not just adults that feel the pressure of gift giving and celebration preparation. Children can also become overwhelmed and even depressed during this time.