WOSU News Archives For November 2008

Layaway Makes a Comeback in Sagging Economy

Some retailers this holiday season, like Burlington Coat Factory and Sears, offer pay-as-you-go plans for customers.
12:00AM
November 24, 2008

The holiday shopping season is almost in full swing. But this year consumers may not be spending as much on gifts as the economy continues to slide south. In an effort to help customers and secure sales, retailers are pushing an old tradition – the layaway. Some retailers are aggressively pushing their plans, and at least one which had discontinued layaways, is bringing them back.

Ohio’s Jobless Rate Dips in October

12:00AM
November
21, 2008

The state says Ohio’s unemployment rate was 7.3 percent in October, up slightly from 7.2 percent in September.

Watchdog Finds “Improper Use” Of State Computer .

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12:00AM
November 21, 2008

Governor Strickland temporarily suspended the Director of Job and Family Services, Helen Jones-Kelly after Inspector General finds she used state computers improperly when she ordered staff to search state data-bases for “Joe the Plumber.

Governor Strickland Opens Hearings On School Funding.

12:00AM
November
21, 2008

The governor started his second round of forums on education with a gathering Thursday night in Columbus. But unlike the last dozen public meetings he held around the state focusing on how to improve public education, this set of talks will focus on how to pay for it.

Judge Rules Ballots Should Count, But Issues Injunction

12:00AM
November
20, 2008

A federal judge in Columbus has ruled that about 1,000 disputed provisional ballots cast in Franklin County must be counted. Those ballots could determine the outcome of the 15th congressional district race between Republican Steve Stivers and Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy.

Domestic Auto Maker Collapse Would Hurt Central Ohio

12:00AM
November
20, 2008

A Democratic Congress that’s unwilling or unable to approve a $25 billion bailout for Detroit’s Big Three appears ready to punt the automakers’ fate to a lame-duck Republican president. Caught in the middle of a who-blinks-first standoff are legions of manufacturing firms and auto dealers — and millions of Americans’ jobs.

Central Ohio Braces For Auto Industry Woes.

12:00AM
November
20, 2008

A Democratic Congress that’s unwilling or unable to approve a $25 billion bailout for Detroit’s Big Three appears ready to punt the automakers’ fate to a lame-duck Republican president.In Central Ohio, auto industry woes are being watched closely by union and business leaders.

Columbus GM Dealer Looks to Investment in U.S. Auto Industry

12:00AM
November
19, 2008

Any bailout of Detroit’s Big Three automakers appears in trouble in Congress.

Governor Denies Clemency for Death Row Inmate

12:00AM
November
18, 2008

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has denied a request for clemency by a condemned killer awaiting execution Wednesday.

Ohio Supreme Court Hears Child Prostitution Case

12:00AM
November
18, 2008

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering a case involving child prostitution.