95 percent of ancient Ohio was forested. But centuries ago there were also small regions of prairie. Tall grasses and wildflowers were part of the prairie ecology and so were bison. Researchers near Columbus are trying to reestablish a prairie / bison ecosystem.
WOSU News Archives For December 2008
Ohio’s top political leaders keep insisting they won’t raise taxes to help plug an estimated 7 billion dollar state government budget shortfall ….but that’s alarming some social welfare activists.
Ohio’s economy struggled through-out 2008. Factories closed, more workers lost jobs, state tax revenues declined. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen today concludes his series on politics and government today with a look at the state’s economy.
The deepening recession brings additional challenges to many Ohio residents, but for many others, the combination of higher costs and lower incomes is more of the same.
Thousands are expected to flock to downtown Columbus tomorrow night, where First Night Columbus will be hosting its 14th annual New Year’s Eve celebration.
Police in Columbus say they have a man in custody who is a potential suspect in a series of rapes dating back to June. Seven women reported being assaulted since then.
If you’ve waited a long time in an emergency room lately – it’s probably not because there are more patients- but because there are fewer physicians. And it’s not just primary care doctors that are in short supply. New research predicts that as early as 2010 there won’t be enough general surgeons to keep up with current demand.
Job losses are expanding throughout blue collar and white collar sectors, and the faces of those without work are the faces of friends, family, neighbors, co-workers.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reveals Van Wert County suffers the highest unemployment rate in the state.
Ohio’s jobless picture framed much of the debate at Broad and High during 2008. Lawmakers regulated payday loans and passed legislation to create new jobs.
Tickets for next month’s Ohio State / Texas bowl game have been selling slower than in years past. Tickets went on sale in early December but there are still many available. The lower demand has put students in an unusual position.