WOSU News Archives For: February 12, 2009

Criminal Sentencing Reform Gets Mixed Reactions

12:00AM
February
12, 2009

Ohio’s prison population is close to an all-time high — nearly 51,000. In a few more years, it’s projected to grow to 65,000. Governor Ted Strickland is proposing ways to stem the rising tide, by diverting more non-violent convicts away from state prisons to community-based programs…and by letting some prison inmates out early, if they improve themselves. But some of the governor’s plan is meeting with mixed reactions. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.

Ohio Utility Crews Work To Restore Power

12:00AM
February
12, 2009

Utility crews are at work this morning restoring power from the latest storm to sweep through Central Ohio. For the third time in six months, American Electric Power and other utilities in the state are responding to storm-related power outages. Wind gusts of 60 miles per hour or higher blew down trees and power poles.

Former Payday Lenders Opt for ‘Short Term’ Loans

12:00AM
February
12, 2009

Back before last fall’s elections – supporters of the payday loan industry warned that thousands of employees would lose their jobs if loan rates were capped at 28 percent. The legislation passed anyway and many of those payday lenders are still in business – but lending money under different terms.