WOSU News Archives For March 2009

Wal-Mart to Lay Off 650 Workers at Lockbourne Optical Plant

12:00AM
March
27, 2009

Wal-Mart announced it will cut more than 600 jobs from an optical plant in Lockbourne.

Ohio Highway Projects Get Funding Boost.

12:00AM
March
27, 2009

Governor Ted Strickland announced dozens of highway projects that will get a boost from federal stimulus funds. The new projects are spread across the state and will bring thousands of jobs.

Census Bureau Begins Address Checks In Central Ohio.

12:00AM
March
27, 2009

The federal census bureau next week begins training 1,000 neighborhood canvassers. The newly-hired workers will use hand-held computer devices to document an estimated 1,200,000 addresses in Franklin County. The canvassing precedes the 2010 census and for local communities millions of dollars are at stake.

November Election Could Prove Easier Passage of Tax Hike

12:00AM
March
26, 2009

To prevent further budget cuts, Columbus City Council may ask voters to increase the city’s income tax. There is speculation city officials might go to the ballot in August rather than wait until November. WOSU looks at the pros and cons of a summer election.

Catholic Community Hosts A Retreat For The Umemployed

12:00AM
March
26, 2009

As the jobless rate in Ohio continues to climb, the faith community is reaching out to assist those in need. WOSU’s Kim Fox reports.

Census Bureau Opens Columbus Office, Begins Outreach

12:00AM
March
26, 2009

City officials today urged everyone in Columbus to work to ensure every one is counted during next year’s US Census. Census officials today opened the bureau’s Columbus office. Officials expect to hire some 1-thousand workers to help with next year’s count.

Former Ohio Attorney General Contests Ethics Charges.

Marc Dann
12:00AM
March 26, 2009

A year ago, a sexual harassment scandal was quietly brewing in a state office in Columbus. Within a few weeks, Attorney General Marc Dann had fired two top aides, then confessed to an affair with a staffer, then resigned, and he’s still facing legal trouble. Now, Marc Dann is speaking out.

Benchmark Report Shows Central Ohio’s Prosperity, Poverty

12:00AM
March
25, 2009

The Columbus Partnership has released its third annual “Benchmarking Central Ohio” report. The report compares economic and social issues with 15 other U.S. metropolitan areas. Central Ohio shows overall economic strength, but worsening personal prosperity.

Economic Earthquake – Why Didn’t Experts Forsee It?

12:00AM
March
25, 2009

The current economic crisis has had disastrous consequents for many. WOSU’ Commentator Michael Ivey wonders why experts did not see it coming.

Legend of the Waterloo Wonders Lives On as State Basketball Championships Begin

Waterloo Wonders
12:00AM
March 25, 2009

Hundreds of high school basketball players and their families are traveling to Columbus over the next three days for the state finals. 75 years ago, an unlikely group of young men from a tiny town deep in southern Ohio made a similar trek, on their way to becoming legends.