Foreclosures during the Great Recession added to thousands of blighted properties in Columbus. But, a state program helped fund demolition of many of those houses and apartment units.
WOSU News Archives For May 2009
WOSU’s Kim Fox interviews opera singer Denyce Graves about her career.
President of the Franklin County Commission Paula Brooks says commissioners have not taken a position on a proposal initiated by the owners of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
If Gov. Ted Strickland and lawmakers do as expected and go to the rainy day fund to plug a $900 billion deficit in the current state budget, that will open up a $3 billion hole in the next spending plan, and more trouble for the budget after that. Advocates and political operatives have some ideas on how to balance the budget. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler sat down with two policy watchers to hear their proposals.
The republican dominated Ohio senate has rejected much of Governor Strickland’s proposed education plan. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the senate is keeping the door open to parts of it.
There’s a new version of a new state budget — it totals $53.3 billion and it’s just been unveiled by Republicans who dominate the state senate. Because of lagging tax revenues and projected shortfalls, the GOP plan would make many changes in the version that Democrats pushed through the Ohio House in April. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has this overview.
Worthington Industries is announcing a week-long shutdown of four steel processing plants, in addition to other measures to cut costs. The company is reacting to the recent turmoil in the domestic auto industry which makes up 25% of its business.
It’s been a tumultuous year for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. It nearly went bankrupt; lost its popular conductor Junichi Hirokami; and musicians for a time refused salary and benefits concessions.
Senator Sherrod Brown wants to encourage the nation to use a clean energy program being used here in Central Ohio. The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, or SWACO, is converting the methane from its landfills into natural gas fuel for some city vehicles. WOSU’s Sadie Taylor reports.
A pair of Ohio students remain after two semifinal rounds at the 82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington.
Delaware County Commissioners Thursday are expected to approve money to study the feasibility of building a hotel at the Columbus Zoo. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium wants to break new ground in the industry. It’s director thinks the zoo, water park and golf course could be more than just a day trip – rather it could be a family resort. The zoo hired a consulting firm to find out if a hotel would be a practical addition.