A Delaware County Grand jury Thursday indicted 39 year old Matthew Rausenberg of Columbus on 32 counts alleging sex crimes against children in his classroom. First Assistant Prosecutor Kyle Rohrer outlined the charges saying Rausenberg faces life in prison, if convicted.
WOSU News Archives For May 2009
Hard work and tough circumstances can turn friends into enemies – or they can create common ground between very different people. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler talked to two political operatives who are polar opposites – but who agree on one point.
Gay rights advocates are once again pushing Ohio legislators to expand the state’s civil rights law. The activists say that sexual orientation should be added to the list of other factors that are already banned as the basis for discrimination — for example, race, religion, national origin, gender, and age. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports that — even though more and more lawmakers appear ready to co-sponsor the measure, it still faces an uphill battle.
The Ohio Highway Patrol is going green by adding 5-watt solar panels to their fleet of 1150 patrol cruisers.
The Columbus Division of Police predicts it will have to cut nearly 300 officers if voters reject a proposed increase in the city income tax. Columbus voters will decide the issue in August but as WOSU’s Sadie Taylor reports, police commanders are planning for a worst-case scenario.
The Columbus Division of Police predicts it will have to cut nearly 300 officers if voters reject a proposed increase in the city income tax. Columbus voters will decide the issue in August. But, police commanders are planning a worst-case scenario.
In less than a week, a former Congressman will launch his campaign for the Republican nomination for governor on next year’s ballot. But the Republican who’s already in the race says he’s not backing out.
A recent Brookings Institution Report says Central Ohio’s job centers have moved in the past decade. The report documents the loss of jobs in the downtown area and the growth of job centers more than ten miles from Broad and High. For some, the shift has created new commute patterns.
Economic leaders such as former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan say the economy is improving. But other experts, including super-investor Warren Buffett, say tough times are ahead before the real recovery gets underway. Reporters from public radio stations around the state hit the streets to ask Ohioans how they think the economy is doing now.
After a few years of few or no executions in Ohio, several death row inmates are scheduled to be put to death this summer. WOSU Commentator Andrew Grant Thomas wonders why.
The homeless community in Columbus is often voiceless. But Ohio Wesleyan professor Mary Howard has made an effort to change that. She produced “Swept Out”, a documentary about the homeless community in Columbus. WOSU’s Kim Fox talks to Howard in the Q&A about her film.