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 July 2011
Ohio members of Congress are deciding how to vote on Speaker John Boehner’s plan to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. A Central Ohio freshman Congressman plans to vote “yes” on the measure.
Several polls show Mitt Romney is currently the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. He made his first campaign stop in Ohio on Wednesday. The setting: a factory in Pataskala, east of Columbus. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen files this report.
The U.S. Postal Service is looking to close as many as 3,7000 branches around the country to make up for revenue lost mainly to the free Internet. The post office in the once-thriving village of Magnetic Springs in Union County, famously known for its healing waters, is on the possible closure list.
As Washington leaders fight to come up with a plan to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, AARP Ohio is calling on legislators to leave Social Security out of the negotiations.
The NCAA’s on-going investigation into Ohio State’s football program has caused some university board members to review what’s being called the school’s “integrity program.” A trustees committee plans to develop university-wide compliance rules and create a new crisis management protocol.
After a last minute snag in negotiations, Penn National has agreed to annex its West Side casino site into Columbus. The deal with the city and Columbus Dispatch should clear the way for the casino.
People in Columbus are trying to stay cool under an oppressive heat wave that seems to have stalled over much of the nation’s mid section. People are beating the heat in various ways.
The future of a west side casino is once again up in the air after the developer and the city failed to meet this week’s deadline to work out the details of an agreement reached in May. WOSU reports two important contingencies were not met opening the possibility for a trial.
State officials are investigating a video that shows Medicaid workers inappropriately advising clients to falsify application benefits. The allegations came to light after a well-known conservative activist produced undercover video of several Ohio workers. WOSU reports officials are working to prevent future incidents.
Central Ohio Honda plants are nearing a return to full production, as the auto giant continues to deal with a parts shortage in the wake of the March tsunami in Japan.