WOSU News Archives For September 2011

Ohio Law in Effect Allowing Guns in Bars, Arenas

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Concealed Weapons Now Allowed in Ohio Bars.
2:14PM
September
30, 2011

Ohioans with concealed-carry permits can take their firearms into bars and other facilities where alcohol is served and consumed, as long as they don’t drink, under a law taking effect Friday.

Ohio Law to Shrink Prison Population Takes Effect

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New law gives judges more sentencing options.
2:05PM
September
30, 2011

A law aimed at shrinking Ohio’s prison population to about 47,000 inmates by 2015 takes effect Friday, part of an overhaul of the way Ohio punishes criminals and sentences them to prison.

Ohio Statehouse Going Green With Car Charging Stations

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Ohio Statehouse To Add Charging Stations For Cars.
12:34PM
September
30, 2011

The Ohio Statehouse in Columbus is adding six charging stations for electric vehicles at its parking garage.

Legislative Districts Not Done Yet

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The state Apportionment Board approved changes to Senate and House districts earlier this week, but last-minute concerns are pushing the board to meet again Friday afternoon.
8:25AM
September
30, 2011

Last-minute concerns force the Apportionment Board to meet again today.

Who Benefits Most From Nationwide Arena Deal?

7:00AM
September
30, 2011

Columbus City Council votes on whether to endorse the city and county purchase of Nationwide Arena. Under the deal the Blue Jackets get free rent. Nationwide earns interest from its loan to the city and county. And officials say taxpayers will continue to benefit from a thriving Arena District. Who do you think benefits the most from the deal?

Nationwide Arena Deal: Who Gets What?

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Nationwide Arena
5:00AM
September
30, 2011

Columbus City Council votes on Monday whether to endorse a deal that would make Nationwide Arena a taxpayer-owned facility. City and county leaders say it’s a good deal, ensuring millions of tax dollars continue to flow from the hip, entertainment district surrounding the arena. WOSU takes a look at who gets what out of the deal.

State HIV Drug Assistance Wait-list “At Zero”

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The Ohio Department of Health says its HIV drug assistance program found funding to reduce its wait-list to zero.
5:52PM
September
29, 2011

“[No wait-list] decreases the time and effort that goes into getting these services and these medications for the clients.” Peggy Anderson, CEO for AIDS Resource Center Ohio

Dublin Business Owner Imprisoned For 401(k) Theft

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58-year-old Cliff Gallatin was sentenced in Columbus federal court Wednesday.
8:29AM
September
29, 2011

Authorities say Cliff Gallatin used $120,000 in employee retirement contributions to pay for expensive cars, boats, a country club membership, and a lake-front condo.

Signature Effort Puts Election Law on Temporary Hold

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Critics say the changes will lead to longer lines at ballots and more disenfranchised voters.
7:17AM
September
29, 2011

Opponents of the elections law says shortened windows for early voting and absentee voting would mean voter suppression and longer voting lines.

Do You Trust Ohio’s Voting System?

6:55AM
September
29, 2011

Opponents to a new election reform law plan to submit signatures today in an attempt to repeal the measure. Opponents to House Bill 194 say restrictions on early voting and other provisions are designed to suppress turnout. Supporters say it’s a common sense way to prevent voter fraud. Do you trust Ohio’s voting system?