WOSU News Archives For December 2011

Drivers Keep Clunkers Longer, Risk Roadside Trouble

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More drivers risk roadside trouble in older cars as they return home from holiday visits
6:00AM
December 29, 2011

As New Year’s week-end approaches and travelers rush to return home from holiday trips a breakdown on the road can be an expensive hassle. But, new figures from the Triple A indicate more drivers are risking roadside trouble.

Dennis Kucinich Will Oppose Veteran Democrat in Ohio Primary

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Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich
3:37PM
December 28, 2011

Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich says he’s sticking with his plan to run against fellow Democrat Marcy Kaptur in a U.S. House race that will pit two veteran lawmakers.

Firefighters: Space Heater Caused Fatal Franklington Fire

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Columbus Division of Fire
3:28PM
December 28, 2011

Columbus fire investigators say a space heater caused a Christmas Eve fire that killed a 4-year-old boy, his mother and a man at a Franklinton home reported to be vacant.

Commission Holds First Meeting On State Constitution

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The commission was created by House Speaker William Batchelder to help get ready for the possibility of a constitutional convention.
12:17PM
December 28, 2011

The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission is holding its first meeting Wednesday.

Ohio Spirits Were Up In 2011

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Sales of beer, wine and spirits were at all-time highs in 2011.
8:31AM
December
28, 2011

In Ohio and around the country, small wineries and breweries turned a profit as other businesses dried up.

2011 Fights Over Elections And Redistricting Continue Into 2012

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A final map of the Congressional districts approved by Ohio lawmakers.
8:01AM
December 28, 2011

This year brought big fights over redistricting and state elections law.

Ohio Minimum Wage Going Up

7:26AM
December
28, 2011

Beginning Sunday, the state’s lowest-paid workers will see their pay rise from $7.40 per hour to $7.70.

What Do You Think About The Minimum Wage?

7:12AM
December
28, 2011

Is Ohio’s minimum wage too low? Should we have a minimum wage at all?

Ohio’s 2011 National Spotlight Not Always Favorable

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The fight against Senate Bill 5 brought national attention to Ohio
6:13AM
December
28, 2011

For better or worse, 2011 proved quite eventful for the state of Ohio. As the year winds down to a close, WOSU commentator Stacia Kock takes a look back at some of the state’s more memorable headlines.

Ohio Troopers Will Work Overtime In Bid To Reduce Drunk Driving

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Ohio Highway troopers will beef up anti drunk driving enforcement this week-end on the state's roadways.
3:20PM
December 27, 2011

With the New Year Holiday this week-end, the Ohio Highway Patrol says it will again work its troopers overtime to combat drunk driving. Lieutenant Anne Ralston says with a successful anti-drunk driving enforcement, Ohio could set a record low this year for the number of traffic fatalities.