WOSU News Archives For February 2012

Third Student Dies; Suspected Chardon Shooter Appears In Court

Community members tied red ribbons around the small northeast Ohio city to honor the victims of the Monday shooting.
29, 2012

Prosecutors say 17-year-old T.J. Lane chose his targets randomly and the attacks were not a result of bullying.

Parents Of Shooting Victim Mourn His Loss

Chardon High School sits in a mostly-resident neighborhood of the city about 30 miles east of Cleveland.
February 29, 2012

The parents of a boy killed in an Ohio school shooting say he was looking forward to picking up his paycheck from his first job.

Springfield Rejects Changes To Non-Discrimination Codes

The Human Rights Commission's meetings in Springfield City Hall have been standing-room only for the past several months.
29, 2012

The Mayor’s Human Rights commission has rejected a proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s non-discrimination codes for fair housing and job protection.

AEP Sells Leasing Rights To Land Underneath “The Wilds”

"The Wilds" in eastern Ohio is North America's largest conservation facility.
29, 2012

American Electric Power reportedly leased mineral rights below the preserve to a Texas-based oil company last year.

Critics Welcome “Fracking” Jobs, Still Call For Regulation

The shaded areas show the extent of shale formations that geologists say are trapping massive deposits of oil and natural gas.
February 29, 2012

The report from the Ohio Shale Coalition predicts 65,000 jobs from oil and natural gas drilling. Critics cede that fracking will bring jobs, but they say that’s even more reason for tighter regulations.

What, If Anything, Can Be Done To Prevent School Shootings?

29, 2012

The tragedy in Chardon, Ohio again has focused the nation on school security. What, if anything, can be done to prevent school shootings?

Troubled Landlord Will Not Face Felony Charges

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Pamela Francisco holds a picture of her daughter, Jerrica, and grandson, Dashawn, who both died Christmas Eve in a house fire. Pamela's family wants the landlord to face felony charges. But prosecutors are not perusing them based on evidence.
28, 2012

The troubled landlord whose rental home burned in December killing three people appeared in court again Tuesday. This time he pleaded not guilty to nearly two dozen building code violations. WOSU reports the victims’ family wants felony charges.

Columbia Gas Dropping Prices

28, 2012

The company says customers signed up for the budget plan will see bills drop 35 percent beginning in March.

Ohio Poll Gives Santorum Edge, Points to Undecided Voters

The former senator from Pennsylvania also holds a lead in the latest poll from Quinnipiac University.
28, 2012

The poll from researchers at the University of Cincinnati gives Rick Santorum an 11-point lead over Mitt Romney, but it says nearly half of Ohio’s Republican primary voters could change their mind by Super Tuesday.

Redistricting Shifts Importance To Primaries

The map of Ohio's new Congressional was approved by state lawmakers late last year.
28, 2012

Ohio’s new Congressional map has made next week’s primary election the only substantial obstacle for many candidates to win office.