The Biological Sciences Greenhouse at OSU has been fortunate to have multiple bloomings of the Titan Arum, aka, the corpse flower. They have its smaller but also smelly cousin, the Voodoo Lily. From its bruise-colored bloom that resembles a corpse, to its stench of rotting flesh, this tropical flower masks its beauty to attract its pollinators.
State Panels OKs Turnpike Study
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Ohio officials want to know whether the state’s 101 rest stops could be leased to a private operator and how much a potential deal might be worth.
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The Ohio Department of Transportation wants to use $2.85 million in federal research money the state has to pay a consultant to evaluate options for privatizing the Ohio Turnpike and interstate or non-interstate rest areas.
The department made the request to the state Controlling Board, a legislative panel that approves contracts. The panel is scheduled to consider the contract with Austin, Texas-based KPMG Corporate Finance LLC on Monday.
Gov. John Kasich has said leasing rest areas might be a way to address a gap in the transportation budget.
Ohio pays between $30 million and $50 million annually to maintain the facilities.