WOSU News Archives For April 2012

Hollywood Casino Begins Employee Interviews

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The Hollywood Casino on Columbus' West Side is expected to open by Thanksgiving. Interviews begin this week.
4:24PM
April
30, 2012

The Hollywood Casino, set to open this fall, began interviewing job candidates Monday. WOSU reports as many as 800 people are expected to visit the career center on West Broad Street this week.

Ohio Lawmakers Weigh Bills On Ex-Felons, Exotic Animals

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Inside view of Ohio Statehouse
9:51AM
April
30, 2012

Two identical plans to help ex-felons get jobs are slated for committee hearings this week in both the house and the senate. Felons are currently barred from getting professional licenses for jobs like teacher, plumber, and hearing aid fitter. But these bills would drop the ban on a case-by-case basis.

Ohio Agriculture Officials Allow Return of Exotic Animals

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A black leopard rescued from a Zanesville exotic animal farm rests at the Columbus Zoo.
8:00AM
April
30, 2012

Ohio officials say they will allow for the return of five surviving exotic animals to a woman whose husband released dozens of wild creatures last fall before he committed suicide.

GOP’s Mitt Romney Speaks At Westerville’s Otterbein University

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Mitt Romney addresses an audience at Otterbein University
7:49AM
April
28, 2012

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was at Otterbein University in Westerville on Friday.

COTA Vote On Contract Sets Up Possible Labor Dispute

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The president of the union representing more than 600 COTA employees says the union is prepared to strike if necessary.
9:15AM
April
27, 2012

The president of the union representing more than 600 COTA employees says the union is prepared to strike if necessary.

Auditor: ODOT Could Save $6 Million

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performance review of the transportation agency. He says about 42 percent of Ohio's backhoes, excavators and other equipment are used only 5 percent of the time.
9:09AM
April 27, 2012

A report by the state’s auditor has found that the Ohio Department of Transportation could save more than $6 million by selling underused heavy equipment and vehicles and closing two rest stops in eastern Ohio.

The Challenges Of Deaf Soccer

7:53AM
April
27, 2012

The USA Men’s and Women’s Deaf Soccer National Teams will play exhibition matches tomorrow at Crew Stadium, as they prepare for the Deaf World Cup Games this summer. As WOSU’s Debbie Holmes reports, there are plenty of challenges for players facing opponents who can hear.

Lawmakers Continue Behind-The-Scenes Talks On Election Changes

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The repeal legislation was tabled by Rep. House Speaker Bill Batchelder.
7:30AM
April
27, 2012

Ohio lawmakers have shelves the repeal of the controversial election reform law that’s up for a referendum on the fall ballot. But that doesn’t mean they’re not talking about it.

“Second Chance” Program For Ex-Felons Gets Bipartisan Support

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The program would help felons leaving prison by giving them a shot at many professional licenses issued by the state.
7:31AM
April 26, 2012

The program would help people leaving prison by giving them a shot at many professional licenses issued by the state.

Lawmakers Delay Vote To Repeal Elections Changes

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If enacted, the repeal measure would leave in place old rules governing Ohio elections before the overhaul law was passed last summer. The bill also would reaffirm a separate change made last year in a different measure that cuts off in-person early voting on the Friday evening before Election Day.
6:15AM
April 26, 2012

If enacted, the repeal measure would leave in place old rules governing Ohio elections before the overhaul law was passed last summer. The bill also would reaffirm a separate change made last year in a different measure that cuts off in-person early voting on the Friday evening before Election Day.