WOSU News Archives For: April 18, 2012

New Home Builds Show Signs Of Life

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New home builds are up in March across the country. Suburbs of Central Ohio have experienced modest gains.
4:20PM
April
18, 2012

More people across the country planned to start building a house in March compared to last year. WOSU takes a look at what new construction looks like in Central Ohio.

Mandel Airs First Ad In U.S. Senate Campaign

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Ohio Treasurer and Rep. Senate candidate Josh Mandel.
3:47PM
April
18, 2012

Republican Josh Mandel has launched his first TV ad in his quest to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

Execution Ends Six-Month Moratorium

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Mark Wiles is scheduled to die April 18 for the 1985 murder of a 15-year-old boy.
11:00AM
April 18, 2012

Mark Wiles was executed in Lucasville this morning, marking the state’s first execution since a federal judge criticized the state’s adhesion to its lethal injection procedures.

Statehouse Republicans Aim To Cut Funding To Abortion Providers

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Anti-abortion activists call the budget amendment "a victory over the abortion industry." Democrats call it an attack on women's health.
8:30AM
April
18, 2012

GOP lawmakers are pursuing a budget amendment that would direct public health care dollars away from abortion providers to other programs that help uninsured and under-insured women.

Proposed Limitations On Workers Comp. Divide Statehouse

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Republicans and BWC administrators are proposing cutting off state reimbursements for medical bills if an injured worker remains off the job for more than 45 days and does not agree to get referred to new medical providers.
8:11AM
April 18, 2012

Democrats are calling proposed limitations backed by Republicans and administrators at the Bureau of Workers Compensation “an attack on injured workers.”

OSU, Columbus Police Investigate Campus Area Vandalism

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The latest case of racially- or religiously-motivated vandalism happened inside OSU's Baker Hall East.
7:51AM
April
18, 2012

Ohio State University and Columbus Police are jointly investigating a series of crimes, all of them involving racial or religious slurs.

Two Indicted In BMV ID Scheme

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An indictment accuses the two of taking money from and supplying valid drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants.
7:29AM
April 18, 2012

Prosecutors say Sekou Bayoh Kpoto took hundreds of dollars from people, then directed them to a Gahanna BMV office where Betina Young would issue them valid state ID cards and drivers licenses.

Cleveland Bishop To Reopen 12 Closed Parishes

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Twelve Roman Catholic churches in the Cleveland Diocese will be reopened, after a Vatican review.
7:00AM
April
18, 2012

Twelve closed Roman Catholic churches spared by the Vatican in the Cleveland Diocese will be reopened.

What Do You Do When The Tornado Sirens Sound?

6:00AM
April
18, 2012

Thanks to improved storm spotting radar, the number of tornado warnings in Ohio has tripled in the past 5 years. Some worry the warnings are now too common and people have become complacent. What do you do when the tornado sirens sound?

National Weather Service Tests New “Impact” Warning

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Storm damage from a catastrophic tornado that struck Tuscaloosa, Ala. April 27, 2011.
5:00AM
April
18, 2012

Wednesday, Franklin County will conduct its weekly tornado warning test. We’re getting more of these warnings, causing some to worry the sirens’ effectiveness is wearing off. That’s why the National Weather Service is testing a series of new, attention-grabbing warnings.