WOSU News Archives For May 2012

Judge Rejects Ohio Amish Hate Crime Law Challenge

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A judge has rejected a challenge of the federal hate crimes law by Amish defendants charged in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio.
2:47PM
May
31, 2012

A judge has rejected a challenge of the federal hate crimes law by Amish defendants charged in beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio.

Regulators Raising Amount AEP Can Charge Competitors

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The decision by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio could mean higher bills for customers who've already switched to other providers.
8:02AM
May 31, 2012

The decision by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio could mean higher bills for customers who’ve already switched to other providers.

Judge Throws Out Suit Against Casinos And “Racinos”

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New video lottery terminals at Scioto Downs. The "racino" is scheduled to open Friday afternoon.
8:01AM
May
31, 2012

The decision by Franklin County Judge Timothy Horton clears the way for a new video slot machine facility to open at Scioto Downs on Friday.

School Funding Debates Reignites At Statehouse

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Ohio’s school funding system was deemed unconstitutional in 1997 because it relies too heavily on property taxes.
7:29AM
May
31, 2012

Critics continue to call on state lawmakers to change the way Ohio funds local school districts, a method that was ruled unconstitutional 15 years ago.

More Fuel Efficient Cars Mean Less Revenue For ODOT

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A Toyota Prius
6:07PM
May
30, 2012

A group known as Environment Ohio released a report Wednesday backing the Obama Administration’s proposed auto fuel efficiency standards. Those standards call for an average of 54.5 miles per gallon for vehicles by 2025. But better fuel economy means a decline in revenue for the state department of transportation.

Electric Rate Case Spurs Rare Ad Campaigns

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Competing video ads have targeted consumers as the Public Utilities Commission considers American Electric Power's rate case.
11:30AM
May
30, 2012

Electric companies these days seem to be taking a page out of political campaign handbooks. They are running negative television commercials, buying large newspaper ads and sending direct mail.

Bob Evans Closing Two Ohio Plants

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The company says it will try to find new jobs for the 100 employees expected to be impacted by the plant closures.
10:33AM
May
30, 2012

The New Albany-based restaurant and food company plans to shut down plants in Springfield and Bidwell.

Ohio Gets Wavier From No Child Left Behind Mandates

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The Ohio Department of Education expected 90 percent of schools to miss requirements in the No Child Left Behind Act.
8:21AM
May
30, 2012

The waiver announced Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education frees Ohio and seven other states from many of the law’s requirements, including a mandate that 100 percent of students be proficient in math and reading by 2014.

The State Of ODOT

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State Transportation Director Jerry Wray gives the first-ever "State of ODOT" Address on Tuesday.
7:59AM
May
30, 2012

In the first-ever “State of ODOT” Address, transportation officials painted a troubled portrait of the agency still working its way out of a $1.6 billion budget hole.

Knox County Toddler Dies From Gunshot Wound

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The boy's grandfather, parents and two younger siblings were reportedly at the home when the shooting occurred.
7:30AM
May
30, 2012

The boy, 3, reportedly shot himself in the head with a handgun left on top of a television in the home northwest of Mount Vernon.