WOSU News Archives For August 2012

Ohio Could Spend $3.5 Million On Animal Facility

COLUMBUS ZOO EXOTIC RESCUE
One of three panthers rescued by the Zoo from a ranch in Zanesville.
3:41PM
August 31, 2012

The state of Ohio wants to spend $3.5 million to build and operate a Department of Agriculture facility that would temporarily house exotic animals confiscated under a new law.

Obama Cancels Labor Day Trip To Cleveland

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President Obama cancels his Cleveland trip.
2:25PM
August
31, 2012

President Barack Obama has canceled his Labor Day trip to Cleveland.

1st Death Linked To New Swine Flu Is Ohioan, 61

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A pig rests at the 2012 Ohio State Fair.
12:53PM
August 31, 2012

Health officials say the death of a 61-year-old central Ohio woman is the first associated with a new swine flu strain.

Judge Restores 3 Early Voting Days In Ohio

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The Ohio Organizing Collaborative marched to the Franklin County Board of Elections recently to push for weekend voting hours.
12:38PM
August
31, 2012

A federal judge in Ohio is giving all voters in the swing state the option of casting their ballot in person during the three days before Election Day.

“Un-American” Comment Garners Criticism And Support For Mandel

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The race between Rep. Josh Mandel and Dem. Sherrod Brown is expected to be one of the closest and most-expensive races in the nation this year. The latest independent poll gives Brown a 46 percent to 41 percent lead.
7:59AM
August 31, 2012

Republican Josh Mandel’s comment that Sen. Sherrod Brown’s support of the auto industry bailout was “un-American” is bringing out veterans on both sides of the debate.

Texting Law Tougher For Teens

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Under the new law, the first offense for Ohio adults will be a $150 fine. The second offense brings a $300 fine. But drivers will only receive warnings for the first six months.
7:29AM
August
31, 2012

For the second part of a two part series, Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen reports on why Ohio’s new law against texting while driving is so much tougher for drivers under the age of 18.

Ousted Ohio Schools Chief Sues Over Firing

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A former district superintendent in southwestern Ohio and her son are suing to keep their jobs amid a state investigation into altered attendance records.
3:43PM
August
30, 2012

A former district superintendent in southwestern Ohio and her son are suing to keep their jobs amid a state investigation into altered attendance records.

Surgeon, Officials Review Botched Ohio Transplant

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A Texas surgeon is reviewing a living-donor kidney transplant program suspended by an Ohio hospital where a donated kidney apparently was put with medical waste instead of going to the intended recipient.
3:38PM
August
30, 2012

A Texas surgeon is reviewing a living-donor kidney transplant program suspended by an Ohio hospital where a donated kidney apparently was put with medical waste instead of going to the intended recipient.

Backers Say “Secondary” Designation Will Still Deter Texters

texting while driving
Under the new law, the first offense for Ohio adults will be a $150 fine. The second offense brings a $300 fine. But drivers will only receive warnings for the first six months.
8:23AM
August
30, 2012

It’s about to be illegal for Ohioans to text behind the wheel. But for adults it will only be a secondary violation, similar to a safety belt violation, and drivers will only receive warnings for the first six months.

DeWine: No Vote On Liquor Issue Would Invalidate Existing Licenses

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Mike DeWine's office says if the liquor issue is voted down, that vote would invalidate existing liquor licenses in the proposed entertainment district.
7:57AM
August
30, 2012

Voters in Upper Arlington are nearing a November vote on expanding liquor licenses to establish an entertainment district. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine now says a “no” vote would invalidate existing liquor licenses in the proposed development.