WOSU News Archives For: February 27, 2013

Absent From Ohio Ballot, Medical Marijuana Debate Continues

Even with lack of ballot issue, debate continues in Ohio on pros and cons of legalizing medical marijuana
February 27, 2013

For more than a decade, backers of a plan to legalize medical marijuana have tried unsuccessfully to convince Ohio legislators to okay the idea. Meanwhile, for more than a year, two different groups have tried unsuccessfully to collect enough petition signatures to force a statewide vote on the idea. Despite those failures by the pro-pot side…opponents of medical marijuana are feeling a need to speak out.

Union Bill Sponsor Joins Ohio Public Pension Panel

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February 27, 2013

The sponsor of an Ohio measure aimed at curbing the collective bargaining rights of public workers has been named to a panel that oversees the health of the state’s public pension funds.

Normal Fanfare Missing In Ohio Report Card Release

School ranking data falls flat after attendance rigging scandal rocks many districts across the state.
27, 2013

Ohio’s latest ratings of public school performance will land with more of a thud than a bang this year.

Columbus Mayor And City Council Roll Out Proposed Capital Budget

Columbus city council president Andrew Ginther discusses details of the proposed $380 million capital budget. Beside him is Mayor Michael Coleman.
27, 2013

Repaving Columbus streets, installing more security cameras and renovating the outdated Maryland Swimming Pool are just some of the projects that would be paid for under Mayor Michael Coleman’s proposed capital budget for the next fiscal year.

Fired Mt. Vernon Teacher Makes Case To Ohio Supreme Court

John Freshwater was fired in 2011 after years of legal battles following his refusal to removal a Bible from his desk at Mt. Vernon High School.
February 27, 2013

John Freshwater was fired in 2011 after years of legal battles following his refusal to removal a Bible from his desk at Mt. Vernon High School.

Columbus School Board Seeks Permanent Superintendent

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Columbus school board members Ramona Reyes, Bryan Steward, and Mike Wiles review report on superintendent search
February 27, 2013

The Columbus Board of Education says it wants to hire a permanent superintendent before the end of June despite some outside pressure to name an interim leader.

Cabela’s Competes For Share Of Outdoor Enthusiasts

The first Cabela's in Ohio is set to open March 7. The hunting and fishing superstore is expected draw customers from around the state. Retail analysts say this could be good news for other stores located nearby.
27, 2013

One of the country’s biggest destination shopping draws will open its first Ohio store next week. The outdoors retailer Cabela’s will open its huge store near Polaris. WOSU got a sneak peek inside the mega-store, and reports on its possible impact on Central Ohio retail.