WOSU News Archives For June 2013

Kasich Signs $62 Billion, 2-Year Ohio Budget

Gov. John Kasich signed the two-year, $62.5 billion budget Sunday evening.
June 30, 2013

Gov. John Kasich has vetoed a piece of Ohio’s two-year budget that would bar the state’s Medicaid program from covering the additional low-income residents allowed under the Affordable Care Act.

Ohio Reduces Fee For Late Vehicle Registrations

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Ohio is easing the penalties for failing to register vehicles with the state on time.
29, 2013

Ohio is easing the penalties for failing to register vehicles with the state on time.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles says the fee for a late renewal is being cut from $20 to $10 starting Monday. The grace period for the fee also will be extended from seven days to 30 days.

Ohio College Student Killed During Protest In Egypt

Andrew Pochter-Kenyon College student killed in Egypt
Kenyon College student Andrew Pochter was killed in Egypt during a protest.
June 29, 2013

The State Department has identified the American killed in Egypt during violent clashes between government supporters and opponents.

Patrol Says Much Greater Chance Of Death In Wrong-Way Crashes

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The Ohio State Highway Patrol finds wrong-way crashes on highways are rare, but can be fatal.
June 28, 2013

A new report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol finds that while wrong-way crashes on divided highways like interstates are rare, they’re much more likely to result in fatalities.

Unanswered Questions In Jackson Double Shooting May Remain

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28, 2013

The police chief in a southern Ohio town says there might never be an explanation for why a 12-year-old boy shot his 9-year-old half brother and then himself.

Childhood Obesity Weighs On Ohio Schools

Second-graders at Brookridge Elementary in suburban Cleveland take a quick break for yoga.
28, 2013

One-third of U.S. children are overweight or obese. It’s led to more and more kids developing diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Yet the place kids spend a lot of time, school, often lacks physical activity.

Budget Clears House, Heads To Governor For Signature

Republicans in the Ohio Senate pass a $62 billion state budget that revamps school spending, cuts personal income taxes and add abortion restrictions.
27, 2013

A state budget that revamps Ohio’s school funding system, cuts personal income taxes and adds new abortion restrictions has cleared both chambers of the legislature.

Sen. Rob Portman Glad Same Sex Marriage Left To States

U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio supports the court ruling against the federal D.O.M.A. and wants to see Ohio ban on gay marriage end.
June 27, 2013

Ohio’s Junior U.S. Senator Rob Portman supports the U.S. Supreme Court decision against the federal Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA. Portman says while he would have preferred Congress repeal DOMA he supports gay marriage.

State Considers “Certifying” Farmers To Cut Algae Blooms

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27, 2013

Algae blooms are a big problem on Ohio’s lakes: they’re toxic and can have a big impact on tourism. Now state lawmakers are looking at “certifying” farmers as one way to tone it down.

COTA Ridership Falling In 2013

COTA was considered the country's fastest-growing transit agency in 2011 with 18.8 million rides.
27, 2013

Officials at the bus agency are trying to figure out why ridership has dropped 2.5 percent through the first five months of the year.