WOSU News Archives For: June 26, 2013

Songs, Books Downloaded Online To Be Taxed In Ohio

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State lawmakers will vote on sales taxes for digital purchases.
June 26, 2013

Downloading the latest pop music hit or best-selling crime novel could cost more next year in Ohio.

That’s because tax changes added to the state budget would boost the state sales tax and apply it to digital products, such as MP3s, e-books and videos bought on the Internet.

Ohio Reacts To DOMA Strike Down

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Stonewall Columbus executive director Karla Rotham (right) hugs Rick Neil, an organization member, after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its ruling to strike down the federal law that prevented same-sex married couples from receiving federal benefits like their heterosexual counterparts.
26, 2013

Columbus with its large gay population was closely watching the Supreme Court’s decision. WOSU was at Stonewall Columbus as the decision was announced.

President’s Approval Rating Bottoms Out In Ohio

The Quinnipiac University poll finds 40 percent approve of Obama's job performance, with independent voters moving away from the president.
26, 2013

The poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University indicates that 57 percent of voters disapproved of the way Obama is doing things as president, his lowest grade ever in Ohio.

Court Overturns DOMA, Sidesteps Broad Gay Marriage Ruling

Plaintiff Edith Windsor,of New York, waves to supporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on Wednesday, after the court heard arguments on her Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case.
26, 2013

The federal law defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, which the court decided violated the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection.

New Poll:Ohioans Want Expanded Gun Checks

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26, 2013

A recent poll finds wide support among Ohio voters for new restrictions on buying guns at gun shows and online.

Columbus Names Interim Superintendent

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Interim Columbus Public School Superintendent J, Daniel Good is flanked by school board members as he is introduced by Board President Carol Perkins.
26, 2013

J. Daniel Good says he’s ready to lead the 50-000 pupil Columbus Public School district.

OSU To Pay Church $12.8 Million

The church, which abuts the Columbus campus, had been working with a developer on an apartment building that would have accommodated about 280 students.
26, 2013

Ohio State University says it’s paying $12.8 million to a church adjacent to its campus in exchange for the congregation agreeing not to develop student housing on the property.

Conference Committee Sends Compromise Budget Back To Legislature

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Democrats are attacking the proposed budget, saying it shows a lack of leadership when it comes to Medicaid.
26, 2013

A bipartisan panel of state lawmakers has signed off on the state’s next two-year budget. It now goes to a final vote in the Ohio House and Senate.

State Lawmakers Move To Ban Red Light Cameras

Traffic cameras brought in $16 million in just over a dozen Ohio cities last year.
26, 2013

Lawmakers on Tuesday took the first steps to outlaw the cameras that several Ohio cities have set up to catch drivers who speed and run red lights. But the bill is going to the House floor without the support of a key Republican.