WOSU News Archives For September 2013

Affordable Care Act Calculator: Crunch The Numbers For You

The Affordable Care Act open enrollment begins on Oct. 1, figure out what this means for you.
September 26, 2013

Use this interactive calculator to figure out premiums on the Affordable Care Act for you and your family.

Action Called In Ohio And Other States With Toxic Algae

Algae at Grand Lake St. Marys
Algae-saturated water at Grand Lake St. Marys in 2010
26, 2013

An environmental group is calling for national policymakers to take action after a report shows significant increase in toxic algae. Ohio is on the list of states experiencing problems.

Gay Marriage Lawsuit Expanded In Ohio

A federal judge in Ohio has been asked to expand a federal lawsuit involving gay marriage
September 26, 2013

A lawsuit seeking to have the marriages of two gay couples recognized on death certificates has been expanded to include all similarly situated couples in Ohio, despite a statewide gay marriage ban.

Health Care Estimate Released In 36 States, Including Ohio

Healthcare premium estimates have been released in 36 states, including Ohio.
September 25, 2013

The Obama administration is shifting into high gear to promote the new health care law ahead of an Oct. 1 start date for uninsured people to begin signing up. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius revelaed premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead, including Ohio. The average sticker price [...]

Ohio Uses Last Dose Of Execution Drug On Convicted Killer

Ohio inmate was executed this morning in Lucasville
September 25, 2013

A white gunman who spewed racial slurs before fatally shooting a black man and a police officer in a 1994 rampage at his Ohio apartment complex has been executed with the state’s last use of its execution drug.

Ohio Democratic Lawmakers Push Back On Abortion Budget Items

Democrats in the Ohio statehouse push back on abortion-related items in the state budget.
25, 2013

Democrats say they’re pushing new legislation on abortion-related measures that were tucked into the state budget. The proposals come after an event that Democrats say gave women a voice, but some conservative activists say denied them a chance to speak.

Columbus Police Return To Headquarters After Evacuation

Columbus police returned to their headquarters building early Wednesday morning after bomb scare
September 25, 2013

Columbus police are back in their headquarters building this morning after an evacuation overnight. Superviser Robert Little says an explosion heard by employees about 7:30 last night is linked to a battery on a scissor-lift.

Franklin County Sales Tax To Be 2nd Highest In Ohio

Franklin County's sales tax will increase to 7.5 percent January 1.
24, 2013

County Commissioners approved a sales tax hike this morning that puts Franklin County at the top in the 18-county central Ohio region. They say it is necessary due state funding cuts and more demand for services. But as WOSU reports critics say the move could have been avoided.

Casino Robbery Victim Charged With Stealing Precious Metals

Central Ohio casino robbery victim is indicted for theft from his jewelry store employer.
24, 2013

A Central Ohio jeweler who prosecutors say was the victim of a casino robbery last year has been charged with stealing precious metal from the store where he worked.

Franklin County Approves Sales Tax Increase

Franklin County Courthouse
Franklin County Commissioners approved a half-percent increase in the county sales tax.
September 24, 2013

Faced with cuts in state aid and the need for new facilities, Franklin County officials Tuesday voted to increase the county’s portion of the sales tax. By unanimous vote commissioners raised the rate point-5 percent.