WOSU News Archives For October 2013

Ohio Headed To Record-Low Number Of Traffic Deaths

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Vehicle safety improvements and better highway-construction techniques have helped drive those numbers down since then.
8:30AM
October
30, 2013

Statistics show that the state could even dip below 1,000 traffic fatalities this year for the first time since the state began keeping records.

Lawmakers Weigh “Stand Your Ground” In Ohio

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8:20AM
October
30, 2013

Supporters say it’s different from the controversial Florida law, but critics say it’s still unnecessary.

Marion Struggles With Increasing Heroin Problem

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Addiction specialists say Marion's heroin problem began about four years ago when gang members from Chicago and Detroit started bringing the drug to the city.
7:31AM
October
30, 2013

Like many Midwestern cities, Marion has struggled in recent decades. The proud blue-collar town was once a regional industry leader, but times have changed and factories have closed. As industry moved out, drugs…specifically heroin…moved in.

Most Duplicates Removed From Ohio’s Voter Rolls

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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says Ohio only has four duplicate registrations, down from more than 340,000 in January 2011. Ohio has more than 7.7 million voters.
10:57AM
October
29, 2013

Ohio’s top elections official says he’s worked with county boards to clear nearly all the duplicate voter registrations from the state’s voter database.

More Ohioans Living In Poverty

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One in 6 Ohio residents living in poverty according to Census report.
9:51AM
October
29, 2013

A U.S. Census report shows that a greater share of Ohioans are living in poverty than before the Great Recession.

The numbers show one in six Ohioans was living in poverty last year. The state’s poverty rate increased from 13.1 percent in 2007 to 16.3 percent in 2012.

Escaped Prisoner Dies While Fleeing Police

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8:30AM
October
29, 2013

Pickaway County authorities say an escaped prisoner has died after he crashed a stolen vehicle while being chased by law enforcement officers.

Ohio Communities Deal With “After-Life” Of Shopping Malls

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The fountains at Euclid Square were shut off years ago, former fast-food stands now sit shuttered, and tuxedoed manikins in store windows stare out at empty walkways.
7:48AM
October
29, 2013

Thirty years ago, some of the most bustling places in the state were shopping malls. These enclosed commercial districts were “people magnets”, but, online shopping and a bad economy have hit the industry hard. Many Ohio communities are now struggling with redeveloping the abandoned properties.

Columbus Neighborhood Commits To Fighting Violent Crimes

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Residents in Driving Park vow to fight crime and blight in their neighborhood.
5:00AM
October
29, 2013

A Columbus neighborhood vows to take back its streets and stop teen shootings and other crimes that ramped up during the summer.

A Hefty Levy Proposal

2:08PM
October
28, 2013

Columbus school leaders want your help. How do they want it? In the form of a 9.01 mill levy. A look at the numbers to see exactly what this levy request means.

Child Killer To Get Untried 2-Drug Injection

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Condemned Ohio killer, Ronald Phillips, seeks lethal drug challenge.
1:27PM
October 28, 2013

Ohio said it will use a never-tried dose of two drugs injected intravenously to put to death an inmate who raped and killed his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.