WOSU News Archives For: June 11, 2014

Shining The Light On Public Records Requests In Ohio

A recent audit exposes how the state of Ohio handles public record requests.
11, 2014

A recent survey showed small government agencies were highly responsive to public record requests.

Judge Orders 3 Early Voting Days Restored In Ohio

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Early voters line up at Franklin County voting center near Morse and Karl roads in 2012.
11, 2014

A federal judge is ordering Ohio’s elections chief to restore the final three days of in-person, early voting in the swing state.

Ex-Official Testifies At Ohio Businessman’s Trial

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The former Chief Financial Officer for the Northeast Ohio company says he knew it was illegal to reimburse employees for campaign contributions.
June 11, 2014

The former chief financial officer for a northeast Ohio telemarketing company says he knew it was illegal when the company reimbursed employees and others who had been asked to make campaign contributions to two prominent Republican politicians.

Ohio Justices: Payday Loans Legal Despite 2008 Law

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The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday the state's mortgage laws allowed an Ohio payday lender to charge an Elyria man 235-percent interest rate on a short term loan.
11, 2014

In a victory for payday lenders, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a two-week loan to an Elyria man that imposed more than 235-percent interest is not prohibited under Ohio’s mortgage lending laws.

2015 Nationwide Arena Budget Approved; Venue Barely In The Black

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11, 2014

The board that oversees Nationwide Arena has approved the facility’s 2015 budget. Recent media reports say the arena is struggling financially but the facility’s chief operating officer disagrees.

Ohio Public Records Compliance Improves

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Ohio's 88 counties mostly complied with Ohio public records requests during recent statewide audit.
June 11, 2014

A test of Ohio’s open records law has found much higher compliance than a similar audit conducted a decade ago.

Ohio Soldier Killed In Afghanistan, Friendly Fire Suspected

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25 year old Justin Helton was killed while serving in Afghanistan.
11, 2014

A cousin says a 25-year-old soldier from southern Ohio was one of five American troops killed this week during an airstrike in southern Afghanistan.