WOSU News Archives For: June 19, 2014

Report: Ohio Prison Gang Numbers Remain Steady

A new report says about 16 percent of Ohio prisoners is in a gang.
19, 2014

A new report finds the percentage of Ohio inmates in recognized gangs remains steady at about 16 percent of the overall prison population.

Study Says Federal Food Aid Also Feeds Local Economy And Jobs

Bill LaFayette
Economist Bill LaFayette
19, 2014

A local economist says federal money allocated to feeding Franklin County’s poor has a significant impact on the regional economy.

Obama: U.S. Forces Won’t Return To Combat In Iraq Crisis

President Obama speaks about Iraq in the Brady Briefing room of the White House.
President Obama speaks about Iraq in the Brady Briefing room of the White House Thursday. Obama said the U.S. will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq — but that U.S. forces won't engage in combat with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.
19, 2014

President Obama says the U.S. will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help it cope with a Sunni extremist group, but Americans won’t be taking up combat roles.

U.S. Senator Portman Wants Action On Prisoner Swap

U.S. Senator Rob Portman wants a resolution stating Congress' opposition to the prisoner swap of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
June 19, 2014

Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senator is pushing a resolution to say Congress is officially opposed to the recent prisoner swap that freed five Al-Qaeda operatives in exchange for Army Sergeant Bo Bergdahl.

Columbus Launches Energy Saving Program

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says the program is voluntary, and administrators hope to get downtown building owners to participate.
19, 2014

The new program hopes to cut energy usage in commercial buildings by as much as 20 percent, with an extra emphasis on downtown buildings.

Ohio Begins Training School Staff On Active Shooter Situations

File photo
19, 2014

Schools are already required to file emergency response plans with the Ohio Attorney General, and the additional training is designed to prevent violent deaths.

Juneteenth Ohio Celebrating End Of Slavery Kicks Off Friday

Juneteenth Celebration
Juneteenth Ohio kicks off its 2014 event Friday at a new downtown location.
June 19, 2014

The Juneteenth Ohio Festival kicks off Friday at its new downtown location. The event celebrates what happened 149 years ago today when the last slaves were freed in this country.