WOSU News Archives For July 2014

Fired OSU Band Director Details Changes In Report

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Fired OSUMB director Jon Waters said he worked for two years to reduce inappropriate nicknames given to first-year members.
5:16PM
July 31, 2014

From the beginning, fired Ohio State band director Jon Waters has vowed to clear his name. Waters claims he was in the process of making changes to the OSU band culture before the investigation that cost him his job. Those changes are detailed in a report Waters gave investigators last month.

Fired Band Director Says He Attempted To Fix Vulgar Culture

Ohio State has announced the firing of OSU Marching Band director Jon Waters.
Fired Ohio State Band Director Jon Waters says he tried to change the culture that included hazing and allegations of sexual harassment.
10:51AM
July
31, 2014

The fired Ohio State University marching band director says he was working to change a culture of hazing and inappropriate rituals among members when he was dismissed.

Ohio State Fair ‘Midway Mood’ Reflects Brighter Consumer Surveys

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The Ohio Gate welcomes state fair visitors on 11th Avenue. The 2014 fair runs through Sunday, August 3rd.
8:00AM
July
31, 2014

New surveys indicate consumers are feeling better. Consumer confidence is the highest in more than 5 years. The highest since the Great Recession. The brighter outlook is also evident this year along the Midway at the Ohio State Fair.

Obama’s Approval Rating Falling In Ohio

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7:59AM
July
31, 2014

A new poll by Quinnipiac University says Obama’s approval rating in Ohio has slipped to 36 percent. The same survey in May gave him a 39-percent approval rating.

Prison Guards Blame Food Vendor For Maggots, Security Problems

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7:29AM
July
31, 2014

There are problems with maggots, food shortages and contraband in state prisons, and the committee that inspects those facilities is blaming a private vendor hired by the prison system.

Columbus Police Keep Focus On Summertime Crime

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Weinland Park
12:01PM
July
30, 2014

For the past 10 summers the Columbus Police have changed tactics to reduce violent crime and gang activity. It’s called the Community Safety Initiative. Special groups of police officers patrol high crime neighborhoods.

Kasich Maintains Double-Digit Lead Over FitzGerald

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A new poll shows that Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald has gained little ground against Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
9:08AM
July 30, 2014

The poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University shows Republican Kasich ahead of FitzGerald 48 percent to 36 percent. The same poll in May had Kasich leading by a 50-to-35 percent margin.

TV Ads Supporting Same-Sex Marriage To Air On Ohio Stations

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WOSU Archive
4:56PM
July
29, 2014

A television ad that supports same-sex marriage will begin running on stations across the state Wednesday. It’s the first marriage equality ad to be broadcast since Ohioans enacted a gay marriage ban ten years ago.

Ohio Base Pressured To Fill More Hospital Beds

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The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base hospital needs to boost occupancy rates or face potential changes.
1:40PM
July
29, 2014

Ohio’s largest military base is under pressure to fill more beds in its hospital.

Reynoldsburg Teachers Look To Federal Moderator For Help

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Reynoldsburg teacher contracts expire this month. A federal mediator is expected to help hash out concerns over proposed changes which has prompted push back from educators.
1:36PM
July
29, 2014

The Reynoldsburg City Schools district has received push back from teachers over its proposed contract. A federal mediator is expected to meet with both sides in August.