For the hungry in some Columbus neighborhoods, emergency food supplies will be only a text away. The city will spend $135,000 to help to create a mobile scheduling program for selected food pantries.
Central Ohio Somali activists are concerned about recent reports that Ethiopian troops have moved into the country. The reports are troops have been sent into provincial capital Baidoa and other border cities. Somalia has been racked by civil war for the last 16 years. Now local activists are lobbying US officials to intervene. WOSU’s Sabrina Hersi-Issa reports.
Companies and universities hoping to cultivate fresh talent are investing more in camps, retreats and workshops for young women and minorities. A local summer camp training young women to enter engineering fields wrapped up it’s 5th summer session today. WOSU’s Sabrina Hersi-Issa spoke with some of the budding engineers and has this report…
The development plan for Big Darby Creek Watershed is finalized. Now it’s time for officials from the 10 involved jurisdictions to take the agreement to their local districts. Columbus City Council held public hearings on the Big Darby plan.
An option for workers affected by closed factories, manufacturing outsourcing and lay-offs is “retraining” or “re-education” for employment in different fields. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says they expect 44-hundred Ohioans to enroll in retraining programs this year. WOSU’s Sabrina Hersi-Issa reports on worker-turned-students trying to make the transition
The City of Columbus recently threw out it’s Blue Bag Residential Recyling program and city officials are now banking on businesses to increase recycling rates.
Ohio State Highway Patrol will team up with local law enforcement this summer to crack down on speeders and drivers under the influence. Officials hope the program will reduce traffic-related fatalities. In Central Ohio the increased highway patrol will be concentrated on the Interstate-270 Outerbelt.
Gyms are typical places to see people fighting obesity. Now more gyms cater to children’s fitness and parents in Central Ohio are catching onto this trend.
HIV rates among black women are rising nationally. In Franklin County, Ohio Department of Health data indicates black women make up 11% of new HIV/AIDS cases and minorities make up about 36% of new cases. To raise awareness among minorities a local organization is taking a new approach. They’re taking HIV education into barbershops.
The Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio says its former treasuer embezzled up to a quarter of a million dollars from the organization. No criminal charges have been filed but the charity announced plans to prevent another theft.