95 percent of ancient Ohio was forested. But centuries ago there were also small regions of prairie. Tall grasses and wildflowers were part of the prairie ecology and so were bison. Researchers near Columbus are trying to reestablish a prairie / bison ecosystem.
In March Penn National Gaming announced plans to move Grove Cityâ€™s Beulah Park horse racing to Youngstown. The move will reduce competition for Penn Nationalâ€™s West-side casino project. WOSU Commentator Stacia Kock says the decision to move the horse track affects more than just the casino.
Recently Ohio State University students and others held an occupy Wall Street type protest on the Oval. WOSU Commentator Stacia Kock says the â€œOccupy the Ovalâ€ anger was a little misplaced.
For better or worse, 2011 proved quite eventful for the state of Ohio. As the year winds down to a close, WOSU commentator Stacia Kock takes a look back at some of the state’s more memorable headlines.
If you travel through downtown Columbus, get ready for ten years of driving frustration. Highway crews will be stepping up work on the first phase of the decade-long reconstruction of the I-71/70 Split. WOSU Commentator Stacia Kock is prepared to be patient.
As part of his effort to reform government Governor Kasich urges state colleges and universities to offer three-year bachelor degrees. The governor argues three-year programs will cost less, reduce student loan debt, and get students into the job market faster. But WOSU Commentator Stacia Kock says there’s a downside as well.
In about a month Governor John Kasich will lay out his plan to balance the state budget. It won’t be a pleasant task. WOSU Commentator Stacia Kock says, difficult budget balancing decisions have been all too familiar for all of us.
With each passing year, George Orwell’s vision comes closer to reality. Technology has made it easier and easier to track our movements on-line and off-line. WOSU Commentator Stacia Kock says acceptance of “Big Brother” may come down to a simple choice.
Bringing attention to the poor can prompt generous donations and policy changes. But WOSU commentator Stacia Kock says the new tactic of dumpster-diving for the poor leaves a sour taste.
Whether it’s for recreation, exercise or commuting, there are more and more bicycles on the road. On a daily basis bicyclists and drivers are having to share the road. WOSU Commentator Stacia Kock reminds us that safety is a shared responsibility .