Police Investigate Nude Pictures Of Teens

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April 10, 2014

Central Ohio police are investigating nude photos of underage teens which have shown up on a social media site. WOSU reports investigators are being tight-lipped about the case.

High-End, On-Demand Car Service Company Gets Sued

Last month, Uber began to offer UberX in Columbus, a less expensive option than its black car service. But city officials have sued UberX, citing unlicensed drivers and vehicles.
9, 2014

The city of Columbus has filed a lawsuit suit against an upscale car service that recently began to operate in the area. WOSU reports the city wants a judge to grant a temporary restraining order against a branch of Uber to keep it from operating in the city.

City Inspectors Identify More Neighborhoods With Rat Problems

Columbus inspectors say they've found evidence of a rat problem in several neighborhoods around the city.
7, 2014

Rats became quite a problem in Clintonville during the last year. But with a few easy changes, the issue appears to be under control. City inspectors discovered Clintonville is not the only area with a rodent problem. WOSU reports on some other Columbus neighborhoods where rats are rife.

Columbus Police To Review 3,000 DNA Test Results

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March 26, 2014

Columbus Police are going through several thousand old DNA cases because reporting procedures were not followed. Critical information was left out of the DNA reports.

Fired Columbus Principals’ Pre-Trial Hearing Set For June

Tiffany Chavers, principal at Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, and Pamela Diggs, principal at Marion Franklin High School, filed a lawsuit against Columbus City Schools. An attorney for the women says it could be next year before the case goes to trial.
March 25, 2014

It could be next year before a lawsuit filed, last week, by two fired Columbus City Schools principals goes to trial.

OH Education Dept.: Safeguards In Place To Prevent Test Tampering

Ohio third graders soon will take the state reading test. Many of them risk being held back. High-stakes tests have caused some educators across the country to cheat on exams, but Ohio officials say it has safeguards to prevent it.
21, 2014

Ohio third-graders are gearing up to take a reading test that could determine whether they are promoted or held back. In some states, high-stakes testing has driven educators to do the unthinkable: cheat. WOSU reports safeguards are in place in Ohio to lessen the chance of a standardized testing scandal.

Ohio Inmate Fees Add Up, Private Companies and State Benefit

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Ohio prison inmates must pay surcharges and fee for services and to purchase items and have contact with the outside world.
March 18, 2014

Prison is a big business. Lots of money goes in, and lots of money goes out. And a good portion of the money going in, is from inmates’ families, in the form of fees and surcharges for basic items and services. In the second part of a two-part series, WOSU’s Mandie Trimble takes a look at what inmates pay, and what the state makes off their purchases.

Ohio Prisons Cashing In On Inmate Phone Calls

Prisoners in Ohio are charged a lot to make local phone calls out of prison.
17, 2014

Inmates and their families pay a lot of hidden costs for basic items and services. The state and private vendors are making a lot of money as they provide these services. One private company collected $21 million last year on prison calls in Ohio.

Governor Kasich Signs Anti-Drug Overdose Bill

Columbus Fire medics administer Narcan about 5 times a day. It can reverse a heroin or prescription opioid overdose in minutes.
11, 2014

Governor Kasich today signed a bill to allow greater access to Nalozone used to fight drug overdoses.