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Local Colleges And Universities Plan For Swine Flu Outbreaks

2, 2009

Flu season is approaching and Ohio colleges and universities are watching for outbreaks of swine flu. Several schools already report cases. Here in Central Ohio, schools say they are making contingency plans in the event of a campus-wide outbreak.

Local Settlement House Expands Programs; Meets Community Needs

22, 2009

Central Community House is one of seven Settlement Houses in Columbus. They are slowly expanding some of their programming since the City of Columbus closed 13 recreation centers earlier this year.

Community College Enrollment Grows in Slowing Economy

4, 2009

As unemployment numbers increase, more laid-off workers are taking a different approach to the job market. Enrollment at community colleges and technical schools is growing. WOSU takes a look at this changing trend in higher education.

As Economy Falters, More Ohioans Classified As Poor

26, 2008

The Census Bureau Tuesday reported new numbers on poverty, income and health insurance. It’s an annual snapshot of the economic well-being of nation’s households.

Columbus Residents Get “Coats for Kids” Assistance

February 1, 2008

St. Stephens Community House at 1500 East 17th Ave. in Columbus is in the middle of its “Coats or Kids” program. St. Stephens is expecting about one thousand people to receive new and used winter clothing to those in need, no questions asked.

Language Gets in the Way of Safety, ODPS Looks to Bridge Gap

4, 2008

The Ohio Department of Public Safety is trying to facilitate more outreach programs to learn about the state’s growing diverse populations so that ODPS can provide more people with the proper safety services. In its first steps towards reaching this goal, ODPS hosted an information forum in Columbus today.

Mount Gilead Farm Thrives on Produce Subscriptions

At the Clintonville Farmers Market, Ben and Lisa Sipple display produce from their Community Supported Agriculture farm.
July 23, 2007

Much attention is given to the problems facing family-owned farms in Ohio and elsewhere. Problems include weather, disappearing farmland, pollution from field run off, and a population that is increasingly non-rural. A small but growing idea tries to address all of these issues, except – of course – the weather.

80 Community Gardens Thrive in Columbus

Mary Simon shows Willie Alexander how to grow vegetables in a community garden on Ellsworth Ave.
July 11, 2007

Columbus is home to more than 80 community gardens where residents turn weed-invested city lots into bountiful crops. Franklin Park Conservatory, the city and others are encouraging the use of vacant lots to grow produce.

Community Shelter Board announces progress with the homeless

4, 2007

Estimates are there are between 100 and 300 people living on the streets or on the land in Columbus. The Community Shelter Board said it’s made progress in helping to place many of these people in permanent housing.

Ohio Wal-Marts Begin Selling $4 Prescriptions

Ohio Sam's Club and Wal-Mart stores now offer certain generic drug prescriptions for $4. Competitors recently announced their own plans.
October 26, 2006

Wal-Mart stores in Ohio today began selling certain generic prescription drugs for 4 dollars. Company officials say the reduced priced prescriptions represent about a quarter of the prescriptions dispensed in the United States. The company says it’s passing the saving on to customers. But critics of the giant retailer suspect other motives.