On this episode of Broad & High, an artist profile: Dennis DeVendra, a blind woodturner. Also a look at Dangerdust, the anonymous chalk artist duo from Columbus College of Arts and Design, Helping Hands Center an arts & autism based in Clintonville, Petali Teas and D’Art the Gallery Kitty at Dublin Arts Council.
Ohio has an opiate problem. Statistics from the Ohio Department of Health show the number of people dying from drug overdoses increased 440 percent from 1999 to 2011. Now thereâ€™s bipartisan support for a bill in the state legislature that would try to reduce drug deaths.
State officials say the pharmacy board can move to ban chemicals and drug cocktails much more quickly than the state legislature.
Ohio Governor John Kasichâ€™s proposals for a new state budget and the biggest tax changes in four decades are in the spotlight again this week as state legislators continue committee hearings.
Prosecutors say the owners of The Joint, The Chamber, and The Garden in Columbus’ Short North neighborhood were selling bath salts and synthetic marijuana out of the stores.
Police say the incident may have been a drug-related robbery.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says heroin seizures in the first half of 2012 increased 327 compared to the same period last year.
The investigation targeted prostitutes and clients using hotels along the I-270 and Rt. 23 corridor.
Some Columbus business owners and residents are calling on the city to do more to prevent loitering. They say people hanging out on street corners are up to no good, and hurt neighborhood image. Columbus has an anti-loitering law, but itâ€™s not enforced.
A Franklin County Grand Jury has indicted 40 people in what has been called the largest crystal meth seizure in Central Ohio.
Federal prosecutors have filed money laundering and drug trafficking charges against the Columbus tattoo parlor owner who reportedly bought memorabilia from several Ohio State football players.