Columbus is host to the National Hockey League All Star game this week-end. The NHL showcase will bring thousands fans and visitors to the city as well as international media attention.
Ohio has a deal with Iraq. Planners for the state’s higher education system say a key to making it better is to make it more international, and Ohio Chancellor Eric Fingerhut signed an agreement in Washington for Ohio colleges and universities to host hundreds, and perhaps eventually thousands of Iraqi students.
A 1983 Ohio State graduate pinned on another star Friday to become a Brigadier General in the U.S. Army. General Jeff Smith helps lead nearly 20,000 U.S. soldiers in Iraq along the Syrian, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait borders. WOSU spoke with Smith who is in Iraq. The general’s primary duties deal with reconstruction and economic activities in a part of Iraq that is one-and-a-half times the size of Ohio. Click on the listen icon to hear the extended interview.
The Ohio National Guard is preparing for its largest single unit deployment since World War Two. 1600 guard members from Ohio and 950 from Michigan begin active duty this week and are headed to Kuwait to support troops in Iraq.
Refugees International describes the displacement of Iraqis from their home country as the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. More than 16-hundred Iraqis have come to the United States in the last year, and 14 of them are now in Ohio.
Registered voters across Ohio are deeply divided over the war in Iraq and what the United States should do.
One local soldier serving in Iraq is getting a cold surpise in the mail. A local Smoothie King is sending 100 smoothies for his entire infantry to enjoy.
Attitudes about the war in Iraq seem to be little changed by the events of the past week. Hearings in Congress, the 9/11 anniversary and Thursday night’s address by President Bush don’t seemed to have caused central Ohioans to rethink their positions.
US Senator George Voinovich still wants President Bush to set a deadline for troop withdrawal. But Voinovich says he will not vote for a deadline if asked to.
Last night in his presidential address, President Bush announced a reduction of troops in Iraq. Ohio US senator George Voinovich was in Chillicothe today where he toured the Chillicothe Veterans’ Medical Center. He says the legacy of the Bush administration relies on developing a comprehensive plan that would gradually end the war.
In his address to the nation, President Bush called for an enduring presence of US troops in Iraq. But US Senator Sherrod Brown (D) of Ohio says Iraq is not becoming more stable, and troops should come home within a year.