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.
Central Ohio heating and air conditioning contractors are working long days; even nights and weekends to keep up with demand for new home heating and cooling systems. It’s all to satisfy customers looking to take advantage of a federal energy tax credit that will expire at the end of the year.
You may not know his name, but if you’ve traveled on Long Street through the King Lincoln neighborhood on the east side of Columbus you’ve seen his work. Muralist Jeff Abraxas died Thursday after a brief illness. He was 39 years old.
The city of Columbus is scheduled to receive $16 million in federal stimulus money for mass transit projects. The money could be spent on a variety of things including the construction of a light rail passenger terminal. But that would still leave Columbus without a passenger depot for Governor Strickland’s planned rail corridor connecting Columbus with Cleveland and Cincinnati. Where would that train station be built? One spot could be transformed into a station fairly quickly.
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.