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.
The public school graduation rate last year was 86%, that number has climbed steadily during the last eight years. But many of the 19,000 students who drop out every year are low-income African American males, whose graduation rates are far below those of young males of other races.
January is just about the midseason point in the college application process. Students are filing their applications, applying for financial aid and making decisions. Ohio State University is finding that not very many African American students, especially African American men, are enrolling at OSU. Officials say they are trying to change that.