WOSU News Archives For June 2012

Highway Bill Adds Motorcoach Laws Spurred By Bluffton Bus Crash

Five years after a bus crash that killed several Bluffton University baseball team players, new federal legislation will increase safety on motor coaches.
29, 2012

Five years after a bus crash that killed several Bluffton University baseball team players, new federal legislation will increase safety on motor coaches.

Commentary: Who’s Blocking All The Good Views?

Looking west from downtown Columbus.
29, 2012

There used to be plenty of places for the public to enjoy a good view of Columbus and Central Ohio. WOSU commentator and local historian Ed Lentz wants to know why those places are on the decline.

Heat Pushes City To Open Cooling Centers, ODNR Issues Fire Warning

spray park
Columbus area residents keep cool under spray fountains at Bi-Centennial Park downtown
29, 2012

City leaders are using public pools, fire hydrants, and “cooling centers” to help residents beat the heat.

Ohioans Face Looming Deadline For “Demolition Grants”

A "vacant" sign identifies one of the thousands of abandoned houses in Central Ohio.
29, 2012

Ohio communities with blighted neighborhoods have until Monday to apply for grants to fund the demolition of vacant, abandoned properties.

Mother-In-Law Pleads Guilty In Septic Tank Murder

Sandra Inman led prosecutors to the body of 25-year-old Summer Inman, who police say was strangled with a zip tie and stuffed into an underground septic tank in Athens County.
June 29, 2012

Sandra Inman has been sentenced to at least 15 years in prison for her role in the murder of her daughter-in-law Summer Inman last year.

So What Now?

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld many of the Affordable Care Act's key provisions, including a mandate that most Americans have health insurance. The court struck down a provision to expand the federal government's power to control Medicaid payments to states.
June 29, 2012

With the majority of the Affordable Care Act ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, health care advocates are urging state officials to get busy implementing the law’s key provisions. But state officials don’t appear to be in a hurry.

DeWine: Ruling Makes Health Care The Predominant Campaign Issue

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
June 28, 2012

The Ohio Attorney General led the state’s challenge to the Affordable Care Act, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court today.

Former SB5 Activists Trying To Push Obama To Second Term

Thousands of public workers turned out last year to protest Senate Bill 5, including police officers, teachers and fire fighters.
28, 2012

It’s been a year since opponents of a collective bargaining law paraded in downtown Columbus to hand over petitions that would put the issue on the statewide ballot, where it was repealed. Now, some of the backers of that effort are using it to convince Ohioans to re-elect President Obama.

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

Ohio has some 1.5 million uninsured people, or about 14 percent of the population.
June 28, 2012

The Supreme Court has upheld the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — ruling in favor of the requirement that most Americans can be required to have health insurance, or else pay a penalty.

COTA And Union Workers Still Disagree On New Contract

COTA bus in Columbus
27, 2012

Thousands of COTA bus riders could find themselves scrambling to get to work next week if union workers go on strike. Union leaders will meet again with COTA executives on Sunday to try to reach an agreement.