WOSU News Archives For: March 13, 2013

Activist Pushes For Quicker Tracking Of Phones During Emergencies

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13, 2013

Wireless companies can already track the location of virtually every cellphone in their coverage areas. Ohio legislators are considering passing a new law that would make sure that ability can be quickly used in emergencies.

Bill To Shut Down Internet Cafés Sweeps Through Ohio House

Some state lawmakers want to put more regulation on internet cafes, or sweepstakes cafes, like this one on Alum Creek Drive. Cafe operators say they pay sales tax and the industry employs thousands of workers.
13, 2013

The Ohio House of Representatives has passed a bill that aims to shut down the stores as illegal gambling operations.

Prosecutors, Defense Lay Out Case As Steubenville Trial Begins

The eastern Ohio community has been divided over the case that's drawn worldwide news coverage for its intertwining with social media and calls for justice by the hacker group Anonymous.
March 13, 2013

After months of worldwide attention, the trial of two Steubenville high school football players accused of raping a 16-year-old girl is under way.

Contractor For Columbus Schools Faces Federal Fraud Charges

United States Attorney Carter Stewart
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio fields questions after announcing charges against Columbus man for defrauding Columbus City Schools and the U.S. Department of Education
March 13, 2013

U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart Wednesday announced federal fraud charges against a contractor for the Columbus City Schools. The indictment against Ashkir Ali of Columbus alleges Ali falsified invoices and payment forms for tutoring low income students.

Republicans Continue Praise Of Cordray, Criticism Of Bureau

Richard Cordray continues to receive praise from Republicans who oppose the bureau Cordray directs.
March 13, 2013

Once again, Republican senators are praising the work of former Ohio Attorney General and Grove City native Richard Cordray as interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. And once again, they’re indicating they’ll keep blocking his permanent appointment to head that agency.

Bolton Field, Don Scott Could Lose Air Traffic Control Towers

A letter signed by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned of travel delays for the public, furloughs for the FAA's 47,000 employees, and the closing of more than 100 air traffic control towers around the country.
13, 2013

The Columbus airports could lose their entire air traffic control staffs due to the federal budget cuts known as sequestration.