WOSU News Archives For September 2013

Shutdown Could Affect Thousands At Columbus-Area Supply Center

Columbus, Ohio workers could be affected by a looming government shutdown.
September 30, 2013

With a federal government shutdown looming, a number of employees at the Defense Supply Center Columbus could be affected. Just how many is uncertain. It employs about 9,000 people, both military and civilian.

Ohio Braces For Potential Government Shutdown

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The Federal Government could shut down at midnight if Republican and Democratic lawmakers fail to come to an agreement on a federal spending bill.
September 30, 2013

Ohio is bracing for the potential consequences of a looming government shutdown, from workers who live paycheck to paycheck to program directors worried about further impacts for already dwindling services for low-income clients.

Ohio Drunken Driver Registry Incomplete

An investigation shows an online registry of repeat drunk drivers is incomplete.
September 30, 2013

A newspaper investigation shows the Ohio online registry of repeatedly convicted drunken drivers includes information from only about half of the counties in the state and doesn’t include some habitual offenders.

Ohio Tea Party Convention Shows Split With GOP

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The Ohio Tea Party convened in Columbus in preparation for the 2014 statewide elections.
30, 2013

The Tea Party’s annual statewide We The People Convention was a sellout. More than 300 activists gathered in a ballroom at the Columbus Convention Center to talk about religion in politics, the economy, a Constitutional amendment for a federal balanced budget, Medicaid expansion and a preview of next year’s statewide ballot.

Tort Reform 10 Years Later: Is It Working?

It's been 10 years since Ohio legislators passed sweeping tort reform laws. Supporters say the laws help the economy and reduce frivolous suits. But critics say it let's wrong-doers off the hook.
30, 2013

A decade ago, Ohio passed so-called tort reform laws which severely limited jury awards in negligence and malpractice cases. Supporters say the laws have helped Ohio’s economy; victims say it lets wrong-doers off the hook. Here’s the story of one woman affected by the legislation.

C.A.T.C.H. Court Holds 3rd Graduation

Judge Paul Herbert with staff and enrollees in C.A.T.C.H. Court
27, 2013

First Lady Karen Kasich hosted a graduation ceremony Friday in the garden at the governor’s residence. The graduates were women who’d been charged with solicitation or prostitution. Instead of jail time, they chose to enroll in a program called C.A.T.C.H.

Owners Of Exotic Animals Can Soon Get Ohio Permits

In October, 2011 farm owner Terry Thompson released dozens of lions, tigers and other animals shortly before committing suicide. The incident pushed state lawmakers to tighten restrictions on owning exotic animals.
27, 2013

Keeping bears, tigers, jaguars or other exotic animals in Ohio will soon require a new state-issued permit.

Panel Weighs Mental Illness In Death Penalty Cases

Scales of Justice
An Ohio Supreme Court committee is examining possible changes in Ohio's death penalty.
27, 2013

A committee examining capital punishment in Ohio wants lawmakers to debate whether the death penalty should be off the table for offenders with serious mental illness. Mental illness has long been a factor in deciding whether someone should be executed in the state, but the new proposal deals with eliminating it as an option upfront, [...]

Ohio Panel Lays Out Possible Jobs Board Conflicts

The Executive Director of the Ohio Ethics Commission says the findings released today do not imply wrongdoing.
September 26, 2013

Ohio’s ethics agency has warned six of nine directors of Ohio’s fledgling privatized job-creation board that their business interests raise potential conflicts of interest.

OSU’s Interim Prez Not In Active Pursuit Of Permanent Position

Ohio State University's interim president Joseph Alutto
September 26, 2013

Ohio State University’s interim head Joseph Alutto today reiterated that he is not seeking the president’s position permanently