WOSU News Archives For February 2014

WVU Committee Recommends Gee For Full-Time Job

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Gee could become next WVU president
February 28, 2014

A search committee at West Virginia University has recommended that interim President E. Gordon Gee get the job permanently.

Power Restored After Fire; AEP Still Looking For Cause

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February 28, 2014

Power has been restored for downtown Columbus businesses, but American Electric Power says it’s still not sure what caused the fire that led to at least three underground explosions early Friday.

Guilty Plea In $10 Million Ohio Fraud Case

A former Central Ohio man pleads guilty to fraud charges related to a $10 million scheme.
27, 2014

A former Ohio man has pleaded guilty to fraud charges that include related allegations he cheated Miami Heat basketball players out of millions of dollars.

Columbus, Cleveland And Cincinnati Make RNC Convention Cut

Columbus has been named a finalist to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.
February 27, 2014

Ohio’s three flagship cities – Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati – have been named finalists in the competition to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

COTA To Begin Downtown Circulator Bus Service In May

COTA's downtown circulator service will begin May 5.
27, 2014

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) has purchased six new buses as it prepares to begin a circulator route in downtown Columbus. The CBUS service, scheduled to begin in May, will shuttle passengers to popular downtown and Short North destinations.

Ohio Agency Critical Of Group-Home Placements After Park Slaying

Franklin County Children's Services
A report from the Franklin County Children's Services blames child welfare workers for not knowing more about a group home resident charged with a jogger's slaying.
February 27, 2014

A new report said child welfare workers should have known more about the violent background of a group home resident who has been charged in the slaying of a jogger in a central Ohio park.

State Lawmakers Pull “Religious Freedom” Bill

Ohio Reps. Bill Patmon (left) and Tim DIckerson recently held a press conference to announce the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. They now say they've pulled the bill from consideration.
February 27, 2014

The bill’s sponsors say their measure was intended to protect Ohioans’ ability to exercise their religious beliefs, but they’ve withdrawn it after comparisons to a hotly-debated bill in Arizona.

Ohio Supreme Court Considers Oil Drilling Case

Justice Paul Pfeifer asked pointed questions in oil drilling dispute.
February 26, 2014

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering a case that could affect oil and natural gas drilling in Ohio and other states. An Akron suburb is trying to stop drilling on private property by a state-permitted well.

Former Ohio School Worker Pleads Guilty To Theft

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Hannah Rhinaman was deemed eligible for a diversion program because of drug dependency.
26, 2014

A former school worker has pleaded guilty to stealing computer equipment in a case that arose from an investigation into an eastern Ohio rape.

Ohio Senate Puts Own Mark On Calamity-Day Measure

Snow covered street in Hilliard, Ohio.
The Ohio Senate may tweak a House-passed plan to allow school districts to take four additional calamity days because of cold, snowy weather.
26, 2014

The Ohio Senate is expected to consider a proposal to let schools take up to four additional calamity days this year, if they first use their five contingency days.