WOSU News Archives For February 2014

Obama: OSU, EWI To Help Research Lightweight Metals Creation

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EWI, a technology research organization founded in Columbus in 1984
10:31AM
February 26, 2014

President Obama said Tuesday that his administration is creating two new hubs that will link manufacturers with several research universities; one of them Ohio State. The OSU founded technology research organization EWI will also participate.

Feds Try To Get “Young Invincibles” To Sign Up For Healthcare

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Medical students at Case Western Reserve University learn about signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
9:02AM
February
26, 2014

With just weeks left to sign up for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace, federal officials have stepped up efforts to recruit younger enrollees between the ages of 18 and 34.

Energy Company Argues State Law Supersedes Local Drilling Rules

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Pro- and anti-drilling forces believe the case could set a national legal precedent on local laws restricting drilling, particularly hydraulic fracturing.
8:46AM
February
26, 2014

Beck Energy Corp. is accused of violating 11 local ordinances when it drilled a well near Akron. But the company says they stayed within state law, which should trump any local ordinances.

Many Ohio Schools Dropping Drug Resistance Program

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Westerville Police Officer Carrie O'Neil conducts a D.A.R.E. class at Emerson Elementary.
5:00AM
February
26, 2014

Many Ohio schools have cut their Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E., programs due to budget cuts and studies that show the program doesn’t work.

Former Ohio State Player Pleads To Drug Charges

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Ray Small has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges.
10:54AM
February 25, 2014

A former Ohio State University football player previously caught up in the school’s memorabilia scandal faces a four-year prison term after pleading guilty to drug trafficking.

Governor Touts Ohio Economy, Democrats See Trickle Down

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Ohio Governor John Kasich touted tax cuts during his fourth State of the State address in Medina.
5:13AM
February 25, 2014

Gov. John Kasich gave his fourth State of the State speech last night in Medina. Kasich touted his tax cuts, and said he wants the top income tax rate to be below 5 percent.

Demand For Specialty High Schools Up As Others Face Closure

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Two Columbus City High Schools are under consideration for closure. Brookhaven High School (pictured) is one of them. If it closes, it would be the district's first high school closure since 1982. District officials say declining enrollment and a budget deficit are reasons for the possible closures.
5:00AM
February
25, 2014

For the first time in more than 30 years, Columbus City Schools has proposed closing high schools. The district faces a budget deficit and enrollment has been on the decline. But the growing popularity of high school specialization and school choice also play a role in the closure decisions.

Poll Shows Support For Gay Marriage, Medical Marijuana In Ohio

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The new poll from Quinnipiac University shows 87 percent of Ohio voters support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, and 50 percent support legalizing same-sex marriage.
8:31AM
February
24, 2014

A new independent poll shows increasing support for gay marriage and medical marijuana in Ohio.

Kasich Heads To Medina For State Of The State Speech

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Kasich took his second State of the State on the road to Steubenville in 2012. He gave the 2013 address in Lima.
8:01AM
February
24, 2014

The Ohio media descends on the northeast Ohio city of Medina tonight as Governor John Kasich gives his fourth State of the State address.

Iraqi Refugee Tells of Journey To Columbus From Bagdad

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The Noor Islamic Cultural Center in Dublin, Ohio.
5:00AM
February 24, 2014

It’s unknown just how many Iraqi refugees have settled in Columbus. Estimates range in the thousands. Most of them fled their homeland after American troups invaded Bagdad in the spring of 2003.