WOSU News Archives For: March 21, 2014

Ohio Rejects Child Killer’s Organ Donation Request

The state has denied death row inmate Ronald Phillips request to donate his organs before his scheduled execution in July.
March 21, 2014

Ohio says it is denying a condemned child killer’s request to donate organs to family members, a bid that halted his execution last year.

Franklin County Wants More Than Tornado Sirens To Warn Of Threats

Franklin County Emergency Management Employees monitor man-made and natural threats to residents. (pictured front to back) Steven Smith, Brian Shang, Randy Carver, and Matthew Caudill
21, 2014

Spring brings the threat of tornadoes and floods. Franklin County officials want to move beyond sirens to notify residents of emergencies. They want to use mobile phones to warn residents of emergencies .

OH Education Dept.: Safeguards In Place To Prevent Test Tampering

Ohio third graders soon will take the state reading test. Many of them risk being held back. High-stakes tests have caused some educators across the country to cheat on exams, but Ohio officials say it has safeguards to prevent it.
21, 2014

Ohio third-graders are gearing up to take a reading test that could determine whether they are promoted or held back. In some states, high-stakes testing has driven educators to do the unthinkable: cheat. WOSU reports safeguards are in place in Ohio to lessen the chance of a standardized testing scandal.

Ohio Jobless Rate Drops In February

Ohio's unemployment rate declined in February to a level below the national rate.
21, 2014

The state says Ohio’s unemployment rate dropped in February. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services said Friday that the seasonally adjusted rate in February was 6.5 percent, which was down from 6.9 percent in January.