WOSU News Archives For: May 13, 2014

13 Endangered Buildings In Columbus

Veterans Memorial
May 13, 2014

Columbus Landmarks recently issued its Most Endangered Building List. The list features 13 historic structures in danger of demolition. Landmarks Executive Director Ed Lentz says historic buildings are vital to creating a city’s character. Lentz is the Executive Director of Columbus Landmarks Foundation. He talked with WOSU’s Marilyn Smith about the importance of maintaining buildings of [...]

Ohio Drilling Tax Hike Clears Panel; House To Vote

An Ohio House committee has approved a 2.5 percent tax hike on oil and gas drillers in Ohio.
13, 2014

A state House committee has narrowly approved legislation raising Ohio’s tax on oil and gas drilling despite objections from Democrats and anti-tax Republicans.

Ohio Bill Would Let Protection Orders Cover Pets

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A bill introduced at the Ohio Statehouse would protect cats, dogs and other family pets under protection orders in domestic violence or stalking cases.
13, 2014

An Ohio bill would allow cats, dogs and other family pets to be included within the scope of protection orders obtained by victims of domestic violence or stalking.

Death Sentence Upheld For Killer Of 2 Teen Girls

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A divided Ohio Supreme Court upholds the death sentence for a man who killed two teenage girls.
May 13, 2014

A divided Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a man who killed two teenage girls in Cincinnati despite what the court called improper remarks by a prosecutor arguing for death.

Six Students Charged In Tree-Cutting Senior Prank

Students and administrators arriving at school last Thursday found the 25 trees chopped off at their bases.
13, 2014

Prosecutors in Marion County have charged six students with vandalism for allegedly taking a chain saw to two dozen trees outside the school as a senior prank.

Cleveland, Cincinnati Archdioceses Defend Contract Changes

The Cleveland contract changes include language that refers to teachers as “teacher-ministers.”
13, 2014

The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland has joined its counterpart in Cincinnati in requiring its elementary school teachers to sign contracts with expanded morality clauses. The changes come about a year after a Columbus Catholic high school teacher was fired after disclosing her same-sex relationship.

Tressel Signs On At YSU, Gets $300K Annual Salary

Tressel had been an administrator at the University of Akron the past two years and was a finalist for its presidency.
May 13, 2014

Former Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel has officially signed on to be the ninth president of Youngstown State University.

Nigerian Immigrant Group Has Hope Kidnapped Girls Will Be Released

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Supporters of Nigerian girls kidnapped by an extremist group demand action.
13, 2014

Nigerian immigrants in Central Ohio are nervously waiting for news about the more than 200 school girls kidnapped in their homeland.

Experts, Lawmakers At Odds Over New Powerful Painkillers

Critics say, with a prescription opiate and heroin epidemic, more drugs are unnecessary in a market they say is saturated with pain pills.
13, 2014

New powerful pain medications are drawing criticism from addiction stoppers. Ohio lawmakers are considering banning one of the drugs as the state copes with pain killer addiction. WOSU takes a look at how lawmakers, the courts and doctors are trying to balance pain relief with addiction prevention.