Columbus, OH – 2007 was the year that two dozen strippers came to the statehouse to lobby Ohio legislators against proposed limits on x-rated businesses. The unusual scene symbolized some of the hot-button issues that lawmakers dealt with during the year. This week, statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has been reviewing the year in state government. Yesterday, we heard about the battles over the 52 billion dollar two-year state budget. Today...a look back at OTHER bills that lawmakers approved.
Columbus, OH – Ask Ohio legislators and the governor what their biggest accomplishment was this year....and most will say - passing the 52 billion dollar state budget. All this week, statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen will be taking an in-depth look back on the year in state government and politics...and today, in part 1 of his 5 part series, the budget takes center stage.
Columbus, OH – As cold continues to grip Ohio, the governor wants the state's utility regulators to step in and stop power companies from switching off the heat to homes. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.
Columbus, OH – One of Ohio's most powerful legislators has unveiled a plan he says could convince renewable energy companies to locate their factories and their jobs HERE. From our statehouse news bureau in Columbus, correspondent Bill Cohen has the story.
Columbus, OH – In some rural and Appalachian areas of Ohio, there are not enough high-tech lines installed to let people get onto the internet quickly...and transmit huge amounts of video, sound, or data. That will change, though, if Governor Ted Strickland, cable companies, and phone companies get their way. They're setting up a new public-private partnership to get all of Ohio connected. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
Columbus, OH – Public school kids in the Linden area could see a slightly different school system in place as early as next school year, under a proposal presented to the Columbus School Board. Alison Holm reports.
Truck sparks Grove City house fire - Pay raises unlikely for top state officials - Columbus City Council members to receive raises - Central Ohio school district approves new deal with teachers - Nasdaq delisting possible for Columbus-based restaurant - Big billing error resolved in Toledo
Hamilton County coronor reveals details about the case of four Mexican men found dead last week - Strickland's decision on nativity scene draws criticism - Cleveland coalition asks for hold on foreclosure auctions - Living green for the holidays - Storm moves out of Ohio
Columbus, OH – Columbus officials cut the ribbon on the first step of a six-phase, $40 million plan to improve sewage treatment and prevent overflows into local waterways and homes. Alison Holm reports.
Columbus, OH – The weather was bad and the climate was wary when Ted Strickland was sworn as governor in January. But Strickland brought a spirit of bipartisanship with him when he moved into his Statehouse office. At the end of his first year, he's being lauded for that by some, and criticized by others for being too compromising. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler sat down with the governor to review his first year, and to preview the next one.