Columbus, OH – Poll numbers from the Associated Press show republican presidential candidate John McCain's appeal to so-called low information voters is working. AP says whites without a college degree back McCain by strong margins in Ohio. The race: whites overall back McCain by 11 points, while Democrat Barack Obama enjoys a 14 point lead over McCain among Ohio women. Independents, white Catholics, and white women are closely divided between the two. Overall, AP says Obama and McCain are in a virtual tie in Ohio.
Columbus, OH – Controversy continues to swirl around some petition circulators on the streets. We're talking about the ones who are helping Ohio's payday loan stores mount a ballot initiative that could eventually let them keep charging a much higher interest rate than a new state law would allow. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has the latest.
Columbus, OH – A conservative think tank that opposes gambling says it suspects the backers of a ballot issue to build a huge casino in southwest Ohio are working on a sneaky plan to break the promises they're making to voters - that the casino will share hundreds of millions in tax revenue with all 88 counties. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.
Baghead starts as if it has a bag over its head with a leaden set up about four not-so-young struggling actors planning a scriptwriting session in the woods. Not hard to tell what might happen in a comedy/thriller/horror indie. But amidst this sophomoric, satirical first reel is a gem of an interview with a director after a film festival screening. You'll know the drill when you see it: inane questions, uninspired answers, but everyone breathless with love of movies.
Columbus, OH – The Somali Community Association of Ohio estimates more than 40-thousand Somalis live in Central Ohio. The group offers a number of services to Somalis including job training and education as well as housing and child care assistance. While linking Somalis with existing services can be challenging, it's especially difficult when it comes to mental health issues--in part because of the way Somalis view mental illness, and on the part of services agencies who fail to understand that view.
A national study released this week shows nearly 27 percent of Ohioans are obese. As the Health Policy Institute of Ohio wraps up an assessment of more than 40-thousand households, the City of Columbus is hoping a new effort will help residents build active and healthier lifestyles. City officials offered some details of the new venture at yesterday's Columbus Metropolitan Club forum. Mike Foley reports.
Ohio Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones died yesterday evening--21 hours after suffering a brain hemorrhage. The 58-year-old was the first African-American woman to represent Ohio in Congress. She chaired the house ethics committee and was a passionate opponent of the Iraq War. From Member Station WKSU in Kent, ML Schultze reports.
Columbus, OH – The Republican running for State Attorney General says Ohioans are sick of corruption in politics, and he's proposing a new commission to deal with it. But the Democrat in the race says it's just more bureaucracy. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.
Columbus, OH – The companies that drill for oil and natural gas in Ohio say the state should open up public lands and state parks, and consider opening up Lake Erie, for exploration. Some key state lawmakers have been considering those ideas. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.
Columbus, OH – The Columbus schools are hanging onto the continuous improvement rating by the State Education Department, which is good news for a distric asking voters to approve a combined tax levy and bond issue request this fall. But there is some bad news along with the good. Alison Holm reports.