Columbus, OH – In a tough economy, there's one question that's common in political campaigns - are you better off now than you were four years ago? The answer can be surprisingly varied, even in a state where nearly everyone agrees that the economy is still struggling. Reporters from public radio stations went out to across the state to ask Ohioans how their economic situations have changed in the last few years. In this story, you'll hear the thoughts of residents in Columbus, Cincinnati, Lakewood, Cleveland Heights and Oxford.
Columbus, OH – Thousands of people in deep financial trouble claim credit cards are their reason for ruin, blaming skyrocketing fees, changing interest rates and shortened payment periods. Now, Ohio's treasurer says people need to come forward to try to change the rules that control credit cards. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.
Columbus, OH – There's been a big move toward boosting the amount of classroom time kids get in science, technology, engineering and math. But advocates say they're worried other courses and disciplines are being pushed aside to allow STEM to grow. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler has the first of a two-part report.
Films reviewed: Hancock, Kit Kittredge: All American Girl, The Children of Huang Shi
By hosts John DeSando and Clay Lowe
It's Movie Time has won numerous national awards including Silver Microphone and Communicator honors.
Drs. Lowe and DeSando were moderator and panelist respectively on TV 25's World Film Classics. Both have been professors, Lowe at Ohio State University and DeSando at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.
Columbus, OH – Republican presidential candidate John McCain will visit Portsmouth High School on July 9th, his second visit to Ohio in two weeks. McCain held town hall meetings and fundraisers in Cincinnati and Youngstown last week. He also visited Columbus and Cleveland in May.
Democrat Barack Obama has been in the state twice in the past month.
Columbus, OH – This July 4th holiday, in backyards throughout the state, thousands of Ohioans will be lighting sparklers, snaps, snakes, and other devices that are legal to use here....and thousands will also be igniting firecrackers, bottle rockets, and other fireworks that are illegal to use here. If some safety activists get their way, it will be against the law to sell any of those items in Ohio. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen files this report.
Although Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is about ten year-old Kit's (Abigail Breslin) family struggles during the depression, I doubt anyone but six year olds will enjoy it. It's been a while since I've seen a clich?-ridden, sentimental film like this---most 10 year olds I know would head for the nearest Harry Potter installment for sanity.