An educator prepare to enter the shoot house, which is meant to simulate a hallway, doors and corners of a school.
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Should Ohio Schools Have Control Over Security?

Thousands of Ohio students held demonstrations Wednesday pushing for stricter state and federal gun laws in order to make their schools safer, but one Ohio Board of Education member believes school security issues should be handled at the local level.

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Columbus police use new tools to fight drug crimes

Oct 2, 2003

Columbus Police Thursday parked a mobile station at the corner of 8th Ave. and North Fourth St. to combat illegal drug activity. The Weinland Park neighborhood is one of four so-called "Hot Spots" for crime where police are using a combination of high-tech tools and personal relations to boost safety.

American Electric Power says it is surprised a federal agency filed a lawsuit against the company alledging the utility manipulated natural gas prices to make millions of dollars.

In a statement AEP says it is cooperating with the Commodity Futures Trading Comission and hopes to reach a settlement.

Last year, AEP fired five employees who the company says submitted innacurate gas trading information to trade publications. AEP says it has no indication that any current employees were involved in the activities.

Value City to move headquarters to Northland Mall

Oct 1, 2003

With the help of a proposed city tax break, Value City Department Stores is moving its headquarters into the closed Northland Mall. The store will renovate the former Lazarus department store at the mall and move nearly 700 employees into the building. Value city's chief financial officer says some about 100 jobs will be new to central Ohio.

If Columbus City Council approves, Value City will receive a 75% tax abatement for 10 years on the value of the renovation.

New immigrants from across the globe continue to change the face of Central Ohio. But with little to no knowledge of the language, the culture and bureacracy, adjusting to a new life becomes a struggle for many.

Organziations and agencies that serve the new arrivals say finding and receiving adequate healthcare for themselves and their families is among the most challenging change immigrants face.

Click the "listen" link to hear Dorcas Taylors two-part report.

Researchers from Ohio State University and Louisiana State University are collaborating to design what could become the most ambitious ecological restoration effort ever: returning wetlands to the Midwest. This, they say, would help to solve ecological problems in both southern and northern states.

Every year, from late spring through early fall, a "dead zone" blooms in the Gulf of Mexico. The dead zone is a region of water in the gulf with extremely low oxygen levels, roughly the size of the state of Massachusetts.

Corn and Soybean Harvest Begins

Sep 22, 2003

Ohio's corn and soybean harvests are off to a slow starts. But, two farm analysts say yields will be better in Ohio than in the rest of the Midwest grain belt due to rains during July and August. Jim Ramey is head of the federal office of the Ohio Agricultural Statistics Service. He says soybean farmers will get high prices for beans during early harvest. Doug Tenney is a grain marketer for Leist Mercantile in Circleville. He says crops planted late are still not ripe and could be damaged by an early frost. Tenney also says corn and bean yields are good but not record.

Interstate 670 Opens Friday

Sep 19, 2003

Transportation officials today officially opened the completed I-670 project to the public. The 30 year old highway, nicknamed "spaghetti junction", finished a month ahead of schedule.Thurber Village resident Charles Lindaberry has a clear view of Interstate 670 from his balcony...Lindaberry says special glass in the Westminster Thurber building kept much of the construction noise out.

In the Midwest, the weekend nights are hotter! Well, relative to the weekday nights, anyway.

A study published this week in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the total range in daily temperature in cities across the country varies on a weekly cycle. The authors refer to this as a "weekend effect".

A new study has found that climate change resulting from greenhouse gas emissions could lead to significant changes in the biodiversity of national parks. These changes would make it difficult for national parks in both the eastern and western United States to meet conservation mandates.

Less than a century from now, visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the largest protected areas in the eastern United States, may find that the scenery has changed a bit.

During economic downturns small businesses often struggle to stay afloat and do more with less. Columbus City Council is leading a series of roundtables to find out the needs of small businesses in Columbus.

June Brown and her husband own Carl Brown's Food Liner on Champion and Mt. Vernon Avenues. Brown says she and her husband stayed when others left because the community need stores like theirs. But Brown says she and fellow small business owners in the area are often frustrated by financial limitations.



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