Christina Morgan

What Transportation Security Administration officials call "advanced imaging technology units" are replacing metal detectors at airports across the U-S. Wednesday at Port Columbus, TSA and airport authorities introduced the first of five units planned for the airport. Each unit reveals far more than metal on a passenger.

Columbus police are investigating as a homicide the death of a four year old child who had a lethal level of drugs in his system.

Spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner says no arrests have been made in the death of 4-year-old David Boham whose body was found March 3rd at 1570 Duxberry Avenue. Police determined the case is a homicide after toxicology tests showed the child died of a drug overdose.

The Army recalled thousands of combat helmets after the Justice Department began investigating the helmet maker in Hebron, east of Columbus.

Army officials said Monday they recalled 44,000 combat helmets made by ArmorSource after tests showed the helmets would not protect a soldier against a rare but "worst case scenario" of being hit by multiple bullets at a specific angle.

Just as doctors are moving toward electronic medical records, so too are city and county courts in an effort reduce the paper chase that is part of court filings and proceedings. Monday, Franklin County unveils its electronic filing system. The challenge is to bring 17 judges, thousands of cases and hundreds of attorneys into the same communication network.

Common Pleas Clerk of Court Information Technology Director Rosa Barker says recordkeeping has come a long way since she started working in the clerk's office.

A legal expert says the new ban on texting while driving might increase a driver's liability in an accident. The ban went into effect today in Columbus.

Moritz College of Law associate professor Ric Simmons says if a driver is violating the traffic code by texting at the time of an accident,

that violation might be used to increase liability in both civil and criminal cases

Simmons says two dozen states already ban texting while driving. The Ohio House has approved a measure to enact a ban statewide. The Senate has yet to act on the measure.

American Electric Power says its first-quarter profit dropped 4 percent as the lingering effects of the recession continue to hurt demand for electricity.

AEP, one of the nation's largest power companies, said Thursday that it made $344 million, or 72 cents share, for the quarter ended March 31. It earned $360 million, or 89 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. Without one-time charges the company would have made $365 million, or 76 cents per share, in the latest quarter.

Central Ohio planners are calling for a return to basics in food production.

The Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission Thursday unveiled an 18 page report with 24 recommendations on ways to boost the local food network. MORPC Energy & Environment Director Jerry Tinianow says only one percent of food consumed in Ohio comes from Ohio.

He notes, local produce would receive a big boost if universities, hospitals and other local institutions decide to use local sources for more of their food.

All of the health care systems in Central Ohio have agreed to work together in what is called the Columbus Fetal Medicine Collaborative.

Director of the fetal treatment program at Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr. Richard O'Shaunghnessy says they're working to bring out the best in each health care system.

"If a problem is identified, we don't want to wait until the moment of birth to mobilize our resources but instead to develop the care plan from the time that we make the definition of a problem in a baby, an unborn baby."

Sweeping changes in college loans signed into law at the end of March by President Barack Obama go into effect in three months. The reform measure pumps $40 Billion more into the Pell Grant Program, and it changes the face of who administers the popular Direct Loan program.

Adam Fleischer is a student at Columbus State Community College where seventy percent of students are eligible for need-based Pell Grants and loans to attend classes. He says if it weren't for the government, he would not be going to school.

Ohio's U-S Attorney for the Southern District says a letter has been sent to all public entities in Ohio that are receiving stimulus funding.

Carter Stewart says, there are two reasons for the letter.

"We want to highlight the importance of making sure the public money is used in the right way. We also want to let the public know that the federal government is concerned about this money and concerned about making sure it's spent correctly."

38-year-old Anthony Sullivan of Columbus faces charges of kidnapping, aggravated robbery and burglary in connection with a hostage situation Sunrday in he 1100 block of South James Road.

Columbus Police say Sullivan held three people at gunpoint before he was arrested.

Known to the FBI as the "baby blue bandit," Sullivan was out on bond on two felony charges of robbing the same Columbus bank twice in November.

The Franklin County Grand Jury today returned indictments against the mother and step-father of a 4-year-old boy who was beaten to death.

Lawrence Martin King III died one week ago at his home in Canal Winchester.

Authorities allege the child was beaten for days by John Jerome Reeves, and the mother, Nikki Reeves, allowed the beatings to continue.

If convicted of the multiple felony charges against them, he faces up to life in prison without parole, and she faces life in prison.

The head team physician for Ohio State says the outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness among swimmers in Columbus for an NCAA meet appears to be contained.

Yesterday, 19 swimmers received outpatient treatment at the Ohio State Medical Center. Dr. Christopher Kaeding says the G-I bug is usually a 24 hour event.

"Fortunately, being young, as long as we keep them hydrated, they can bounce back pretty quickly in a day or two and be able to perform pretty well."

Dr. Kaeding says the venue - the pool, lockers and restrooms - are not the source of infection.

The Richland County Sheriff is threatening to sue county commissioners over budget cuts he says will force the lay-offs of 60 additional employees.

Sheriff Steve Sheldon in Mansfield says he needs 152 employees to handle law enforcement duties and the jail. By the end of next month, Sheldon says he will be down to one-third of that number.

Commission Clerk Stacy Crall says, in light of possible legal action, Richland County Commissioners are not commenting on the sheriff's budget Tuesday.

Cleveland Congressman Dennis Kucinich today became the first House Democrat to move from a "NO" to a "YES vote on the health care bill. He had opposed the measure, saying it did not go far enough to reform health care.

Kucinich has been lobbied hard in recent days by by those in favor of the House bill. President Obama also lobbied Kasich Monday on Air Force One as Obama carried his campaign for passage to the Cleveland area.

Two Ohio state employees are suing the university saying they became ill as a result of negligence during repair work being done in the building where they worked.

Amy Franklin and Olga Stavridis say they both contracted Histo-plas-MOH-sis as a result of exposure to the fungus that causes the disease.

In a statement Friday afternoon, Ohio State officials say testing by outside experts found the women's work environment to be safe, and the cause of their illness "remains a mystery."

The Transportation Safety Administration says Port Columbus and the Cincinnati airport are among the next airports to receive body scanners to screen passengers.

Rod Borden, chief operating officer of the Port Columbus airport authority says up to four body scanners are expected within the next several weeks.

He acknowledges there are privacy concerns since the machines provide an image of what is beneath a passenger's clothing, but says no one waiting in line will see that image.

Wright Patterson Air Force Base Wednesday opened an exhibit highlighting the work of Flight Nurses during World War II.

Two veterans of what was then the U.S. Army Air Force who were on hand for the event took a few minutes to describe some of their experiences for WOSU News. 89-year-old Gene Kelly Eisenhower graduated from the air evacuation school at Bowman Field, Kentucky in 1944. She was sent to Memphis Air Base to begin flying with wounded patients who arrived from overseas at various U-S ports.

Researchers at Ohio State report a major increase in the number of women choosing preventive mastectomies.

Dr. Doreen Agnese is an assistant professor of surgery at Ohio State. She says the number of women choosing to sacrifice a healthy breast has doubled in the past decade. She adds, women who make that choice had similar characteristics. They tend to be young and highly educated, some with a history of breast cancer in their families.

Dr. Doreen Agnese is a surgical oncologist at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University.

A tenured professor has a job for life.

Every year at Ohio State University, an estimated 225 faculty members complete the extensive process of applying for tenure. Each applicant must have a minimum of five years on staff and prove they have satisfied requirements in three broad areas - research, teaching and service. But OSU is changing rewards and promotions. WOSU's Christina Morgan takes a look at the future of tenure at Ohio State University.

Ohio State president Gordon Gee last fall addressed the topic of tenure during a speech to faculty.

U.S. Marshals have arrested a Grove City woman accused of lying to federal authorities about the whereabouts of her sister, Rebecca Parrett. Parrett is now 61 years old. She is a former executive with National Century Financial Enterprises. She fled two years ago after being convicted in federal court in Columbus of conspiracy and defrauding investors out of more than $1.9 Billion.Deputy U.S. Marshall Andrew Shadwick says the Parrett case is the top priority for the Marshall service.

One year ago, Kevin Kuwik of Columbus was in his hometown of Buffalo for his younger brother's wedding on Valentine's Day.

Kuwik who is video coordinator for the Ohio State University men's basketball team, was at the Buffalo/Niagara Falls International Airport on February 12th, waiting for his girlfriend, Lorin Maurer to arrive on Continental Flight 3407. The plane crashed into a house 10 miles from the airport, taking her life, the lives of 48 others onboard and the life of a man in the house.

A study out today indicates hunger in Ohio has increased by double-digits in recent years.

Evelyn Baehm of the Mid-Ohio FoodBank says they are now serving a quarter of a million clients, 28% more than just four years ago.

More than one third of them are children under the age of 18.

Evelyn Baym is senior vice president of strategic initiatives at the Mid-Ohio FoodBank.

Ohio River traffic might start moving again Sunday southeast of Portsmouth where crews have been working to stabilize a 240-ton damaged lock gate.

Peggy Noel of the U-S army Corps of Engineers at Huntington, W.Va. says the gate at the Green-up lock, damaged Wednesday, will take several weeks to repair.

Noel says an auxiliary lock will handle traffic for the next few weeks while work continues on the main gate.

Ohioans Job Search Lengthens.

Jan 24, 2010

The average length of time for a person to be jobless in the U-S has risen to nearly seven month, the longest average unemployment since the government began keeping track half a century ago.

In Ohio, the average time without a job is closer to four months, but that number is expected to increase. WOSU's Christina Morgan profiles three Columbus residents whose time without full time work has stretched beyond four months and well beyond their expectations.

Air is arriving in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. Air Force Col. Ben McMullin says about 60 planes carrying 2,000 people landed between the time the airport @ Port o Prince reopened yesterday and noon today.

The National Weather Service office at Cleveland has issued a small craft warning as ice continues to form on Lake Erie. The Coast Guard already has put ice cutting tugs to work to clear shipping lanes on the Great Lakes. The Cleveland station has a second tug on loan for the winter. Click the play button to hear the interview with Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener.

Ohio State University president Gordon Gee says football players are closely monitored for head and other injuries. This month, the National Football League for the first time acknowledged publicly the seriousness of concussions among professional players.

In a year-end look ahead with WOSU News, Gee said Wednesday that physicians have the final say regarding Ohio State players.

On the subject of a possible Big 12, Gee said he supports a careful study of the idea.

Gee is in southern California this week for Friday's Rose Bowl between the Buckeyes and Oregon.

Seven decades ago, trying to create jobs during the Great Depression, the federal government briefly went into the business of building communities. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt wanted to establish areas where families could live and have the option to purchase a home.

The administration built and later sold three communities, each near a city of some size. They are: Greenhills, north of Cincinnati; Greenbelt, near Washington, D.C.; and Greendale, Wisconsin, southwest of Milwaukee.

Tis the week of Christmas, and Santa is hearing from children everywhere what they would like to see under the tree Friday morning.

In some parts of the U-S, children's requests reflect their family's struggles in the worst economy in decades. In some cases, even Santa finds himself at a loss for words.

Santa Dwayne Robinson awaits children at Eastland Mall in Columbus. He's noticed their gift lists are shorter this year: " "We just get one or two items instead of a whole string of items. Some of them are asking for new shoes and boots and coats and that sorta thing."

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