by German Lopez
Qualls asks for quick chief search, Ohio highway rank drops, Dems OKed abortion "gag"
Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls is calling for a quick police
chief search following a bout of local violence during the past few
weeks. In a memo to City Manager Milton Dohoney, Qualls argues a police
chief replacement is necessary to clamp down on crime, particularly gun
and gang-related violence. She asks the city manager to report to City
Council on the hiring search in early August and have a full replacement
ready by the end of the summer. Former Police Chief James Craig
recently left Cincinnati to take the police chief job in Detroit, his
Ohio dropped from No. 13 to No. 25
in a state-by-state ranking of highways. The report from the Reason
Foundation, a libertarian think tank, looked at highway conditions and cost
effectiveness. Among the findings: About 22.73 percent of Ohio’s bridges
were deemed deficient in 2009, down from 24.51 percent in 2007. Twenty
states reported more than one in four bridges as deficient — a threshold
Ohio barely missed. Despite Ohio being relatively worse off, the nation
as a whole improved in major categories, according to the report: “Six
of the seven key indicators of system condition showed improvement,
including large gains in rural interstate and urban interstate
condition, and a reduction in the fatality rate.”
Ohio Democrats now criticizing the state budget’s rape counselor restriction voted for the measure in a separate House bill on June 16.
The “gag,” as Democrats now call it, prevents publicly funded rape
counselors from discussing abortion as a viable medical option for rape
victims. “Democrats supported the bill to fund rape crisis centers and
we were led to believe that this offensive language gagging rape
counselors would be fixed in the budget,” Ohio Democratic Party Chairman
Chris Redfern told the Associated Press through a spokesperson. “It was
not.” Democrats voted against the state budget that actually encoded
the measure into law.
On July 11 at Fountain Square, anti-abortion group Created Equal plans to use a jumbo screen to show a graphic video containing footage of aborted fetuses and their separated limbs.
Three more statewide online schools — known as “e-schools” — are coming to Ohio
following approval from the Department of Education. Proponents of
e-schools call them a “valuable alternative” to traditional schooling.
But some education experts and studies have found e-schools often perform poorly.
Mason is having some success using private-public partnerships to attract high-tech companies.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol says “pilot error” caused the stunt airplane crash that killed two at last month’s Dayton Air Show.
BBC explains why phones sometimes feel like they’re vibrating when they’re not.
New contact lenses give telescopic vision.
Fireworks would likely look boring in space.
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An annual report comparing state-by-state
road conditions and cost effectiveness found Ohio dropping from No. 13
to No. 25 over three years, despite improvement throughout the nation as
by German Lopez
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State ranks No. 25 for road conditions and cost efficiency
An annual report on the nation’s highways found Ohio’s
rank among states has dropped from No. 13 to No. 25 over three years,
despite improvement throughout the nation as a whole.
The 20th “Annual Highway Report”
released by the Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank, looked at
state-by-state road conditions and cost effectiveness, putting North
Dakota in the No. 1 spot and Alaska in last place.
Ohio ranked No. 11 in fatality rate, No. 19 in urban
interstate pavement condition and No. 24 in deficient bridges, but it
ranked No. 29 in interstate pavement condition, No. 32 in total costs
per mile and No. 46 in urban interstate congestion.
Among the findings: About 22.73 percent of Ohio’s bridges were deemed deficient in 2009, down from 24.51 percent in 2007. Twenty states reported more than one in four bridges as deficient — a threshold Ohio barely missed.
The study is based on 2009 spending and performance data submitted by state highway agencies to the federal government.
With 20,394 paved miles, Ohio had the ninth
largest highway system in the nation. In comparison, North Dakota, which
ranked No. 1 in the report, had 7,408 paved miles, and Texas, which
ranked No. 11, had 80,212 paved miles — the second most in the nation.
Although the report’s findings were generally worse than previous years for Ohio, the report found overall national improvement.
“The system’s overall condition improved dramatically from
2008 to 2009. Six of the seven key indicators of system condition
showed improvement, including large gains in rural interstate and urban
interstate condition, and a reduction in the fatality rate,” the report
The report notes some of the changes may be attributable
to the effects of the Great Recession, which were still lingering when
states submitted 2009 data: “The U.S. economic downturn, which began in
2007 and continued in earnest in 2008 and 2009, is an important
background factor influencing these trends. In 2008 total U.S. annual
vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) fell about 3.5 percent from 2007 levels,
lowering congestion slightly from prior years. Also, beginning in late
2008 and continuing into 2009 and 2010, federal stimulus funding
contributed an additional 22 percent to funding resources.”