Ellen Belcher, who is filling in for Emily McCord, interviews Jim Rokakis, one of Ohio's top experts on the foreclosure crisis and land banks. In Cuyahoga County and elsewhere across the country, communities are creating land banks to take possession of abandoned properties and to demolish the eyesores. Once a property is cleared, the land bank works to redevelop space that previously was a drag on the neighborhood -- and tax rolls. Montgomery County is in the process of creating its own land bank.
In a special segment, Niki Dakota interviews the masterminds and several of the musicians behind “This is Planet Earth,” the upcoming Dayton tribute to Duran Duran, which takes place at Canal Street Tavern on March 16th.
Federal agriculture officials say they're spending $2 million to help farmers in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana keep phosphorus from entering waterways in the western Lake Erie basin.
The U.S. Agriculture Department says projects include using new tools such as biofilters and controlled drainage. Officials say excessive phosphorus from manure causes blue-green algae to proliferate in rivers and streams, limiting oxygen concentrations in water.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack plans to announce the effort today in Michigan.
The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to consider selling naming rights and sponsorships for 49,000 miles of Ohio highways as a way to reduce the $10 million it spends on maintenance.
Transportation Director Jerry Wray tells The Columbus Dispatch the department could raise up to $15 million a year.
Wray says the idea is preliminary and options are being explored. He says it's unclear how much the state could charge for naming rights or what kind of signs would be used to designate the sponsorship.