Program Directory

Feagler and Friends - Election Trouble and the Minimum Wage
Election Troubles: A top official at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is indicted for wrongdoing in connection with the way ballots were handled in the recount that followed the 2004 election. This week's charges against a former elections division director represent the third local official to be brought up on criminal charges resulting from the 2004 election. Meanwhile, the Summit County Board of Elections says its new optical-scan voting machines have failed some early tests.

Minimum Wage: State lawmakers in Columbus passed an increase in the state's minimum wage, but not everybody is cheering. Democrats accuse Republicans of playing politics with the state's lowest-paid workers and not raising the minimum high enough.

New Reason to Hate Traffic Cameras: A member of Cleveland City Council raps the traffic cameras that have gone up in his ward, saying they're unsightly. The cameras are mounted on their own standards set in concrete. Councilman Jay Westbrook says they won't win any awards for aesthetics.

South Dakota Abortion: In the Mount Rushmore State, abortion is now illegal unless it's necessary to save the life of the mother. Backers know the law will trigger a legal challenge and they hope it will lead the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the 70s.

Patriot Act: Congress completed action on a revised Patriot Act that makes permanent most provisions in the controversial anti-terrorism bill. The final vote in the House required a two-thirds majority for passage.
March 13, 2006