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In this May 20, 2005, file photo, plumes of steam drift from a cooling tower of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant along Lake Erie in North Perry, Ohio.
Mark Duncan / Associated Press

Regulators are requiring FirstEnergy to show that its Ohio utility ratepayers didn’t foot the bill, “directly or indirectly,” for political or charitable spending in support of the state’s nuclear and coal bailout bill. Yet that order is much more lenient than the state’s official consumer advocate had sought.

A foreclosure sign.
Jeff Turner / Flickr

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that an unusual foreclosure process that can result in people’s homes being sold without compensation for their equity should remain legal in the Buckeye State.

However, in a recently released opinion, the state justices couldn’t agree on the reasoning behind it.

Coronavirus In Ohio: Families Weigh Risks Of Sending Loved Ones To Nursing Homes

May 29, 2020
A sign at the Mill Run nursing home in Hilliard.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

In early March, just as Ohioans were learning about the first cases of novel coronavirus in the state, Anna Bondar’s grandfather fell at his Cleveland home. Luckily, the 92-year old, who lives with dementia, wasn’t injured badly.

The tight-knit family started to discuss the possibility of a nursing home, though they had serious reservations.

Melissa Kelsey drove for Lyft and Uber in Columbus, but the coronavirus made demand plummet.
Eye On Ohio

Carmine Ballard graduated from The Ohio State University in 2016, with two Bachelor of Arts degrees— one in psychology, another in women's and gender studies. Ballard’s parents helped them through college, paying their tuition, but Ballard still ended up with about $10,000 worth of federal student loans by graduation, for living expenses during college.

African American healthcare activist Yvonka Hall poses for a portrait in her Lee-Harvard neighborhood of Cleveland, OH.
Marvin Fong / Eye On Ohio

After moving to allow testing of asymptomatic people from ethnic minority groups disproportionately affected by COVID-19, the CDC this week removed all mentions of race and ethnicity from its testing guidelines.

View of the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice Center, which also houses an antenna to support local internet coverage.
Eye On Ohio / Ohio Center For Investigative Juornalism

Computer trainer and former library aide Shenee King has a bird’s eye view when it comes to digital inequity.

Jeremiah Miller, a biracial man, found different experiences with police when they listed his race as "black" compared to when they listed him as "white."
Albert Cesare / Cincinnati Enquirer

Followed in a public park and forced to leave. Cuffed and questioned for whistling while waiting for a bus. Pulled over for spending too much time at a gas station.

Some black drivers and pedestrians in Cincinnati say they’ve been unfairly stopped and questioned by police. 

The Cincinnati skyline and John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge is seen from the banks of the Ohio River, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Covington, Ky.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

In June 1969, a Time Magazine article garnered national attention when it brought to light the water quality conditions in Ohio: a river had literally caught fire. 

Property Overtaxed: Commercial Sales Loophole Costs Small Business Owners

Aug 19, 2019
Loder's Shake Shoppe has belonged to Linda Watkins's family since 1952, but it's hard for her to keep up with the expenses of maintaining the property.
Samantha Raudins / Ohio Center For Investigative Juornalism

When Palmer Square, LLC recently wanted to sell their apartment building at 4121 Palmer Park Circle East in Columbus, they went through all the usual hoops that most homeowners are familiar with: They executed a purchase contract with the buyer, Manhattan Real Estate Partners, LLC, they ordered an inspection, and they obtained title insurance.