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Environmental advocates say time is running out to save a federal fund that helps improve local parks, pools, and playgrounds. 

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The agency that regulates public utilities has a new plan for modernization of aging electricity grids.

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Now that they’ve had success in changing the way the maps for lawmakers at the state and federal level are drawn, citizen groups are turning their attention to other concerns.

A pump jack sits idle on a South Texas ranch near Bigfoot, Texas.
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An environmental group and an oil and gas industry lobbying group are both praising a bill that passed the Ohio House that would streamline the process of capping approximately 600 old, unused wells that don’t have owners. The groups also want more money put toward that process.

Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa., in Bradford County.
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The Trump administration decided quietly over the holidays to abandon proposed federal regulations governing fracking on public lands. For Ohio environmentalists, the decision is big and bad news. However, the state's oil and gas industry sees it as a practical approach to regulation.

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It was one of Donald Trump’s biggest campaign rally cries when he was running for president – ending what he called the “war on coal.”

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​As scientists forecast a significant algae bloom in Lake Erie this summer, environmental groups are calling for tougher government policies to reduce pollution from farms.

Ohio

Backers of a plan to allow Ohio voters to vote on congressional redistricting reform this fall have cleared one more hurdle.

Two years after winning a reform of the way Statehouse lawmakers’ districts are drawn, advocates for congressional redistricting in Ohio have taken the first step to putting that issue before voters.

The League of Women Voters, Common Cause Ohio and the Ohio Environmental Council have collected 1,000 petition signatures to ask voters to change the way Congressional district maps are drawn.

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Oil and gas drilling operations in southeastern Ohio were shut down on Sunday after a 3.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Wayne National Forest, according to the Ohio Environmental Council. The state continues to investigate the causes.

While some GOP lawmakers push to repeal Ohio's green-energy standards, one of the world's first fresh-water wind farms is taking shape in Lake Erie.
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When Gov. John Kasich vetoed another two-year freeze on the state’s renewable energy benchmarks last year, his fellow Republicans in the legislature promised they’d be back with a total repeal of those benchmarks. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports they appear to have taken the first step.

With lawmakers out of the Statehouse for the summer, there are still many issues floating around that might get a lot of attention when they get back. They include Ohio’s green energy policies. 

10:00... New proposals in state legislature allow drilling for oil and gas in Ohio's State Parks, but what about mineral rights? A discussion about who owns these rights, and may have access to these minerals within State Parks. 10:40... There is worry surrounding the more than $400 million in proposed cuts to Ohio nursing homes. Many wonder if these cuts will force nursing homes to reduce staff or possibly close. What is the future of elder care within Ohio now? Will the nursing homes survive, or will there need to be other options available? Guests:

State Issue #2, a proposed amendment to the Ohio constitution to create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board that would regulate care for livestock and poultry, with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Center for Food and Animal Issues vice president Mike Bumgarner and Ohio Environmental Council Agricultural programs director Joe Logan.