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Court Rules AEP Can Shut Off Delinquent Accounts Remotely

Mar 19, 2015

State utility regulators have approved a request by American Electric Power to remotely disconnect the electricity of some Ohio customers who haven’t made payments.

The Wednesday ruling by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio applies to 132,000 central-Ohio AEP customers with new smart meters. The new remote disconnection procedure will take effect in August.

ODNR / Ohio Department of Natural Resources

The future of Buckeye Lake and it’s troubled dam were the subject of a town hall meeting that brought out nearly 500 people Monday night.

The packed meeting followed a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report last week saying the dam is at high risk of failure, which would endanger the lives of some 3,000 people.

Advocates To Push Vaccine Legislation At Ohio Statehouse

Mar 10, 2015
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The father of a boy killed by bacterial meningitis and an expert in infectious diseases are among advocates coming to the Ohio Statehouse to promote new vaccine legislation.

The Immunization Advocacy Network of Ohio has organized an event Tuesday to speak to state lawmakers. The organization of immunization providers and supporters says vaccines are valuable to the health of the state.

Surge In Ohio Ginseng Harvesting

Mar 10, 2015
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The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is studying ways to protect Ginseng, a plant highly prized in Asia for claimed medicinal qualities. Recent media attention has caused a surge in ginseng harvesting.

Rick Campbell and Kelly Caldwell sit at their dining table in their rural Morgan County home looking out at the snow covered hills. Scattered beneath the snowy mantle is wild ginseng. Campbell has spent most of his adult life dealing in the exotic commodity. He says he first dug ginseng, which he calls ‘sang, when he was 18 years old. How did he know what he’d found?

Ohio Reports Increase In Flu-Related Hospitalizations

Mar 6, 2015

Ohio health officials say the number of flu-related hospitalizations rose slightly last week as an unusually severe season winds down.

The Ohio Department of Health reported 135 hospitalizations from Feb. 22 to Feb. 28, up from 119 a week earlier.

Those figures brought the season’s total hospitalizations to 7,985, compared to 2,870 during the same time a year ago.

Cincinnati Museum Center

The discovery of a rare Native American artifact near Cincinnati is exciting for archeologists, but it’s also raising more questions.

Contractors digging a trench for a fiber optic box north of Newtown’s administrative hall earlier this month found human remains. They called police who quickly realized it was a burial site and not a crime scene. They, in turn, called the Cincinnati Museum Center.

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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio last week rejected a request from American Electric Power to have customers subsidize two coal plants. AEP said it would have helped customers in the long run, but opponents likened it to a bailout.

So what will the ruling mean for future proposals?

Infant Mortality in Ohio

Jun 3, 2014

Last week WOSU's Mandie Trimble reported that Ohio’s infant mortality rate ranks fourth worst in the nation. And among African American babies, Ohio ranks second worst, putting it on par with some third world countries. Ann Fisher spoke to Trimble and other guests about what drives the state's high infant mortality rate and how to improve it. In Ohio, nearly 8 out of every 1,000 babies born will die before their first birthdays.

National Abortion Update

Dec 12, 2013

10:00 With abortion-related provisions in the state budget and the number of clinics down to 9, Ohio women have fewer options when seeking an abortion. This hour we'll take a look at abortion regulations in Ohio and around the nation and examine what's left to restrict and what's left to defend. Guests

  • Esme Deprez, reporter for Bloomberg News
  • Karen Kasler, Bureau Chief for Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau

The State of Real Estate in Central Ohio

Nov 20, 2013

10:00 The mortgage meltdown did a number on more than just mortgages. It changed the dynamic of the entire housing market and brought about the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression. This hour, we discuss how the Central Ohio market has changed, how it's faring now and how it compares to the rest of the nation five years later. Guests

  • Todd Helpbringer, president of Helpbringer Mortgage Services 
  • Rob Vogt, real estate analyst at Voght Santer Insights

Columbus City School Levy Follow-Up

Nov 6, 2013

10:00 The Columbus City Schools levy went down hard yesterday, with nearly 70 percent of the voters rejecting the proposed property tax increase. This hour, we look at how the election results will affect Columbus City Schools. Guests

Columbus History: Landmark Dates

Oct 11, 2013

10:00 From its small town beginnings to the city we know today, the history of Columbus, Ohio is filled with fascinating facts and stories. This hour, we'll take a look at some of the most interesting tidbits and tales  from the city's past. Guests

Gardening with Native Plants in Ohio

Apr 23, 2012

11:00 Have you started your spring gardening yet? If not, Charlotte Adelman will discuss how to use native Ohio plants throughout your garden, as well as native substitutes for your non-native favorite plants. Guest

  • Charlotte Adelman (author)

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10:00 Two same-sex marriage advocate groups in Ohio are dividing support over the constitutional amendment proposed for the Nov. 2013 election. What's the issue? Why are they in disagreement? On this hour of "All Sides," we'll talk about the amendment with representatives from both sides. Guests

10:00 Congress, among rising gas prices and transportation funding declines, has been unable to pass a 5 or 6 year Federal Transportation Bill that could open up more options and perhaps bring more predictability to the funding of how we move people and goods. How is the lack of a long-term bill having an impact? Guest host Stu Nicholson will discuss this and more on this hour of "All Sides." Guests