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Xianming Shi first thought of using biotechnology to derive de-icer additives out of agricultural waste materials several years ago.
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It's no secret that road salt is not very sustainable. States like Ohio are looking for greener alternatives, like "BEET HEET," a de-icer made with the vegetable.

A new report finds that compared to the rest of the country, Ohio’s highways are getting better.

The study comes from the Reason Foundation, a nonpartisan think tank focused on market oriented solutions. It measured traffic fatalities, congestion and construction costs. 

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Gov. Mike DeWine has declared a state of emergency in 63 Ohio counties due to heavy rains that damaged roadways in June.

Semi-trailers zoom by on I-71 near MAPFRE Stadium as Joel Hunt points to a patch of milkweed, adored by monarch butterflies. It's flanked by Oxeye Sunflowers and Ohio Spiderworts, which share the same purpose: bringing in pollinators.

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Now that spring is finally here, Ohio’s road crews will be fixing potholes and pavement damaged over the winter.

highway in Columbus
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Gov. Mike DeWine will ask to raise the state’s 28 cent-a-gallon gas tax, a recommendation that emerged from a committee he appointed. That increase would help patch a hole of more than a $1 billion in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s budget.

DeWine, however, won’t yet get specific on what he’ll ask for.

A conservative think tank is calling on lawmakers to make changes to counter an increase to the gas tax by making cuts elsewhere in Ohio's tax structure.

Road Work Ahead sign
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Ohio’s top transportation official told state lawmakers that drivers could face serious dangers on roads and bridges. His testimony comes in advance of a report expected Friday that’s likely to recommend a gas tax increase.

The state doesn't have any money for new road construction projects, and funding is falling short to make repairs to existing infrastructure. Gov. Mike DeWine says this is an impending crisis. And it’s looking more and more likely that the state will seek an gas tax increase to fill the hole. 

Streetcar in Cincinnati
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Advocates for public transportation say they’re concerned that there’s no one from that sector on Gov. Mike DeWine’s committee that will recommend how to find money for major road construction projects. That group meets this week, but public transit might not be top of mind for the Ohio House leader either.

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DriveOhio, Gov. John Kasich's innovation center for new technology within the Department of Transportation, launched a three-year, $5.9 million study this weekend to see how drones can be integrated to monitor roadways.

A national transportation research group says Ohio's roadways are deteriorated and congested, costing drivers $12 billion each year. Yup, that's "billion" with a "b."

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As part of our Curious Cbus series, WOSU collects questions from listeners and investigates the answers. But since the project started, a lot of the questions we've received have centered around various Columbus streets and where their names came from.

Nick Evans

Mayor Andrew Ginther wants to spend more than a billion dollars on infrastructure projects in 2018. 

Snow on highway
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The first day of spring is bringing a Winter Weather Advisory in Central Ohio. And while the snow begins to come down, legislators in an Ohio House committee will be considering a new way to remove ice from the roads - using the byproduct of fracking

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