Health, Science & Environment

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder leaves the federal courthouse after an initial hearing following charges against him and four others alleging a $60 million bribery scheme Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / AP

The Ohio House finished the bulk of its work this month with the Republican Speaker saying the chamber will not take any action on HB6 – the sweeping energy law that bails out nuclear power plants and was linked to the biggest alleged scandal in Ohio politics.

Late Tuesday night, the Ohio Senate passed a plan that would stop Ohioans from receiving surprise medical bills from out of network providers. The plan, which had passed the House earlier, is now on its way to Gov. Mike DeWine. 

William and Angela Rentel both contracted COVID-19 this spring. William had a stroke six months after recovering.
Jacob Dean / Side Effects Public Media

This is part two of a two-part series on COVID-19 and diabetes. Read part one here.

William Rentel, a nurse practitioner in Ohio, has Type 1 diabetes but kept his blood sugar well-managed. That changed when he and his wife contracted COVID-19 this spring.

Look on the side of a highway sometime and you might see them. Or along the railroad tracks or a stream. Maybe even between your toes at the beach. Tiny pearl-shaped pieces of plastic, known as pellets, are the building blocks for almost everything plastic, and they're everywhere.

COVID-19 And Diabetes Make For A Dangerous Mix

Dec 22, 2020
Agatha Walston, a nurse with Type 1 diabetes, was hospitalized with COVID-19 in April.
Farah Yousry / Side Effects Public Media

This is part one of a two-part series on COVID-19 and diabetes. Read part two on Wednesday.

Agatha Walston leads a busy life. She’s a nurse in southern Indiana and a single mother of two young kids.

In this Jan. 14, 2019 photo, Caitlin Powers sits in the living room of her Brooklyn apartment in New York, and has a telemedicine video conference with physician, Dr. Deborah Mulligan.
Mark Lennihan / AP

Ohio lawmakers have sent to Gov. Mike DeWine a bill that prohibits doctors from using telemedicine to prescribe abortion medication. SB 260 is the second bill limiting abortion that’s passed the legislature during the lame-duck session.

Pipeline construction site
Reid R. Frazier / The Allegheny Front

People who protest oil and gas pipelines and other infrastructure in Ohio could face stiffer penalties, under a bill passed by the Ohio House late Thursday.

The Jetson's flying car is closer to reality now that the Air Force is partnering with pioneers in the flying car field. Researchers will test and evaluate the technology in Springfield for military and commercial purposes.

Amid Pandemic, Ohio State Agency Posts Job Listings With No Medical Benefits

Dec 18, 2020
Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services in downtown Columbus.
Ohio Public Radio

Amid a raging pandemic, Ohio’s agency responsible for looking out for workers’ welfare has started posting full-time temporary jobs with no benefits for its own workforce. 

Updated at 7:45 a.m. ET

The fate of the Biden administration's ambitious climate goals — plans that, if fully implemented, would overhaul the United States' energy economy in the span of just 15 years — will largely rest in the hands of two longtime government officials who have obsessed on the topic for decades.

President-elect Joe Biden will name Michael Regan, North Carolina's environment secretary and a former EPA official, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a source familiar with the decision who spoke about private conversations on the basis of anonymity.

person working on laptop computer

Ohio is beginning a new pilot project to help expand broadband internet to the estimated 1 million Ohioans who lack it.

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie is scheduled to shut down in 2020.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

House Republicans are moving a bill that delays nuclear power plant bailout, just months after leadership said they wanted a full repeal of the controversial law. The latest measure delays the $1 billion in subsidies for one year.

Rollout Of The COVID-19 Vaccine

Dec 15, 2020
Ohio State employee Lauren Chisholm, left, receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination from Robert Weber Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Columbus.
Jay LaPrete / AP

The first COVID-19 vaccine is here. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center administered the first doses of Pfizer’s vaccine to Ohioans on Monday, starting with frontline healthcare workers at the highest risk of contracting the virus.

Hundreds of thousands of doses are on their way to Ohio, but it is going to take months to get everyone vaccinated and the logistical challenges are enormous.