Steady Oil Prices Prompt More Fracking Activity In Ohio

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it has permitted 17 more horizontally-fracked wells in five eastern counties.
30, 2014

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it has permitted 17 more horizontally-fracked wells in five eastern counties. The state permits allow for more oil and gas development in an area known as the Utica shale.

Reported Sexual Assaults Prompt OSU Safety Notice

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Pearl Street near 15th Avenue. Columbus Police say two week-end sexual assaults occurred about three blocks apart on Pearl
29, 2014

After three reported week-end sexual assaults, Ohio State University campus police issued a safety alert for students and staff. Campus and Columbus police say none of the three assaults appears to be linked to a single suspect.

Reynoldsburg Teacher Strike Enters Its Second Full Week

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A teacher's strike in Reynoldsburg enters its second full week after negotiators failed to reach agreement Sunday
28, 2014

A teacher’s strike in Reynoldsburg enters its second full week Monday. Negotiators for the Reynoldsburg Board of Education and Reynoldsburg Education Association met Sunday with a federal mediator. But, little progress was reported. The meeting ended without agreement.

Ohio Officials Earmark Money To Reduce Lake Erie Algae Threat

Ohio agriculture officials and Ohio State University say they'll fund methods to clean up Lake Erie and protect water supplies from toxic algae..
28, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has a plan to improve water quality in Lake Erie and other Great Lakes. The announcement comes in the wake of a crisis in Toledo where water supply was turned off temporarily for a half-million residents when toxic algae bloomed. The crisis has galvanized calls for a clean-up among consumers, farmers, and researchers.

Contract Talks Scheduled To Resume Sunday In Reynoldsburg

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Members of the Reynoldsburg Education Association walk picket lines in front of Reynoldsburg High School on Livingston Avenue.
23, 2014

Negotiations in the four-day old Reynoldsburg teacher’s strike are scheduled to resume this week-end. Both the board and teacher union representatives have agreed to meet again with a federal mediator on Sunday to try to reach a contract agreement. The resumption of talks occurs against the backdrop of strong community pressure.

No New Talks Scheduled in Reynoldsburg Teachers’ Strike

Day two of the Reynoldsburg teachers' strike brings no new talks.
22, 2014

Attendance in Reynoldsburg schools took a hit as teachers went on strike. Members of the Reynoldsburg Education Association returned to picket lines Monday. No new talks are scheduled.

Teachers Strike, No New Talks Scheduled In Reynoldsburg

Teachers picket in front of Reynoldsburg High School on the first day of the teachers' strike.
19, 2014

Teachers in Reynoldsburg are greeting students from the picket line after going on strike Thursday night.

Ohio Agriculture Leaders Say No Quick Fix To Toxic Algae Blooms

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Fertilizer and manure runoff from field crops like this Madison County soybean field are major cause of algae blooms in Ohio lakes. Ohio ag interests say they're taking steps to reduce the threat.
18, 2014

Ohio’s agricultural interests are recovering from a black eye caused by toxic algae this summer. Now farm groups, academia, and environmental agencies say they’ll spend millions of dollars to keep commercial fertilizer and manure nutrients on the field and out Northwest Ohio streams that feed western Lake Erie.

Athens County ‘Micro-Grid’ Promises Energy Independence

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27 year old Randall Gabriel points out slope on his Athens County farm where he wants to install solar panels. The panels would generate electricity for Gabriel and several other nearby homes
4, 2014

Powerful storms, deregulation, and tougher environmental standards, have all made the cost of electricity more volatile for consumers in recent years. Now, a small micro-grid project in Athens County would allow homeowners to generate their own power.