Foreclosures during the Great Recession added to thousands of blighted properties in Columbus. But, a state program helped fund demolition of many of those houses and apartment units.
The new program hopes to cut energy usage in commercial buildings by as much as 20 percent, with an extra emphasis on downtown buildings.
Coal interests that a veteran Ohio environmental regulator says contributed to his forced resignation have donated about $50,000 to Republican Gov. John Kasich since he took office.
President Obama recently announced that heâ€™s directing the E-P-A to crack down on air pollution from coal-powered utility plants. Many in the coal industry complained, but utility companies were generally more-muted in their reaction.
The changes are part of a revision to a 2007 settlement between AEP, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and several environmental groups.
Anti-war slogans are everywhere in eastern Ohio this campaign season. â€œStop the War on Coalâ€ is one of the most common yard signs seen in Ohioâ€™s sprawling 6th congressional district, a region at the center of the stateâ€™s shale oil and gas boom.
Progress Ohio has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission. It claims the owner of an eastern Ohio mine required workers to attend a Romney rally, which the complaint says amounts to a campaign donation.
The accident happened at the Buckingham Coal Company, about 55 miles southeast of Columbus in the area of the Wayne National Forest.
Some workers at a mine in Bealesville say they lost pay when the mine shut down for a day, and felt they would be fired if they skipped a Mitt Romney rally earlier this month.
Backers of both President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney have been running Ohio ads attacking the other candidate’s position on coal.
The plant uses natural gas instead of coal to make electricity.