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PHOTO: The use of smart meter technology is growing in Ohio, but some warn the risks to consumer protections outweigh any potential benefits for utility customers. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

FINDLAY, Ohio - The number of Ohio homes plugged into smart meters is growing, allowing utilities to collect and monitor usage information. Utilities are touting the ability of customers to monitor their energy consumption, but some consumer advocates are voicing concerns about the risk smart meter...Read More

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PHOTO: The "State of Working Ohio 2014" report from Policy Matters Ohio finds inequities in wages and low workforce participation. Photo credit: M.Connors/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As we pause to celebrate the American worker this Labor Day, a new report indicates many Ohio workers may not feel so appreciated. Amy Hanauer, executive director of the research group Policy Matters Ohio, says its new report, "State of Working Ohio," finds labor market part...Read More

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PHOTO: Monday is the anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The bird once numbered around 5 billion in North America. Photo credit: Tim Lenz/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Monday marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The commemoration is being used to urge protection of other species that may face the same fate and for the law that protects them. The Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973, but Jake Li, director of ...Read More

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IMAGE: Several groups are asking Ohio's governor to reverse a decision to not extend a work requirement waiver for SNAP benefits to all counties. Graphic courtesy of USDA.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich is being asked to reverse course on a decision that has cost thousands of Ohioans federally-funded food aid. Because of the recession, from 2007 to 2013, Ohio requested a statewide federal waiver of work requirements for childless adults without a job in need o...Read More

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PHOTO: The Spread Some Good food drive in Ohio is collecting donations through Sept. 17, specifically to purchase low-salt, low-sugar peanut butter for Ohio seniors. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Peanut butter often is seen as a kid's favorite food, but for folks of all ages, it's a very good source of nutrition and is being used to combat hunger among older Ohioans. AARP is focusing a new charitable campaign in the next few weeks on stocking local food pantries with peanut...Read More

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PHOTO: A new reports examines how the housing crisis is still having an impact on some of Ohio's lowest-income renters. Photo courtesy of Kenn W. Kiser/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new report from the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO) and National Low-Income Housing Coalition has found affordable rental housing is out of reach for many of the state's poorest residents. Bill Faith, executive director at COHHIO, says it's become increasin...Read More

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PHOTO: Efforts are expanding in Ohio to educate social services agencies on trauma-informed practices. Photo credit: grietgriet/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Children who have been traumatized can face a lifetime of behavioral, mental and physical health problems, and there are efforts in Ohio to better help these children recover. Traumatic experiences include physical abuse, exposure to addiction and parental separation. Dr. ...Read More

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PHOTO: More than half of teens surveyed for the Pew Research Internet Project said they'd observed instances of cyber-bullying. Photo courtesy www.stopbullying.gov

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Bullying no longer is a behavior that happens mostly on the playground or the school bus. Social media is providing online channels for negative interactions between children, with more than half of teens reporting they have witnessed online bullying. According to experts such as P...Read More

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