Health, Science & The Environment

Affordable Care Act
3:33 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Another Battle Is Brewing Over Ohio’s Medicaid Expansion

The expansion of Medicaid to previously uninsured Ohioans began in January and has given nearly 340,000 residents health coverage. But the program's long-term success is also uncertain, as the political battle over Medicaid expansion in Ohio is about to begin round two.

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Nature
6:30 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: October 7 - 13, 2014

Credit Christoph Kummer / Flickr Creative Commons

These days, I’m a little more confused than usual. Instead of feeling invigorated by this October, I'm feeling lethargic.

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Water
1:00 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Dayton Citizens' Water Brigade To Hold Teach-In

Dayton's wellfields supply water for an estimated 400,000 people in the area.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

 A new group called the Dayton Citizens’ Water Brigade is holding a teach-in tonight about the City of Dayton’s water protection policy.

The group opposes changes to the policy that’s been in place for over 25 years. The policy was created as an attempt to keep hazardous chemicals away from the wellfields that supply water to 400,000 people around Dayton, including most Montgomery County suburbs. It forbids new chemicals within a set geographic area, and provides incentives for companies to reduce chemical storage already in place through a buy-back program.

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Affordable Care Act
1:33 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

One Year In, Affordable Care Act Marketplace Hardly A Disaster

Protesters in Washington, D.C. speaking out against the Affordable Care Act in its early days.
Credit Tabitha Kaylee Hawk / Flickr/Creative Commons

Today marks one year since the federal government started offering health plans under the Affordable Care Act on healthcare.gov, also known as the “exchange” or “marketplace.” The launch was rocky, to say the least, but for the most part the glitches and disasters have been cleared up, and the political battles have also exited center stage. What’s happening now is an unprecedented growth in the numbers of people covered in the Miami Valley—and a health care industry that’s booming.

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Nature
6:30 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: September 30 - October 6, 2014

Credit pontia / Flickr Creative Commons

When the milkweed pods come open, then frost season is on the way, and Canadian geese, great-crested flycatchers, blue-gray gnatcatchers, ruby-throated hummingbirds, eastern wood peewees and bank swallows move down their flyways toward the Gulf of Mexico. Buzzards gather at their roosts. Crows are the only birds to call before dawn. Monarch butterflies become more numerous, still visit the late phlox and the zinnias in the afternoon sun; other insects, however, become less common in the field and garden as the number of pollen-bearing flowers dwindles.

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