Health, Science & The Environment

11:12 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Ohio's High Infant Mortality Rate Addressed In New Bills

In 2013, state lawmakers and health officials toured Ohio, gathering information about the state’s high infant mortality rate. On Wednesday, state senators introduced five new bills to combat the situation. 

Ohio has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the nation and Republican State Senator Shannon Jones of Springboro says a high infant death rate is a red flag. 

“A state's infant mortality rate is much like the canary that goes down into the coal mine," Jones said. "It’s an indicator of the overall health and wellness of mothers and children in the communities.” 

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8:15 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: February 11 - 17, 2014

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This is the week along the 40th Parallel that the day’s length becomes a full hour longer than it was on December 26th. Sunset now occurs near 6:00 p.m. for the first time since the middle of October, and the brighter afternoons tell the groundhogs and opossums that it’s mating time; raccoons and beavers seek partners, too.

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The Environment
7:04 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Ohio State Park Tries Crackdown On Feeding Animals

Officials concerned about the growing population of cats roaming an area state park say they're trying to crack down on people illegally feeding animals or abandoning their pets there.

The Springfield News-Sun reports officials have stepped up patrols and posted signs warning visitors not to feed animals at Buck Creek State Park.

The local humane society's director says food left out can attract animals that pose more danger, such as coyotes.

A park law enforcement official says cutting off the improper food supply will help persuade the animals to move on.

8:15 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: February 4 - 10, 2014

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A friend of mine sent me the “Hermit Songs” of anonymous Irish monks and scholars who, over a thousand years ago, scribbled their verses in the margins of the manuscripts they were copying. One of those poems, translated by W.H. Auden, expresses the pleasure of sitting in front of the fire beside a white cat named Pangur.

Pangur, white Pangur,
How happy we are
alone together, scholar and cat,
Each has his own work to do daily….
Thus we live ever
Without tedium or envy.
Pangur, white Pangur,
How happy we are.

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The Environment
6:33 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Wood Burning Suspected Source Of Higher Pollution Levels In Yellow Springs

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The Regional Air Pollution Control Agency, or RAPCA, is investigating several instances of elevated levels of PM 2.5, a fine particulate that contributes to air pollution. RAPCA is responsible for monitoring air quality in a six-county area and officials there say several days during the months of December and January registered higher than other places in the region.

"One of the primary sources of fine particulate matter is wood burning," says RAPCA's John Paul. "There's a lot of wood burning in the Yellow Springs area."

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