Health, Science & The Environment

Healthcare
7:35 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Affordable Care Act Deadline Looms, Sebelius Ensures Website Reliance

We’re approaching an important deadline under the new federal health care law. In order to receive coverage by January 1st under the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, Americans must enroll by this Monday. The deadline was extended after the federal exchange website experienced some highly-publicized problems. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she understands the frustration that’s out there but encourages people to give the site another try.

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Health, Science & The Environment
5:13 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Montgomery County Sees A Spike In Medicaid Enrollment

Amy Sylvester is a Dayton resident who would have lost insurance without the Medicaid expansion. WYSO talked to her in October.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

 The Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services reports uninsured people in the Dayton area are starting to take advantage of the newly expanded eligibility for Medicaid.

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The Environment
7:36 am
Wed December 18, 2013

EPA Begins Toxic Vapor Sampling In Riverside

A map from the EPA shows the boundaries of the current investigation in Riverside: Hypathia Avenue on the east, Rohrer Boulevard on the west, Guernsey Dell and Minnesota Avenues on the north and Valley Pike Street on the south.
Credit USEPA Region V

    

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has started testing dozens of homes in the north Dayton suburb of Riverside for dangerous airborne pollution. Trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE), are toxic industrial degreasers that were used with little regulation until the 1970s, when people began to suspect links to cancer.

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Nature
8:15 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: December 17 - 23, 2013

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user Dieter Thau

The deepening of early winter draws down the last pigments of the year past. December spreads across the summer with accumulation of loss.

Instinctively and naturally, there is a taking stock of what appears to be no longer present, an inventory of emptiness, cued by a search for the truth, and by nostalgia and by the fragmentary reminders that bind the seasons into memory:

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The Environment
6:35 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Shale Drilling Permits Higher Than Expected In 2013

2013 ends with more than twice as many shale drilling permits issued for the Utica Shale play than first expected, encouraging news for Ohio backers of natural gas exploration and production.

Earlier this year, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources projected 525 permits for shale drilling.  That would’ve been a modest increase from 2012’s total of 376, but now in its most recent report, the state DNR shows 1015 permits issued to 30 companies since 2009, operating in much of eastern Ohio. 

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