Health, Science & The Environment

Environment
12:02 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Ohio Capitol Unveils Electric Car Charging Stations

The Ohio Statehouse is ready for electric vehicles to plug in and charge up.

Six new charging stations are being unveiled today in the garage beneath the Statehouse. Officials believe Ohio's is the first state Capitol building in the nation to offer an electric car charging facility to members of the public, who will pay 50 cents an hour to use it.

The nearly $36,000 project is funded through corporate contributions and a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and the nonprofit group Clean Fuels Ohio.

Health
4:04 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Ohio Authorities Raid Offices in Pill Probe

Authorities have raided a doctor's two offices and home in southwest Ohio, seizing boxes of records in an investigation of possible prescription drug abuse.

The Dayton Daily News reports that 69-year-old Dr. Han M. Yang says authorities are "off-base" in their allegations. He says he has surrendered his license to practice medicine in Ohio and will give up his practice. He also says he will seek an attorney.

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Nature
12:40 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: October 4 - 10, 2011

Flickr Creative Commons user Mr.Mac2009

Poor Will’s Almanack for the Fourth Week of Early Fall.

The last week of Early Fall is the week the first slate-gray junco arrives for winter.  Goldenrod is seeding now, pods of the eastern burning bush are open, hawthorn berries redden, wild grapes are purple, and the tree line that seemed so deep in summer just days ago is suddenly poised to break into its final glory of the year.

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Drugs
12:15 pm
Tue October 4, 2011

Drug Dealers Tap Ohio Seniors for Pills

The state says drug dealers around Ohio are developing new sources for prescription painkillers by buying them from senior citizens, sometimes as the patients leave pharmacies.

The report by the Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network also blames the state's continuing rise of heroin use on addicts switching from prescription painkillers, which are more expensive and harder to obtain.

Orman Hall, director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, says once people become addicted to painkillers it's almost inevitable they'll switch to heroin.

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Environment
8:18 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Experts: beetle likely to kill most Ohio ash trees

jclucier

SOUTHINGTON, Ohio (AP) - Experts say that the invasive Emerald Ash Borer will likely kill off most of Ohio's ash trees in the coming years.

Authorities tell The Vindicator newspaper that the ash tree will likely go the way of Ohio's elm trees, most of which wiped out by Dutch Elm Disease in the 1960s and '70s.

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