Health, Science & The Environment

8:55 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Report predicts big changes in Ohio health costs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A report prepared for the state says some Ohio health insurance premiums could go up as much as 150 percent while others could fall 40 percent in 2014 when much of the national health care overhaul takes effect.

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, who also heads the state insurance department, says the findings from consulting firm Milliman Inc. are "alarming." The Republican said in a news release Tuesday that what she calls "Obamacare" will have widespread and expensive impacts.

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10:15 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: September 20 - 26, 2011

Milkweed Pod
Flickr Creative Commons user Lisa Meader

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

This is the time when milkweed pods come open, spilling their sleek and silvery seeds in the fields. The milkweed says that frost season is on the way, and that Canadian geese, great-crested flycatchers, blue-gray gnatcatchers, ruby-throated hummingbirds, eastern wood peewees and bank swallows are moving down their flyways toward the Gulf of Mexico.  Buzzards gather at their roosts.  Crows are the only birds to call before dawn.

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12:00 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Radio Rounds: The Unfinished Agenda

This episode explores the effect of widespread vaccination programs on global economics and health.  In addition, we highlight the critical UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases held in New York City on 9/19/2011.

11:13 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Poor Will's Almanack: September 13 - 19

Flickr Creative Commons user brew127

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

When autumn leafturn starts near equinox in the Midwest, the deciduous trees are bare in northern Canada.  In Oregon and Maine, foliage colors are approaching their greatest brilliance. In the Rocky Mountains, bull elks are mustering their harems, and snow is falling.  Along the 40th Parallel, the smoky tint of last week’s canopy quickly becomes clear and bright.

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8:25 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Gas Drilling Could Lead to Ohio Jobs

The Dayton Daily News reports that natural gas trapped in two shale formations beneath Ohio could mean thousands of new jobs, if activity in other states is any indication.

Pennsylvania,which sits on one of the same shale formations as Ohio, saw gas and oil industries hire 72,000 new people from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the first quarter of 2011.

The newspaper reports that a series of announcements in the last week, including $750 million in land leasing by the Hess Corp. for possible drilling, shows that Ohio is on the cusp of an oil and gas boom.