Advocates for the federal health care law are celebrating the start of the countdown toward October 1 of next year, when 1.5 million uninsured Ohioans can start shopping a health insurance marketplace called an exchange. But there’s still a lot of uncertainty about who will set up and run that exchange.
A package of bills that shore up Ohio's five public pension funds with increased premiums, higher retirement ages and other changes is set to clear the Ohio Legislature.
The Ohio House and Senate plan floor votes on the proposals Wednesday.
Changes will affect some 1.7 million retirees and future retirees and their families who are covered by the five funds. Those are the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System, State Teachers Retirement System, School Employees Retirement System, Ohio Highway Patrol Retirement System and the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund.
The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate the train derailment in Columbus yesterday. Most of the people who were evacuated yesterday have returned to their homes.
National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Waynur says the train appeared to have a clear signal when it went into the area where cars derailed. And Waynur says preliminary reports show speed was not a factor.
Ohio officials say more than 200,000 residents around the state are still without power days after two weekend thunderstorms left many in the dark.
The Ohio Emergency Management Agency released new figures Wednesday afternoon that add several thousand customers from Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives to the tally. The bulk of the outages still belong to customers of American Electric Power.
Dayton Power & Light is reporting just a handful of outages in the listening area now and plan to have it all back online by this evening.