FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享By Andy Chow for WOSU:Ohio’s largest energy companies are trying to figure out what they’re going to do with their coal power plants as they navigate through a vital time in the utilities industry. For the final installment of his three-part series, Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow explores the different paths those utilities can take and what that means for Ohioans who pay to keep the lights on.Many agree that the state of Ohio has reached a boiling point where the fate of coal, renewable energy and the regulatory framework itself must be decided.Businesses and energy companies think so.“It’s not on a front page it’s not something people will immediately understand, it’s geeky stuff,” said Sam Randazzo.“Quite frankly I think we’re at a crossroads,” Todd Snitchler added.Environmentalists think so.“We’re at an incredibly critical transition point,” said Dan Sawmiller.And legislators think so.“We’re at a point where all of those major issues remain undecided,” said Republican Senator Bill Seitz of Cincinnati.AEP and FirstEnergy had plans to keep their struggling coal plants afloat by adding an extra charge to customers’ electric bills. But that was essentially struck down by federal regulators.FirstEnergy is trying to find a new way to fund the plants while AEP has suggested selling off all its coal plants or try to go back to a regulated industry.Full story and audio for three part series here: http://radio.wosu.org/post/power-plant-your-electric-bill-critical-point-future-energy-ohio Ohio Energy Decisions ‘at a Boiling Point’
Hidden Valley Lake, Ind. — Officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department say the body of a 5-year-old female was found about 60 feet from the shoreline in five feet of water in Hidden Valley Lake Saturday.After receiving the call around 9:11 p.m. officers and bystanders found the body at 9:30 p.m. The child was immediately transported to the Dearborn County Hospital where she was pronounced dead.Reports indicate the child was not wearing a personal flotation device.Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage citizens to use extreme caution when around waterways and the use of personal flotation devices. Officers encourage residents to never swim alone.The original story:Hidden Valley Lake, Ind. — The Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a child drowning at Hidden Valley Lake.Reports indicate police were called to the public beach off Longview Drive around 9 p.m. Saturday. Police found the body of the 5-year-old female child within an hour of arrival.Out of respect for the family the public beach was closed Sunday.The tragedy remains under investigation.
This week at the Regent Theater: Godâ€™s Not Dead 2 (see trailer below).Schedule: Friday 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.; Saturday will 6 p.m. as part of the Coffee Shop No. 7 celebration.Â Â Rated: PG (for some thematic elements). Time: 2 hours 1 minute.Movie Synopsis: A high-school teacher (Melissa Joan Hart) fights for the right to discuss Jesus in her public classroom. This sequel to the 2014 faith-based box office hit God’s Not Dead also stars Jesse Metcalfe, David A.R. White and Ray Wise. Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 11%. Audience review: 62% liked it.