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Obama’s call for CO2 emission restrictions may hit Ohio hard

Posted on in Community, Environment |
In September 2012, NRG Energy closed its coal-powered plant on Belmont Avenue in Niles. This and 21 other plants were closed in response to stricter EPA regulations regarding mercury and toxic emissions. However, instead of building natural-gas powered plants, electric companies are investing in equipment to reduce the toxic emissions from burning coal. — Christopher Kochera/TheNewsOultlet.org

Just as Ohio power companies had a plan to meet tighter federal emission standards, President Obama announced even more restrictions on coal-fired electric plants.

Well-paid roustabouts work long days, face dangers

Posted on in WYSU |

As the natural gas industry expands throughout Ohio, it brings workers from across the country looking for their share of the profit. The News Outlet’s Christopher Kochera brings us the story of one of those workers.

Life as a roustabout pays well, but comes with risks

Posted on in Audio, Community, Inside Shale |
Brian Rose is a roustabout for a natural-gas drilling company, whose Dodge 4x4 truck sometimes doubles as a dressing room. Rose's responsibilities vary from picking up trash to repairing the liners that contain chemicals. He is responsible for general-labor duties on a rig. (Christopher Kochera/TheNewsOutlet.org)

On a brisk March morning in a field off Route 172 in Lisbon, OH, the air is filled with the rumble of machinery and the smell of diesel fuel. Combine that with the gray skies, the bare trees and drilling equipment, and the scene it creates isn’t exactly picturesque.

Enterprise to open rental car office at airport

Posted on in Audio, Community |

There is another sign that the local economy is improving. Chris Kochera tells us we will have another choice of rental cars at the regional airport.

Garden district blooms on West Side of Youngstown

Posted on in Community |
Jerry O'Hara, president of the Garden District Neighborhood Association, said the effort to revitalize the West side neighborhood has received help from the Mill Creek MetroParks and the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative. (Christopher Kochera/TheNewsOutlet.org)

In one of the older neighborhoods on the lower West Side of Youngstown, the signs of blight are wilting.

Garden District, others work to revitalize neighborhood

Posted on in Audio, Community, WYSU |
Jerry O'Hara, president of the Garden District Neighborhood Association, said the effort to revitalize the West side neighborhood has received help from the Mill Creek MetroParks and the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative. (Christopher Kochera/TheNewsOutlet.org)

The Garden District Neighborhood, nestled in Youngstown’s West side, is experiencing a resurgence thanks to the cooperation of several organizations. The News Outlet’s Christopher Kochera has the story.

Pembrooke Place faces fines, lawsuits, other penalties

Posted on in Critical Care, Health |
Richard Darbey/TheNewsOutlet.org

The U.S. Centers Medicare and Medicaid Services have a special list, one that most nursing homes don’t ever want to be on.

Losses run deep

Posted on in Audio, Community, Environment |
(Photo by Richard Darbey/The News Outlet)

Girard’s $4.9M investment in 2 lakes yields little but debt, disappointment

State Route 11 intersects two lakes in southern Trumbull County near the city.
The lake along the eastern edge of the highway, towering above the other, remains full. On the lower lake’s southern shore rests a 45-foot-high concrete dam that once held back millions of gallons of water.

Photo by Richard Darbey/The News Outlet