The City of Columbus say this week that the number of violent crimes fell by 3 percent last year, as compared with 2013. During the first six months of the year, the city says the homicide rate fell by 9.6 percent.
The Ohio EPA and Department of Natural Resources are fining an international oil and gas company more than 200 thousand dollars for a malfunction and fire at a fracking well in Monroe County in 2014 that killed thousands of fish and forced the temporary evacuation of some residents.
The Republican-controlled Ohio Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit filed by residents of Athens, Fulton and Medina counties challenging Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's decision to invalidate anti-fracking ballot issues in those counties.
The Ohio Supreme Court decision that nearly a hundred million dollars in equipment bought by charter school operators with tax money belongs to those operators and not to the schools has raised more anger against the industry.