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Utility regulator lacked jurisdiction to consider meter-reading error

Because Duke Energy was not acting as a “public utility” when managing the meter of an electric supplier to a large southwestern Ohio industrial customer, state regulators lacked jurisdiction to find Duke provided inadequate service when meter data was miscalculated, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled recently.
In a unanim ... (full story)

Poop knives, arachnophobic entomologists win 2020 Ig Nobels

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Maybe this year's Ig Nobels, the spoof prizes for dubious but humorous scientific achievement, should have been renamed the Ick Nobels.
An anthropologist who tested an urban legend by fashioning a knife out of frozen human feces, and a man who found that spiders oddly give scientists who study insects the heebie-jeebies, are amo ... (full story)

Gay marriages rise 5 years after Supreme Court ruling

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages around the U.S., more than a half million households are made up of married same-sex couples, according to figures the U.S. Census Bureau released last week.
Since 2014, the year before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same sex marria ... (full story)

New law bans officials from closing Ohio places of worship

COLUMBUS (AP) — Houses of worship can't be shut down by local or state officials, and elections can't be moved from their prescribed dates, under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Mike DeWine and pushed by fellow Republican lawmakers angered over orders meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
DeWine expressly d ... (full story)

1 in 6 Ohio districts ask to add extra seating for sports

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COLUMBUS (AP) — About one in six Ohio school districts asked the state for permission to add additional spectators for fall sporting events, exceeding the limits set by Gov. Mike DeWine in last month's sports order, records show.
The Health Department approved all requests quickly, often the same day it received them, alth ... (full story)