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FILE — This July 21, 2020 file photo shows former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder leaving the federal courthouse after an initial hearing following charges against him and four others alleging a $60 million bribery scheme, in Columbus, Ohio. A court hearing is set for Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020 for five people, including Householder, following their indictment on a racketeering charge. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Ohio GOP lawmakers favor remake of tainted energy bill

Oct. 19, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There has been limited progress made by Ohio lawmakers who lined up to repeal and possibly replace a tainted $1 billion bailout for two nuclear plants more than two months ago, increasing the likelihood that around 90% of electric customers in the state will see charges for the...

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio. A nuclear plant bailout law should be repealed immediately, Democratic members of the Ohio House announced Wednesday, July 22, 2020, as a bribery scandal involving one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers unfolded over the law’s passage. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

Watchdog seeks more scrutiny of utility's spending in scheme

Sep. 22, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio's consumer watchdog has asked the state's regulator for public utilities to increase its scrutiny of FirstEnergy Corp.'s spending in what federal authorities say was a $60 million bribery scheme to obtain a $1 billion bailout for two struggling nuclear power plants owned at the time...

Ex-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder sits in the House of Representatives in the Ohio Statehouse after returning for the first time since being charged in a $60 million bribery scandal. The morning House session had just ended Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. [Fred Squillante/Dispatch]/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

State watchdog seeks probe of utility tied to bribery scheme

Sep. 9, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio's consumer watchdog has asked a regulatory agency to conduct an independent investigation of the state's largest electric utility, FirstEnergy Corp., that federal authorities have tied to a $60 million bribery scheme involving one of Ohio's most powerful politicians. The Ohio...

FILE - In this 2015 file photo, FirstEnergy Corp. President and CEO Charles

FirstEnergy had big stake in tainted nuclear plant bailout

Aug. 27, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — FirstEnergy Corp. was once blamed for its part in triggering North America's largest blackout nearly 20 years ago. Now, the multistate power company is again facing intense scrutiny — this time for its role in an alleged $60 million bribery scheme that has ensnared one of...