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CEO calls FirstEnergy's conduct 'wrong and unacceptable'

Jul. 23, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — FirstEnergy Corp.'s conduct in secretly funding a $60 million bribery scheme to win a $1 billion bailout for two nuclear power plants it once owned was “wrong and unacceptable,” company CEO and President Steven Strah said during an earnings call Friday. ...

FirstEnergy to pay $230M in agreement in Ohio bribery case

Jul. 23, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The energy giant at the center of a $60 million bribery scheme in Ohio admitted Thursday to using dark money groups to fund the effort, and agreed to pay $230 million and other conditions so prosecutors won't forge ahead with a criminal case against the company. ...

Governors pin hopes on full vaccine approval as cases climb

Jul. 23, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As U.S. regulators weigh giving the final stamp of approval for certain COVID-19 vaccines, governors in states hard hit by the pandemic hope the move will help persuade the many holdouts in their states to finally get the shot. The governors of...

TAKEAWAYS: Ex-utility regulator had outsized role in scheme

Jul. 22, 2021 17:42 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A statement of facts included with FirstEnergy's deferred prosecution agreement announced Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Cincinnati sheds new light on the role a former utility regulator played in a $60 million corruption scheme involving the Akron-based company....

Unlike elsewhere, New Hampshire refunds COVID business fines

Jul. 21, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Three Republican governors opposed efforts this year to absolve businesses for violating public health orders during the coronavirus pandemic. But only in the “Live Free or Die” state have the scofflaws been set free of the fines. In March,...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jul. 19, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

Youngstown Vindicator. July 18, 2021. Editorial: A meaningful message comes with new statue The planning, creation and unveiling of the commemorative Jackie Robinson-George Shuba “Handshake for the Century” statue in downtown Youngstown has been...

A year out, $60M bribery scandal felt in business, politics

Jul. 19, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The arrests one year ago Wednesday of then-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four associates in connection with an alleged $60 million bribery scheme have rocked business and politics across the state, and events over the last year suggest a federal probe's...

Cleveland St to require coronavirus vaccinations despite law

Jul. 15, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland State University said Thursday it will continue to require that students living on campus be vaccinated against the coronavirus despite a new law prohibiting public schools and colleges in Ohio from mandating the vaccine. The school, the...

Dispiriting setback: COVID deaths, cases rise again globally

Jul. 14, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

COVID-19 deaths and cases are on the rise again globally in a dispiriting setback that is triggering another round of restrictions and dampening hopes for a return to normal life. The World Health Organization reported Wednesday that deaths climbed last week after nine...

School, college mandates banned for 'emergency use' vaccines

Jul. 14, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Public schools and colleges in Ohio would be prohibited from requiring individuals to receive vaccines not granted full approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, under a bill targeting coronavirus vaccinations signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Mike DeWine. ...