Christopher Alan
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A California company has dropped its plan to buy the old Packard Electric plant in Warren.  However Autoparkit, which builds robotic parking garage systems, is still planning to set up operations in the city. 

West  Coost entrepreneur Christopher Alan grew up in Warren. When he decided the old Packard plant back home would be a good place to make his automation he tried to buy it. Last month the deal fell through.

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One of the state’s largest utility companies is proposing a change in the way they charge customers for their power. Consumer groups are objecting, but AEP Ohio says other changes will offset those costs. 

AEP wants to increase the fixed rate, or so-called customer charge, to ratepayer’s electric bills. It’s about a $10 hike per month. But they’re decreasing the cost of using power.

Consumer and environmental advocates argue this shift takes away the incentive to save power in order to lower electric bills.

Ohio’s 27 prisons are a third over capacity with more than 50,000 inmates. The prisons department would get $3.6 billion in the governor’s proposed budget to maintain that system. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler spoke to the prisons director about a diversion program that could change that.

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While Republicans fight amongst themselves and with Democrats to pass a new federal health-care law, state senators are pushing their own plan in Ohio. 

Democratic Sen. Mike Skindell of Lakewood wants Ohio to switch to a single payer, universal health-care system. He says this makes health care more reliable and affordable.

Skindell, who’s part of a super minority in the Senate, understands the odds against a bill like this but says he’ll keep pursuing it because, as he puts it, the current health care system in the U.S. is going to self-destruct.

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A new report from a group representing 15 health insurers operating in Ohio says managed-care is saving Medicaid a lot of money. Miranda Motter is the CEO of the Ohio Association of Health Plans. She says the report looked at costs from 2013 to 2015, and compared managed-care costs versus what would have been paid out under traditional fee-for-service plans.

“When you look at that two-year period of time, the savings was about $2.5 to $3.2 billion in lower costs.