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Clark County employees will see health care cost increase in 2018

More than 750 Clark County employees will see a 1-percent increase in health insurance premiums next year as part of the county’s self-insured model, leaders said. The plans will cost about $71 a month for individuals, $142 for employees plus one dependent and about $209 for a family in 2018, according to public documents. MORE: Property tax bills may go up to pay for new Clark County 9-1-1...
Critics say  Museum of Ice Cream’s plastic sprinkles pose environmental risks

Critics say Museum of Ice Cream’s plastic sprinkles pose environmental risks

Environmentalists in San Francisco and Los Angeles are concerned about the effects of one feature at local Museum of Ice Cream locations: sprinkles.  Critics say the plastic pieces are littering California streets blocks from the pop-up museums as they’re carried out on the clothes of museum visitors. The plastic material becomes litter and has the potential to end up in the water, a danger...
4 ways lower your winter energy bills

4 ways lower your winter energy bills

Get ready to bundle up out there this winter. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can consider lowering your winter energy bill. ››RELATED: How to pay off credit card debt Shop your rate Shopping around for the best natural gas and electricity rates in the state just makes sense. because their energy markets have been deregulated. Just look online at the Public Utilities...
Halloween 2017: Best trick or treat times

Halloween 2017: Best trick or treat times

While the best time to trick or treat is usually on Halloween itself, it is important to recognize neighborhood and community guidelines. Heading out during the best trick or treat times can also maximize the candy haul for your little superhero or princess. After all, that’s what the holiday is about for many kids and kids at heart.Here's the strategy parenting and health experts developed...
Hank the pit bull, wrongly accused of killing livestock, set free

Hank the pit bull, wrongly accused of killing livestock, set free

A pit bull named Hank that was wrongfully blamed for killing livestock last year is now free. >> Read more trending news A judge in Thurston County, Washington, on Wednesday voided a Lewis County euthanasia order and ordered that Hank be released to his adoptive family in Centralia, Washington.  Though witnesses said the pit bull that killed the livestock was not Hank, a Lewis County judge...
Trip to pumpkin patch leaves woman with painful infection from tick bite

Trip to pumpkin patch leaves woman with painful infection from tick bite

A California woman is recovering after she got a bad bacterial infection when she was bitten by a tick during a trip to a pumpkin patch. Jennifer Velasquez said she was wearing flip-flops and shorts to a pumpkin patch when she was bitten by a tick two years ago, The Sacramento Bee reported. The tick was infected by Rocky Mountain spotted fever. >> Read more trending news  She posted...
2 security officials fired after United Airlines passenger dragged off plane in viral video

2 security officials fired after United Airlines passenger dragged off plane in viral video

Airport security officials who were caught on video in April forcibly removing a passenger from a United Airlines flight in Chicago have been disciplined. Two employees were fired and two suspended following the incident, which caused public outrage after the footage went viral, the Washington Post reports. The fiasco became a huge public relations headache for United. In the videos...
Woman made up story about doctors leaving camera inside her after surgery, hospital says

Woman made up story about doctors leaving camera inside her after surgery, hospital says

Earlier this year, a patient at an Atlanta hospital filed a lawsuit claiming that a surgeon left a camera in her body during transplant surgery, a camera that was discovered six months later. Lacrystal Lockett’s lawyers have now dropped the complaint. Emory Hospital attorney Anna Fretwell pointed out an apparent problem with the story: No cameras are used in such surgeries. &ldquo...
Boy sleeps for 11 straight days, baffling doctors

Boy sleeps for 11 straight days, baffling doctors

When a 7-year-old boy fell asleep following a late-night wedding party, his mother expected him to be tired, but she could never fathom what would unfold. The boy, Wyatt Shaw, was admitted to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, during the first week of October after his mother tried and tried and tried to wake up him following the exciting Sunday night wedding festivities...
Avoid the pain, get the gains: 5 most common exercise-related injuries

Avoid the pain, get the gains: 5 most common exercise-related injuries

For those that take their workouts seriously, be sure to add one more fitness goal to the list: avoiding exercise injuries.  Not only does getting hurt in the gym or on the trail cut back on how much time you spend getting fit,  it's also painful and treatment can be costly. Personal trainer Justin Price, M.A. told Men's Fitness that there are two main reasons for workout-related...
Springfield native says therapy lets son with autism’s singing shine

Springfield native says therapy lets son with autism’s singing shine

A Springfield native wants local leaders to take steps to create an environment where kids and adults with special needs can thrive. Monica Chadha Piper, a Catholic Central graduate, is aboard certified behavior analyst. Her teenage son, Shawn, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. She spoke this week to the Springfield Rotary Club about Applied Behavior Therapy, a method that she said has helped...
Help finding the perfect Halloween treats

Help finding the perfect Halloween treats

Did you know Halloween is the second largest shopping season of the year? It places only behind Christmas, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). ››RELATED/CONSUMER NEWS: Judging offers to work from home The average American will spend over $75 on Halloween items (decorations, costumes and other merchandise) and that number is going up. In 2016 the NRF predicted...
Kroger making big changes to its stores: What’s really going on?

Kroger making big changes to its stores: What’s really going on?

Cincinnati-based Kroger recently announced plans to revamp around 20 to 30 percent of its 2,793 stores. As part of the “Restock Kroger” campaign, the grocery chain will try to change the customer experience at as many as 838 stores, according to the company. As a major local grocer, Kroger employs more than 8,100 associates in the Miami Valley. Kroger plans to invest $9 billion over the...
5 big changes Kroger is bringing to area stores

5 big changes Kroger is bringing to area stores

Cincinnati-based Kroger recently announced plans to revamp around 20 to 30 percent of its 2,793 stores. As part of the “Restock Kroger” campaign, the grocery chain will try to change the customer experience at as many as 838 stores, according to the company. As a major local grocer, Kroger employs more than 8,100 associates in the Miami Valley. Kroger plans to invest $9 billion over the...
California is the first state to ban the pet store sale of puppy mill dogs

California is the first state to ban the pet store sale of puppy mill dogs

Cat, dogs, bunnies and more received a big break this week. California’s Assembly Bill 485 has passed, making California the first state to ban the sale of commercially-bred pets in pet stores statewide. Under this new law, it is illegal for pet stores to sell pets bought from a commercial breeder, places like puppy mills and backyard breeders that cruelly turn out neglected and unhealthy animals...
Springfield Hindu Diwali celebration like all holidays rolled into 1

Springfield Hindu Diwali celebration like all holidays rolled into 1

If you could roll Christmas, Thanksgiving and Independence Day into one, it would be quite a party. There’s actually a celebration like that and all you have to say is “Happy Diwali.” The Hindu Community of Springfield will celebrate its biggest festival of the year — Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights — with the local community at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the John...
How online dating is changing who we marry in unexpected ways

How online dating is changing who we marry in unexpected ways

Thanks to the rise of numerous dating apps and sites, such as Tinder, OKCupid or Match.com, dating culture has experienced a significant shift over the past two decades. And though online dating has received its fair share of bad press with accusations of fueling hook-up culture, stories of scam artists and of first dates gone wrong, new research shows online dating...
5 places to get your noodle fix in Springfield on National Pasta Day

5 places to get your noodle fix in Springfield on National Pasta Day

Oct. 17 is National Pasta Day, so it’s time to take your cheat day a little early and load up on some delicious carbs today. Here are five places where you can snag some great eats in and around the Springfield area to celebrate and keep your wallet in tact. 1. Mic’s Restaurant If you’re looking for huge portions and affordable prices, Mic’s is the place to be. Located at 2384...
Amazon plans new warehouse near airport

Amazon plans new warehouse near airport

Amazon is continuing to expand its footprint in the region with plans for an additional location near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The e-commerce giant, which has been rapidly expanding its footprint around Ohio and across the country, confirmed today it leased a 264,000-square-foot building building in Hebron at the LogistiCenter industrial park, “The facility will...
ONLINE SHOPPING: Trend to bring in billions for retail stores

ONLINE SHOPPING: Trend to bring in billions for retail stores

With the 2017 U.S. holiday season approaching, Americans are expected to spend even more shopping online. Shopping online is now more popular than shopping at brick and mortar stores, mostly thanks to recent growth in what analysts refer to as “eCommerce.” U.S. holiday retail sales are expected to surpass $658.3 billion this year, according to a recent report from Reuters. RELATED: JCPenney...
Tiny technology helps breast cancer surgery patients

Tiny technology helps breast cancer surgery patients

Breast imaging technology has become more refined, allowing many breast abnormalities and cancers to be detected before they can be felt with a physical exam. While early detection allows for treatment to begin sooner and for patients to have better outcomes, it also presents a greater challenge in precisely locating and removing smaller or deeper masses. A new approach Previously, wire localization...
REPORT: Springboro drug distributor benefited from weakened drug enforcement

REPORT: Springboro drug distributor benefited from weakened drug enforcement

A Springboro pharmaceutical distributor benefited from an industry campaign to get Congress to weaken drug distribution enforcement, according to a new media investigation. Miami-Luken was named in a Washington Post and 60 Minutes investigation into how the pharmaceutical drug industry lobbied Congress to weaken the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to freeze suspicious narcotic...
Adolescent athletes at risk for overuse injuries

Adolescent athletes at risk for overuse injuries

Adolescent athletes are at an ever-increasing risk of developing overuse injuries when the main goal to training is winning a college scholarship or reaching elite club status. “The desire in this country to be performance-driven is driving over-training demands on young athletes,” said Jon Sulentic, DO, a sports medicine physician with Premier Orthopedics. “And what we are seeing...
Company pulls Anne Frank children’s costume after criticism

Company pulls Anne Frank children’s costume after criticism

A few weeks ahead of Halloween, a costume company has pulled an online listing for an Anne Frank outfit. >> Read more trending news The costume was removed from HalloweenCostumes.com Sunday after customers and other internet users found the listing distasteful.  The costume featured a blue long-sleeved dress with an elastic beret and an over the shoulder brown bag. The item’s description...
WATCH: 'Izzy's here!' Men find family dog thought killed in California wildfire

WATCH: 'Izzy's here!' Men find family dog thought killed in California wildfire

A tearful reunion was caught on camera as two men located their family dog alive after a wildfire tore through their mother’s home in California. The men hiked for miles to survey the damage and said they figured their beloved dog, Izzy, was killed in the blaze. But to their surprise, she was completely unharmed. “It was one of the greatest moments of my life,” Jack Weaver...
‘I’m one of the lucky ones,’ survivor says

‘I’m one of the lucky ones,’ survivor says

Barb Strait of Middletown considers herself one of the lucky ones. Although she endured a yearlong cancer journey, early detection and aggressive treatment made the experience easier. A 29-year member of service sorority Phi Beta Psi, Strait is a tireless fundraiser for cancer research. The active volunteer is mom to two adult daughters and wife to family physician Dr. Kevin Strait. She loves to cook...
Health systems at odds over new hospitals proposed in Troy, Middletown

Health systems at odds over new hospitals proposed in Troy, Middletown

Kettering Health Network is planning to add more doctors, two more hospitals in Troy and Middletown and has plans for adding services on a half-dozen other sites in the region. Kettering Health, a network of hospitals, emergency rooms and doctors practices with annual revenue of $1.58 billion, said its goal is to improve community health and get closer to patients who are already driving to other...
Champaign County man’s dream of $3M animal sanctuary ready to open

Champaign County man’s dream of $3M animal sanctuary ready to open

A Champaign County animal shelter will open a brand new facility for dogs at the end of the month, fulfilling the dream of a man who left behind $3 million for the project. David Robert Wetzell died in 2014. He directed that his estate be used to create the Champaign County Animal Welfare League on a secluded farm. Tiger Franks was chosen as the shelter’s executive director. She and the board...
When is Kings Island Winterfest? It’s sooner than you think…

When is Kings Island Winterfest? It’s sooner than you think…

It might be 83 degrees and sunny for Halloween Haunt at Kings Island, but Winterfest is right around the corner. Winterfest — Kings Island’s ode to all things winter — will return to the park in 2017 for the first time in years. MORE: Kings Island Winterfest returns in 2017 Winterfest will be held on select nights beginning Black Friday, Nov. 24, through Dec. 30. Park officials say...
CLOSER LOOK: Kroger may sell off more than 700 convenience stores

CLOSER LOOK: Kroger may sell off more than 700 convenience stores

Cincinnati-based Kroger may sell off its convenience store business amid changes in the grocery market, the company said in a statement. The Kroger Co. said its convenience store business is growing, but is “potentially of more value outside of the company than as part of Kroger.” The company intends to “explore strategic alternatives for its convenience store business, including...
Tecumseh grad develops new health conference

Tecumseh grad develops new health conference

Lily White, a second-year student of Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine and a graduate of Tecumseh High School, was recently recognized for creating a new medical conference, Project Wellness, at the university, which focuses on integrative medicine. The one-day event, which was modeled after the Leadership and Education Program for students in Intergrative Medicine (LEAPS...
Groomer gives matted, abandoned dog a much-needed makeover

Groomer gives matted, abandoned dog a much-needed makeover

A Florida dog groomer is being praised for her quick work in helping save an abandoned dog in distress. The groomer’s husband told WFTV's Angela Jacobs on Friday that the dog was found late Wednesday after good Samaritans saved it from being hit by a car along a road in Oviedo. The dog was so severely matted, the groomer’s husband said, it could barely see through its neglected and...
Springfield now allows urban beekeeping

Springfield now allows urban beekeeping

Springfield residents who live on smaller properties can now keep beehives. City code previously banned them on properties less than three acres. But commissioners unanimously approved an amendment last week that would allow people to have up to two beehives as long as they have a 6-foot barrier wall. RELATED: Homeowner told to remove honeybees, wants Springfield rule changed Several people spoke...
Top Halloween food safety tips

Top Halloween food safety tips

From bobbing for apples at a party to devouring a bucket of candy, food is definitely a big part of enjoying Halloween. But it can also lead to problems such as food-related illnesses, allergic reactions or even incidents such as choking. The following top Halloween food safety tips from the FDA  and the CDC will help keep your guests and little ghosts and goblins safe. Prevent an allergic reactionIf...

PARENTING WITH DR. RAMEY: Connecting healthy habits, good grades

Students who engage in healthy behaviors are substantially more likely to perform better in high school, according to a report just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey analyzed the impact of a variety of behaviors, including substance abuse, sexual activity, eating and exercise on academic performance. Students who ate breakfast every day were more than twice as...

D.L. STEWART: America protests the loss of its sauce

Children cried. Cops were dispatched to hold back angry crowds. Lawsuits we’re threatened. Boycotts were called for. America was in turmoil once again. And who could blame it? Because this has become a country without Szechuan sauce. Well, not exactly. There probably still is enough Szechuan sauce on the shelves of America’s supermarkets to fill a wok the size of Idaho. But it’s...
Trick-or-treating: Top Halloween safety tips

Trick-or-treating: Top Halloween safety tips

Halloween should be about treats, but some tricks such as dangerous situations can quickly ruin the fun. The following trick-or-treating safety tips can help you and your kids avoid issues.COSTUME SAFETYCostumes and other components can create hazards if you’re not careful. The following tips from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Safety Council will help you make...
Best 2017 pop culture Halloween costumes

Best 2017 pop culture Halloween costumes

Halloween is the perfect time to make a statement about this year’s pop culture hits and misses. According to Insider, some of the most popular pop culture Halloween costumes in 2017 will include pregnant Kylie Jenner, Wonder Woman and a Playboy Bunny. According to Quartz, what this says about us, besides that we like to dress up, is that our collective psyche is riddled with TV and movies....
Personal trainer has 4 legs

Personal trainer has 4 legs

My husband, Ed, has had trouble sticking to an exercise regimen. He’s not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calculated that nearly 80 percent of American adults don’t get enough exercise. ››MORE PET NEWS: Mocha’s legacy as ‘the flying Schnauzer’ Ed has worked with personal trainers who kept him focused and on task, but...
Puppy with 6-pound tumor left at shelter with note to euthanize him

Puppy with 6-pound tumor left at shelter with note to euthanize him

Staff at an animal shelter in Ohio said they found a dog dropped off on the shelter’s premises, and the dog’s former owner wrote a note instructing the dog be euthanized.    Staff workers at Gallatin County Animal Shelter and County Animal Hospital ignored the note attached to the dog, who is about a year old, and instead took him to an animal hospital to undergo surgery to remove ...
President Trump says you'll be hearing 'Merry Christmas' a lot more this year

President Trump says you'll be hearing 'Merry Christmas' a lot more this year

Declaring victory on the “war on Christmas” at Friday’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., President Trump said he’ll be saying “Merry Christmas” during his first holiday season as president. >> Read more trending news “We’re getting near that beautiful Christmas season that people don’t talk about anymore. They don’t use...
Church denies first Communion to fashion-loving girl who wanted to wear suit

Church denies first Communion to fashion-loving girl who wanted to wear suit

Cady Mansell has always had a strong sense of fashion. At 9 years old, she likes trying on makeup and painting her nails. She likes shopping trips to Chicago with her fashion-conscious mother. And since she asked for her first bow tie during one of those trips to the mall when she was just 4 years old, Cady has had a thing for snazzy suits. When it came time for her First Communion, a major event...
Is Obamacare finally dead? What’s really going on

Is Obamacare finally dead? What’s really going on

With a Republican-controlled Congress unable to repeal Obamacare, President Donald Trump is moving forward on a series of steps that he hopes will unravel the Affordable Care Act. The latest came at 10:30 Thursday night, when Trump announced that he would end the $7 billion in cost-sharing reduction payments to insurance companies under the law. The subsidies help insurance companies pay the costs...
Most popular Halloween costumes for 2017

Most popular Halloween costumes for 2017

The National Retail Federation predicts that 179 million Americans will partake in Halloween festivities in 2017 and that 48 percent plan to dress up. That’s a lot of costumes! Those trying to stand out for a party or costume contest and those who want to fit in with the rest of the trick-or-treat crowd can both benefit from these predictions for the top costume picks for Halloween 2017...
Huffy bike maker growing: Dayton CEO shares future e-commerce plans

Huffy bike maker growing: Dayton CEO shares future e-commerce plans

Huffy Corp.’s CEO says the company is evolving to stay ahead in an e-commerce world, whether that’s starting to sell on Ebay or launching a self-assemble bike that can be ordered online. The key to Huffy’s success has been its willingness to adapt to change, whether its the decline of the sewing machine or the rise of e-commerce, said Bill Smith, the chief executive of the locally-based...
Girls in Boy Scouts? Here’s what local leaders are saying about change

Girls in Boy Scouts? Here’s what local leaders are saying about change

Girls have long been involved in Cub Scouts and should continue, a scouting parent and a local leader said Thursday, a day after the Boy Scouts of America announced they will admit girls to programs starting next year. On Wednesday, the national BSA’s board of directors unanimously approved welcoming girls into its Cub Scout program, creating a path for girls to Boy Scout’s famed highest...
Man, wife and sister: A heartwarming union

Man, wife and sister: A heartwarming union

This one is a keeper. Earlier this year, Will Seaton showed there are still many good guys out there. When Seaton decided it was finally time to pop the question to Ashley Schaus, there was one person he had to ask a very important question. No, not her father, but rather her sister Hannah.  Seaton asked Hanna to be his “best friend forever.” >> Read more trending news ...
Grub damage apparent in Miami Valley lawns

Grub damage apparent in Miami Valley lawns

Last week one of our Master Gardener Volunteers mentioned that she came home to a back yard that was completely destroyed by skunks. This is a telltale sign that there were grubs in the lawn. This time of the year skunks are really good at finding what some call “land shrimp,” or white grubs in lawns. They aren’t delicate when feeding, either. This week my husband said, “I...
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