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A group of students, from left, Tamia Jordan, Ja’Naiya Binion and Travis Freeman in the summer youth employment program at OIC plan. Bill Lackey/Staff

Clark County youth jobs program that faced elimination to continue

A $45 million Clark County summer youth employment program that faced possible elimination will continue next year as part of a new, $100 million Ohio program.The annual three-month summer youth jobs program — which employed 14,000 youth statewide and about 100 in Clark County — was expected to be eliminated ...

Gen. James Mattis (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Local lawmakers, military experts praise Mattis pick to lead Pentagon

The selection of retired Marine Corps. Gen. James Mattis as defense secretary was praised by local Republican congressmen and military affairs experts.“The world is safest when America is strong,” said U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana. “General James Mattis has shown from his record in the Marine Corps that he is ...

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Kettering abortion clinic files appeal to state closure order

The Women’s Med Center of Dayton has filed an appeal in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court to the state’s decision to revoke its license earlier this week.The clinic’s lawyers also asked for an emergency motion to stay the order, which would allow the clinic to stay open while the court ...

Clark County agency seeks community input after cuts, changes

A Clark County agency that has downsized following recent cuts and levy failures is now trying to determine how to move forward over the next few years. Developmental Disabilities of Clark County will host two strategic planning community forums to get input from residents about what direction and areas of ...

‘Crows winning’ battle against cleaning crews in downtown Springfield

Downtown Springfield property owners and businesses spend several hours each week cleaning up the mess left behind by the more than 50,000 crows that invade the city each night.Some Springfield businesses will spend thousands of dollars this year to clean up the mess.“We’re fighting this battle with the crows, but ...

The Women’s Med Center of Dayton on Stroop Road is the Dayton area’s only abortion provider.

Kettering abortion clinic files appeal to state closure order

The Women’s Med Center of Dayton has filed an appeal in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court to the state’s decision to revoke its license earlier this week.The clinic’s lawyers also asked for an emergency motion to stay the order, which would allow the clinic to stay open while the court ...

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Ohio set record for early voting in November election

More than 71 percent of registered Ohioans voted in the Nov. 8 election and the state set a new high for the number of early voters.But while turnout was among the highest in recent elections, it was far from the record 77 percent voter turnout in 1992, when Bill Clinton ...

The Women’s Med Center of Kettering plans to appeal an order to close made Wednesday by the Ohio Director of Health.

Dayton area’s only abortion clinic ordered to shut down

The Ohio Department of Health has revoked the operating license of the Dayton area’s only remaining abortion clinic on the grounds that it failed to obtain a required transfer agreement with a nearby hospital for emergencies.The Women’s Med Center of Dayton has 15 days to appeal the order issued Wednesday. ...

$3M sought for Springfield, I-70 traffic project

Local leaders are seeking $3 million in federal funding to create a themed interchange at South Limestone Street and Interstate 70, which they say will improve safety and beautify one of the city’s most important gateways. The project also would reconfigure the intersection and replace the traffic signal at South ...

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and President-elect Donald Trump

Ohio Gov. John Kasich won’t join Donald Trump for Cincinnati rally

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who refused to endorse Donald Trump or even participate in the Republican National Convention in Cleveland where he was nominated, will not join the president-elect today as he takes a victory lap in Cincinnati. “No, the event is not on his calendar,” said Kasich press secretary ...

Klonda Richey

Ohio Senate panel OKs vicious dog bill in honor of Klonda Richey

A bill to toughen Ohio’s vicious dog laws — two years after the death of a Dayton woman — is a step closer to becoming law.The bill passed the Agriculture Committee unanimously on WednesdaySen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City, introduced the Klonda Richey Act last year. In February 2014, Richey was ...

Bill to allow concealed carry guns on college campuses delayed

The drive to pass a bill to allow people to bring guns onto college campuses has been slowed at the Ohio Statehouse.The proposal from Rep. Ron Maag, R-Lebanon, would let people with a Concealed Carry Weapon Permit bring a weapon onto college campuses if that school’s board of trustees allow ...

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Sex with animals step closer to becoming illegal in Ohio

Having sexual contact with an animal is a step closer to becoming illegal in Ohio after the state Senate voted 31-0 Wednesday to strengthen Ohio law.The bill now heads to the House.Senate bill 195 would:* Prohibit a person from engaging in sexual conduct with an animal and related acts;* Provide ...

Nancy Pelosi defeats Ohio’s Tim Ryan to hold Democratic leader post

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fended off a challenge to her leadership position Wednesday, beating out a northeast Ohio Democrat to retain the Democratic leadership position she’s held since 2003. Pelosi, a California Democrat who has led House Democrats since 2003, defeated Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, 134-63 in a closed-door ...

Wendy Marshall never opened her charter school, but bought a Mercedes-Benz with state funds, according to the state of Ohio. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Charter school official accused of buying Mercedes with state money

A $40,000 Mercedes-Benz was among the things a Columbus-area charter school operator was accused of buying after pocketing $88,750 in state money, landing her three years in prison this week.The case is the latest in an ongoing pitched battle about charter schools that is likely to intensify with President-elect Donald ...

Private operators to take over Springfield golf courses

The city of Springfield has found a new private operator to take over management of Reid Park Golf Course a day before the course closes for the season. The National Trail Parks and Recreation District will cease running the course today and Reid Park Limited, a local private operator run ...

Crime scene investigators collect evidence from the pavement as police respond to an attack on campus at Ohio State University, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Bill would allow guns on campus

In the wake of the violent attack on the Ohio State University campus, state lawmakers are considering whether to relax a law that bans concealed weapon permit holders from bringing guns on college campuses. Monday’s attack provided the backdrop for an Ohio Senate committee hearing Tuesday on HB 48, a ...

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How to go see Donald Trump in Cincinnati Thursday

President-elect Donald Trump is coming to Cincinnati Thursday as part of a “thank you” tour.The rally will be at U.S. Bank Arena downtown, 100 Broadway St., the site of one of Trump’s largest Ohio rallies in the final weeks of the campaign.Thursday’s event will be at 7 p.m. The doors ...

Ambulette fraud is the number two type of Medicaid fraud in Ohio. Officials from seven companies in Ohio were criminally convicted last year and two more this year. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has 57 open investigations. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Auditor: Darke Co. ambulance company over-billed Medicaid by $448,000

A Darke County ambulance company over-billed Medicaid by $448,000, according to a state audit released this week, illustrating Ohio’s ongoing efforts to tamp down a problem previously exposed by the I-Team.The state audit found that Integrity Ambulance Service lacked the proper paperwork to justify hundreds of transports from July 2011 ...

An officer blocks the scene as police respond to reports of an active shooter on campus at Ohio State University on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (Tom Dodge/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

5 key facts to know about the Ohio State attack

Ten people on Ohio State’s campus have been transported to nearby hospitals after an attack at the university that left the suspect dead. According to Michael V. Drake, Ohio State University President, the suspect drove into a group of pedestrians, exited the car and then cut several people. Public Safety ...

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