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Ohio Gov. John Kasich says death of Linkin Park singer ‘a sad day’

You wouldn’t expect a state governor to release a statement on the passing of a new metal/rap band’s singer, but John Kasich was touched enough by the death of Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington’s death to release a statement on Twitter. “I’m still a big fan of Linkin Park,” Kasich tweeted on his personal account. “Met Chester in Columbus and he was...
Prison guards didn’t know inmate on bus was being murdered

Prison guards didn’t know inmate on bus was being murdered

Two-time convicted killer Casey Pigge sat in the very back of the prison bus on Feb. 1, out of sight of the three state corrections officers sitting up front. Just two days before Pigge was wrapped in a straitjacket as he pleaded guilty to the February 2016 murder of his cellmate at the Lebanon Correctional Institute, Luther Wade of Springfield. Pigge’s assault on Wade came after he was convicted...
Ohio, local leaders react to news Sen. John McCain has brain cancer

Ohio, local leaders react to news Sen. John McCain has brain cancer

The news that Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee for president, has brain cancer drew reaction from across the country and in Ohio. Here’s what some local and Ohio leaders had to say: “I have had the privilege of working and traveling overseas with Senator John McCain to strengthen our Armed Forces. He has not only been a hero for our country but also a mentor to me. I have...
Feds indict ringleader, 7 others for string of pharmacy robberies

Feds indict ringleader, 7 others for string of pharmacy robberies

Federal prosecutors have identified the ringleader of a suspected pharmacy robbery operation, according to recently unsealed federal court records. Eight serial pharmacy robbery suspects have been re-indicted as part of one conspiracy, according to a 10-count indictment filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Jamar “Boo” Warren, 21, of Dayton was named as the organizer of a plan to...
Longtime Ohio congressman dies

Longtime Ohio congressman dies

Former Congressman Ralph Regula, who represented the Canton region for nearly 40 years, died yesterday at 92. He served in Congress from 1973-2009. At the time, he was the second longest serving Republican member of the House. “I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend, colleague and mentor,” U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci said today. Renacci, now a candidate for governor, has...
Kasich to skip opening state fair to monitor execution of child killer

Kasich to skip opening state fair to monitor execution of child killer

Gov. John Kasich will skip the opening of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday so that he can monitor activities at the Death House as the state carries out the first execution in more than three years, his spokesman said. Convicted child killer Ronald Phillips is scheduled to be executed Wednesday morning for the 1993 beating, rape and murder of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter. The state has...
Colleagues react to Senator McCain’s cancer diagnosis: ‘Give it hell, John’

Colleagues react to Senator McCain’s cancer diagnosis: ‘Give it hell, John’

Former President Barack Obama issued a quick message on Twitter after news broke that U.S. Senator John McCain was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Obama and McCain were opponents during the 2008 presidential election. The  two were also colleagues in the Senate. Breaking News: John McCain has brain tumor removed  Other statements of support were issued throughout the night by the White...
Feds: Ex-defense contractors lied to Air Force investigators

Feds: Ex-defense contractors lied to Air Force investigators

Two former defense contractors face federal charges of lying to Air Force investigators about a contract awarded to their company by the F-22 program at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Brett O’Halloran and Joshua Deaville “knowingly and willfully made a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement” in January 2015, according to bills of information filed in Dayton&rsquo...
Video: Mayoral candidate tells opponent, audience to ‘Go back to Africa’

Video: Mayoral candidate tells opponent, audience to ‘Go back to Africa’

Paul Congemi, a mayoral candidate in St. Petersburg, Fla., blasted a fellow candidate following a question with a, “Go back to Africa” comment. Congemi was responding to Jesse Nevel at a mayoral candidate forum, and his answer to a question about creating more opportunities for youth in the city.  “My commitment is to reparations to the community, to the black community...
Ohio senator wants feds to lift prohibition on marijuana

Ohio senator wants feds to lift prohibition on marijuana

The state senator who helped push through Ohio’s medical marijuana law wants to ask U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Congress to re-classify cannabis. State Sen. Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, introduced a resolution in the Ohio Senate on Wednesday that would make a formal request to the feds to drop marijuana from the list of controlled substances...
New bill allows civilians to buy old WWII-era U.S. Army handguns

New bill allows civilians to buy old WWII-era U.S. Army handguns

Congress will allow the transfer of old U.S. Army pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program as a part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.  The 2016 NDAA allowed the release of 10,000 M1911 .45 caliber pistols to be released via a pilot program, but providions in the bill didn’t mandate the transfer of the guns to the Civilian Marksmanship Program. The new bill, passed by...
Bond set for man accused of killing ex-girlfriend, hiding body in car 

Bond set for man accused of killing ex-girlfriend, hiding body in car 

A body found Wednesday afternoon in the trunk of a car that crashed into a ditch in Darke County is believed to be that of a missing Elyria woman, according to deputies and the Elyria Police Department in suburban Cleveland. Woman’s body found in trunk of car on Ohio 49 Body believed to be of Linnea Satterfield of Elyria Driver Roy Owens Jr. is suspect in Satterfield’s disappearance...
KY GOP official accused of exposing himself in department store bathroom

KY GOP official accused of exposing himself in department store bathroom

A Kentucky dentist and chairman of his county’s Republican Party has lost his political post and is facing criminal charges following a weekend arrest in Tennessee on charges of indecent exposure and resisting arrest.  David Narramore, 54, of Whitesburg, was arrested Saturday night at a Belk department store in Kingsport, Tennessee. WJHL in Johnson City, Tennessee, reported that Kingsport...
5 things to know about price hike at National Parks

5 things to know about price hike at National Parks

The price for the lifetime senior pass to visit National Parks is about to skyrocket from $10 to $80 —the first price increase since 1994. Here are five things you need to know: 1. The senior pass is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or older. 2. It gets you and up to three adult companions in free to the 118 of 417 National Park Service sites that charge admission. The...
Is former Attorney General Richard Cordray running for governor?

Is former Attorney General Richard Cordray running for governor?

Despite an already crowded field, there’s one possible gubernatorial candidate who might step into the race to run Ohio. Richard Cordray is the only high-profile Democrat that can win the Ohio governor’s race, according to Cleveland.com columnist Brent Larkin. “For Democrats in Ohio, it’s difficult to imagine a more important election than the 2018 contest for governor,&rdquo...
White House announces Trump rally in Ohio

White House announces Trump rally in Ohio

President Donald Trump will hold a rally Tuesday, July 25 in Youngstown, according to a release from the White House press office. The release said the event will be held at Youngstown’s Covelli Centre at 7 p.m.  Those wanting to attend can register for up to two tickets at this link on the Trump website.
Beavercreek officer who shot John Crawford III back on ‘full duty’

Beavercreek officer who shot John Crawford III back on ‘full duty’

Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams — who shot and killed John Crawford III at a Walmart nearly three years ago — has returned to full duty. Williams had been on administrative desk duty from when he returned to work several months after the Aug. 5, 2014 incident, per a decision by Beavercreek police Chief Dennis Evers. Williams was cleared by a Greene County special grand jury in...
John Kasich ranks 20th most popular governor in U.S., poll says

John Kasich ranks 20th most popular governor in U.S., poll says

When it comes to a ranking of America’s most and least popular governors, Republican John Kasich is smack dab in the middle with a 57 percent job approval rating, according to a new poll of registered voters from Morning Consult. RELATED: Kasich vs. lawmakers in Medicaid fight: If you break it, you own it The poll found that 30 percent of Ohio voters disapprove of the job Kasich is doing while...
Murder victim’s family mad suspect’s parents will be at birth

Murder victim’s family mad suspect’s parents will be at birth

Taylor Brandenburg was shot to death while babysitting. Now, her relatives are unhappy that a suspect indicted in Brandenburg’s death will be allowed to have her parents with her while and after she gives birth to her baby. Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Gregory Singer granted a motion by Kara Parisi-King to allow Keith and Krista Hankins to be in the delivery room at Miami Valley...
Fastest growing paychecks: Study shows Ohio rankings

Fastest growing paychecks: Study shows Ohio rankings

A new study ranks the jobs with the fastest growing paychecks in each state and the overall increase in paychecks. Average annual pay for all Ohio jobs increased by 12.33 percent from 2010 to 2016, a new Pew Research Center study found. Economists told Pew that wage growth can mostly be attributed to a shortage in service workers, aging baby boomers’ growing demand for help at home and...
Clark, Champaign County farmers to see changes in property tax bills

Clark, Champaign County farmers to see changes in property tax bills

The recently approved state budget included reforms to a decades-old formula that Clark and Champaign County farmers said will eventually provide some relief to property tax bills that in some cases have shot up as much as 300 percent in recent years. Agriculture contributes $105 billion to the Ohio economy and accounts for one in seven jobs in the state, according to information from the Ohio Farm...
Clark County businesses, agencies to get $9M rebate from state

Clark County businesses, agencies to get $9M rebate from state

Businesses and public employers in Clark and Champaign Counties will receive more than $13 million from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation as part of the agency’s $1 billion statewide rebate made possible by better-expected returns on the $24.6 billion fund. It’s the third time the state has provided the rebate since 2013. READ MORE: $600k grant for Springfield agency to use...
Lawyer sued for ‘weekend raid’ of clients claims defamation

Lawyer sued for ‘weekend raid’ of clients claims defamation

The local attorney who allegedly conducted a “weekend raid” of clients from his former law firm has denied those allegations and made a counterclaim of defamation. Jack R. Hilgeman said in his answer to a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court lawsuit that Horenstein, Nicholson & Blumenthal (HN&B) made false statements that were published across various print and social media, including...
Sketch released of person of interest in deaths of 2 Indiana teens

Sketch released of person of interest in deaths of 2 Indiana teens

Indiana State Police have released a composite sketch of a man who they say is connected to the deaths of Abigail Williams and Liberty German in Delphi, Ind.  Police describe the man as a white male, between 5-foot 6-inches and 5-foot 10-inches tall, weighing 180 to 220 pounds, with reddish brown hair, according to a media release.  Police said the sketch of the man depicts a hat that might...
Employers receive more than $1B in state rebates

Employers receive more than $1B in state rebates

Businesses and public employers in area counties are getting back tens of millions in Ohio worker’s compensation premiums as part of an almost $1.1 billion statewide rebate made possible by better-than-expected returns on an approximately $24.6 billion fund. “It’s not often the government says to business, here, have some of your money back,” said Andy Schwartz, corporate counsel...
Olympian, whiskey heir among those trying to grow medical pot in Ohio

Olympian, whiskey heir among those trying to grow medical pot in Ohio

Long-time natives and carpetbaggers. Construction magnates, toy tycoons, an Olympian and an heir to the Jim Beam whiskey fortune. These are some of investors vying to win approval to grow medical marijuana in Ohio. The state accepted 185 applications in June and now has to decide who gets the 24 cultivator licenses available. RELATED: New rules set for medical marijuana use in Ohio Ohio’s medical...
Former Ohio governor candidate on Trump election panel

Former Ohio governor candidate on Trump election panel

Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell said he does not necessarily believe that three to five million people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election. But he doesn’t believe the nation’s system of voting is flawless, either. Blackwell, one of 12 current members of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity — there can be up to 15, not counting Vice...
Man convicted of 2 murders pleads not guilty to killing fellow inmate

Man convicted of 2 murders pleads not guilty to killing fellow inmate

Two days after inmate Casey Pigge appeared in court wearing a straitjacket and agreed to spend the rest of his life in prison, he strangled another prisoner to death in the back of a state prison bus, Pickaway County prosecutors allege. Pigge, 29, is pleading not guilty to an aggravated murder charge. A pre-trial hearing was held Friday in Pickaway County. Related: New Details: Prosecutor blasts prison...
State budget eliminates program that gave millions to local schools

State budget eliminates program that gave millions to local schools

Ohio’s Straight-A Fund, a competitive grant program that provided millions of dollars for local schools the past four years, has been eliminated in the new state budget. The Straight-A Fund was introduced by Gov. John Kasich in 2013 to reward innovative proposals driving school achievement and efficiency. Many school districts — including Beavercreek, Kettering, Ross and Springfield &mdash...
Springfield cardiologist among hundreds charged with health care fraud

Springfield cardiologist among hundreds charged with health care fraud

A Springfield cardiologist and his wife were two of hundreds of defendants federally charged with health care fraud after a massive investigation. The indictments were part of an initiative announced Thursday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price. Dr. Salim Dahdah, the owner of the Ohio Institute of Cardiac Care (OICC) in Springfield...
Medical marijuana grow site in Clark County on state application list

Medical marijuana grow site in Clark County on state application list

A company is hoping to turn a warehouse facility between Dayton and Springfield into a growing site for medical marijuana, according to Clark County records. Pure Ohio Wellness LLC has applied for a state license to become a Level 1 medical marijuana cultivation facility, meaning it could initially cultivate up to 25,000 square feet. RELATED: State identifies medical pot applicants County zoning records...
What do you want to see in health care reform?

What do you want to see in health care reform?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to unveil a revised health care bill on Thursday with a vote on moving ahead on the measure next week. McConnell also told reporters that he expects the analysts at the Congressional Budget Office to provide its assessment early next week. Senate GOP leaders are struggling to come up with legislation to erase much of Democrat Barack Obama&rsquo...
Survey: Majority of voters OK with $1 toll to fix Brent Spence Bridge

Survey: Majority of voters OK with $1 toll to fix Brent Spence Bridge

A majority of voters would be fine with a $1 toll to improve the Brent Spence Bridge. A survey, released Tuesday from the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, shows 61 percent would find the toll “acceptable,” with 33 percent opposed. Also, a larger number found the $1 toll idea “very acceptable” than “very unacceptable” — 34 percent to 24 percent. MORE: Lanes...
Sales tax changes means cuts to county, Clark County sheriff’s office

Sales tax changes means cuts to county, Clark County sheriff’s office

Clark County faces budget cuts to all departments after changes to sales taxes, including the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The federal government ended the state’s collection of sale taxes on services from Medicaid managed-care organizations — such as Dayton-based CareSource — as of June 30. Clark County collected $3.2 million in such sales taxes last year, up from $2.2 million...
Ohio lawmakers respond to Donald Trump Jr.’s email news

Ohio lawmakers respond to Donald Trump Jr.’s email news

The release Tuesday of an email exchange in which Donald Trump Jr. was told that the Russians had dirt on his father’s presidential opponent left Ohio lawmakers by turns intrigued, irate and, in some cases, hoping a special prosecutor would figure it all out. Democrats, predictably, were most indignant about an email showing the president’s son had agreed to a meeting based on the premise...
What you need to know about Ohio’s new graduation changes

What you need to know about Ohio’s new graduation changes

With multiple recent changes in the graduation system for Ohio high school students, here are five key things to know heading into the 2017-18 school year: So far, the changes of the past month only affect the Class of 2018 – kids who will be high school seniors this fall. They were supposed to be the first class governed by harder graduation tests (with most kids needing 18 out of 35 points...
Ohio among states pro-gay rights group targeting in 2018 election

Ohio among states pro-gay rights group targeting in 2018 election

Ohio is among the states that The Human Rights Campaign, one of the nation’s leading gay rights groups, is targeting in a $26 million effort tied to next year’s election. Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Nevada are the other states being targeted. RELATED: Mandel announces another run for Senate In Ohio, the group will focus support on Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown&rsquo...
What you are saying about changes to state tests for Ohio students

What you are saying about changes to state tests for Ohio students

Ohio fourth- and sixth-grade students will have to take fewer state tests in the next school year. A lot of the reaction seen online applauds the change, saying there is too much state testing. But not everyone things the change is a good idea. The state budget eliminated requirement for two social studies tests, one for fourth grade and one for sixth grade. State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria had...
Eliminating more mandated tests good, Clark County school leaders say

Eliminating more mandated tests good, Clark County school leaders say

Students in Clark County and across Ohio will see a slight reduction in state testing in the upcoming school year as the state budget bill eliminated the fourth- and sixth-grade state social studies tests, effective immediately. State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria had recommended a broader change — eliminating one of those social studies tests, plus two high school end-of-course exams, and the...
German grocery retailer Lidl looks to expand in Ohio

German grocery retailer Lidl looks to expand in Ohio

German grocery retailer Lidl is descending upon the United States with stores popping up across the East Coast, and Ohio could be the chain’s next spot for expansion. The popular discount grocery chain is rapidly opening stores, with its U.S. headquarters situated in Arlington, Va. A spokesman told the Dayton Daily News that the grocery chain is “actively looking at sites across the state...
Ohio targeting prisoners who collect unemployment

Ohio targeting prisoners who collect unemployment

Ohio has made it harder to collect an unemployment check while sitting in a prison cell. After nabbing 1,500 inmates improperly collecting unemployment checks last year, the Kasich administration is renewing a contract with a firm that matches prison records against benefit checks. The Ohio Controlling Board on Monday approved a two-year contract worth $200,726 with Appriss Inc. in Louisville, Ky...
Test scores rise for Ohio students, early report says

Test scores rise for Ohio students, early report says

Ohio students increased proficiency levels on 15 of 16 state tests given to students in grades 3 through 8 this past school year, according to preliminary data in an Ohio Department of Education report. The document from state Superintendent Paolo DeMaria cautioned that the test data still has to be verified by schools and districts, so the scores and the school report cards based on them won&rsquo...
2 state tests eliminated for Ohio school students

2 state tests eliminated for Ohio school students

Ohio students will see a slight reduction in state testing in the upcoming school year, as the state budget bill eliminated the fourth- and sixth-grade state social studies tests, effective immediately. State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria had recommended a broader change — eliminating one of those social studies tests, plus two high school end-of-course exams, and the WorkKeys test for students...
Ohio Politics Today: Trump blasted as ‘wack job’; Sheriff Jones won’t let deputies carry Narcan

Ohio Politics Today: Trump blasted as ‘wack job’; Sheriff Jones won’t let deputies carry Narcan

Former 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta was on vacation, traveling cross country with his wife when he pulled over in East Fairmont, W. Va., for a break. He didn’t expect to see his name all over Twitter. President Donald Trump is at the G-20 conference. In between the mingling and the riots, he had time to tweet this in relation to Podesta. A flabbergasted Podesta, in the middle...
Dayton Children’s Hospital is treating two children a week for opiate overdoses

Dayton Children’s Hospital is treating two children a week for opiate overdoses

Dayton Children’s Hospital is treating as many as two children a week for opioid overdoses due to accidental exposure since the beginning of 2017. “It seems like every week we are having the same conversation about kids who have symptoms of opiate exposure,” said Kelly Liker, a pediatric physician at Dayton Children’s. “We’re talking about kids coming into contact...
Ohio State could create tuition guarantee program like one UD developed

Ohio State could create tuition guarantee program like one UD developed

Ohio State University may join other colleges in offering a tuition guarantee program similar to what was originally developed by the University of Dayton. Tuition guarantee programs make it so a student pays the same price for tuition and fees all four years of their undergraduate education. UD started offering a tuition guarantee in 2013 and this spring’s graduates were the first to be enrolled...
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor makes run for Ohio governor official

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor makes run for Ohio governor official

Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor has entered the 2018 gubernatorial race and says the great state of Ohio can be greater. Taylor made the move official Friday at the City Club of Cleveland. Taylor enters the crowded Republican field with the promised backing of GOP Gov. John Kasich. The 51-year-old Taylor is the final high-profile Republican expected to join the race to succeed Kasich, who is term-limited...
Vice President Pence to travel to Columbus

Vice President Pence to travel to Columbus

COLUMBUS — Vice President Mike Pence will attend the State Dinner in Columbus on July 22, according to a Ohio Republican Party news release. READ: Local news stories U.S. Sen. Rob Portman will be a featured guest at the event, according to the news release.  The dinner will be held at the Ohio Union located at 1739 North High Street.   
Ohio Politics Today: Opioid prescriptions remain extremely high; No Medicaid veto - yet; Senators in town

Ohio Politics Today: Opioid prescriptions remain extremely high; No Medicaid veto - yet; Senators in town

The report stated opioid prescriptions fell nearly 20 percent from 2010 to 2015, but was still three times higher than 1999 and four times higher than the amount of prescriptions written in Europe. “We still have too many people getting too many opioid prescriptions for too many days, at a high dosage,” said CDC Director Anne Schuchat. The report estimated 2 million Americans are addicted...
Medicaid expansion won’t see enrollment freeze — not yet anyway

Medicaid expansion won’t see enrollment freeze — not yet anyway

Ohio House Republicans on Thursday backed off a threat to over ride Gov. John Kasich’s veto of a provision that would freeze enrollment in expanded Ohio Medicaid — a plan that the governor warned would lead to 500,000 people losing health care coverage. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, said that he has the required 60 votes to override a veto but decided to wait to see what...
As president, Schrader wants to be Wright State’s ‘warrior’

As president, Schrader wants to be Wright State’s ‘warrior’

On a shelf to the right of Cheryl Schrader’s desk at Wright State University sits a piece of Native American artwork depicting a “warrior woman.” It’s a fitting metaphor for Schrader — Wright State’s first female president — who starts her job as the university faces battles on multiple fronts, both financial and legal ones. Just before Schrader arrived, Wright...
Owner of Ohio’s largest greenhouse farm announces expansion

Owner of Ohio’s largest greenhouse farm announces expansion

The parent company of Ohio’s largest greenhouse farm announced that it will expand its presence into Vancouver British Columbia. Red Sun Farms announced it will build a new distribution center in Vancouver, which will be a key hub for North America’s West Coast. “This expansion was a strategic decision to meet our growing customer needs. Our retail partners realize that, through...
Ex-WSU consultant now says he’s owed $2M in damages for canceled debate

Ex-WSU consultant now says he’s owed $2M in damages for canceled debate

A former Wright State University consultant has increased his claims against the school to $2 million in a lawsuit alleging the Commission on Presidential Debates pulled the first 2016 presidential debate because of “epic gross buffoonery” at WSU. John McCance filed a counterclaim on June 23 in Greene County Common Pleas Court in response to another lawsuit he’s a co-defendant in...
Here’s who applied to grow marijuana in Ohio; Hundreds rally to support Kasich veto - Ohio Politics Today

Here’s who applied to grow marijuana in Ohio; Hundreds rally to support Kasich veto - Ohio Politics Today

Ohio Governor John Kasich is in a rare standoff with his own party - the issue is a halt to Medicaid expansion that was passed last week in Ohio’s bi-annual budget. Kasich is against halting expansion, while many in the Statehouse GOP. Hundreds rallied today in Columbus to support Kasich’s veto while the  GOP tried to rally votes to override it. Among those traveling to the state...
Ohio House votes to lessen penalties for people who take guns to prohibited areas

Ohio House votes to lessen penalties for people who take guns to prohibited areas

The Ohio House voted 64-31 on a bill Thursday that would lessen the penalty for people who carry concealed weapons into prohibited areas, such as a government building, church or private property. The Ohio Fraternal Order of Police will fight the measure in the Senate, said FOP lobbyist Mike Weinman. Currently, concealed carry weapons permit holders or qualified members of the military can be charged...
Thousands attend Centerville’s annual ‘Americana Festival’

Thousands attend Centerville’s annual ‘Americana Festival’

Sydney Fowler saw a different side of the Americana Festival parade on Tuesday than she had seen before. For the first time in a decade or so, Fowler watched the parade from the edge of Main Street instead of marching in it as she had with a dance team and a children’s theater in the past. “I marched in the parade for like the last 10 years of my life and this is the first year I&rsquo...
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor to officially kick off campaign for Ohio governor

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor to officially kick off campaign for Ohio governor

Republican Mary Taylor, who is running for Ohio governor, will detail her plans for where she wants to take the state in a major speech Friday before the City Club of Cleveland. Taylor, 51, who has served as John Kasich’s lieutenant governor since 2011, is expected to lay out her plans for job creation, cutting government red tape, improving education and strengthening families, her campaign...
How 11 Kasich vetoes affect Ohio schools; no overrides from House

How 11 Kasich vetoes affect Ohio schools; no overrides from House

The Ohio House of Representatives voted to override 11 of Gov. John Kasich’s vetoes on Thursday, but did not touch any of the vetoes that affected K-12 education. For any of Kasich’s vetoes to be overturned, 60 percent of both the House and Senate would have to agree. The Senate is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 11, but cannot add new override votes on vetoes that the House left untouched...
It’s still illegal for you to set off fireworks in Ohio … for now

It’s still illegal for you to set off fireworks in Ohio … for now

Roman candles, bottle rockets and firecrackers are still illegal in Ohio — despite what you hear in your neighborhood this week. When it comes to fireworks regulation, Ohio could move from one of the most restrictive to one of the most expansive states in the nation. RELATED: Best places to see 4th of July fireworks State lawmakers are considering a bill to legalize fireworks for consumers starting...
New Wright State president: See the welcome messages she received

New Wright State president: See the welcome messages she received

Wright State University’s seventh president, Cheryl Schrader, officially started her new job on Saturday. On Twitter, Schrader has received several messages from area leaders, students and community members. Below are some of the top welcome messages she received:
Endangered Missing Adult Alert issued for Central Ohio man

Endangered Missing Adult Alert issued for Central Ohio man

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has issued an Endangered Missing Adult Alert for Dennis Morgan, 72, missing from Fairfield County,  Ohio.  Morgan is described as a white male, 5-foot 8-inches tall, 220 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, last seen wearing a black shirt, blue shorts, and blue shoes. He suffers from dementia, has a heart condition and might be confused, according...
Amber Alert: Children found, abduction suspect in custody in Illinois

Amber Alert: Children found, abduction suspect in custody in Illinois

Police in Anderson, Indiana, said 28-year-old Blake Rindahl was apprehended in Illinois, CBS4indy.com in Indianapolis reported. Rindahl was accused of abducting three young children, which sparked an Amber Alert after authorities said the children were “in extreme danger.” The three young children, 2-year-old girls Adyson and Peyton Rindahl and 8-month-old boy Jayden Rindahl were...
Possible remains of human hand found near Muskingum River

Possible remains of human hand found near Muskingum River

The remains of a possible human hand was found recently on a sandbar next to the Muskingum River. A person hunting for arrowheads in the Eagleport area on Ohio 559 in Morgan County made the discovery, according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. The Adult Parole Authority and Morgan County Probation Department helped with the search, where many items were collected including the skeletal...
Springfield man directing traffic struck, killed in Madison County

Springfield man directing traffic struck, killed in Madison County

A Springfield man was killed Saturday while directing traffic around his company’s dump truck that was struck by another car. David Lynch, 51, was standing in the northbound lanes of Ohio 56 just before noon in Somerfield Twp. in Madison County when he was struck by a car that hit the dump truck, then a pickup truck and then Lynch, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Lynch was taken...
Pete Rose’s record-breaking ball sells for $403K

Pete Rose’s record-breaking ball sells for $403K

The ball Pete Rose smashed to left center field for his record-breaking hit No. 4,192 sold Saturday for more than $403,000 on Leland’s Auctions. Rose drove the ball for a single on Sept. 11, 1985, at the former Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati to break the record of lifetime hits set by Ty Cobb in 1910. The ball comes with documentation, including copies of a notarized letter signed by Cincinnati...
Gov. Chris Christie shuts down N.J. government

Gov. Chris Christie shuts down N.J. government

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered a government shutdown at midnight Friday after funding for a new state budget failed, NJ.com reported. >> Read more trending news The shutdown came after last-ditch attempts to reach a compromise between Christie and New Jersey Democrats who control the state legislature failed. “This order is necessary to maintain the protection, safety and...
Kasich stops effort to prohibit using credit cards for lottery tickets

Kasich stops effort to prohibit using credit cards for lottery tickets

Gov. John Kasich vetoed part of the state budget Friday night that would have prohibited the use of credit cards to buy lottery tickets in Ohio. The legislation passed by lawmakers would have removed “a payment choice available to Ohio Lottery customers since the program’s inception in 1974,” Kasich said in his statement on budget vetoes. RELATED: Latest lottery numbers Kasich said...
Kasich vs. lawmakers in Medicaid fight: ‘If you break it, you own it’

Kasich vs. lawmakers in Medicaid fight: ‘If you break it, you own it’

UPDATE, July 6: The Ohio House of Representatives took up 47 of Gov. John Kasich’s vetoes, but Medicaid expansion was not one of them. In a fast-paced session debating Kasich’s vetoes, the House skipped over Issue 28, the enrollment freeze on Medicaid expansion. The House would need 60 votes to override Kasich’s veto. The House can still override Kasich at a later date. The deadline...
Kasich signs new Ohio budget; Husted says no to Trump on voter data - Ohio Politics Today

Kasich signs new Ohio budget; Husted says no to Trump on voter data - Ohio Politics Today

Ohio Politics Today is your go-to for the biggest state, local and national political news.  Ohio Governor John Kasich has made health care his issue - whether in Washington D.C. this week when the Senate was deciding over a health care overhaul, or back in the state. Kasich vetoed the Medicaid freeze that would halt new enrollment.  The veto sets up a showdown with the House and Seante...
Ohio will not give private voter data to Trump 2016 election commission

Ohio will not give private voter data to Trump 2016 election commission

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says he will not give voters’ private information to President Donald Trump’s commission investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 elections. The request is for a list of the names, party affiliations, addresses and voting histories of all voters, if state law allows it to be public. “Voter registration information is a public record and is...
Ohio sheriffs disagree over Pike County ‘criminal gang’ warning

Ohio sheriffs disagree over Pike County ‘criminal gang’ warning

The neighboring sheriffs of Pike County and Scioto County are in disagreement over “criminal gang” activity allegedly headed to southern Ohio this weekend. The social media friction between Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader and Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini follows Reader’s unusual Facebook post Monday alleging “gang members” were headed to Pike and neighboring...
Local GOP senator calls for Kasich to veto Ohio Medicaid freeze

Local GOP senator calls for Kasich to veto Ohio Medicaid freeze

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has until the end of the day today to sign a two-year, $133 billion state budget, but that might not end the wrangling over one of the more controversial measures in the legislation. Kasich can veto individual line items in the budget, including a proposal to freeze new Medicaid signups for expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act. He will announce any vetoes by 11:30...
‘Bernie Madoff of Dayton’ ordered to serve 15 years and pay back $32M

‘Bernie Madoff of Dayton’ ordered to serve 15 years and pay back $32M

One at a time Friday, six people among the hundreds of victims who lost more than $32 million in a Ponzi scheme run by a Springboro man told a judge their stories of financial ruin. One man, who lost nearly $500,000 of his family’s money and invested it only 10 weeks before William Apostelos’ arrest, said Apostelos was the “poster child of a con artist — slick, smooth and ruthless...
Indiana police arrest double shooting suspect

Indiana police arrest double shooting suspect

James Brandon Swift, who was wanted in connection with the shooting of two people, was arrested around 1:30 a.m. by Fishers Police in Hamilton County, Ind., according to a Indiana State Police news release.  Swift will be transported to the Henry County Jail and charged in the shooting of his estranged wife Sarah Swift and Caleb Broad, a Kennard man.  Indiana State Police are searching for...
Ohio Politics Today: Public employees could lose sick days? Trump tweet condemned 

Ohio Politics Today: Public employees could lose sick days? Trump tweet condemned 

Ohio Politics Today gives you the rundown on the biggest state, national and local political stories. Public employees could see sick days cut If you’re a public employee in Ohio, you could see your sick days cut. The state already limits employees to 10 sick days, but college and local employees can earn more. One public union rep said the move was an attempt to hurt collective bargaining...
Public employees in Ohio may lose sick days

Public employees in Ohio may lose sick days

City, county, school and college employees across Ohio could receive less annual sick leave under a bill introduced yesterday in the Ohio General Assembly. The bill reduces the number of sick days given to public employees to 10. This is already the maximum for state employees, but many local government employees get up to 15 days of sick leave a year. “We’re aligning what state workers...
First doctor to perform open heart surgery at Miami Valley Hospital dies

First doctor to perform open heart surgery at Miami Valley Hospital dies

The doctor who performed the first open heart surgery at Miami Valley Hospital has died. Kenneth Oberheu, 82, spent 40 years at Miami Valley Hospital. Oberheu spent months advocating for funding for an open heart surgery program and performed the first one at Miami Valley Hospital in November 1968. His work led the hospital to establish one of the top 50 open heart surgery programs in the country...
Man who sold Wright-Patt night vision goggles has sentence delayed

Man who sold Wright-Patt night vision goggles has sentence delayed

The man who stole night vision goggles and other equipment and sold them on eBay while working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base won’t be sentenced until September. Zachary Sizemore was to be sentenced today in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York. But the hearing has been pushed back until Sept. 14, according to court records. RELATED: Man pleads guilty to selling night...
Provision on wrongful imprisonment axed, but may get second life

Provision on wrongful imprisonment axed, but may get second life

A proposal to broaden who’s eligible for state money for being wrongfully imprisoned was removed from Ohio’s proposed state budget this week, but backers hope to bring it back as a standalone bill. “And we anticipate it passing,” said Mark Godsey, director of the Ohio Innocence Project. “This is merely correcting a decision by the Ohio Supreme Court that didn’t...
Dayton police have revived one overdose patient 20 times

Dayton police have revived one overdose patient 20 times

One east Dayton man has been revived by nalaxone 20 times by police, but a Dayton police major still doesn’t agree with a Middletown politician suggesting law enforcement stop responding to opioid overdoses. “We’ve Narcan’d the same guy 20 times,” Dayton police Major Brian Johns said. “There has to be some sort of mechanism or place for people like that. If you&rsquo...
State poised to approve 4-year degrees for community colleges

State poised to approve 4-year degrees for community colleges

The state’s two year budget is primed to make big changes in higher education. The budget will head Friday to Gov. John Kasich’s desk for his signature. Below are highlights of what colleges have coming their way if the budget bill is approved this week: Community colleges are set to be able to offer “applied bachelor’s degrees,” according to the most recent version of...
First day on the job: New Wright State president starts this Saturday

First day on the job: New Wright State president starts this Saturday

Wright State University’s next president starts her new job on Saturday. Cheryl Schrader, the first woman to lead WSU, comes to the school from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. Schrader has already been on campus for visits and the announcement that she would become the institution’s next leader. She was also recently at WSU to tour buildings, she tweeted...
Ohio Politics Today: Budget goes to Kasich; State Medicaid cuts; Judy’s law; executions closer to resuming

Ohio Politics Today: Budget goes to Kasich; State Medicaid cuts; Judy’s law; executions closer to resuming

Ohio Politics Today is your catch-all for the latest in state, local and national politics.  After days of negotiation, the Ohio Senate and House passed its bi-annual budget. The bill now goes to the governor’s desk where he has two days to sign it. Things to know: The governor’s office say 500,000 could lose health insurance due to a Medicaid freeze that is implemented...
State softens plan to punish employers for not allowing guns on sites

State softens plan to punish employers for not allowing guns on sites

On Wednesday, the Ohio legislature reversed a plan to allow lawsuits for monetary damages if businesses violate a new law allowing concealed carry permit holders to bring guns onto other people’s property. After an outcry from business groups, the provision was changed in the state budget. The budget now goes to Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Last week the Senate added the civil penalty provision for...
VP Mike Pence in Cleveland promises replacement of ‘Obamacare’

VP Mike Pence in Cleveland promises replacement of ‘Obamacare’

Vice President Mike Pence said the administration is still working to pull Ohio Senator Rob Portman from “no” to “yes” on President Trump’s healthcare overhaul, which failed to receive a vote after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled it Tuesday for lack of Republican support. Pence was visiting Cleveland and taking a tour of an area manufacturing plant...
Wright Patt lands $500K in state funding to protect base

Wright Patt lands $500K in state funding to protect base

State lawmakers have set aside $500,000 to boost infrastructure at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a bulwark to protect the base in a future round of military base closures. A conference committee put the money in the two-year state budget after lawmakers stripped out $2 million state Rep. Rick Perales had advocated for inclusion as they grappled with how to cover hundreds of millions of dollars...
Ohio Senate passes Judy’s Law, day after burn victim dies

Ohio Senate passes Judy’s Law, day after burn victim dies

The day after Judy Malinowski died, the Ohio Senate voted to toughen penalties for people who disfigure crime victims. Malinowski was set on fire by her ex-boyfriend and had been hospitalized for nearly two years. The bill, which would allow longer prison sentences for crimes that disfigure victims, now heads to Gov. John Kasich. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien says his office is working...
500K Ohioans could lose health care with freeze in Medicaid signups, Kasich says

500K Ohioans could lose health care with freeze in Medicaid signups, Kasich says

A Medicaid enrollment freeze included in the state budget approved on Wednesday by the Ohio legislature could cause more than 500,000 Ohioans to lose coverage under expanded Medicaid rules in place since 2014, according to Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Office of Health Transformation. The legislature voted along party lines for the $133 billion 2018-2019 budget, sending it to Kasich to consider. A...
Ohio Politics Today: Budget vote Wednesday; JD Vance opens up

Ohio Politics Today: Budget vote Wednesday; JD Vance opens up

Ohio Politics Today is your catch-all for the best stories affecting national, local and state politics.  The Ohio legislature’s conference committee was working late into Tuesday evening to mesh the differences between the Ohio House’s $122.9 billion budget and the $132.7 billion budget approved by the Ohio Senate. Key to the process is a $1 billion budget shortfall over the...
Record travel expected for July Fourth weekend in Ohio, U.S.

Record travel expected for July Fourth weekend in Ohio, U.S.

A record-breaking number of travelers will hit the road in Ohio and across the U.S. for the July Fourth weekend, crowding highways and airports. More than 44 million Americans and nearly two million Ohio residents will travel for the holiday weekend, according to an analysis by AAA. That’s the highest July Fourth travel volume on records, and represents a nearly 3 percent increase compared to...
ProPublica: Local drug maker’s opiate addiction shot becoming drug court standard

ProPublica: Local drug maker’s opiate addiction shot becoming drug court standard

Alkermes, a pharmaceutical manufacturer with a plant located in Wilmington, is the subject of an expose on ProPublica.org over its anti-addiction drug Vivitrol.  According to author Alec MacGillis, Alkermes began aggressively marketing the drug and began aiming for federal and state funding, all while the drug became a popular staple in drug courts across the state. In 2016 the state...
Freeze on new enrollment under Medicaid stays in state budget

Freeze on new enrollment under Medicaid stays in state budget

A freeze on enrollment in Ohio’s expanded Medicaid program was approved by the Ohio legislature’s conference committee working on the two-year state budget Tuesday night. The committee approved its report by a 4-2 party-line vote and sent it to the House and Senate for floor votes on Wednesday before the budget goes to Gov. John Kasich. The committee also rejected efforts to repeal a small...
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman a ‘no’ on Senate health care bill

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman a ‘no’ on Senate health care bill

Less than an hour after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would pull the Senate version of a bill to replace the 2010 health care bill known as Obamacare, Sen. Rob Portman announced his opposition to the current draft.  "I am committed to creating a better health care system that lowers the cost of coverage, provides access to quality care, and protects the most vulnerable...
Gov. John Kasich says current health care bill is ‘unacceptable’

Gov. John Kasich says current health care bill is ‘unacceptable’

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has urged Sen. Rob Portman not to accept “a few billion” to fight the nation’s opioid epidemic in exchange for drastic cuts to Medicaid, saying that the former would be “like spitting in the ocean.” Kasich, appearing in D.C. Tuesday for a press conference with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said he last spoke to Portman, who may be...
U.S. Marshals Service warns of phone scam circulating in Dayton area

U.S. Marshals Service warns of phone scam circulating in Dayton area

The U.S. Marshals Service is warning the public about a phone scam circulating in the Dayton area this week. Several residents in the Dayton area received calls on June 25 and 26 where a caller told them they had an active, federal arrest warrant or bench warrant and were demanding payment of fines, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeremy Rose said in a media release.  The calls came from...
Husted says he offers new vision for Ohio

Husted says he offers new vision for Ohio

The youngest contender in the Republican race for Ohio governor went straight to the age issue on Monday when asked about 70-year-old Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s decision to run in 2018. When asked about the newest addition to the race, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said, “‘New’ would not be the way to describe that.” Husted, 49, said he has “always...
Pike County Sheriff issues alert about criminal gang, heroin

Pike County Sheriff issues alert about criminal gang, heroin

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader issued a warning Monday to residents regarding “gang members” coming to the area and “‘taking out’ believed snitches.” The unusual message — posted on Facebook and confirmed as authentic by dispatchers — did not reference the April 22, 2016, murders of eight people that have become synonymous with the rural southern...
NEW DETAILS: Harrison Twp. man faces charges of sex acts with teen

NEW DETAILS: Harrison Twp. man faces charges of sex acts with teen

A 64-year-old Harrison Twp. man faces federal charges related to alleged sex crimes against a 14-year-old girl, including taking her across state lines to have sex in his semi truck. William H. Sparks allegedly gave the girl two glasses of Sangria and directed her to perform a sex act on him after she went to a bedroom to watch cartoons, according to a complaint and affidavit. FROM MYDAYTONDAILYNEWS...
Pike County murders: Reward for killers increases slightly

Pike County murders: Reward for killers increases slightly

The reward for information leading to arrests in the Pike County murders of eight people slightly increased in the two months since authorities asked the public for help raising money. The reward — set at $10,000 before the request — is now $11,365. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s spokesman, Dan Tierney, confirmed the reward’s increase. MORE: Bigger reward is sought for...
Health of Clark, Champaign County waterways key to safety, economy

Health of Clark, Champaign County waterways key to safety, economy

The rivers, streams and inland lakes in Clark and Champaign counties draw thousands of visitors each year for recreational activities and play a key role in the local economy. That’s why the Springfield News-Sun examined several years of data and reports to see how healthy the local waterways are for swimmers, boaters and others as algae blooms and high bacteria have threatened both drinking...
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