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Ohio Budget: House targets opiate addiction crisis

Ohio House Republicans on Tuesday announced they’re pouring an extra $170.6 million into fighting the opiate addiction crisis. As Ohio leads the nation in accidental drug overdoses, state leaders are reaching for multiple fixes. The House budget plan carves out $170.6 million, including $12.2 million for prevention and education, $130 million for treatment options, $19.4 million for mental...
Wright State could lay off up to 120 people to save $8 million

Wright State could lay off up to 120 people to save $8 million

Wright State University may lay off up to 120 people in order to regain its financial footing. The university is considering laying off between 80 and 120 people to save between $6 million and $8 million, according to a board of trustees finance committee report. Layoffs have long been expected but officials have not said how many people could lose their jobs before now. Wright State employs more...
Wright State may lay off up to 120 people to save $8 million

Wright State may lay off up to 120 people to save $8 million

Wright State University may lay off up to 120 people in order to regain its financial footing, a board of trustees finance committee report shows. The university is considering laying off between 80 and 120 people to save between $6 million and $8 million, according to a board of trustees finance committee report. Layoffs have long been expected but officials have not said how many people could lose...
Dayton leaders in D.C. to push local issues

Dayton leaders in D.C. to push local issues

Two former Ohio congressmen Tuesday expressed grave concern about President Donald Trump’s handling of North Korea, saying they worry that a diplomatic misstep could provoke North Korea to attack South Korea. Speaking before the Dayton Development Coalition Tuesday, former Reps. David Hobson, a Springfield Republican and Tony Hall, a Dayton Democrat, both expressed concern that a diplomatic...
Central State will be removed from fiscal watch

Central State will be removed from fiscal watch

Central State University will be removed from fiscal watch by the state later this week. The Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education will visit the Wilberforce-based campus on Thursday to make the official announcement, said state spokesman Jeff Robinson. RELATED: New WSU president faced criticism over changes at previous school Chancellor John Carey will join CSU president Cynthia Jackson-Hammond...
Ohio House wants more money to fight opiates; ditches Kasich tax plan

Ohio House wants more money to fight opiates; ditches Kasich tax plan

Ohio House Republicans on Tuesday announced they’re ditching Gov. John Kasich’s plans for tax reforms in the state budget bill and said they’re pouring an extra $170.6 million into fighting the opiate addiction crisis. The governor called for income tax cuts and hikes in taxes on tobacco, vaping, sales and oil and gas extraction. The House GOP said no. In the latest version of the...
Gambling addiction: Ohio named a top state

Gambling addiction: Ohio named a top state

Ohio is a top state when it comes to gambling addiction, a new report shows. Ohio tied with New Jersey for fourth place for having the highest percentage of adults with a gambling disorder, according to a report form WalletHub, a personal finance website. Ohio is ranked the 10th most gambling addicted state in the country, right behind Louisiana and just above Deleware. Nevada, the home of Las Vegas...
East Liberty research center expands, draws visit from Trump official

East Liberty research center expands, draws visit from Trump official

The Transportation Research Center in East Liberty is testing state of the art technology and expanding, adding new facilities that could mean more jobs, and the federal government is taking note. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao toured the center on Monday with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, where she learned how workers at the facility are testing vehicles to make sure they’re safe...
Kucinich goes after charter schools in Dayton-area visit

Kucinich goes after charter schools in Dayton-area visit

Dennis Kucinich, a potential candidate for governor and former Ohio congressman, spoke Monday night in Washington Township, where he criticized charter schools as a drain on public funding and public schools. Kucinich called charter schools a “multi-billion dollar boondoogle” that forces Ohioans to subsidize private school education with money that is supposed to go to public schools....
State cracking down on lead hazards in homes

State cracking down on lead hazards in homes

There are hundreds of homes in Ohio that have paint and other entities that are poisoning children with lead and state health officials want them left unoccupied until abatement issues are addressed. The Ohio Department of Health is working to compile a list of residential properties across the state that have unaddressed lead hazards. They are also urging local health departments in Butler, Clark...
STORE CLOSINGS: Sears to close 50 auto centers

STORE CLOSINGS: Sears to close 50 auto centers

Sears Holdings is set to close 50 Auto Center locations, the company announced. Sears updated investors last week on its strategic restructuring program, stating the company aimed to save $1.25 billion through some store closures in 2017. The company already announced it would close 108 Kmart stores and 42 Sears locations. » RETAIL APOCALYPSE: 3,500 stores to close in 2017 Sears announced it...
Honda supplier gets $300K tax credit to bring 85 jobs to Springfield

Honda supplier gets $300K tax credit to bring 85 jobs to Springfield

A Japanese auto parts supplier is one step closer to creating 85 new jobs and taking over a Springfield industrial park after receiving tax credits valued at about $300,000 on Monday. Members of the Ohio Tax Credit Authority voted unanimously Monday to approve a 1.217-percent, seven-year tax credit for the Topre America Corp., which has pledged to take over Springfield’s Champion City Business...
Pike County plea: ‘End this nightmare,’ Rhoden family survivors say

Pike County plea: ‘End this nightmare,’ Rhoden family survivors say

Geneva Rhoden spent a year waking up, losing sleep and shedding more tears than she cares to count. “I would like to say from a mother’s heart, that I hurt so bad inside from the day that I found out,” Rhoden said about the methodical executions of her sons Christopher Sr. and Kenneth, her grandchildren and grandson’s fiancee. “I think about it day and night.” Rhoden...
Butler County brewery helps lower summer gas prices for motorists

Butler County brewery helps lower summer gas prices for motorists

Thanks to pollution reductions at two major employers — Miller Coors Brewing in Trenton and Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton — gasoline prices in the Greater Cincinnati, Greater Dayton and Springfield areas will be about 12 cents lower per gallon than last summer. Officials from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency persuaded the U.S. EPA that reductions the brewery and air...
Ohio Gov. John Kasich setting up next chapter

Ohio Gov. John Kasich setting up next chapter

This is a big week for Ohio Gov. John Kasich: CNN’s Anderson Cooper is hosting a town hall with him Monday night, his new book comes out on Tuesday and he kicks off a three-state book tour on Saturday. So, is he trying to sell books, line up to run for president in 2020, or push his own policy ideas? Probably all of the above, says University of Dayton political scientist Christopher Devine...
Paula Faris says she was told ‘show your goods’ to succeed at Dayton TV station

Paula Faris says she was told ‘show your goods’ to succeed at Dayton TV station

Paula Faris, a co-host of ABC’s The View and Good Morning America’s weekend edition, on Friday said she was sexually harassed while working at a Dayton TV news station. “I had an opportunity to start reporting at the station in Dayton, Ohio. One of my superiors, right when I started, said women didn’t belong in sports,” Faris said. “And you won’t make it unless...
Jon Husted takes steps toward run for Ohio governor

Jon Husted takes steps toward run for Ohio governor

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s as-yet-unannounced bid for governor moved forward today with the announcement that his office’s press secretary would join the Husted for Ohio campaign. Josh Eck said his last day in the office was today and he will become a spokesman for the campaign. “I have been a fan of Jon Husted’s since before I worked for him. He’s been pretty...
Ohio House leader who criticized WSU to speak at commencement

Ohio House leader who criticized WSU to speak at commencement

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger will serve as Wright State University’s spring commencement speaker, just a year after he warned legislators about working with the school. Rosenberger, a 2012 WSU graduate, will speak at the commencement ceremony set for 10 a.m., April 29 in the Nutter Center, said board of trustees chairman Michael Bridges said today. Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, is a 2012...
DeWine: Pike County murders ‘very hot’ case

DeWine: Pike County murders ‘very hot’ case

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the Pike County murders are a “very hot” case, though it remains unclear how close investigators are to making an arrest. DeWine said he believes “some decent progress” has been made in the year since the murders in Pike County. His comments were made during a radio interview with WHIO’s Larry Hansgen on Miami Valley’s Morning...
Is Dennis Kucinich running for governor?: He’s coming to Dayton Monday

Is Dennis Kucinich running for governor?: He’s coming to Dayton Monday

Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich will hold a town hall meeting Monday in Dayton, raising questions about whether the former Cleveland mayor and presidential candidate could run for Ohio governor. Kucinich will hold a Columbus press conference earlier in the day before coming to Dayton to discuss “the impact of privatization on Ohio’s public schools,” according to a news release...
Retired Ohio teachers to lose cost of living increase

Retired Ohio teachers to lose cost of living increase

Trustees for the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio voted 10-1 on Thursday to indefinitely suspend the cost of living allowance given to retired teachers. Retirees will no longer get a 2 percent COLA bump on their pensions for the foreseeable future. The fix, though, may not be enough to shore up the finances of the $72-billion fund. “Even if we take this action, it’s only a 50-50...
2018 Gov race: Ohio leaning Republican; Dayton mayor strong for Dems

2018 Gov race: Ohio leaning Republican; Dayton mayor strong for Dems

Look into political guru Larry Sabato’s crystal ball and you see Ohio likely electing a Republican governor in 2018 but two Dems look like credible challengers including Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and former northeastern Ohio Congresswoman Betty Sutton. “Ohio turned sharply toward the GOP in 2016, and Republicans have a stronger field of candidates at the moment. At this early point, Leans...
$7.6M safety updates underway at Indian Lake

$7.6M safety updates underway at Indian Lake

A $7.6 million project is underway to repair the dam and replace the spillway at Indian Lake to fix safety issues that could have caused serious damage. The 700-foot spillway catches water that flows over the dam and directs it to the Great Miami River, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website. Indian Lake will be one of the first places in Ohio to have a labyrinth design spillway...
VA Choice program extended, allows veterans more care options

VA Choice program extended, allows veterans more care options

The VA is working to replace the VA Choice Program with a less cumbersome approach to allow veterans to receive services more easily from private health care providers, a top agency official says. The work on a replacement comes as President Donald Trump signed legislation Wednesday that extended the program beyond an Aug. 7, three-year sunset date until the remaining funds are depleted. In 2014,...
$2M fentanyl bust began at hotel, ended at ‘notorious’ drug house

$2M fentanyl bust began at hotel, ended at ‘notorious’ drug house

Last week’s $2 million fentanyl task force bust began with surveillance of a Miamisburg hotel and ended two days later at three Dayton and Harrison Twp. houses, including one in an area “notorious for drug trafficking,” according to documents filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said during a press conference last week that the four...
Mother of 13-year-old Dayton OD victim indicted on heroin charge

Mother of 13-year-old Dayton OD victim indicted on heroin charge

The mother of the 13-year-old who reportedly overdosed on his father’s drugs and died April 1 was indicted for a felony drug charge. Denica M. Stone, 38, was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury for possession of heroin stemming from an incident about three weeks before her son, Nathan Wylie, died of an overdose. Stone is scheduled to be arraigned May 2. RELATED: 13-year-old overdose victim...
I-71 in Warren County to be blocked Sunday for bridge implosion

I-71 in Warren County to be blocked Sunday for bridge implosion

The old southbound span of the Jeremiah Morrow bridge on Interstate 71 in Warren County is to come tumbling down on Sunday. The I-71 approaches to the bridge area are to be blocked from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Ohio 73 and Ohio 48 interchanges, along with closures for the bike path and river below. Contractors and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) were preparing for the implosion of the...
CNN hosts town hall special with Ohio Gov. Kasich Monday

CNN hosts town hall special with Ohio Gov. Kasich Monday

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is assiduously maintaining his national profile despite insisting he won’t run for president again, will appear on an hour-long CNN town hall on Monday. CNN reported that the live event will be moderated by Anderson Cooper and focus on President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office as well as Kasich’s new book. Kasich is scheduled to kick off a four-city...
OSU wants to offer more jobs to Ohioans with disabilities

OSU wants to offer more jobs to Ohioans with disabilities

With an exclusive partnership, Ohio State University will try to employ more people with disabilities. OSU is working with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities to place an OOD specialist at the university. RELATED: One Ohio college reinforces gun policy as another considers concealed carry The partnership marks the first time OOD has embedded an employee within a single organization, according...
Pike County murders: What’s really going on?

Pike County murders: What’s really going on?

The largest criminal investigation in Ohio history has generated 800 tips, half as many police interviews and 38 search warrants. But nearly a year after the mass killings of eight family members in Pike County, no one has been arrested for the murders. April 22 marks the one-year anniversary of the execution-style shootings, and our news crews have interviewed Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Pike...
Sinclair College president to discuss future plans today

Sinclair College president to discuss future plans today

Sinclair Community College’s president will give a “state of the college” speech at 4 p.m. today in the Smith Auditorium of Building 12 at the school’s downtown campus. President Steve Johnson is expected to talk about Sinclair’s largest graduating class, how the community college is working to fill jobs in the Dayton region and how the school is impacting the economy...
Hero to some, Ohio’s Cordray under fire from GOP, banks.

Hero to some, Ohio’s Cordray under fire from GOP, banks.

During a House committee hearing this month, Republicans launched a torrent of attacks against former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, whose job as director of a federal agency is to protect consumers in their dealings with financial institutions. “For all the harm inflicted upon consumers,” Cordray should be fired, said one Republican. “You have a rotting agency,” barked...
Retired pilot donates time, plane to Clark County investigators

Retired pilot donates time, plane to Clark County investigators

A retired Air Force pilot is donating his time, experience and use of his plane to Clark County authorities to help them when needed. Rick Kincade owns a Cessna 172. He’s in the air often and might as well as use some of that time to help others, he said. “Mainly just whatever they need, just eyes in the sky so to speak,” said Kincade. Clark County Commissioner Richard Lohnes flew...
Kasich: ‘Everything’ being looked at as state deals with revenue shortfall

Kasich: ‘Everything’ being looked at as state deals with revenue shortfall

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich says “everything is under the microscope” as the state looks to makeup a revenue gap in the upcoming state budget. Kasich also hinted that his proposed income tax cut in the upcoming budget is not likely. Kasich said they would need to cut the budget proposal by $400 million for each fiscal year to make up the loss. March revenue receipts fell nearly...
Opposition grows against mining permit in Mad River Twp.

Opposition grows against mining permit in Mad River Twp.

More organizations have come out against a proposed expansion of the Enon Sand and Gravel mining permit and neighbors have formed an opposition group. The Mad River Twp. Trustees sent a joint letter to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mineral Resources Management last week. The Tecumseh Land Trust also issued a statement to ODNR last week to share concerns more mining may have...
Prison inmate, his mother are part of state illegal computer probe 

Prison inmate, his mother are part of state illegal computer probe 

Troopers raided the Kettering home of an Ohio prison inmate’s mother as part of an investigation into prisoners who used hidden computers to commit identity fraud. Inmate Adam C. Johnston, 35, formerly of Kettering, is serving up to life in prison for aggravated murder and aggravated burglary in the 2000 death of Bobby D. Matthews at a residence in the 6600 block of Homestretch Road in Vandalia...
Ohio graduation questions answered

Ohio graduation questions answered

A few years ago Ohio set new graduation requirements for the Class of 2018 and beyond. Now it looks like those will likely be changed for that first class before they truly come into play. Here’s a look at the issues: What started this debate? State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria said we’ve been debating how well K-12 schools prepare students for their futures since at least the 1983 &ldquo...
IKEA sets opening date for new Ohio location

IKEA sets opening date for new Ohio location

Swedish furniture retailer IKEA will open its second Ohio location in early June, the company announced today. The retailer will open at 9 a.m. on June 7, and customers can start lining up outside of the store approximately 48 hours in advance of the opening. IKEA officials said they will announce grand opening deals and promotions closer to June. » RELATED: IKEA construction progresses in Columbus...
Wittenberg grad injured in fall from roof at off-campus house party

Wittenberg grad injured in fall from roof at off-campus house party

A 2016 Wittenberg University graduate sustained serious injuries April 9 when she fell from the roof of an off-campus fraternity house, according to an email sent to students and faculty. RELATED: Hundreds of pages of WSU audit were redacted, despite transparency commitment The incident occurred between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Sunday at the “Fiji house,” according to the email which was sent...
Graduation requirements may change for Ohio high school juniors

Graduation requirements may change for Ohio high school juniors

The state school board on Tuesday threw its support behind pathways to graduation for Class of 2018 students who don’t pass state tests. The board backed the recommendations of the state workgroup – to allow those current high school juniors to earn a diploma via a mix of senior-year items like 93 percent attendance, a 2.5 GPA, 120 hours of work/community service or a “capstone...
Documents from WSU audit withheld

Documents from WSU audit withheld

Wright State University trustees touted their release Friday of a long-guarded audit as a statement that they are “committed to transparency,” but hundreds of pages of the report are redacted and they still refuse to release other records related to the audit. The public university paid the forensic accounting firm Plante Moran more than $360,000 for the detailed review of numerous oversight...
Ohio covers funeral costs for Pike County murder victims

Ohio covers funeral costs for Pike County murder victims

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has said the state will cover the cost of Dana Rhoden’s funeral — about $7,500, according to our news partner WCPO. The Cincinnati television station reports Rhoden’s mother, Judy Manley, filed the claim for funeral expenses.  The Associated Press reports a Dec. 12 request to the Ohio Victims of Crime Compensation Program was made by...
Reward offered for missing Tennessee woman last seen in Springfield

Reward offered for missing Tennessee woman last seen in Springfield

The family of a missing Tennessee woman has offered a reward for information that leads to her return. Cassandra R. Fox, 32, of Sevierville, Tenn., was last seen Tuesday, April 4, near the 1700 block of Winding Trail in Springfield, according to Sgt. Joe Tedeschi of the Springfield Police Division. Her family has offered a $500 reward for information, said her sister, Erin Laywell. EARLIER COVERAGE...
Inmate’s third murder investigation returned to Ross County

Inmate’s third murder investigation returned to Ross County

The latest murder investigation of Casey Pigge, an inmate recently convicted of murdering his cellmate in a Warren County prison, has been transferred back to Ross County. On Monday, the case was returned to Ross County, where it began on Feb. 1 after inmate David Johnson’s body was found, apparently strangled to death, in a prison van also carrying Pigge. If found guilty of murdering Johnson...
Widow of leader slain in Charleston shooting to speak at Central State

Widow of leader slain in Charleston shooting to speak at Central State

The widow of a leader killed in the 2015 shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, will speak at Central State University next month. RELATED: WSU implements some budget cuts right away Jennifer Pinckney will speak at CSU’s commencement at 10 a.m., May 6 at the Dayton Convention center and tickets are required for admission. Jennifer Pinckney was the wife of Rev. Clementa...
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley booked into jail, resigns

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley booked into jail, resigns

Embattled Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned today after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges, ending two years of scandal and intrigue that resulted from an affair with one of his top political advisors.  As part of the plea deal, Bentley will submit to 12 months of unsupervised probation, surrender more than $36,000 in campaign funds and will serve 100 hours of public service. He can...
RETAIL ROUND-UP: 3 retailers closing Ohio stores

RETAIL ROUND-UP: 3 retailers closing Ohio stores

The “retail apocalypse” continued this month when three more retailers announced store closures nationwide, impacting local stores in Ohio. 1. Electronics retailer hhgregg is going out of business After announcing the closing of nearly 90 stores last month, hhgregg is officially going out of business. The appliance store announced in March that 88 stores would close, including locations...
Medicaid coverage for 715k Ohioans hangs in balance as debate rages

Medicaid coverage for 715k Ohioans hangs in balance as debate rages

While John Kasich crusades across Ohio and the country to save Medicaid expansion — a key pillar of the Affordable Care Act — his Republican colleagues in Congress and the Ohio Statehouse are pretty clear that they don’t like it. In his 2017 State of the State address in Sandusky last week, Kasich recounted coming across a man on the side of the road in a rough part of Columbus....
Springfield mom fights for bill to toughen prison sentences

Springfield mom fights for bill to toughen prison sentences

The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that would toughen the sentences for offenders who disable their victims, a measure long-fought for by a Springfield mom who’s young daughter was critically injured by her then-boyfriend. Senators approved the bill last week with a vote of 30 to three and it now moves to the Ohio House. Senate Bill 20, also known as Destiny’s Law, would require mandatory...
Lifting of emissions rule could lead to local gas pump savings

Lifting of emissions rule could lead to local gas pump savings

Local projects to reduce harmful emissions have been so successful the EPA is lifting costly fuel requirements in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas. The move could mean cost savings for drivers when gas stations make the switch to the summer-blend formula in May or June. Since 2007, nine Ohio counties — Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Butler, Hamilton, Warren, Clermont and Clinton — have...
Ohio Medicaid overpaid $90,000 for cancer drug

Ohio Medicaid overpaid $90,000 for cancer drug

A Medicaid billing error led to Ohio overpaying more than $90,000 for a cancer drug, according to a new report from the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. The federal agency began looking into how states were billing for Herceptin, a treatment for breast cancer, after finding that Medicare was over-billed for the drug to the tune of $24.2 million. RELATED: Rising drug costs squeezing...
Ohio members of Congress mostly support Trump action on Syria

Ohio members of Congress mostly support Trump action on Syria

Ohio’s congressional delegation expressed support for Thursday night’s cruise missile attack on a Syrian airfield, but one day later, many had questions on what happens next as the U.S. increases its intervention into Syria’s six-year civil war. While Sen. Rob Portman called President Donald Trump decision to drop more than 50 Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian air base “appropriate...
Syria attack: Latest news, what you need to know

Syria attack: Latest news, what you need to know

The United States launched a missile strike early Friday against targets in Syria in response to the recent chemical attack. The events have angered Russia, are praised by most local lawmakers and already impacting gas prices here in the United States. The United States attacked a Syrian air base with roughly 60 cruise missiles in response to a chemical weapons attack it blames on President Bashar...
COMMON QUESTIONS: What you should know about lead pipes, water quality

COMMON QUESTIONS: What you should know about lead pipes, water quality

Water quality issues can be a complicated topic to grasp, and can often lead residents uneasy about consuming tap water. Local water utilities want to ensure customers that the water quality is strong in the Miami Valley. Here’s what to know about lead pipes and water: Yes. Both Montgomery County’s and Dayton’s 2017 water quality reports showed no violations related to water and...
WSU implements budget cuts; trustee blames leadership

WSU implements budget cuts; trustee blames leadership

Wright State’s interim president announced an immediate reduction of non-personnel expenses on Friday. In a message to the campus, interim president Curtis McCray announced the following cuts: WATCH WHAT WSU TRUSTEES SAID AT PRESS CONFERENCE 1. All overnight travel must stop immediately unless funded by a third party, required by university policy, or subject to a collective bargaining agreement...
Family: Fairborn officer shot our daughter’s service dog

Family: Fairborn officer shot our daughter’s service dog

A Fairborn police officer fired two shots at a loose dog, which family members and an ex-Dayton mayor say is a 20-year-old woman’s service animal. The family and their attorney Paul Leonard, a former Ohio lieutenant governor, want the officer suspended pending an “outside, fair hearing to find out what happened” to Angel, a six-year-old German Shepherd. Two dogs were running loose...
UD leader: Dayton Arcade is ‘show of good faith’ to partners, community

UD leader: Dayton Arcade is ‘show of good faith’ to partners, community

The University of Dayton’s plans for the Dayton Arcade are part of an “evolution of the university” that the school’s president said could generate its next big partnership. UD will work with The Entrepreneurs Center to anchor the Dayton Arcade with an innovation hub that they say will help reinvent the downtown economy and job market. Eric Spina sat down with the Dayton Daily...
Clark County nurse overpaid $39K by Medicaid, state audit claims

Clark County nurse overpaid $39K by Medicaid, state audit claims

A Clark County nurse owes the state nearly $39,000 after an audit found she was overpaid, according to a report released Thursday. The Ohio Auditor’s Office conducted a Medicaid examination of Emily E. Arnold, a registered nurse in Clark County and found she was overpaid by more than $36,600 from 2012 through 2014. With interest, she owes nearly $39,000 to the Ohio Department of Medicaid. READ...
Schwarzenegger says Kasich should challenge Trump in 2020

Schwarzenegger says Kasich should challenge Trump in 2020

Former California governor, action-movie star and body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger told the Los Angeles Times this week that Ohio Gov. John Kasich should run for president in 2020. “Kasich is an extraordinary guy. He’s a man of substance. He’s worked in Washington, he’s worked in local government, he’s worked in statewide government. He has the experience. He can see...
Video: John Glenn buried today at Arlington

Video: John Glenn buried today at Arlington

Former Sen. John Glenn now rests in the same earth that he once marveled at from a tiny window inside the Friendship 7 in 1962. Glenn, who died Dec. 8 at 95, was interred at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday in a small private ceremony with family and close friends, months after thousands visited him as he laid in state in the Ohio Statehouse. On a rain-drenched spring day with the trees beginning...
UD President: ‘We are not going to build a new arena’

UD President: ‘We are not going to build a new arena’

The University of Dayton will not build a new arena at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, or anywhere for that matter, the school’s president says. When the fairgrounds purchase was announced in December, UD officials denied rumors that a new arena would be built on the property and President Eric Spina again knocked down the rumor today in an interview with the Dayton Daily News. “We&rsquo...
Ohio Lobby Day brings activists to state capital

Ohio Lobby Day brings activists to state capital

Self-described citizen lobbyists descended on the Ohio State House for Ohio Lobby Day, an event organized by Innovation Ohio and ProgressOhio. State progressive groups publicized their causes on Twitter with the hashtag #OHLobbyDay. The website RiseStronger.com described the event, which was a combination of demystifying the legislative progress and teach the process of how to influence the political...
Flags to fly half-staff Thursday for John Glenn’s burial at Arlington

Flags to fly half-staff Thursday for John Glenn’s burial at Arlington

Flags in Ohio will fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Thursday to honor the late John H. Glenn, Jr., who will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. President Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at all public buildings and grounds as a tribute. Glenn lived a storybook life under the bright and constant glare of public attention, awe and adoration...
Dayton stripper’s case heads to Ohio Supreme Court Thursday

Dayton stripper’s case heads to Ohio Supreme Court Thursday

The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday will consider the case of a Dayton stripper who got drunk at work, hopped behind the wheel and crashed on Interstate-70, causing severe injuries for a woman who was a passenger in the wreck. The question is should the strip club be protected from liability under the Ohio Dram Shop Act? That law limits the liability of a liquor permit holder when an intoxicated patron...
Backyard chickens and rabbits may be allowed across Ohio

Backyard chickens and rabbits may be allowed across Ohio

Backyard chickens, goats, rabbits and other small livestock may become more common and less regulated in Ohio, if a bill introduced Wednesday becomes law. State Rep. Tom Brinkman, R-Cincinnati, and 20 co-sponsors are backing House Bill 175, which aims to sidestep local zoning laws that limit or prohibit keeping backyard chickens and other farm animals. Brinkman’s bill prescribes a limit of how...
Dangerous storms moving across country toward Ohio

Dangerous storms moving across country toward Ohio

Severe storms already leaving a wake of damage across the southern U.S. are expected to move into the Miami Valley region Wednesday evening. A tornado watch, which later escalated to a tornado warning, was issued for the Atlanta, Ga. metro area on Wednesday.  The Associated Press reported southwest Missouri authorities believe a tornado is responsible for severe damage to several...
I-TEAM: Same job title, less pay for many female state of Ohio workers

I-TEAM: Same job title, less pay for many female state of Ohio workers

Male state of Ohio employees are paid, on average, nearly 6 percent more than female state employees, according to an I-Team analysis of state of Ohio payroll data. Ohio’s 26,157 female state employees were compensated, on average, $50,959 last year. The 33,002 male state employees made a mean average of $54,122. I-TEAM PAYROLL PROJECT: Search state salaries A difference persisted among workers...
Payless Shoes to close 12 stores in Ohio

Payless Shoes to close 12 stores in Ohio

Payless ShoeSource will close 12 stores in Ohio after filing for bankruptcy on Tuesday. The Kansas-based retailer will close nearly 400 underperforming locations in the U.S., and announced on Wednesday that 12 stores in Ohio are on that list. No locations will close in the Dayton area, but two stores in Cincinnati will close and another one in Tri-County Mall in Springdale will also close. Other impacted...
Clark County Sheriff’s Office researching drones as state debates rules

Clark County Sheriff’s Office researching drones as state debates rules

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is looking into possibly using drones in rescue situations at the same time a state group is creating regulations for the technology. The sheriff’s office recently began researching unmanned aircraft systems, commonly called drones, and how the devices can be used as a tool to find missing people and protect deputies, Maj. Christopher Clark said. &ldquo...
Gov. John Kasich takes on drug addiction, political infighting in address

Gov. John Kasich takes on drug addiction, political infighting in address

Ohio Gov. John Kasich used his 2017 State of the State address to call Ohioans on opposite sides of the partisan divide to find common ground on issues such as infant mortality, drug addiction and hunger. “If we begin to work together, we will be surprised at how much progress we can make,” he said in a speech then went for 72 minutes. “We’ll begin to start the dialogue that...
Attorney General Mike DeWine to visit Central State Wednesday

Attorney General Mike DeWine to visit Central State Wednesday

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Wednesday will visit Central State University in Wilberforce. DeWine and his staff will visit the campus to discuss careers in criminal justice. DeWine’s staff will review resumes and conduct interviews, according to the university. While at CSU, DeWine will meet with president Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, according to DeWine’s office. RELATED: CSU president...
ONLINE SHOPPING MADE EASY: UPS to ship packages on Saturdays

ONLINE SHOPPING MADE EASY: UPS to ship packages on Saturdays

Customers in select cities can expect to receive their packages from online purchases on Saturdays, as the United Parcel Service Inc. adds delivery services during part of the weekend too. For the first time ever, Saturday ground delivery and pick-up services will be available for customers, in a push increase customer satisfaction. UPS also announced it will hire an additional 6,000 new workers...
State of the State: Drugs, jobs, taxes are on Kasich’s agenda

State of the State: Drugs, jobs, taxes are on Kasich’s agenda

Every year since he took office in January 2011, Gov. John Kasich has used his annual State of the State address to talk about tax reform, job creation and drug addiction. When he takes the stage at the Sandusky State Theatre at 7 p.m. Tuesday, the governor will hit those topics again. While the governor focuses on the scourge of drug addiction, fatal overdose numbers continue to rise. In 2011 &mdash...
Severe weather season off to violent start

Severe weather season off to violent start

Severe weather season is off to a near record-breaking start across the country - with nearly 400 tornado reports so far this year. That is the most number of tornadoes this early in five years, and more than double the normal number of sightings. A confirmed tornado touched down in central Massachusetts in February, a first for the state while there was still snow on the ground. On March 6, a tornado...
Pence says cutting regulations will spur job growth during Ohio visit

Pence says cutting regulations will spur job growth during Ohio visit

From the factory floor of a central Ohio electronics manufacturer, Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday pumped up the benefits of pulling back on government regulations as a means to spur job growth. “Manufacturers are the engine of our economy and thanks to President Trump that engine is about to roar,” Pence said. “Literally, since day one, President Trump has been fighting to...
Local Congressman Jim Jordan fights back: Tweets ‘don’t change facts’

Local Congressman Jim Jordan fights back: Tweets ‘don’t change facts’

NEW DEVELOPMENTS: Congressman Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, went on CNN’s State of the Union to react to President Donald Trump’s Friday tweetstorm attacking him and members of the House Freedom Caucus. Jordan and the caucus did not support Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan’s health care plan last week and essentially forced Ryan to pull the bill.  “Tweets and statements don’t...
Mobile home group takes on Kasich plan, safety claims

Mobile home group takes on Kasich plan, safety claims

Ohio fire and environmental officials say the industry-controlled state board that regulates manufactured homes does too little to prevent deadly home fires and ensure mobile home park residents are provided clean drinking water. The claims come as Ohio Gov. John Kasich calls for the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission to be disbanded and its responsibilities delegated to the Ohio Department of Commerce...
Urbana state lawmaker joins Ohio conservatives with message for Trump

Urbana state lawmaker joins Ohio conservatives with message for Trump

An Urbana lawmaker has a message for President Donald Trump: Quit criticizing conservatives for their stance on health care reform. State Rep. Nino Vitale, R- Urbana, and about a dozen other Ohio conservatives penned a letter to the White House making the request. DETAILS: President Trump issues threat to Freedom Caucus It came in response to a statement from the president on Twitter on Thursday taking...
Huge rooftop solar array helps power new Columbus IKEA store

Huge rooftop solar array helps power new Columbus IKEA store

IKEA’s vast retail floor is stocked with sleek-designed goods and gadgets. But have you seen their rooftops? The soon-to-open IKEA Columbus store has enough rooftop solar panels and cool technology to make an environmental engineer weep with joy. Atop a white membrane covering the entire roof are 3,546 solar panels that are expected to generate 1.45 million kilowatt hours of electricity each...
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor bows out as state insurance director

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor bows out as state insurance director

Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, a Republican candidate for governor in 2018, is stepping down as director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. Taylor, who has held the post since January 2011 when the Kasich administration took office, will be replaced by Jillian E. Froment, who has served as deputy director since 2011. Taylor will continue to serve as lieutenant governor. Taylor, who announced she’s...
Ohio may make it harder for youths to buy cough, cold medicine

Ohio may make it harder for youths to buy cough, cold medicine

The Ohio House passed a bill today that would block juveniles from buying products containing dextromethorphan, an ingredient commonly found in cough and cold medicines. House Bill 73, sponsored by state Reps. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, and Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, would require stores to check identification before selling such products. Ohio is one of several states where children and teenagers...

Ohio State ready to sign $1.16 billion energy deal

Ohio State University is expected to sign a $1.16 billion deal that will bring an upfront cash infusion but cede control of the systems that power, heat and cool the 485 buildings on main campus for half a century. The OSU Board of Trustees is expected to vote April 7 in favor of a 50-year lease of the university’s energy system to ENGIE-Axium, a new partnership of ENGIE North America and Axium...
Vice President Mike Pence in Columbus Saturday

Vice President Mike Pence in Columbus Saturday

NEW DETAILS: At a time when President Donald Trump’s popularity with voters is declining, Vice President Mike Pence will deliver a speech Saturday before a group of business people at an electronic manufacturing services company in suburban Columbus. Pence, who will at the event be joined by Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, will tour the DynaLab manufacturing facility...
Retiree health care cuts looming for cops and firefighters in Ohio

Retiree health care cuts looming for cops and firefighters in Ohio

Starting in 2019, retired cops and firefighters will no longer receive health care benefits through the Ohio Police & Firefighters Pension Fund but instead will receive a stipend to buy coverage on the open market. The OP&F board of trustees voted this week in favor of the major change as a means to preserving the health care fund for the next 15 years. It will impact 58,000 current and retired police...
Ohio sets new 1-week limit for some pain killer prescriptions

Ohio sets new 1-week limit for some pain killer prescriptions

As accidental overdose deaths spike in Ohio, Gov. John Kasich, lawmakers and regulators on Thursday announced new limits on prescribing powerful painkillers for acute pain, such as after surgeries or injuries. The governor’s plan will allow for 7 days worth of opiates for adults and 5 days for children when the drugs are prescribed for acute pain. There will also be limits on the total morphine...
Local Congressman Jordan responds to political threat from President Trump

Local Congressman Jordan responds to political threat from President Trump

President Donald Trump is taking aim at conservatives in his own party. Days after the U.S. House Freedom Caucus members, including local Republican Reps. Jim Jordan and Warren Davidson, stopped Trump’s health care plan, the president issued a threat to the group. “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them...
Suspects in Cameo club shooting face 230 years in prison 

Suspects in Cameo club shooting face 230 years in prison 

Thursday morning Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters gave an update on the Cameo Night Club shooting investigation. Deters stated that the Grand Jury has issued a 38-count indictment against Cornell Beckley for his role in the shooting and if convicted on all charges Beckley will face 230 years in prison.   Deondre Davis, the other man charged with murder in the case, died Tuesday after his...
Ohio students should graduate without passing state tests, panel says

Ohio students should graduate without passing state tests, panel says

Ohio could add pathways to a Class of 2018 high school diploma that do not require any passing scores on state tests, if the recommendations made Wednesday by the state’s graduation work group are adopted. Current high school juniors would be able to earn a diploma by achieving 93 percent attendance their senior year and doing a “capstone” project, or by earning a 2.5 GPA senior...
Lawmakers take on drug crisis as Clark County OD deaths hit record

Lawmakers take on drug crisis as Clark County OD deaths hit record

State lawmakers introduced a plan Wednesday to combat the growing drug crisis in Ohio as a record number of Clark County residents died from overdoses last year. Sen. Bob Hackett, R-London, who represents Clark, Greene and Madison counties, is co-sponsoring the bill that would align Ohio law with guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control. “You have seen the number of Narcan...
Kasich signs transportation budget; OKs driver’s license fee increase option 

Kasich signs transportation budget; OKs driver’s license fee increase option 

Counties will be allowed to bump up license plate fees by $5, as part of the transportation budget signed today by Gov. John Kasich. The fight over the $5 fee increase was one sticking point ironed out between the House and Senate in the two-year state transportation budget bill. The bill prescribes how Ohio will spend $7.82 billion on transportation over the next two years. The revenue comes from...
5 things to know about Ohio’s state pension funds

5 things to know about Ohio’s state pension funds

As the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio considers cutting cost of living allowances for teachers and retirees, here are five things to know about Ohio’s five public pension funds. 1. Combined, the five retirement systems hold more than $185 billion in assets invested for 1.89 million government workers, retirees and beneficiaries. 2. After ethics scandals broke at the Ohio Police & Fire...
Ohio fixes law that let cars run red lights; only applies to bikes

Ohio fixes law that let cars run red lights; only applies to bikes

Have you heard about the new law that lets drivers run red lights if the traffic light isn’t working? Yeah, forget about that. Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday moved to pass a new bill to clarify that the run-the-redlight-if scenario only applies to bicyclists when they don’t trip the traffic light detectors embedded in the pavement. House Bill 9 sailed through the Ohio Senate on a unanimous...
Millions of dollars awarded to region to help startup companies

Millions of dollars awarded to region to help startup companies

Ohio’s Third Frontier commission on Wednesday awarded $2.9 million in funding for to help Dayton region entrepreneurs, restoring that funding to the region for the first time since 2015. Combined with already-pledged local matches, the award means a total of $6.1 million in new money and in-kind services will be available to help startups in an eight-county area, said Scott Koorndyk, president...
WSU interim leader: Golf team could go, university needs a ‘Dr. No’

WSU interim leader: Golf team could go, university needs a ‘Dr. No’

Wright State University needs a “Dr. No” to prevent overspending that interim president Curtis McCray said may force the college to eliminate its men’s golf team as more budget cuts and layoffs loom. WSU needs someone who is not afraid to turn down financial requests that led to the university’s overspending, McCray told the Dayton Daily News in his first interview as the college&rsquo...
How will Trump’s climate change executive orders impact Ohio?

How will Trump’s climate change executive orders impact Ohio?

Not even 100 days into his presidency, President Donald Trump Tuesday announced an executive order that would have sweeping impact on his predecessor’s efforts to curb climate change – a move that business and the energy industry cheers and that environmentalists lament. With the stroke of a pen on Tuesday, Trump issued an order that will begin to bring to a halt the Clean Power Plan,...
WSU interim leader: Golf team could go, school needs a ‘Dr. No’

WSU interim leader: Golf team could go, school needs a ‘Dr. No’

Most of Wright State University’s financial wounds were self-inflicted, interim president Curtis McCray told the Dayton Daily News in his first interview as the college’s temporary leader. WSU needed a “Dr. No,” or someone who could turn down financial requests that led to the university overspending, McCray said. McCray has served as a president at four other universities...
BGSU professor caught with sexually explicit material on work computer

BGSU professor caught with sexually explicit material on work computer

An investigation by the Ohio Inspector General and Bowling Green State University Police found that a BGSU professor disseminated “erotic literature” from university equipment. Alan Atalah, associate dean in the BGSU college of technology, provided a USB drive with research on it to the Ohio Department of Transportation, according to a release from the inspector general. Along with the...
Ohio may redact kids’ names from school bus crash reports

Ohio may redact kids’ names from school bus crash reports

In what could be a major shift in Ohio’s public records law, the names of children involved in hundreds of school bus accidents across the state each year would be withheld from disclosure on police reports. Republican State Reps. Jeff Rezabek of Clayton and Peter Hambly of Brunswick are co-sponsoring a bill to exempt from public disclosure information on minors who are passengers in school...
Region tries again for state money for startups

Region tries again for state money for startups

Dayton region officials are once again trying to convince the state to restore funding for entrepreneurs that was lost in 2015 after the Dayton Development Coalition was unable to resolve concerns over how effectively the money was being spent. “Unfortunately we lost this funding two years ago. I’m hopeful we can get this funding back so that we can get our startup community these necessary...
Deadly home fires spark fight over regulations

Deadly home fires spark fight over regulations

Fire officials across Ohio are backing a proposal by Gov. John Kasich to abolish the industry-controlled agency that regulates manufactured homes, saying the commission does too little to protect manufactured home residents from deadly fires. The Ohio Fire Chief’s Association last week sent a letter to Ohio lawmakers expressing support for a provision in the state budget that would do away with...
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