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Autopsy photos from Pike County killings can be withheld, court rules

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday that autopsy photos in the 2016 Pike County murders may be withheld from the public until the homicide investigation is closed. The 4-3 ruling comes in a case filed by the Cincinnati Enquirer and Columbus Dispatch against the Pike County Coroner’s office. The newspapers were seeking release of unredacted records in the case of eight members of the Rhoden...
Springfield red light cameras to stay off until lower court ruling

Springfield red light cameras to stay off until lower court ruling

The Ohio Supreme Court sent Springfield’s lawsuit challenging a new red light camera law back to a Clark County court on Wednesday, saying it should take into account a ruling earlier this year declaring parts of the law unconstitutional. Springfield had used red light cameras for nearly a decade — the city issued about 77,000 citations between 2006 and 2015, collecting about $3.4 million...
Ohioans who lose driver’s license get help from lawmakers

Ohioans who lose driver’s license get help from lawmakers

A bill that would temporily allow some Ohioans who have lost their driver’s license to regain it without paying a reinstatement fee passed the Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday. State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, was the only member to vote no on the House Bill 336, which was jointly sponsored by Rep. John Barnes, Jr., D-Cleveland, and State Rep. Dave Greenspan, R-Westlake. &ldquo...
How could Democratic win in Alabama impact Ohio in 2018?

How could Democratic win in Alabama impact Ohio in 2018?

The defeat of Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore in Alabama Tuesday is not only a sharp rebuke against President Donald Trump but serves as a warning to Republicans such as Josh Mandel of Ohio against fully embracing Trump and the arch-conservative voters who support him. Mandel, who is seeking next year’s Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, has campaigned as an ardent Trump supporter...
Ohio congresswoman says some women’s clothes are ‘invitation’ for sexual harassment

Ohio congresswoman says some women’s clothes are ‘invitation’ for sexual harassment

Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur said that some members of Congress and aides invite sexual harassment because of the way they dress, according to a report in Politico. Kaptur, D-Toledo,  made the comments during a caucus meeting with Democrats where the subject came up. “I saw a member yesterday with her cleavage so deep it was down to the floor,” Kaptur said, according to the sources...
Retherford says bill will prevent ‘re-victimizing’ of crime victims

Retherford says bill will prevent ‘re-victimizing’ of crime victims

Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, has introduced a bill that would prevent photos, videos and images of a victim of a sexually oriented crime from being accessed via a public records request. The bill, called the Victim’s Protection and Privacy Act, was prompted after a conversation Retherford said he had with a Hamilton police detective. MORE: Heartbeat abortion bill passes Ohio House committee...
Omarosa Manigault Newman, a CSU grad, leaving White House

Omarosa Manigault Newman, a CSU grad, leaving White House

Omarosa Manigault Newman was not only one of the high-profile faces at the Trump White House — a reality TV star who became a celebrity on “The Apprentice,” — she was also one of the administration’s most prominent Ohioans. But now she’s gone. Her resignation was announced Wednesday by the White House, effective Jan. 20. Reporter April Ryan of American Urban Radio...
Ohio Senate votes to ban abortions if Down syndrome diagnosed

Ohio Senate votes to ban abortions if Down syndrome diagnosed

The Ohio Senate voted 20-12 in favor of a bill that would make it a crime for doctors to perform abortions on women who want to terminate their pregnancies because Down syndrome has been detected. The bill, which already cleared the Ohio House on a 64-31 vote on Nov. 30, will now go to Gov. John Kasich for consideration. The latest ban comes a year after Kasich signed a law prohibiting abortions after...
Ohio’s Kasich, Brown react to Alabama election

Ohio’s Kasich, Brown react to Alabama election

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says Republicans in Alabama “chose country over party,” in Tuesday’s Senate election. Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in a narrow win to become the first Democrat in more than 20 years to hold a Senate seat there. Sexual assault allegations against Moore caused many Republicans, including Kasich, to distance themselves from the GOP candidate...
Ohio college towns ranked by cost, social scene, opportunities

Ohio college towns ranked by cost, social scene, opportunities

Ohio is home to dozens of universities, but just 10 of the cities those schools call home were recently ranked in the nation’s top 415. Personal finance website WalletHub this week ranked America’s college towns by three main factors including “wallet friendliness,” social environment and academic and economic opportunities. The highest ranking Dayton area college town was...
Governor race: Pillich wins endorsement of former Penn. Gov. Rendell

Governor race: Pillich wins endorsement of former Penn. Gov. Rendell

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Connie Pillich is getting the backing of former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, and the two plan on hitting the campaign trail. Who’s in? A look at who is running for governor Rendell could be an important asset to Pillich as she seeks to distinguish herself from the crowded Democratic field. Six Democrats are vying for the chance to succeed Republican Gov. John...
Softer Ohio graduation standards could extend two more years

Softer Ohio graduation standards could extend two more years

Current high school juniors and sophomores might get the same, softer graduation standards that now apply to the Class of 2018, according to state school board discussions. Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings, chair of the board’s Achievement and Graduation Requirements Committee, said the group will consider a resolution to extend those extra graduation options to the classes of 2019 and 2020. &ldquo...
Cordray in Springfield: Lawmakers at war with local governments

Cordray in Springfield: Lawmakers at war with local governments

Richard Cordray, Democratic candidate for governor, met with about two dozen supporters in Springfield on Tuesday, where he argued policies enacted by the majority-Republican legislature in Columbus have harmed local communities. Cordray’s visit at the Comfort Inn and Suites was one of the his first stops after announcing last week that he planned to run for governor. Cordray recently resigned...
Kasich urges Congress to OK extension of child health program

Kasich urges Congress to OK extension of child health program

With time running out, Ohio Gov. John Kasich urged Congress to approve “as quickly as possible” an extension of a health program that provides coverage to nearly 220,000 children in Ohio. In a letter to Senate and House Republican and Democratic leaders Tuesday, Kasich and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado warned that failure to extend the program will jeopardize “access...
Trump signs defense bill; shutdown stlll looms next week

Trump signs defense bill; shutdown stlll looms next week

President Donald Trump signed a defense authorization bill into law Tuesday, but that doesn’t settle the prospect of a partial federal government shutdown Dec. 22. The bill authorizes defense programs for 2018, many of which will impact Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, but reaching a funding deal that would pay for the programs has eluded lawmakers so far this year. “A government shutdown...
What’s that noise? F-16s to fly over Dayton region at night this week

What’s that noise? F-16s to fly over Dayton region at night this week

F-16 fighter jets were set to fly around the Dayton, Springfield and Middletown region Wednesday night, an Ohio Air National Guard spokesman says. The Toledo-based 180th Fighter Wing jets will intercept a Civil Air Patrol aircraft. The wing will be training through 9 p.m. Thursday, according to the unit. The jets could travel through the region at any time during the night exercises, said Staff Sgt...
UD to award degrees to around 570 graduates on Saturday

UD to award degrees to around 570 graduates on Saturday

The University of Dayton will celebrate its fall graduates this weekend. UD’s fall commencement ceremony is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the University of Dayton Arena, according to the school. Around 570 students will be awarded their degrees. RELATED: Bad fraternity behavior causing schools to take sweeping action The ceremony, which marks UD’s 168th commencement, will include...
Report questions $1.8 million paid by WSU to consultant

Report questions $1.8 million paid by WSU to consultant

The Ohio Inspector General’s office Tuesday said it flagged as questionable about $1.8 million of the $2.3 million Wright State University paid economic development consultant Ron Wine and sent a 20-page report on the findings to the Greene County prosecutor’s office and state auditor for review. But an attorney for Wine, who has filed a lawsuit against the university alleging breach of...
Around 1,900 to graduate from Wright State this weekend

Around 1,900 to graduate from Wright State this weekend

Wright State University is set to award more than 1,700 degrees this weekend at the school’s fall commencement ceremony. Nearly 1,900 students are expected to graduate during the 10 a.m. ceremony in Wright State’s Nutter Center. RELATED: Wright State could lock in tuition price after hiking it 6 percent Around 1,083 bachelor’s degrees will be awarded, on top of 681 master’s...
Graduation rates rise again; Ohio ranks low for black students

Graduation rates rise again; Ohio ranks low for black students

High school graduation rates rose both nationally and in Ohio, according to comprehensive 2015-16 data released last week, but concerns remain about the number of students not graduating, and about graduation rates for black students in Ohio. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the nation’s four-year graduation rate for public high school students rose by 1 percent for...
GOP governor candidate Jim Renacci picks Cincinnati councilwoman as his running mate

GOP governor candidate Jim Renacci picks Cincinnati councilwoman as his running mate

Republican candidate for governor U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci announced Monday that Cincinnati Councilwoman Amy Murray will be his running mate in the 2018 GOP primary. “I think the real key is ‘back to business, not business as usual,’” said Renacci in announcing Murray as part of his team. He made the announcement at a news conference in Cincinnati, and held a second event later...
5 things to know about effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio

5 things to know about effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio

Two men who put the question of marijuana legalization before Ohio voters in 2015 plan to do it again in 2018. Backers of the new marijuana issue say they’ll write the amendment and seek approval in early January to begin collecting the required 306,000 valid voter signatures by July 4. They said their “free market adult consumption of marijuana” constitutional amendment would not...
Ohio voters may decide on plan to legalize recreational marijuana in 2018

Ohio voters may decide on plan to legalize recreational marijuana in 2018

Ohio voters could decide in 2018 to legalize marijuana for recreational use if supporters of a constitutional amendment are able to get the issue on the November ballot. Cincinnati businessman Jimmy Gould and his business partner Ian James of Coumbus, the driving force behind the 2015 marijuana legalization issue that voters rejected by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, are behind a very different plan for...
State auditor: City lacks proper records of traffic camera fines

State auditor: City lacks proper records of traffic camera fines

Ohio’s auditor has faulted a small city near Columbus and its police chief for failing to keep proper records of camera-enforced traffic fines that produce much of the village’s revenue. An audit of Brice released last week says auditors couldn’t find sufficient documentation for the tickets. The village roughly 12 miles east of Columbus reported the fines brought in more than $170...
Drone strikes could cause more damage to planes than birds, study says

Drone strikes could cause more damage to planes than birds, study says

A Federal Aviation Administration study found small drones could potentially cause more damage to an aircraft than a bird strike, researchers say. The FAA’s Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence – also known as ASSURE— worked with researchers across the country on the study. The research found heavier, stiffer components, such as a drone motor, battery or...
Air Force Marathon chooses drone as ‘official’ aircraft of 2018 races

Air Force Marathon chooses drone as ‘official’ aircraft of 2018 races

The MQ-9 Reaper drone has been chosen as the “official” aircraft of the 2018 Air Force Marathon, a series of races that draw thousands of runners across the nation and other countries to the Miami Valley. This marks the second time the Air Force has chosen an unmanned aerial vehicle as the aircraft for the contest. RELATED: Hypersonic research could lead to future spy drone In 2009, the...
Bill in Ohio House seeks to give judges more say in bail decisions

Bill in Ohio House seeks to give judges more say in bail decisions

Efforts to reform Ohio’s bail laws appear to be gathering steam in Columbus as groups on both sides of the aisle call for changes. Roughly 57 percent of inmates in Ohio jails are not there serving a sentence but instead awaiting trial, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction data. Ohio courts should look at risk factors, not bank accounts, when deciding who goes free...
Should Ohio legalize recreational marijuana? Issue could be heading back to voters

Should Ohio legalize recreational marijuana? Issue could be heading back to voters

New information: We just got the details of the proposed marijuana constitutional amendment that may face Ohio voters in 2018. Get the details here. Earlier story: Ohioans may be voting again on full legalization of marijuana. Jimmy Gould, a backer of the 2015 statewide ballot issue, is expected to announce Monday that he and others are backing the “Free Market Adult Consumption...
How will Ohio know gun owners don’t use medical pot? The honor system

How will Ohio know gun owners don’t use medical pot? The honor system

Once Ohio’s medical marijuana program gets off the ground, the state will rely on the honor system to ensure those seeking concealed-carry permits aren’t also licensed to use pot for medical reasons. Federal law prohibits cannabis users from possessing a gun or getting a CCW, but background checks conducted before Ohioans buy firearms or get a concealed-carry permit won’t indicate...
Air Force continues to address shortage of aircraft maintainers

Air Force continues to address shortage of aircraft maintainers

A massive shortfall of Air Force aircraft maintainers that caused “severe turbulence” in manning has dropped from thousands to hundreds, the service branch said. The Air Force has a shortage of about 400 maintainers on active duty, a significant drop from a gap of 3,400 a year ago and 4,000 in 2015, a spokeswoman said. Despite the gains, getting seasoned maintainers to repair the oldest...
Controversial Ohio Justice O’Neill to step down from bench on Jan. 26 and run for governor

Controversial Ohio Justice O’Neill to step down from bench on Jan. 26 and run for governor

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill will resign from the court Jan. 26, according to a letter he sent Friday to Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who accepted the resignation.   Kasich, a Republican, will pick a successor to O’Neill, who is the court’s only Democrat. No timetable has been set, but a spokesman for Kasich said a committee will screen candidates and then make recommendations...
Congress passes stopgap spending bill to avert weekend shutdown

Congress passes stopgap spending bill to avert weekend shutdown

The House and Senate on Thursday passed a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown this weekend and buy time for challenging talks on a wide range of unfinished business on Capitol Hill. The measure passed on a vote of 235-193 in the House and 81-14 in the Senate, and would keep the government running through Dec. 22. The resolution was set to be sent to President Donald Trump for his...
Ethics investigation shows state worker solicited payment from vendor

Ethics investigation shows state worker solicited payment from vendor

The chief information officer at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services solicited $37,000 from a vendor that has been paid nearly $250 million by the state since 2010, according to a new report by Ohio Inspector General Randy Meyer. Stuart Davis solicited the payment from CGI Technologies and Solutions, Inc. to sponsor Davis’ speaking session at the 2013 Cincinnati CIO Executive Summit...
Bad fraternity behavior causing schools to take sweeping action

Bad fraternity behavior causing schools to take sweeping action

Out-of-control behavior — sometimes leading to death — has led universities across the country to take dramatic action against fraternities. Four deaths and several cases of misconduct this year have prompted the suspension of Greek life programs at seven U.S. colleges, including Ohio State University. The lewd or dangerous behavior by students is not new, but universities are quicker...
State report card needs changes, education groups say

State report card needs changes, education groups say

After a year of educator complaints about Ohio’s school report card, two different organizations joined the fight this week, one group saying Ohio’s report card is unfair to high-poverty schools, and another criticizing the user-friendliness of many states’ data. The Fordham Institute, an education policy think tank associated with Dayton’s DECA charter schools, issued a policy...
Ohio State sells Naloxone kits at student pharmacy

Ohio State sells Naloxone kits at student pharmacy

The Ohio State University is selling Naloxone, an overdose-reversing drug, at its student pharmacy. Kits containing the generic form of Narcan are available over the counter at the Wilce Student Health Center, the university announced on its website. The push for the university to offer the life-saving overdose drug comes after some students said there is a need for it amid the opioid crises, our...
Kasich orders all flags be flown half-staff for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Kasich orders all flags be flown half-staff for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Gov. John Kasich ordered all flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.  From sunrise to sunset Thursday, flags will be at half-staff to honor those who lost their lives serving our country in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.  From Kasich's Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day resolution: "We remember the lives lost that tragic December morning...
State senate bill adds 21 new specialty plates to the 269 already offered in Ohio

State senate bill adds 21 new specialty plates to the 269 already offered in Ohio

UPDATE: Ohioans will have an even larger number of specialty license plates to choose from under a bill that will be sent to Ohio Gov. John Kasich for his signature. The Ohio Senate on Wednesday added 21 new specialty license plates to the 269 already available to Ohio drivers. The Senate concurred with changes to a larger bill on state highway names and Wednesday’s vote means the bill goes...
State auditor: Drug dealer scored applications for Ohio pot sites

State auditor: Drug dealer scored applications for Ohio pot sites

Just days after Ohio awarded a dozen companies licenses to grow medical marijuana, charges are being leveled that the scoring process was tainted and an investigation should be conducted. Media reports revealed that iCann, a consulting company hired under $150,000 contract with the Ohio Department of Commerce to help score the applications, is led by a man with a 2005 criminal conviction in Pennsylvania...
Supreme court justice not leaving race for Ohio governor

Supreme court justice not leaving race for Ohio governor

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill on Wednesday backed off his pledge to drop out of the 2018 Democratic race for governor if Richard Cordray entered the race. Cordray announced on Tuesday that he is running for the Democratic nomination. O’Neill, whose entry into the race while remaining on the bench is controversial, now says he will only leave the race if one of the other Democratic...
Should Ohio require drug testing for SNAP benefits?

Should Ohio require drug testing for SNAP benefits?

The state of Wisconsin has sparked a debate nationwide after its governor, Scott Walker, moved ahead Monday with a plan to begin ordering drug screenings for able-bodied recipients of FoodShare, the state’s version of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). But should a similar plan come to the Buckeye State? Wisconsin’s plan, which was originally approved by the...
Undocumented workers may be denied worker comp benefits in Ohio

Undocumented workers may be denied worker comp benefits in Ohio

The Ohio House voted 62-30 on Tuesday in favor of legislation that would block undocumented workers injured on the job from collecting workers’ compensation benefits. Sponsors of the bill, state Reps. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, and Larry Householder, R-Glenford, say the bill sends a message that Ohio doesn’t support illegal immigration. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration...
Cordray launches run for governor; holding event in Dayton Wednesday

Cordray launches run for governor; holding event in Dayton Wednesday

Surrounded by friends and family and a pack of journalists, Democrat Richard Cordray launched his 2018 bid for Ohio governor in a local diner in his hometown in suburban Columbus on Tuesday, promising to focus on kitchen table issues. The question is, will Democrats in Ohio see him as their best hope against a Republican field of familiar faces? Cordray, 58, is the sixth candidate to jump into the...
Urbana, Champaign County receiving part of $24M statewide grant

Urbana, Champaign County receiving part of $24M statewide grant

The city of Urbana and Champaign County are among 30 communities sharing a $24 million state grant to improve housing quality and homeownership throughout the state. Urbana and Champaign County will receive $800,000 to “rehabilitate 10 owner-occupied homes, repair 22 owner-occupied homes, and help Habitat for Humanity build two homes” according to a press release from the Ohio Development...
Feds drop deportation case

Feds drop deportation case

Earl Rinehart, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (TNS) Zenon Natividad Cruz was driving with his wife to work early on the morning of Feb. 5, 2016, when the inside of their vehicle lit up with blue flashing lights. A police officer was pulling them over. Natividad Cruz couldn’t think of what he had done wrong. Whatever it was, he wasn’t going to argue: He and his wife had come to the United...
First 250 customers to get freebies at Centerville Cabela’s on Saturday

First 250 customers to get freebies at Centerville Cabela’s on Saturday

Cabela’s in Centerville is celebrating the holidays early this year by offering in-store giveaways to customers this weekend. The first 250 customers over the age of 18 on Saturday morning will receive a mystery envelope containing information about their free gift. The envelopes will be distributed randomly and could include outdoor products, Cabela’s gift cards and more, according to...
No guns: Ohio’s medical marijuana users won’t be able to have firearms

No guns: Ohio’s medical marijuana users won’t be able to have firearms

People who register with the state of Ohio to legally use medical marijuana will be prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law, according to guidance released by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. In an open letter to federally licensed firearms dealers, the ATF advised in 2011 that marijuana is still a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law so any use of the drug...
Home away: Most college leaders live off campus on taxpayer dime

Home away: Most college leaders live off campus on taxpayer dime

Having a home on campus has become less common for the leaders of Ohio’s public universities but their employers are still helping to pay their mortgages. In Ohio, university presidents are the highest paid public employees living in government subsidized housing. In recent years, area universities have shifted from offering their presidents a pad on campus to helping them pay for a home of...
Base workers ‘concerned;’ top senator says government won’t shut down

Base workers ‘concerned;’ top senator says government won’t shut down

Testing the resolve of Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Sunday there won’t be a government shutdown this week over the question of protecting immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, describing it as a “non-emergency” to be addressed next year. “There’s not going to be a government shutdown. It’s just not going to happen...
Democratic governor candidates debate jobs, taxes, education issues

Democratic governor candidates debate jobs, taxes, education issues

Four Democrats running for governor in 2018 debated issues such as jobs, taxes, education and roads on Monday but looming off stage was a major development: Richard Cordray scheduled his gubernatorial campaign announcement for Tuesday in his hometown of Grove City. Cordray, who stepped down last month as director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, did not participate in the Cleveland...
New veterans ID card could be shown to retailers, VA says

New veterans ID card could be shown to retailers, VA says

In a push to make it easier for veterans to identify themselves to retailers and others, the Department of Veterans Affairs has rolled out a new Veterans Identification Card. The card, part of a 2015 federal mandate, was an “overdue promise,” the VA said in a statement. The new ID will allow veterans to more easily identify themselves without carrying around discharge paperwork to retailers...
Repairs to Wright Patt gate damaged in crash will take weeks

Repairs to Wright Patt gate damaged in crash will take weeks

A major gateway damaged when a car crashed into it leaving a gate unable to close will cost at least $85,000 to repair and take until later this month to fix, according to a Wright-Patterson spokesman. Gate 22B off Interstate 675, was damaged in the early morning hours of Nov. 22 in the incident, according to authorities. EVOL Ltd. & DCI JV, of Dublin, Ohio was awarded an $85,000 contract to complete...
Ohio Supreme Court to hear local man’s death penalty appeal

Ohio Supreme Court to hear local man’s death penalty appeal

The hearing at the Ohio Supreme Court for Austin Myers, 22, of Clayton, has begun.  Myers stabbed Justin Back to death in Warren County in January 2014. Myers was convicted for the murder and was sentenced to death. He appealed that decision. On Tuesday, the Ohio Supreme Court is to preside over a legal debate over whether the death penalty should be executed on a young Clayton man - the second...
Lyft driver wanted for questioning in Cincinnati sex assault

Lyft driver wanted for questioning in Cincinnati sex assault

A man who presented himself as a Lyft driver is wanted for questioning in the sexual assault of a woman early Saturday morning in Cincinnati. Police said the assault happened between 2 and 3:30 a.m. in an unknown location near Red Bank Road off northbound Interstate 71 after the suspect picked up the woman in the 1400 block of Main Street, according to an alert sent Saturday evening. The suspect is...
Changes sought as driver suspensions pile up

Changes sought as driver suspensions pile up

Drivers in Ohio can lose their license for actions that have nothing to do with driving. Failing to pay child support. Dropping out of high school. Getting caught smoking as a juvenile. Skipping a court date or failing to pay fines on misdemeanor charges. And if drivers are among the 5,400 randomly selected each week to get a letter in the mail asking for proof of insurance, they better respond to...
Springfield lawmaker seeks to regulate payday lenders

Springfield lawmaker seeks to regulate payday lenders

A bill to regulate payday lenders proposed by a Springfield lawmaker is finally seeing movement in the Statehouse, months after it was introduce. Calling his plan to regulate payday lenders “common sense legislation,” Rep. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, presented it to an Ohio House committee last week. RELATED: Springfield pastor seeking local support for payday lending bill House Bill...
Ohio State Fair ride tragedy: State decides not to fine, sanction Fire Ball operator

Ohio State Fair ride tragedy: State decides not to fine, sanction Fire Ball operator

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has decided not to fine Amusements of America or sanction the company in the aftermath of the deadly incident involving the Fire Ball ride at the Ohio State Fair in July.  The department released its investigative summary Friday morning about the incident that ended in the death of Tyler Jarrell on July 26 when the ride broke apart. Seven other people were injured...
Legal challenges expected after medical marijuana growers named

Legal challenges expected after medical marijuana growers named

A dozen business owners are delighted by the state’s marijuana grower license awards announced this week but 97 others failed to make the cut and some are threatening to sue. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program on Friday released scoring results for all 109 applicants for Level 1 cultivation licenses: 73 failed to meet the minimum requirements and were disqualified from consideration...
Urbana lawyer suspended by Ohio Supreme Court for legal malpractice

Urbana lawyer suspended by Ohio Supreme Court for legal malpractice

An Urbana attorney’s license has been indefinitely suspended by the Ohio Supreme Court after he was found guilty of selling a client’s land to pay legal fees. Christopher R. Bucio pleaded to one count of unauthorized use of property, which is a fourth-degree felony. He was also sentenced to five years of community control and was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, according to the Ohio Supreme...
Meyer to get a $100,000 bonus if Ohio State beats Wisconsin

Meyer to get a $100,000 bonus if Ohio State beats Wisconsin

If the Ohio State Buckeyes win the Big Ten Championship game on Saturday, it’ll mean a $100,000 bonus in Urban Meyer’s paycheck. Meyer’s 41-page contract with the university is stocked with performance bonuses and extra benefits. For example, if Meyer’s team goes on to a BCS bowl game, he’ll be paid another $150,000. And if the Buckeyes make it to the National Championship...
What they’re saying: DeWine-Husted ticket draws strong Ohio reactions

What they’re saying: DeWine-Husted ticket draws strong Ohio reactions

Mike DeWine and Jon Husted will run as a ticket for Ohio governor, the Republicans announced Thursday at the University of Dayton. DeWine, the state attorney general, will run for governor and Husted, the secretary of state, will seek to become lieutenant governor. The race for the GOP nomination also includes U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. On the Democratic side announced...
DeWine-Husted ticket called governor’s race ‘dream team’ by GOP state senator

DeWine-Husted ticket called governor’s race ‘dream team’ by GOP state senator

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted made it official Thursday, announcing that Husted will drop his bid for governor and join DeWine as his running mate in the 2018 Republican primary for governor.   Both men have deep ties to the Dayton region.   DeWine said Husted brings experience, leadership, ideas and passion to the ticket and understands...
Lt. Gov. Taylor says she’s staying in race for governor

Lt. Gov. Taylor says she’s staying in race for governor

The same day Republicans Mike DeWine and Jon Husted announced they’re teaming up in 2018, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor brushed aside all notions that she would drop out of the GOP primary. “I am in it to win,” Taylor said. “Mike DeWine is the past. And I will fight for Ohio’s future.” Taylor, who has served as John Kasich’s lieutenant governor for seven years, is...
Springfield, Yellow Springs to get large marijuana growing operations

Springfield, Yellow Springs to get large marijuana growing operations

Ohio’s nascent medical marijuana industry took a giant step today when the state of Ohio awarded a dozen large-scale grower licenses, including one near Springfield and one in Yellow Springs.  The 12 winners, selected from a pool of 109 applicants, will be spread across the state from Brown to Erie counties.  The company Pure Ohio Wellness plans to renovate an existing building at...
National Aviation Hall of Fame picks 2018 astronaut, pilot enshrinees

National Aviation Hall of Fame picks 2018 astronaut, pilot enshrinees

Four former aviators will be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2018, the organization has announced. The enshrinees, chosen by 120 aviation industry representatives across the nation, are selected based on a lifelong commitment to aviation and aerospace, said NAHF Executive Director Amy Spowart. They were announced Wednesday night at a National Aeronautic Association ceremony in...
Sources: Former Ohio AG Richard Cordray to announce governor run within days

Sources: Former Ohio AG Richard Cordray to announce governor run within days

Three sources speaking on condition of anonymity Wednesday said that former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray will enter the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination no later than next week. Cordray resigned his post earlier this month as director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Other Democrats who have declared they’re running are: Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, state...
DeWine to name Husted as his running mate in Dayton today

DeWine to name Husted as his running mate in Dayton today

Two powerful Republicans running for governor have decided to join forces instead of running against each other, sources say. Attorney General Mike DeWine is expected to name Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted as his running mate in the 2018 GOP primary for governor at an event in Dayton on Thursday. Husted and his campaign team could not be reached for comment. DeWine’s campaign spokesman declined...
Kasich to decide if Ohio will legalize fantasy sports betting

Kasich to decide if Ohio will legalize fantasy sports betting

On Tuesday, the Ohio House voted 86-3 to let the Ohio Casino Control Commission regulate fantasy sports betting. The vote now sends the bill to Gov. John Kasich. If he signs it, it would legalize fantasy sports gambling in the state. Earlier story: Fantasy sports contests played by thousands of Ohioans may soon be regulated by the Ohio Casino Control Commission after a bill passed the Ohio Senate...
Highway in Kirkersville may be renamed to honor slain police chief

Highway in Kirkersville may be renamed to honor slain police chief

A stretch of highway U.S. 40 may be renamed to honor the Kirkersville police chief who was gunned down in an alley behind a nursing home in the early morning hours of May 12. The Ohio Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday in favor of a bill to rename the portion of U.S. 40 that passes through the Village of Kirkersville the “Steven Eric DiSario Memorial Highway.” DiSario, a part-time police...
Sister of man ‘buried alive’ files suit in Washington Twp. trench death

Sister of man ‘buried alive’ files suit in Washington Twp. trench death

The sister of a man who was “buried alive” while working in a trench at a Washington Twp. residence has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the house’s developer, contractor and a subcontractor. James B. Rogers, 33, of Winchester, died June 15, 2016, after a 12-foot deep trench collapsed on him while working for KRW Plumbing of Jamestown, a company that had a trench collapse about...
Ohio farmers fear disruption if NAFTA is retooled or scrapped

Ohio farmers fear disruption if NAFTA is retooled or scrapped

The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, should worry Ohio’s 75,000 farmers. The agreement, struck in 1994, allows mostly tariff-free trade between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico and Canada have grown fourfold since 1993, to more than $38 billion, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A full quarter of U...
Movie theater chain with area locations could sell to British company

Movie theater chain with area locations could sell to British company

The nation’s second-largest movie theater owner may be in talks to sell itself to a British company. Regal Entertainment, which is based in Knoxville, Tenn., could sell to the London-based Cineworld Group, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. RELATED: Arby’s to acquire Buffalo Wild Wings for more than $2B If a deal is struck, the British movie theater chain could buy Regal...
3 Ohio cities ranked among the country’s 25 ‘most sinful’

3 Ohio cities ranked among the country’s 25 ‘most sinful’

Las Vegas may be Nevada’s Sin City, but Cincinnati is Ohio’s. A list of America’s “most sinful” cities shows Ohio is home two three of the top 25 in the country, and another two in Ohio made the top 50. Cincinnati was ranked the No. 12 most sinful city in the nation, right behind Richmond, Va. at No. 11 and immediately before Charleston, W.Va. at No. 13, according to...
Lack of defense budget raising concerns at Wright-Patterson

Lack of defense budget raising concerns at Wright-Patterson

A cloud of uncertainty has risen at Wright-Patterson and within the Air Force because of a lack of a defense budget, says a top commander, who did not want to see a return to civilian employee furloughs that happened four years ago. With a deadline to reach a budget deal looming within days, Congress must either pass an appropriations bill to fund the government, including the military, or extend...
Ohio lawmakers want to ban freeze fees charged by credit agencies

Ohio lawmakers want to ban freeze fees charged by credit agencies

Credit reporting agencies would no longer be allowed to charge consumers fees every time they place or lift a freeze on their credit reports, under a proposal from state Rep. Mike Henne, R-Clayton. Henne and his co-sponsor state Rep. Brigid Kelly, D-Columbus, testified Tuesday on House Bill 386, which would prohibit credit reporting agencies such as Equifax, TransUnion and Experian from charging fees...
Today is Giving Tuesday: Ohio ranks highly as charitable state

Today is Giving Tuesday: Ohio ranks highly as charitable state

With holiday shopping for Black Friday and Cyber Monday now over, people are being asked to pull out their wallets one more time. It’s Giving Tuesday, a day that’s meant to push people to donate to their favorite charities and organizations. RELATED: How safe is your city? See Ohio’s safest cities rankings America is one of the most charitable countries, ranking No. 5 out of 140...
Trump, Senate GOP scramble to change tax plan to gain votes

Trump, Senate GOP scramble to change tax plan to gain votes

President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans scrambled Monday to make changes to a Republican tax bill in an effort to win over holdout GOP senators and pass a tax package by the end of the year. In a tweet, the president said, “With just a few changes, some mathematical, the middle class and job producers can get even more in actual dollars and savings.” Trump and Senate leaders are...
OSU releases records, videos from terrorist attack on campus

OSU releases records, videos from terrorist attack on campus

Police body camera footage and other documents released by Ohio State University on Monday – a day ahead of the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack on main campus – paints a chaotic and dramatic scene that left the attacker dead and 11 students and staff members injured. “As soon as the firefighters got back in their truck to leave, the Honda Civic came flying in, hit a...
Blue Angels set to turn up the noise at Dayton Air Show

Blue Angels set to turn up the noise at Dayton Air Show

The Navy’s Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets are set to soar into the Vectren Dayton Air Show for the first time in four years next June, and mark the return of a crowd-drawing military jet team for the first time since 2015. A two-seat blue and yellow jet painted with the number 7 on its tail landed at Dayton International Airport on Monday, flying in from the team’s home in Pensacola...
Greg Schiano: 5 things to know about the Ohio State coach pursued then dropped by Tennessee

Greg Schiano: 5 things to know about the Ohio State coach pursued then dropped by Tennessee

The University of Tennessee severed ties with Ohio State’s defensive coordinator after pursuing him for its vacant head coaching job. Tennessee had been pursuing Greg Schiano as a replacement for the fired Butch Jones, but the SEC school backed off negotiations Sunday after widespread complaints. Those complaints focused on Schiano’s background as an assistant at Penn State during Jerry...
General: Spending needed if you want to hire, fly B-52s until 2040

General: Spending needed if you want to hire, fly B-52s until 2040

If federal lawmakers fail to reach a deal to ease defense spending reductions, the Air Force could be forced to curb aircraft speending, cut aging fleet modernization plans, and freeze civilian hiring, a top Wright-Patterson general says. The punch of sequestration ,or automatic defense spending cuts, reached a peak in 2013 when thousands of Wright-Patterson civil service employees were furloughed...
Number leaving Congress this term could be the highest in decades

Number leaving Congress this term could be the highest in decades

So far this year, 41 U.S. House members — about 9 percent of the body — have announced they are resigning, retiring or seeking another office. And there is still more than a year to go in the two-year term. Congress always has turnover, but the pace established this year could mean the number leaving is the highest in decades. And while some have taken jobs in the new administration or...
Former Butler Twp. trustee faces criticism as Trump appointee

Former Butler Twp. trustee faces criticism as Trump appointee

A former Butler Twp. trustee who joined the Trump administration after working on the president’s campaign has been highlighted by two national publications as having questionable qualifications as a political appointee. In response to the criticism, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said that Nick Brusky is qualified for his position as a confidential assistant in the Foreign Agriculture Service...
Bill would give judges more say on trying juveniles as adults

Bill would give judges more say on trying juveniles as adults

A local legislator wants to give judges more discretion in binding over youths to the adult justice system, but a prosecutor’s group is opposing the measure because it says it removes a needed crime deterrent. State Rep. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, said he wants juveniles held accountable for their actions, but the law needs to take into consideration that the brain of a 14-year-old is very different...
Why are so many Ohioans in prison? The state is trying to find out

Why are so many Ohioans in prison? The state is trying to find out

Ohio is planning a deep dive into crime data — arrests, convictions, sentencing, probation, incarceration, behavioral health and more — to help answer some vexing questions, such as why the state has such a high prison population and why so many people here are on probation? The answers — and what is done about it — could have a profound influence on the public, which spends...
Air Force facing growing crisis in pilot shortage

Air Force facing growing crisis in pilot shortage

Faced with multiple deployments overseas and an airline industry on a hiring binge, fewer Air Force pilots are staying and have created a growing crisis for the nation’s air power. The Air Force says it’s about 2,000 pilots short – out of a total force of about 23,000 — of the number it needs to carry out the United State’s security demands. The service branch significantly...
Ohio lawmaker wants to limit child marriage

Ohio lawmaker wants to limit child marriage

Efforts to reform Ohio’s child marriage laws, which currently allow children of any age to marry if they obtain parental and judicial consent, could get tangled up in politics over gay marriage, lawmakers say. A Dayton Daily News investigation detailed more than 4,400 girls under 18 married in Ohio over the past 15 years, including 59 girls who were 15 or younger. State law sets the marriage...
State to target high-crash Ohio roads with 70 mph limits

State to target high-crash Ohio roads with 70 mph limits

The state will target high-crash Ohio roads that have 70 mph limits following a report that found a sharp increase in accidents after Ohio raised the limit from 65 mph. The analysis of those efforts could lead to a temporary reduction of the limit back to 65 mph in selected areas, according to the State Highway Patrol and the Department of Transportation. A patrol report released last week found a...
Unemployment, abortion, among big issues awaiting Ohio lawmakers

Unemployment, abortion, among big issues awaiting Ohio lawmakers

When state lawmakers return to Columbus on Wednesday, they’ll have a long list of issues awaiting action: abortion bans, a fix for the unemployment compensation system, congressional redistricting, a capital budget bill, and more. But just seven session days are scheduled between now and the end of 2017 — and five of those days are marked as “if needed.” Despite a meaty list...
Dayton mayor responds to lawmaker going after city’s traffic cameras

Dayton mayor responds to lawmaker going after city’s traffic cameras

Like many Ohio motorists, state Rep. Bill Seitz doesn’t like traffic cameras — not one bit. The long-time legislator authored an anti-traffic camera law that the Ohio Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional. Undeterred, the Cincinnati Republican crafted another bill designed to make it far more expensive for cities to use the cameras. Seitz and state Rep. Jim Butler, R-Oakwood, are...
Millions in government funds sought for job-creating projects

Millions in government funds sought for job-creating projects

A wish list of regional projects that adherents hope could get millions in federal and state funding has been unveiled. Now it’s your turn to comment on the ideas. The Dayton Development Coalition has unveiled a list of proposals that advocates hope could attract federal government funding, ideas some hope could boost the Dayton area in defense, health care, education and other arenas. RELATED...
Reports: Family values Ohio lawmaker led double life as gay man

Reports: Family values Ohio lawmaker led double life as gay man

Former state lawmaker, Wes Goodman, a family values conservative, lived a double life as a closeted gay man who routinely exchanged explicit messages to men in political circles in Washington, D.C. and Columbus, according to media reports. Goodman abruptly stepped down when confronted by Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger about reports that he had “inappropriate behavior” in his Riffe...
5 must-see police body cam videos from recent area incidents

5 must-see police body cam videos from recent area incidents

As a debate continues about body cameras and public records, a local state representative is pushing a bill that will attempt to define when videos should be public and when police can withhold them from public release. State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, has proposed a bill that states that body camera video is generally a public record, except if it’s taken in a private home or business...
Who will sell medical pot? 50 from area apply for licenses

Who will sell medical pot? 50 from area apply for licenses

In the latest step to establish a legal medical marijuana industry in Ohio, the state received 370 applications for dispensary licenses, including 50 from six area counties: 19 in Montgomery, 11 in Butler, 10 in Clark, five in Warren, four in Greene, one in Champaign. The next step will be to winnow down the list to the 60 that will be licensed to sell medical marijuana when the state’s program...
Ohio bill lays out which police body cam footage should be public

Ohio bill lays out which police body cam footage should be public

As more police officers respond to crime scenes wearing body cameras, an intense debate has erupted over how much of the footage is public record and where that line should be drawn. In Ohio, State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, is pushing a bill that attempts to define which videos are public and when police can withhold them from release. Body camera video is generally a public record, according...
Sexual assaults reported at Wright-Patt doubles in past two years

Sexual assaults reported at Wright-Patt doubles in past two years

Sexual assaults reported at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have increased over the past four years, and nearly doubled between 2015 and 2016, the Department of Defense reported. Between 2013 and 2016, 83 reports of sexual assault occurred at the Miami Valley base, which is the largest single site-employer in Ohio with a workforce of about 27,000 employees, Pentagon data shows. The data, which does...
Ohio launches campaign to prevent youth suicide

Ohio launches campaign to prevent youth suicide

The state of Ohio is launching a statewide campaign on social media aimed at preventing youth suicides. The “Be Present” campaign encourages teens and young adults to step up and support their peers who are struggling with isolation, depression and other mental health issues. “Many young people experience stress or anxiety as they find their way, and some have experienced trauma...

Kettering substitute teacher indicted on charges of sex with students

For the second time in a week, an indictment alleging sexual misconduct with teenage minor students has been issued against an educator, this time with charges against a Kettering substitute teacher. Madeline Marx, 23, of Brookville, was indicted Thursday by a Montgomery County grand jury on two counts of sexual battery, court records show. RELATED: Kettering substitute teacher indicted The indictment...
Charter school sponsor ratings rise locally, across state

Charter school sponsor ratings rise locally, across state

Charter school sponsors improved their ratings significantly this year, both on a statewide level and among sponsors of Dayton-area schools, according to new data from the Ohio Department of Education. Almost half of the state’s sponsors (21 of 45) were rated “effective” — the second-highest rung on a four-step ladder — and three sponsors were graded at the top level...
After boasting of sex with 50 women, Supreme Court judge apologizes

After boasting of sex with 50 women, Supreme Court judge apologizes

An Ohio Supreme Court justice is apologizing for a recent Facebook post in which he boasted of having sex with about 50 women over 50 years. “There comes a time in everyone’s life when you have to admit you were wrong,” Justice William O’Neill posted on his Facebook page Sunday. “It is Sunday morning and I am preparing to go to church and get right with God,&rdquo...
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