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New Dayton Air Show chairman takes the controls

Scott Buchanan started attending the Dayton Air Show in the 1970s. Now, the 49-year-old who grew up in Dayton and lives in Vandalia has the controls of the flying spectacle as chairman of the U.S. Air and Trade Show, the group that runs the event at Dayton International Airport. “I’m still pinching myself,” the Ohio Air National Guard veteran said at a Thursday press conference inside...
Ohio residents among least likely to have identity stolen

Ohio residents among least likely to have identity stolen

Ohioans are among the least vulnerable to identity theft and fraud, a new report has found. WalletHub has ranked Ohio the 10th least vulnerable state to identity fraud. Personal finance website Wallethub conducted a study on ID theft vulnerability in light of the recent Equifax data breach, according to WalletHub’s website. While Ohio was ranked one of the least vulnerable states for identity...
Ohio upgrading its drug tracking database system

Ohio upgrading its drug tracking database system

Ohio is rolling out the next generation of a powerful prescription drug monitoring system to help fight the opiate addiction crisis, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced. Started in 2006, the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System tracks controlled substances prescribed by doctors, provided by pharmacies and taken by patients. The upgraded version will calculate a patient’s risk for addiction or...
Wright State faculty contract negotiations stalled

Wright State faculty contract negotiations stalled

Contract negotiations between Wright State University and its faculty have stalled and union leaders said they are being asked to make big concessions for talks to continue. Wright State president Cheryl Schrader has declined to comment on ongoing talks between the administration and the WSU chapter of American Association of University professors. But, recently the chairman of Wright State&rsquo...
Ohio congressman leaving office

Ohio congressman leaving office

Congressman Rep. Pat Tiberi announced Thursday that he will be leaving Congress by the end of next January, capping 16 years representing his central Ohio congressional district. In a statement released at 10 a.m., Tiberi said he would not be seeking re-election. Instead, he’ll serve as president of the Ohio Business Roundtable. “It has been the most remarkable honor of my life to serve...
Senate News: Ben Sasse spills Dr. Pepper on Ted Cruz; epic Twitter war follows

Senate News: Ben Sasse spills Dr. Pepper on Ted Cruz; epic Twitter war follows

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has honed his comedic skills on Twitter over the last year; on Wednesday he showed his prowess while dueling on social media dueling with Senator Ben Sasse. According to TheHill.com, Sasse accidentally spilled Dr. Pepper on Cruz during a heated exchange between U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Minnesota Senator Al Franken. After the argument, Sasse announced he had spilled...
Public pension board votes to lower cost of living allowances

Public pension board votes to lower cost of living allowances

In a move designed to shore up its long-term finances, Ohio’s largest public retirement system is calling for reducing the cost of living allowance promised to its 1 million retirees and members. The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System board of trustees on Wednesday voted 7-2 to set the COLA at 2.25 percent or inflation, whichever is lower. Currently, retirees receive a 3 percent uncompounded...
Graffiti targeting minorities, women, Muslims, Jews found at Wright State

Graffiti targeting minorities, women, Muslims, Jews found at Wright State

Restroom graffiti targeting blacks, women, gay men and women and people of the Jewish and Muslim faith was discovered at Wright State University twice in the last two weeks. The graffiti was scrawled on stalls in campus restrooms and was promptly removed, WSU chief diversity officer Matt Boaz said in an email to campus on Tuesday night. The graffiti contained racial slurs and anti-gay slurs along...
Ohio State to decide on white supremacist’s speaking request this week

Ohio State to decide on white supremacist’s speaking request this week

Ohio State University is set to make a final decision this week on whether it will allow a prominent white supremacist to speak on campus. In September, Richard Spencer, president of the white supremacist think tank the National Policy Institute, was denied space to speak on campus this fall, the university said. But, after an attorney for Spencer threatened to file a lawsuit, Ohio State officials...
42 percent of high school seniors not at graduation bar yet

42 percent of high school seniors not at graduation bar yet

About 58 percent of current Ohio high school seniors have already met or exceeded new test score requirements for graduation, according to a presentation at Tuesday’s state school board meeting. That means 42 percent of seniors either need to score well on those tests in the next six months, or take advantage of a wide swath of new pathways to graduation — workforce readiness with a job...
Ohio needs statewide strategy to protect defense bases, leaders say

Ohio needs statewide strategy to protect defense bases, leaders say

With Pentagon leaders and some congressional lawmakers pushing for a new round of military base closures, Ohio’s spending to support military and federal installations lags behind other states, state and congressional lawmakers say. Texas and Massachusetts spend millions more dollars than Ohio, which has launched a state task force to explore how to protect installations like Wright-Patterson...
Ohio senators to undergo sexual harassment training

Ohio senators to undergo sexual harassment training

Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof said the same day he learned of allegations against Findlay Republican Cliff Hite, he strongly suggested that the long-time legislator resign from office. While he doesn’t believe a problem exists in the Ohio Senate, he said, sexual harassment training will be mandatory for senators and staff in the near future. “I think the message should be a pretty...
JCPenney to hire 1,600 Ohio workers for holiday jobs on the spot today

JCPenney to hire 1,600 Ohio workers for holiday jobs on the spot today

JCPenney is hosting its first-ever national hiring day today and will hire people on the spot for holiday jobs. The company is looking to fill around 1,600 seasonal jobs today, according to the company’s website. Managers will be holding in-person interviews and making employment offers to job candidates immediately from 2 to 8 p.m today. The national hiring day for the department store is part...
State officials ask area leaders for advice in fighting opioid crisis

State officials ask area leaders for advice in fighting opioid crisis

The Ohio House Speaker’s task force on heroin, opioids, prevention, education and safety heard from Dayton area leaders and experts on Monday at Wright State University’s Nutter Center. The task force wanted to host a meeting at the university because Dayton is sort of “the epicenter” of the opioid epidemic in Ohio, said State Rep. Robert Sprague, R-Findlay. Sprague, who is...
What’s at stake? State’s largest pension system considers benefit cuts

What’s at stake? State’s largest pension system considers benefit cuts

Ohio’s largest public pension system this week will consider cutting the cost of living allowance given to hundreds of thousands of retirees as a way to shore up finances. Here’s a look at what is being considered: Ohio Public Employees Retirement System told its 1-million members that they are weighing whether to cap the COLA at 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent. The current cost...
Teens may see major changes to driving laws in Ohio

Teens may see major changes to driving laws in Ohio

Teens getting their first driver’s license may face more training requirements, delays and driving restrictions, if a new bill pending in the Ohio House becomes law. The legislation, which is supported by police, insurance and public health groups, contains elements that are sure to be popular with parents but other parts may be seen as a hassle for parents and teens alike. Here is what House...
Kroger planning big changes for hundreds of stores

Kroger planning big changes for hundreds of stores

Kroger is planning to revamp at least 20 to 30 percent of its 2,793 stores, the Cincinnati-based company recently announced. The grocery store chain recently announced its “Restock Kroger” campaign, which will seek to change the customer experience at 558 to 838 stores, according to the company. Kroger will spend $9 billion in capital investments on the Restock Kroger plan over the next...
Ohio may deny benefits to undocumented workers hurt on the job

Ohio may deny benefits to undocumented workers hurt on the job

Undocumented workers injured on the job should be denied medical coverage and lost wages under Ohio’s worker compensation program, according to some Republican lawmakers. State Reps. Larry Householder and Bill Seitz introduced a bill this month to bar undocumented workers from receiving benefits though the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation system. A similar provision was removed from the...
Kasich criticizes President Trump actions on health care as ‘outrageous’

Kasich criticizes President Trump actions on health care as ‘outrageous’

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said it is “outrageous” President Donald Trump and lawmakers from both parties have not forged a compromise aimed at both stabilizing the 2010 health law and continuing federal dollars to help middle-income Americans afford their federally subsidized policies.   During an appearance Sunday on NBC’ Meet the Press Kasich assailed Trump’s decision last...
OSU police issue public safety notice for campus

OSU police issue public safety notice for campus

Ohio State University Police tonight issued a public safety notice for a man who appeared to follow a female student at Thompson Library. The woman was uncomfortable by his presence and left the area, when the man left the building, according to the alert. Police believe the man is the same suspect who previously committed an act of public indecency in the library. The suspect is described as a man...
6 years after bears and tigers were set loose in Ohio: what’s changed?

6 years after bears and tigers were set loose in Ohio: what’s changed?

On Oct. 18, 2011, Ohio gained world attention when sheriff’s deputies put down 49 wild animals that had been set free by a distraught man who then committed suicide. Among the animals killed that day: 18 tigers, 17 lions, eight bears, three mountain lions, one baboon and two wolves. Almost immediately, Ohio lawmakers enacted strict rules on the ownership of exotic animals. Here are three things...
What Ohio lawmakers are saying about the Iran nuclear deal

What Ohio lawmakers are saying about the Iran nuclear deal

Ohio lawmakers split down party lines Thursday not only on whether President Donald Trump should have refused to certify the Iran nuclear agreement but whether the Obama administration should have backed the deal in the first place. Rep. Tim Ryan, D–Niles, acknowledged that the pact is not “perfect,” but said it “remains our best chance for lasting peace and nuclear nonproliferation...
Ohio emerges as model on exotic animal rules

Ohio emerges as model on exotic animal rules

In the late afternoon hours of Oct. 18, 2011, 62-year-old Terry Thompson opened the cage doors that contained his lions, tigers, bears, wolves and more on his Zanesville farm and set them free. Then he turned a gun on himself. Reports of wild animals running loose quickly started pouring into Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz’s office. He didn’t know how many animals Thompson kept on...
Retirement age for troopers could rise in latest Ohio pension fallout

Retirement age for troopers could rise in latest Ohio pension fallout

The retirement age for troopers hired by the Ohio Highway Patrol after January 2020 would rise from 48 to 52 under legislation introduced this week and aimed at shoring up the pension fund’s long-term finances. Those hired before January 2020 will still be eligible to retire at 48, according to changes sought by the Ohio Highway Patrol Retirement System. Related: Ohio’s public pension...
Ohio Air Guard tanker part of U.S. bomber flight near Korean peninsula

Ohio Air Guard tanker part of U.S. bomber flight near Korean peninsula

An Ohio Air National Guard KC-135 aerial tanker refueled a U.S. B-1B Lancer on a night mission the bomber flew in the region of the Sea of Japan near the Korean peninsula on Oct. 10, according to reports. The flight of two B-1Bs was the first time the bombers had flown with two South Korean and two Japanese F-15 Eagle fighter jets at night, according to a U.S. Pacific Air Force statement. RELATED...
State may cut jobless benefits, raise employer insurance premiums

State may cut jobless benefits, raise employer insurance premiums

Jobless benefits may be cut and employer insurance premiums hiked under a new plan to shore up Ohio’s broken unemployment compensation fund. State Rep. Kirk Schuring, R-Canton, said his bill would split the burden nearly evenly between workers and employers. It would freeze the maximum weekly benefit paid to workers at $443 for 10 years, change benefits paid for dependents, charge workers a...
Police officer who stopped Ohio State attack recognized today

Police officer who stopped Ohio State attack recognized today

Alan Horujko, the police officer who stopped the attack on the Ohio State University’s campus last year, will be recognized today at the 2017 Distinguished Law Enforcement Achievement Awards. An award will be bestowed upon Horujko, originally of Fairfield, and members of the Ohio State University Police Division Ordinance Team by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. MORE: Fairfield grad who stopped...
18-month-old boy recovering after overdosing on heroin he ingested  

18-month-old boy recovering after overdosing on heroin he ingested  

An 18-month-old boy is recovering after overdosing on heroin he ingested after visiting a park in Toledo.  The incident happened Monday night after the boy and a sibling returned from a park in Toledo, our CBS affiliate WTOL-TV in Toledo reports. The child reportedly found the drugs and put them in his mouth, causing an overdose.  When the child’s mother noticed the boy was unresponsive...
Ohio may allow you to set off fireworks any time of day

Ohio may allow you to set off fireworks any time of day

Despite push back from safety advocates, the Ohio House voted 77-12 on Wednesday in favor a bill to let consumers set off fireworks such as firecrackers, bottle rockets and Roman candles on their own property 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Supporters of the bill note that it includes some guardrails: no one would be allowed to use fireworks while drinking or on drugs; dealers would be required...
P&G war: What happens now?

P&G war: What happens now?

What happens when history’s biggest corporate boardroom battle ends with one side declaring victory and the other side saying, “Not so fast”? We’ll find out. After Tuesday’s shareholders meeting and vote, David Taylor, chief executive of P&G, said shareholders voted to reject hedge fund boss’ Nelson Peltz’s bid for a seat on the Cincinnati company’s...
State concludes Issue 2 won’t likely result in savings

State concludes Issue 2 won’t likely result in savings

State Issue 2 is unlikely to result in any savings for Ohio’s Medicaid program, the state’s budget office concluded in a report that appears to call into question claims by supporters that the initiative will save the state hundreds of millions of dollars on prescription drug prices. Although the report says other programs may see some savings, Medicaid makes up the bulk of the state&rsquo...
Ohio may ban female genital mutilation for girls under 18

Ohio may ban female genital mutilation for girls under 18

Ohio does not explicitly prohibit female genital mutilation — a practice that state Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, wants to outlaw for girls under 18. “It is pretty evident that it’s an extremely painful procedure and it has life-long effects on young women,” Lehner said. Lehner is sponsoring Senate Bill 214, which would make female genital mutilation of anyone under 18 a...
Missing K-9 with gunshot wound reunited with handler

Missing K-9 with gunshot wound reunited with handler

An Indiana State Police K-9 was found today after an extensive 12-hour search. A veterinarian determined K-9 Apache suffered a gunshot wound to the neck, but he is expected to fully recover, according to police. Apache was wounded during a gunfire exchange between a suspect and the dog’s handler, Trooper Walter Butt. The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Cortez Lavine Boxley of Indianapolis...
School leaders, lawmaker seek to reduce state mandates

School leaders, lawmaker seek to reduce state mandates

School leaders in the area are pushing for more flexibility to reduce costly and cumbersome state mandates. They cover everything from testing to truancy. The drive to make changes is starting now with the help of a state lawmaker. “What we’re trying to do is returning the management of the schools to the local level,” said State Sen. Matt Huffman, R-Lima, whose district includes...
State finds possible error in report cards, including Springfield CTC

State finds possible error in report cards, including Springfield CTC

The state has uncovered a possible data problem with the district report cards for technical high schools across Ohio, including the Springfield-Clark County CTC and Ohio Hi-Point Career Center. That means the validity of those report cards is in question. “The department identified a calculation issue with some measures appearing on the Career Technical Planning Districts’ report cards...
JUST IN: German grocery retailer Lidl to expand to Beavercreek

JUST IN: German grocery retailer Lidl to expand to Beavercreek

German grocery retailer Lidl will open a store in Beavercreek, one of the first locations in Ohio. Planning officials confirmed with this news organization that the German chain grocery store Lidl has submitted a land development application to build a grocery store on a lot on the southwest corner of N. Fairfield Road and Lakeview Drive. More than four acres of land will be developed. “It&rsquo...
Election 2017: Ads lead to confusion over Issue 2

Election 2017: Ads lead to confusion over Issue 2

We’ve been hearing a lot from readers about State Issue 2. TVs in Ohio have been flooded with ads for the issue on the November ballot and viewers are confused. Both sides in the ads have said that they will lower drug costs. Who is right? The answer to this question really depends on where in the supply chain you are looking at the “cost” of drugs. Issue 2, if passed, would only...
Textbook prices rise faster than inflation: How much are you paying?

Textbook prices rise faster than inflation: How much are you paying?

The rising cost of textbooks has long been an issue in higher ed and area colleges and the state along with area colleges have been trying to find ways to reduce that burden to students. The price of textbooks has outpaced the rate of inflation for the last 15 to 20 years, said Dan Krane, a professor at Wright State University who also serves as chair of the school’s task force on affordability...
Infant deaths increases, Ohio puts $50M in budget to address issue

Infant deaths increases, Ohio puts $50M in budget to address issue

The number of Ohio infants who died before their first birthday ticked up from 1,005 in 2015 to 1,024 in 2016, according to new infant mortality data released by the Ohio Department of Health. The report also said there were 22 percent fewer sleep-related infant deaths last year than in 2015, with the department highlighting intensive state and local initiatives to promote safe sleep practices. RELATED...
Republicans running for Ohio governor talk guns, religion, and Kasich

Republicans running for Ohio governor talk guns, religion, and Kasich

Nationally known pollster and political commentator Frank Luntz sat down with each of the four GOP contender for Ohio governor on Sunday at Genoa Baptist Church, asking them about religion, guns, opiate addiction, John Kasich, Donald Trump and more. The four candidates – Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted and U.S. Congressman Jim Renacci &ndash...
Issue 1 would change constitution to give crime victims more rights

Issue 1 would change constitution to give crime victims more rights

When Dani Brewer pressed assault charges in Butler County in 2015, she was shocked to learn the prosecution and defense team agreed that she should undergo a videotaped competency hearing. Brewer said she felt like she was being re-victimized by the court system. With assistance from Women Helping Women and the Ohio Crime Victims Justice Center, Brewer pushed back. Now 50, Brewer says her experience...
Kasich, Biden to team up for talk about political divide

Kasich, Biden to team up for talk about political divide

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is teaming up with former Vice President Joe Biden for discussion about how to the bridge the gaping, yawning political divide that grips Washington, D.C. Kasich will join Biden at the University of Delaware on Tuesday, Oct. 17 for the talk, which is sponsored by the newly formed Biden Institute. Kasich and Biden, who partnered in June 2011 in a golf match against Barack Obama...
Area counties turn down millions in state prison alternative grants

Area counties turn down millions in state prison alternative grants

Montgomery County will take its share of $40 million in state money to divert low-level felons from Ohio prisons to local jails, but many area counties are rejecting the funds. Clark, Greene, Miami, Preble and Warren counties are among those to decline Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison (T-CAP) grants for felons, generally those convicted of non-violent theft and drug crimes. “Every community...

Work comp leader: Investing in safety is good business

Recent research published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics finds that managers of U.S. companies struggling to meet earnings expectations may risk the health and safety of workers to save on costs and please investors. We at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation believe skimping on safety to help the company’s bottom line is a bad business plan. It is short-sighted and contradicts...
Middletown soldier killed in Fort Jackson military accident to be laid to rest

Middletown soldier killed in Fort Jackson military accident to be laid to rest

A Middletown U.S. Army soldier killed in a military accident early this month at Fort Jackson in South Carolina will be laid to rest Monday. Funeral services for Pvt. Timothy Ashcraft will be held at 2 p.m. in Middletown at Wilson-Schramm-Spaulding Funeral Home, 3805 Roosevelt Blvd. A visitation will be held prior to the funeral from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. According to his obituary, Ashcraft attended Mayfield...
Clark County may receive up to $6M in temporary sales tax cut relief

Clark County may receive up to $6M in temporary sales tax cut relief

Clark County may receive up to $6 million from the state over the next two years to soften the blow of the elimination of sales taxes from Medicaid-funded organizations earlier this year by the federal government. However Clark County commissioners still may cut up to 7 percent of its $178 million annual budget to make up for the loss of the sales tax that will occur once the temporary additional...
Letter accuses Issue 2 supporters of lying in campaign ad

Letter accuses Issue 2 supporters of lying in campaign ad

Opponents of State Issue 2 — the proposed Ohio Drug Price Relief Act — have sent letters to TV stations accusing supporters of lying in a campaign ad that claims the proposed ballot issue would result in a $400 million tax cut. Issue 2 would require the state of Ohio to pay the same or less for prescription drugs as the Department of Veteran Affairs currently pays. The ad in question says...
Davidson introduces Market Data Protection Act in wake of SEC breach

Davidson introduces Market Data Protection Act in wake of SEC breach

In the wake of the 2016 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission breach revealed last month, Congressman Warren Davidson said Congress will help make sure the commission’s “house is in order.” On Thursday, Davidson, R-Troy, introduced the Market Data Protection Act in the House which directs the SEC to develop and implement proper risk assessment protocols to reduce, stem or eliminate...
Dog that can sniff out child porn is newest Ohio BCI agent

Dog that can sniff out child porn is newest Ohio BCI agent

Reptar, a 22-month-old black Labrador Retriever trained to sniff out hidden electronic storage devices, is the newest agent to join the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation in the Ohio Attorney General’s office. Attorney General Mike DeWine and Agent Josh Rammel introduced the dog at a press conference Friday in Columbus. “He can search the most cluttered home or the...
Halt of the death tax increase apparently started in Springfield

Halt of the death tax increase apparently started in Springfield

Thursday’s withdrawal of an Obama-era estate tax rule began when a Springfield business owner questioned it to Congressman Warren Davidson after reading about it in the Wall Street Journal. That’s when Davidson, R-Troy, who represents the 8th Congressional District that includes Butler, Clark, Darke Mercer, Miami and Preble counties, told him, “Let’s follow up with this.&rdquo...
Ohio National Guard deploys more troops to hurricane ravaged Caribbean

Ohio National Guard deploys more troops to hurricane ravaged Caribbean

The Ohio National Guard has sent more than 100 airmen and soldiers to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in a growing U.S. troop presence that has reached 11,000, according to the Defense Department. Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm Sept.19 with winds up to 155 mph, knocking out power and causing widespread destruction. That followed a glancing blow from powerful Hurricane Irma...
5 local men face federal drug charges in alleged prison drug ring

5 local men face federal drug charges in alleged prison drug ring

Seven men — including five with ties to the Dayton area — face federal charges related to distribution of methamphetamine, said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Benjamin Glassman. The Sept. 28 indictment unsealed this week alleges the men, including a corrections officer, attempted to deliver methamphetamine to the Chillicothe Correctional Institute for distribution within...
Wright State launches $6.5 million campaign for new archives center

Wright State launches $6.5 million campaign for new archives center

Wright State University has announced a $6.5 million fund raising campaign to create a new home for its historical archives. Amanda Wright Lane, great grandniece of Wilbur and Orville Wright, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough will chair the campaign, said President Cheryl Schrader during a WSU board meeting Friday. » RELATED: Wright State could merge 4 colleges...
Amazon’s growing presence in Southwest Ohio: What’s really going on?

Amazon’s growing presence in Southwest Ohio: What’s really going on?

Online giant Amazon is expanding rapidly in Southwest Ohio with a new fulfillment center set to open in Monroe — and Dayton and Cincinnati officials want the company to have an even bigger presence in the region. The two cities have joined forces to submit an application to bring Amazon’s second $5 billion headquarters to the area. Applications are due later this month. Dayton’s...
Dayton VA site of new veterans ‘Walk of Honor’ tribute

Dayton VA site of new veterans ‘Walk of Honor’ tribute

A new brick walkway at the Dayton VA Medical Center campus will pay homage to veterans and those who support them, organizers say. The Defenders of Freedom Walk of Honor is set to be dedicated in a 2 p.m. ceremony Friday, Oct. 6. The ceremony will be at a garrison flag next to the campus bandstand and in front of Building 320, a community living center on Ohio Avenue, Dayton VA spokesmen said. RELATED...
Cleveland Clinic demands retraction from Yes on Issue 2 campaign

Cleveland Clinic demands retraction from Yes on Issue 2 campaign

The Cleveland Clinic has sent a cease and desist letter to the PAC supporting Ohio Issue 2 claiming the campaign illegally used its CEO’s image on mailers, making it look like he was supporting the ballot issue. The flyer, which was mailed to a large number of Ohio households, used Dr. Toby Cosgrove’s photo and the name of the Cleveland Clinic, “to infer that they support Issue 2...
Kucinich throws support behind Issue 2

Kucinich throws support behind Issue 2

Former Congressman and mayor of Cleveland Dennis Kucinich has thrown his support behind Issue 2 — The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act. “If health care is going to be affordable, we have to make prescription drugs affordable. To me its a basic economic principle,” Kucinich said in an interview with the Dayton Daily News Wednesday. Passing Issue 2 might not give any immediate relief to...
Scrutiny focused on device used to make weapons fire more rapidly

Scrutiny focused on device used to make weapons fire more rapidly

Among the 23 guns found along with Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock’s body in his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, some were semi-automatic rifles modified to fire almost as fast as an automatic weapon using an accessory called a bump stock. The rate of fire with which Paddock rained down terror on country music concertgoers last Sunday, killing 59 people and wounding...
Fraud, poor collection rates plague Ohio’s child support system

Fraud, poor collection rates plague Ohio’s child support system

Ohio’s child support system is riddled with problems, including billions in unpaid support and an outdated formula that some believe contributes to non-custodial parents moving to the underground economy to avoid wage garnishments. Unpaid support on the books, accumulated since 1976, totals a staggering $4.5 billion in Ohio and every year another $100 million piles onto that figure, according...
Wright State partners with DEA to highlight dangers of opioids

Wright State partners with DEA to highlight dangers of opioids

Wright State University is working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to host an event later this month. The DEA and WSU will host a summit at the Nutter Center on Oct. 16 to spotlight the dangers of opioids. Speakers will include Todd Crandell, founder of Racing for Recovery, an organization dedicated to preventing substance abuse and providing positive alternatives for those battling...
McCook Field had large influence on U.S. aviation history

McCook Field had large influence on U.S. aviation history

McCook Field was a small place with an outsized influence on the fledgling art of flying. The Dayton airfield of Army engineers and airmen marked historical milestones of the first free fall parachute jump, and was the force behind the first non-stop flight across the continent in 1923, the first around-the-world flight in 1924, and the first non-stop flight from California to Hawaii...
‘Active shooter’ fires at police, hit by gunfire in northern Ohio

‘Active shooter’ fires at police, hit by gunfire in northern Ohio

The suspect in what police called an “active shooter” situation was identified tonight as 41-year-old David Michael Havrilek of Akron. Havrilek shot at officers and was hit in the exchange of gunfire, police in Norton said. No officers were injured, and Havrilek was taken to Akron General Hospital after he was found behind a unit at Barber Road Storage, 3318 Barber Road in Newton, a city...
Ohio State Fair tragedy: New documents describe what happened

Ohio State Fair tragedy: New documents describe what happened

The trooper at the Ohio State Fair was breathless as he radioed in the first report of the deadly accident at the Fire Ball ride. “Headquarters. On the Scrambler machine, somebody fell off,” the officer says at 7:24 p.m. “I’m on the east side.” The next several minutes of radio traffic paints an urgent, chaotic scene as more emergency personnel arrive. “We need...
Bald eagle near Indian Lake doing well after injured, rescued

Bald eagle near Indian Lake doing well after injured, rescued

A bald eagle injured by a fishing line and lure at Indian Lake is doing well and was still in the area as of last week. Two state wildlife officers in Logan County received a call about an injured bald eagle earlier this month. They found the bird with a fishing lure caught in its wing and beak and unable free itself, said Gary Comer, wildlife management supervisor for District One of the Ohio Department...
Live tonight: Get your questions answered on Issue 2

Live tonight: Get your questions answered on Issue 2

Are you confused about State Issue 2? If so, you’re not alone. We’ve heard from many voters saying they don’t understand the prescription drug issue on the November ballot. The Dayton Daily News, WHIO TV, WHIO Radio, The League of Women Voters and Sinclair Community College are teaming up for an event to inform you on this important issue before Ohio votes this fall. Online: At 7...
Contractors land millions in new defense work in Dayton region

Contractors land millions in new defense work in Dayton region

Dayton area defense contractors have racked up millions of dollars in federal contracts in recent days in a Defense Department push to secure deals before the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, records show. An Englewood defense contractor landed a nearly $17.4 million deal to supply seats for a massive Air Force cargo jet, according to the Defense Department. ETI Tech, was the sole bidder on the two-year...
Las Vegas gunman was gambler, ‘trusting,’ Florida neighbor says

Las Vegas gunman was gambler, ‘trusting,’ Florida neighbor says

Retired hotelier and corporate pilot Don Judy was surprised in 2013 when he went to welcome Stephen Paddock, his new neighbor at their community near Melbourne on the Space Coast. Right away, he said, Paddock told him he was a professional gambler who traveled back and forth to Las Vegas, as well as a real-estate speculator. Handing Judy a house key, he asked him to check on his home periodically...
Springfield medical pot advocate: End of ban good for business

Springfield medical pot advocate: End of ban good for business

A Springfield advocate for medical marijuana businesses said she’s glad the city allowed its temporary ban on them to expire while some residents said they can see pros and cons allowing them. The city ended its temporary ban on medical marijuana businesses last week, a week after the state said it will allow up to two dispensaries in the region covering Clark, Champaign and Union counties....
Congress, state continue debate over guns

Congress, state continue debate over guns

Rep. Brad Wenstrup and Richard Martinez are united in having survived the unspeakable. On what to do about it, they – and so much of America – are irreparably divided. Wenstrup, an Army veteran and a Republican lawmaker from Cincinnati, was there on the June morning when Rep. Steve Scalise was shot by a stranger at a ballpark in Alexandria, Va. After the shooting stopped, Wenstrup, an...
Area builders trying to keep up with remodeling industry boom

Area builders trying to keep up with remodeling industry boom

Americans will spend more money this year than ever before on home remodeling and additions and southwest Ohio builders are benefiting from the boom but struggling to keep up with it at the same time. With the economy improving since the Great Recession, people are more willing to spend money remodeling their homes, said Matt Jones, production supervisor at Greater Dayton Building and Remodeling and...
Kasich says he might not ‘be able to support’ Republican Party

Kasich says he might not ‘be able to support’ Republican Party

Declaring that he might not “be able to support” the Republican Party “if the party can’t be fixed,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich dropped the broadest hint yet he might run as an independent candidate in the future. During an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Kasich declined to say whether he would run for president in 2020 as an independent....
Ohio again had fewer abortions in 2016, continuing steady decline

Ohio again had fewer abortions in 2016, continuing steady decline

The number of abortions performed in Ohio declined again in 2016, according to data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Health, continuing a trend of steady decline since the late 1990s. But Ohio’s abortion rate and ratio to live births were both unchanged from 2015. That means that while the number of abortions went down, so too did the number of women of reproductive age in the state...
Election officials to hear Issue 2 complaint; 2 others tossed

Election officials to hear Issue 2 complaint; 2 others tossed

The Ohio Elections Commission on Thursday agreed to have a full hearing on a case filed by the supporters of State Issue 2 against their opponents, alleging spending misconduct by their Political Action Committee. But the commission dismissed two other complaints against the same group — Ohioans Against the Deceptive Rx Ballot Issue. The dismissed complaints alleged that the opposition...
At least two dozen local locations on list of proposed pot growers

At least two dozen local locations on list of proposed pot growers

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program on Friday released 372 pages of information on the 185 entities applying for grower licenses, including locations of where they want to put their pot farms. At least 24 operations are proposed for the Miami Valley, including six in Dayton, three in Wilmington, two in Huber Heights and one each in Germantown, Springfield and Yellow Springs. Ohio&rsquo...
Last bluelight dims in Dayton: Final area Kmart store to close Sunday

Last bluelight dims in Dayton: Final area Kmart store to close Sunday

The last Kmart store in the Dayton area will close its doors this weekend. The store, located at 601 Woodman Drive, will close on Sunday, a manager confirmed. Approximately 73 employees at the location will be impacted by the closing. » STORE CLOSINGS: What’s really going on? “This is part of a strategy both to address losses from unprofitable stores and to reduce the square footage...
JOB ALERT: Amazon to build another fulfillment center in Ohio

JOB ALERT: Amazon to build another fulfillment center in Ohio

Amazon will continue to expand in Ohio, adding another fulfillment center — and another 1,000 jobs — in Euclid. The online retailer announced plans to open its fifth Ohio fulfillment center in Euclid, which will create more than 1,000 full-time positions. The company also recently announced upcoming fulfillment centers in Monroe and North Randall, and it currently operates fulfillment...
Hawaii part of U.S. restrictions on Russian surveillance flights

Hawaii part of U.S. restrictions on Russian surveillance flights

The United States will restrict Russian surveillance flights over the Hawaii Islands in response to Russia imposing limitations on U.S. observation flights allowed under an Open Skies treaty, according to U.S. authorities. Some Russian surveillance flights have originated at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, as did one this August that reportedly flew over West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington...
Restaurant owner boycotting the NFL gets ‘overwhelming response’

Restaurant owner boycotting the NFL gets ‘overwhelming response’

Bill DeFries, owner of Beef O’Brady’s restaurant in Beavercreek, says the response to his decision to boycott NFL games in the wake of national anthem protests has been “overwhelming.” He said he’s hearing from friends, neighbors, customers and strangers. RELATED: As local restaurant boycotts NFL games, DirectTV reportedly offers fans refunds Read more about that response...
Six women from the area have posed in Playboy

Six women from the area have posed in Playboy

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who died yesterday at age 91, brought several models from Ohio to the pages of the magazine he founded in 1952. At least 28 women from Ohio have posed in Playboy from 1969 through 2007, according to an article on HubPages. Most of the women who have appeared in the magazine hailed from the Cleveland area but at least four women from the Dayton area have posed for...
Election 2017: Issue 2 pits emotion against complex drug pricing system

Election 2017: Issue 2 pits emotion against complex drug pricing system

Across political lines, Americans in poll after poll say prescription drugs cost too much, and stories abound about patients cutting pills in half or making the difficult choice between their medications and putting food on the table. But while people may agree on the problem, what to do about it has thrust Ohioans in the middle of a big-dollar battleground pitting big pharma against a group that...
Confused about State Issue 2?: Channel 7 special report airs Sunday

Confused about State Issue 2?: Channel 7 special report airs Sunday

Voters looking to learn more about Issue 2 can hear from both sides on a special edition of WHIO Reports this Sunday on Channel 7 at 11:30 a.m. You can also listen to the show on AM1290 and News 95.7 WHIO Sunday morning at 8:30. The ballot issue has been the focus of expensive TV ad campaigns, with more than $20 million already spent. But voters have expressed confusion over what the law, if passed...
As local restaurant boycotts NFL games, DirectTV offers fans refunds

As local restaurant boycotts NFL games, DirectTV offers fans refunds

The owner of Beef O’Brady’s restaurant in Beavercreek says he will not air NFL games at his restaurant while NFL players kneel during the national anthem. “They need to return to respect for the flag and the anthem,” restaurant owner Bill DeFries said in an interview Wednesday. “They can certainly exercise their right to free speech — but not during that one period...
When does speed limit start in Ohio? Lawmaker says law isn’t clear

When does speed limit start in Ohio? Lawmaker says law isn’t clear

You may have thought that the posted speed limit begins when you pass the speed limit sign, but an Ohio legislator says it is not that clear in Ohio law. In House Bill 219, State Rep. John Boccieri, D-Poland, proposes that the law be changed to specifically say the speed limit takes effect at the location of the speed limit sign and continues until the next sign. He also wants additional signs put...
Medical marijuana ban ends in Springfield, area to get 2 dispensaries

Medical marijuana ban ends in Springfield, area to get 2 dispensaries

The city of Springfield ended its temporary ban on medical marijuana businesses Wednesday, a week after the state said it will allow up to two dispensaries in the region covering Clark, Champaign and Union counties. However one city commissioner wanted to extend the moratorium to allow more time for commissioners to discuss a ban on these types of businesses. Clark, Champaign and Union counties have...
3-time killer pleads guilty to killing inmate on prison bus

3-time killer pleads guilty to killing inmate on prison bus

Wearing an orange jumpsuit, belly chains and leg shackles, three-time killer Casey Pigge pleaded guilty in Pickaway County Common Pleas Court to strangling fellow inmate David Johnson to death on a prison bus. Pigge, 29, asked no questions in the hearing that lasted less than 15 minutes. Standing at attention behind him were three armed SWAT officers from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and...
U.S. may restrict Russian spy planes after WPAFB flight

U.S. may restrict Russian spy planes after WPAFB flight

The United States is expected to restrict Russian surveillance flights, such as one that originated at Wright-Patterson this summer, because of limitations imposed on U.S. flights over Russia. A Russian Tu-154 surveillance jet, which resembles an airliner, flew out of Wright-Patterson in August reportedly over West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and near Bedminster, N.J., where...
Central State University wants marijuana lab license

Central State University wants marijuana lab license

Central State University is willing to operate a medical marijuana testing laboratory for Ohio’s new medical pot industry, state records show. “We support the need for testing and believe that Central State can be an innovator as the state implements its medical marijuana law,” Central State president Cynthia Jackson-Hammond said in a prepared statement. “The university is...
Davidson to Congressional Budget Office: Show your work

Davidson to Congressional Budget Office: Show your work

Congressman Warren Davidson, R-Troy, wants the Congressional Budget Office to do what every school child is required to do: show your work. Davidson introduced the CBO Show Your Work Act in the House with Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Mark Walker, R-North Carolina, on Monday pushing for the CBO to disclose data and other details of computations it uses when providing budget and economic...
Local ACA plans to spike in cost next year

Local ACA plans to spike in cost next year

Miami Valley residents who rely on health insurance bought through the Affordable Care Act exchange will be paying much more next year for coverage and have less plans to chose from. The four remaining health insurers who will sell plans next year in the Dayton region — CareSource, Buckeye, Molina and Medical Health Insuring Corp. — will all have average premium rate hikes that are higher...
Kasich: 2-year schools meet workforce needs better than universities

Kasich: 2-year schools meet workforce needs better than universities

Gov. John Kasich thinks community colleges are more responsive to workforce demands than four-year universities. In an interview with Fortune magazine on Monday, Kasich said that four-year schools are far too slow to change. “I think that two year schools are the most responsive. They’re much more responsive than a four-year school,” Kasich said. “Trying to reform a four-year...
State auditor: Dayton-area home health provider owes almost $4M

State auditor: Dayton-area home health provider owes almost $4M

A home health provider based in Washington Twp. owes the state nearly $4 million after state auditors unearthed widespread noncompliance among staff who worked directly with patients, according to the Ohio auditor. But an attorney representing Healing Touch Health Care Ltd. said Tuesday the state used “complicated math” to show millions of dollars in Medicaid overpayments from a small...
Kasich campaign donation could cost company $37 million

Kasich campaign donation could cost company $37 million

A $2,700 political donation to John Kasich’s presidential campaign could end up costing an investment company $37 million in fees in Ohio, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. SEC rules prohibit an investment adviser from being paid by a government client for two years after the adviser or its executives make a political contribution to certain elected officials...

Wildlife officers rescue trapped eagle near Ohio lake 

An eagle was rescued near Indian Lake in Logan County after a fishing lure and line caught onto her wing and beak, trapping her.  The bald eagle, named Chief, was released in Tennessee and rescued by two wildlife workers after they received a call that an eagle was injured near Indian Lake and couldn’t fly. “She was kind of handcuffed and unable to get off the ground”, said...
Police K-9 dies during search for kidnapped Cincinnati-area toddler, suspects

Police K-9 dies during search for kidnapped Cincinnati-area toddler, suspects

A Cincinnati-area toddler is safe after being kidnapped late Monday night, but a K-9 officer collapsed and died during the search for the child and suspects. Three men carrying guns robbed cash from a mother of three young girls at a home on Kemper Meadow Drive in Forest Park around 10 p.m. Monday, Forest Park police told our our news partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. The station reports the suspects...
$7.6M Indian Lake safety improvements halfway complete

$7.6M Indian Lake safety improvements halfway complete

The $7.6 million project to replace the spillway at Indian Lake because of safety issues is now halfway completed. The west half of the dam and spillway has been opened and is now controlling lake overflow, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website. Work has now begun on the east side of the spillway at the popular state park and is expected to be completed in early 2018. The construction...
Federal court says UC student can’t be suspended for sex assault case

Federal court says UC student can’t be suspended for sex assault case

A U.S. appeals court on Monday upheld the blocking of the University of Cincinnati’s suspension of a male student stemming form allegations of sexual assault. The student argued he was denied the right to confront the female student who accused him of sexual assault, the Associated Press reports. RELATED: Changes to Title IX campus sexual assault guidelines remain unclear The student claims...
Wright Patt C-17 flies Indiana rescuers to Puerto Rico after hurricane

Wright Patt C-17 flies Indiana rescuers to Puerto Rico after hurricane

A Wright-Patt Air Force Reserve C-17 jet flew members of the Indiana Task Force 1 recovery team to Puerto Rico on Saturday after the island was hit hard by Hurricane Maria last week, according to a wing spokeswoman. It marked the second time a C-17 from the Miami Valley base transported a state-based rescue and recovery team to the Caribbean island which has endured the winds and rain of two hurricanes...
Your questions answered about Issue 2

Your questions answered about Issue 2

Ohio Issue 2 has been confusing to many voters, so we asked our readers to send in their questions and promised to find answers. If you need a primer on Issue 2, go here: Ohio’s drug price ballot issue: What’s really going on? Here are some of your questions and the answers so far: A: The group supporting the measure is called Ohio Taxpayers for Lower Drug Prices. Their campaign...
Violence surges at Dayton’s female prison, report says

Violence surges at Dayton’s female prison, report says

Inmate violence has surged in recent years at Dayton’s all-female prison, according to state inspection reports obtained by the Dayton Daily News. There were 75 inmate-on-inmate assaults last year at Dayton Correctional Institution, compared to 40 in 2015 and 14 in 2014. Inmate-on-staff assaults likewise grew. There were 27 last year, up from 18 in 2015 and only 3 in 2014. The findings come...
Ohio college grad accused of killing 4 told officers: ‘I freed them’

Ohio college grad accused of killing 4 told officers: ‘I freed them’

A recent college graduate charged with fatally beating his mother, grandparents and their caretaker with a baseball bat told authorities he “freed them,” according to police reports released Friday. Orion Krause, 22, was naked and covered in mud and cuts when officers found him at a neighbor’s house, according to the documents. He told officers: “I murdered four people.&rdquo...
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