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Microsoft fights US in high court to protect global business

Microsoft has an eye on its international customers as it confronts the Trump administration in a Supreme Court fight about turning over emails to investigators. The justices will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the company, as part of an international drug trafficking investigation, must comply with an American warrant for emails stored on a server in a Microsoft facility in Dublin, Ireland....
NRA spokeswoman becomes new face of gun rights movement

NRA spokeswoman becomes new face of gun rights movement

Dana Loesch is the new public face of the National Rifle Association, an organization long associated with older white men. At 39, she's poised, photogenic and a skilled public speaker, yet she's not softening the message of the NRA as it becomes an increasingly active voice in the nation's culture wars, with positions on everything from immigration to the media. In the aftermath of the shooting deaths...
Congress has ideas on gun violence, but no consensus

Congress has ideas on gun violence, but no consensus

After a 10-day break, members of Congress are returning to work under hefty pressure to respond to the outcry over gun violence. But no plan appears ready to take off despite a long list of proposals, including many from President Donald Trump. Republican leaders have kept quiet for days as Trump tossed out ideas, including raising the minimum age to purchase assault-style weapons and arming teachers...
Dems release Russia probe memo defending FBI surveillance

Dems release Russia probe memo defending FBI surveillance

Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked its full release, the House Intelligence Committee published a partially blacked-out version of a classified Democratic memo aiming to counter a GOP narrative that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against Trump as they investigated his ties to Russia. The document's release Saturday was the latest development in an extraordinary back and forth...
White House shelves tentative plan for Mexican leader visit

White House shelves tentative plan for Mexican leader visit

A tentative plan for President Donald Trump to host his Mexican counterpart in Washington has been put on hold, the White House confirmed Saturday. Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto have agreed that now is not the right time for Pena Nieto to make his first visit since Trump took office more than a year ago, according to a White House official who insisted on anonymity to discuss internal...
Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics 'so incredibly inspiring'

Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics 'so incredibly inspiring'

The U.S. president's daughter and adviser said Sunday that her visit to the Olympics was "so incredibly inspiring" and expressed gratitude at the chance to watch competition and — in a subtle nod to Korean Peninsula politics — "be here with our allies in South Korea." Ivanka Trump plans to attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyongchang Games on Sunday night after...

Trump says he's eyeing Veterans' Day for military parade

President Donald Trump is eyeing Veterans Day for a military parade but says he'll scrap the idea if it can't be done at a "reasonable cost." Trump wasn't asked to define "reasonable cost" during a telephone interview Saturday with Fox News Channel host Jeanine Pirro. But White House budget director Mick Mulvaney recently told Congress that a parade could cost between $10 million...
California Democrats fail to narrow crowded US House races

California Democrats fail to narrow crowded US House races

California Democrats struggled to narrow the field Saturday in several U.S. House races critical to the party's hope of taking back Congress in the midterm elections. None of the five candidates in the Orange County district currently held by retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa gained enough support to win the party's official endorsement, exacerbating concerns that a crowded field could make it...

The Latest: Democrats offer own memo on Russia probe

The Latest on the Democratic memo that aims to counter GOP allegations that the FBI abused government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Democrats on the House intelligence committee are rebutting Republican assertions that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against President Donald Trump as they investigated his ties to...
Congress releases redacted, declassified Democratic memo

Congress releases redacted, declassified Democratic memo

Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked the full release of a classified Democratic memo, the House intelligence committee published a redacted version of the document that aims to counter a narrative that Republicans on the committee have promoted for months — that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against Trump as they investigated his ties to Russia. The Democratic memo's release...
Governors skeptical of Congress, but welcome new gun debate

Governors skeptical of Congress, but welcome new gun debate

Governors assessing the fallout from the latest school shooting said Saturday that the gun control debate has changed after the sorrow in Florida, a shift helped driven by public outrage and student activists. But they are skeptical Congress can seize the moment, overcome its partisan divide and enact measures intended to prevent more tragedies, so governors are preparing to take the lead and have...
Trump says arming teachers in schools 'Up to States'

Trump says arming teachers in schools 'Up to States'

President Donald Trump appeared Saturday to begin refining his proposals for combatting school violence, tweeting that arming teachers as a deterrent against such often deadly violence — an idea he championed in recent days — is "Up to States." Trump heavily promoted the idea of putting "gun-adept" teachers and staff carrying concealed firearms in classrooms and schools...
Trump officials fight eviction from Panama hotel they manage

Trump officials fight eviction from Panama hotel they manage

One of President Donald Trump's family businesses is battling an effort to physically evict its team of executives from a luxury hotel in Panama where they manage operations, and police have been called to keep the peace, The Associated Press has learned. Witnesses told the AP they saw Trump's executives carrying files to a room for shredding. Representatives of the hotel owners' association formally...
Australia leader urges US to maintain global leadership role

Australia leader urges US to maintain global leadership role

Australia's prime minister on Saturday urged the United States to maintain its global leadership role and spoke out against a growing sentiment of isolation in America and elsewhere while highlighting the importance of international partnerships and alliances. Malcolm Turnbull also encouraged Washington to consider rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade pact that President Donald Trump...
Trump processes Fla. students' grief as president, parent

Trump processes Fla. students' grief as president, parent

Once again, it was the images of children that propelled President Donald Trump to act. Trump spent the first days after the Feb. 14 school shooting in Florida fixated on the grieving and anguished students and parents. While at his Florida estate for the long weekend after the shooting, Trump studied the students' appeals on cable news, listened to their accounts during a visit to a hospital and...
Indictment of Missouri governor could have political ripples

Indictment of Missouri governor could have political ripples

It didn't take long after Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted for alleged invasion of privacy for Missouri Democrats to tie him to Attorney General Josh Hawley, the presumed GOP front runner in Missouri's hotly contested U.S. Senate race. Nor did it take long for Republicans to link the prosecutor who announced the charges to a prominent national Democratic financier. The quick injection of politics...
Manafort indictment sparks hunt for Europeans paid to lobby

Manafort indictment sparks hunt for Europeans paid to lobby

A new indictment against former Donald Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort focused a spotlight Saturday on uncovering the former European leaders who prosecutors contend were secretly paid by Manafort to lobby on behalf of Ukraine. The U.S. indictment handed up Friday by a grand jury doesn't name the European politicians, although it notes they worked in coordination with Manafort, his deputy Rick...
Charged 'Putin's chef' runs news sites along with troll army

Charged 'Putin's chef' runs news sites along with troll army

He's been indicted in the U.S. for meddling in the 2016 presidential election with an army of trolls and his private military company has trodden battlefields in Ukraine and Syria. Still, the Russian multimillionaire dubbed "Putin's chef" runs yet another asset that is valuable to the Kremlin: a sprawling Russian media empire. St. Petersburg restaurateur Yevgeny Prigozhin is believed to...
Trump floats new gun measures as gun owners talk 'betrayal'

Trump floats new gun measures as gun owners talk 'betrayal'

When President Donald Trump raised the idea of banning "bump stocks" and curbing young people's access to gun, gun owners and advocates who helped his political rise talked about disloyalty and desertion. Trump's flirtation with modest gun control measures drew swift condemnation from gun groups, hunters and sportsmen who banked on the president to be a stalwart opponent to any new restrictions...
Latest Mueller indictment spells trouble for bankers, too

Latest Mueller indictment spells trouble for bankers, too

Recently filed federal charges against President Donald Trump's ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort could also pose legal and regulatory risks for the banks that loaned him millions of dollars against his New York real estate in recent years. The most serious exposure may be for a Rhode Island-based bank that employed a "conspirator" in Manafort's scheme to obtain a loan he couldn't afford...
Emoluments suit vs. Trump now personal as well as official

Emoluments suit vs. Trump now personal as well as official

Attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia have expanded their lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of accepting gifts from foreign and state governments, suing him not only as president but in his personal capacity as a businessman. Legal experts say Friday's move takes the "emoluments" clause of the Constitution into uncharted legal waters, since it has been interpreted...
Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

Rick Gates' guilty plea to federal conspiracy and false-statements charges turns him from defendant to cooperating witness in the special counsel's probe of President Donald Trump's election campaign and Russia's interference. The plea by Gates, a former senior adviser to President Donald Trump's election campaign, revealed he will help special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in "any and...

How the AP-NORC poll on America's mood was conducted

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll on America's outlook about the country was conducted by NORC from Feb. 15-19. It is based on online and telephone interviews of 1,337 adults who are members of NORC's nationally representative AmeriSpeak panel. The original sample was drawn from respondents selected randomly from NORC's National Frame based on address-based sampling...
AP-NORC Poll: Worries about the country, hopes for economy

AP-NORC Poll: Worries about the country, hopes for economy

A majority of Americans believe the country's overall direction has dipped in the past year. What's more, only 28 percent are optimistic that things will get better in the year to come. That's according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey released Friday found Americans have a better feeling about the state of the U.S. economy, but remain largely...

Homeland Security's No. 2 official will retire in April

The No. 2 official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is retiring after a tenure that included several months as acting secretary. Elaine Duke said Friday that she would step down in April with "mixed emotion." She was a top department official under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama before leaving to run a consulting firm. President Donald Trump brought her back as deputy...
Trump Jr. 'loves' Indian media covering his business visit

Trump Jr. 'loves' Indian media covering his business visit

The U.S. president's son heaped praise on the Indian media and complained of coverage at home, as he neared the end of a whirlwind trip across India promoting Trump-brand luxury real estate. Donald Trump Jr. said at an Indian business summit Friday that life since his father's election "has been difficult from a family standpoint," but that he'd enjoyed the coverage he'd received during...
Emoluments suit vs. Trump now personal as well as official

Emoluments suit vs. Trump now personal as well as official

Attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia on Friday expanded their lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of accepting gifts from foreign and state governments, suing him not only as president but in his personal capacity as a businessman. Legal experts say the move takes the "emoluments" clause of the Constitution into uncharted legal waters, since it has been interpreted...

White House receives Mattis memo on transgender troops

The White House has received a memo from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis making recommendations for dealing with transgender individuals serving in the military. Trump gave Mattis six months to develop proposals for transgender individuals currently serving. Officials are not revealing Mattis' recommendations to the president. The Pentagon sent the memo to President Donald Trump by courier Friday. That...
Caller told FBI Florida shooting suspect 'going to explode'

Caller told FBI Florida shooting suspect 'going to explode'

A woman close to the man charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school warned the FBI in chilling detail that he had a growing collection of guns and a temper so uncontrollable she worried about him "getting into a school and just shooting the place up." The Associated Press on Friday obtained a transcript of the Jan. 5 tip to the FBI's call center. The FBI acknowledged it failed...
Trump again criticizes ailing McCain over health care vote

Trump again criticizes ailing McCain over health care vote

President Donald Trump renewed his criticism of John McCain for the senator's dramatic thumbs-down deciding vote last year against the GOP health care repeal. Without using McCain's name, Trump spoke of his move in December that effectively defeated the overhaul in a close vote. The president told the Conservative Political Action Conference that "except for one Senator, who came into a room...
White House locked down after vehicle strikes barrier

White House locked down after vehicle strikes barrier

The White House was on lockdown for about an hour Friday after a passenger vehicle struck a security barrier. Local media reported that the driver was armed. The U.S. Secret Service tweeted that the vehicle "did not breach the security barrier of the White House complex." No shots were fired during the incident, the Secret Service said. The agency added that the 35-year-old female driver...
The Latest: Trump warns of 'very rough' sanctions on NKorea

The Latest: Trump warns of 'very rough' sanctions on NKorea

The Latest on U.S. sanctions against North Korea (all times local): 3 p.m. President Donald Trump says that if sanctions against North Korea don't work, it will be time for "phase two" of the pressure campaign against the nuclear-armed nation — which Trump says could be "very rough." Trump was speaking at a news conference Friday alongside Australia's prime minister. He was...
Trump says son-in-law's clearance is up to Kelly

Trump says son-in-law's clearance is up to Kelly

President Donald Trump says he'll leave it up to chief of staff John Kelly to decide whether Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will keep his interim security clearance. "I will let General Kelly make that decision and he's going to do what's right for the country and I have no doubt he'll make the right decision," Trump said during a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister...
Democrats accuse Texas of voter suppression in schools

Democrats accuse Texas of voter suppression in schools

Democrats are alleging new attempts at voter suppression in Texas, where the GOP-controlled Legislature's electoral maps and a strict voter ID law already have been previously struck down in federal court and the nation's first primary of the year is less than two weeks away. At issue this time: unusual accusations by top Republicans that schools districts and educational groups are trying to unfairly...
Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleads guilty in Mueller investigation

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleads guilty in Mueller investigation

Rick Gates, a former aide in President Donald Trump's campaign, pleaded guilty to making false statements and conspiring against the United States on Friday, making him the fifth person to enter a guilty plea in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Gov. John Kasich wants group to act on gun issues by next week

Gov. John Kasich wants group to act on gun issues by next week

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he is hoping that a group he’s convened to find solutions to gun violence in the state will be able to deliver something by the end of business next week to the Ohio General Assembly. Kasich, in Washington, D.C. for a meeting of the National Governors Association, declined to lay out what the group is considering, but said they’ve reached agreements on four different...
White House in April to welcome leaders of Baltic states

White House in April to welcome leaders of Baltic states

The White House has announced a Baltic summit in April to celebrate the 100th anniversary of independence for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. President Donald Trump plans to welcome President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia, President Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia and President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania to the White House on April 3. The White House says Friday that the celebration will set the stage...
The Latest: Australia says he's inspired by US tax cuts

The Latest: Australia says he's inspired by US tax cuts

The Latest on President Donald Trump's meetings with the Australian prime minister (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says his country is inspired by President Donald Trump's tax cuts. Turnbull is telling Trump at a White House news conference on Friday that Trump's economic reforms are one of the most powerful arguments his government is using to persuade Australian...
Trump, Turnbull praise each other on immigration and taxes

Trump, Turnbull praise each other on immigration and taxes

President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull put their "mateship" on full display Friday at the White House as they took turns praising each other's approaches on immigration and taxes. Their relationship got off to a rocky start a year ago, but none of that was evident as they prepared to field questions from journalists in the East Room after an afternoon of talks...
Second judge says Trump can't keep stalling clean-air rules

Second judge says Trump can't keep stalling clean-air rules

A second judge has told the Trump administration it can't keep stalling clean-air rules for oil and gas production on federal lands. U.S. District Judge William Orrick of the Northern District of California ordered the Interior Department to reinstate the Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions. Orrick said late Thursday the administration's delay is "untethered to...
Kasich, other governors announce health care reform plan

Kasich, other governors announce health care reform plan

The national conversation may be centered on guns and immigration, but on Friday, a bipartisan group of governors that includes Ohio Gov. John Kasich tried to focus the nation’s attention, once again, on health care. The group, which also includes Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado and independent Bill Walker of Alaska, in D.C. for a meeting of the National Governors Association, released...
Trump says he goes to great lengths to hide his bald spot

Trump says he goes to great lengths to hide his bald spot

President Donald Trump says he goes to great lengths to hide the bald spot revealed in a recent photo. Speaking before the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, Trump turned around onstage and smoothed the back of his famous hair. He said, "I try like hell to hide that bald spot, folks." The crowd cheered as Trump glanced at a monitor and added, "Doesn't look bad. Hey, we're...
The Latest: Trump says he was pressured not to move embassy

The Latest: Trump says he was pressured not to move embassy

The Latest on the Trump administration moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem (all times local): 11:29 a.m. President Donald Trump says moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is "the right thing to do." Trump's addressing his decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He says foreign countries put pressure on...
AP Explains: Graham's rare honor at US Capitol

AP Explains: Graham's rare honor at US Capitol

Congress is reserving one of the nation's greatest distinctions for the Rev. Billy Graham, selecting him to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda next Wednesday and Thursday. America's most famous evangelist died Wednesday at his home in North Carolina at age 99. The Rotunda has long been considered the most suitable place for the nation to pay final tribute to its most eminent citizens. Among...
The Latest: Mueller files new charge against Paul Manafort

The Latest: Mueller files new charge against Paul Manafort

The Latest on the Russia investigation (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Special counsel Robert Mueller is accusing President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman of secretly paying former European politicians to lobby on behalf of Ukraine. The new allegation against Paul Manafort comes in a newly unsealed indictment made public Friday. The indictment followed a guilty plea by Manafort's longtime business...
AP-NORC Poll: People feel better about economy, not country

AP-NORC Poll: People feel better about economy, not country

Chester Trahan's grandchildren are working, so he's feeling better about the economy these days. But his view of the country's overall direction is pretty grim, darkened by what he sees as a surge in racism and violence fueled by President Donald Trump. "He stimulated it. Those people were always there, but he gave them a voice," said Trahan, a 78-year-old retiree from Palm Coast, Florida...
The Latest: Trump calls Syria 'humanitarian disgrace'

The Latest: Trump calls Syria 'humanitarian disgrace'

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 2:55 p.m. President Donald Trump is blaming Russia, Iran and the Syrian government for recent violence in Syria, calling it a "humanitarian disgrace." Hundreds have been killed amid increased bombardments in recent days of the rebel-controlled eastern suburbs of Damascus. The death toll from the past week has climbed to more than 400...
US lands agency makeover would diminish Washington's power

US lands agency makeover would diminish Washington's power

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke disclosed Friday in an Associated Press interview that he's revamping a sweeping overhaul of his department that's supposed to speed up permitting for development on public lands, but Democrats asserted it was just a ploy to let the energy industry get its way. The changes follow complaints from a bipartisan group of Western state governors that Zinke did not consult...
Springfield urges use of licensed contractors after complaints

Springfield urges use of licensed contractors after complaints

The city of Springfield urges residents to use reliable, licensed contractors after receiving complaints about unlicensed businesses advertising on social media. Within the past week, a number of posts on Facebook Marketplace were posted about furnaces and air conditioning sales and installation services in Springfield, said Shannon Meadows, the city’s community development director. READ MORE...
Marsy’s Law could be problematic for Clark County judicial system

Marsy’s Law could be problematic for Clark County judicial system

A new statewide law approved by voters last year providing more rights to victims of crimes may have an impact on the local court system, Clark County officials said. MORE: Ohio may crack down on prostitution to fight opioid crisis The new law, which came into effect on Feb. 5, gives victims or anyone harmed by a crime the right to receive notifications, give input in court proceedings and receive...
Envelope with white powder sent to Sen. Portman’s office

Envelope with white powder sent to Sen. Portman’s office

Hazmat crews are testing white powder that was on an envelope received at U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s office in Columbus on Friday, according to 10TV . RELATED: Vanessa Trump taken to hospital after white powder scare Crews were called to 37 West Broad Street in downtown Columbus just before 4.p.m. Friday. Battalion Chief Steve Martin said the incident remains under investigation at this time...
Retired Centerville police chief focus of investigation

Retired Centerville police chief focus of investigation

Centerville police chief Bruce Robertson’s recent retirement came amid an ongoing investigation into allegations of criminal conduct, according to city officials. “There were allegations of criminal conduct, therefore we’re following up with conducting an internal investigation into those allegations,” City Manager Wayne Davis said in response to questions from the Dayton...
Ohio may crack down on prostitution to fight opioid crisis

Ohio may crack down on prostitution to fight opioid crisis

Ohio may increase the penalties on people who solicit prostitutes in an effort to fight the state’s opioid crisis. A bill proposed would increase the penalty from a third-degree to a first-degree misdemeanor. Those convicted could face up to 180 days in jail. Currently the penalty is up to 60 days. RELATED: Damage from opioid crisis tops $1 trillion The bill was introduced by Rep. Adam Miller...
Take our poll: Would you vote for a levy to pay for school security?

Take our poll: Would you vote for a levy to pay for school security?

After 17 people died in a high school shooting in Florida, one Ohio mayor wants school leaders to consider using the ballot box to improve school safety. WOIO-TV reports Streetsboro Mayor Glenn Broska in a Facebook post reacting to last week’s Parkland, Florida, school shooting says the Streetsboro schools should either “find” money to pay for armed security guards or put a...
Back taxes sought on 1,614 properties in Montgomery County

Back taxes sought on 1,614 properties in Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Auditor’s Office is mailing out notices to the owners of 1,614 properties across the county in an effort to recoup hundreds of thousands of dollars from a misapplied tax break that was first uncovered by the Dayton Daily News I-Team. The properties are owned by businesses, landlords and those claiming more than one address as their primary residence. Combined, those property...
Butler County senator seeks review of Ohio’s medical pot program

Butler County senator seeks review of Ohio’s medical pot program

A state lawmaker is moving to force a thorough review of Ohio’s medical marijuana program after alleged and acknowledged mistakes occurred in selecting grower applicants. Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Twp., proposed legislation Thursday requiring State Auditor Dave Yost to conduct and release a performance audit of the program. The program is supposed to be up and running by September. RELATED...
Should Reds be taxed for bobbleheads? Supreme Court to decide

Should Reds be taxed for bobbleheads? Supreme Court to decide

The Ohio Supreme Court says it will hear arguments in a dispute over promotions offered by the Cincinnati Reds to ticket buyers including bobbleheads and other items. At issue is whether the Reds are exempt from paying tax on the purchase of the promotional items. Attorneys for the Reds argue they don’t have to pay tax on the purchase of promotional items because they resell them as part of...
Where do Ohio’s governor candidates stand on guns?

Where do Ohio’s governor candidates stand on guns?

Want a governor who’s all-in on gun rights? How about one who’s fighting for a complete statewide ban on assault-type weapons? In politically diverse Ohio, voters have their pick of those positions — and just about everything in between — from a crowded field of contenders trying to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich. In the wake of dramatic calls for action that...
Election 2018: Congressional redistricting plan makes May ballot

Election 2018: Congressional redistricting plan makes May ballot

A proposal restructuring Ohio’s process for drawing its congressional maps is headed to May’s ballot. The Ohio Ballot Board cleared the proposed constitutional amendment on redistricting Tuesday. The proposal cleared the state Legislature with bipartisan support Feb. 6 after backers of competing proposals agreed to a compromise aimed at curbing gerrymandering. RELATED: Ohio Senate passes...
Suit wants Ohio marijuana grower licenses revoked

Suit wants Ohio marijuana grower licenses revoked

A lawsuit filed by some unsuccessful applicants to grow medical marijuana in Ohio claims state regulators failed to follow their own rules last year when they awarded provisional licenses for growing facilities. Several groups including CannAscend Ohio LLC filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court in Columbus. RELATED: Ohio adults smoking more weed while teen use remains low...
Trump action on guns: Brown, Kasich, Ohio leaders react

Trump action on guns: Brown, Kasich, Ohio leaders react

Sen. Sherrod Brown called President Donald Trump’s effort Tuesday to ban devices that convert semi-automatic weapons into automatic guns “long overdue,” but said “more has to be done to protect Americans” against the growing number of mass shootings in schools. Brown, D-Ohio, said “weapons of war do not belong on our streets,” and called for a ban on what...
Springfield leaders to discuss changes to requirements for landlords

Springfield leaders to discuss changes to requirements for landlords

Springfield city commissioners are considering changes to an ordinance that fines landlords $100 for failing to provide information to tenants about their rights. Landlords currently must provide a booklet to renters that explains the rights and responsibilities of both parties or face a $100 fine, according to a city code enacted in 2001. Under a new proposal, Springfield landlords first would receive...
Mueller investigation: Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to investigators in Russia probe

Mueller investigation: Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to investigators in Russia probe

An attorney pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to the FBI in the agency's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to President Donald Trump's campaign. The charges against lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan are the latest in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Ohio Secretary of State race to get national attention as 2020 looms

Ohio Secretary of State race to get national attention as 2020 looms

With Republicans holding two-thirds of secretary of state offices including Ohio, Democrats are focusing renewed attention and money on a statewide post once considered a sleepy political stepping stone, acknowledging they’re playing catch-up with the GOP. The Democratic Association of Secretaries of State has been motivated by what it considers efforts by some GOP secretaries to limit voter...
Miami County could house federal prisoners for first time in years

Miami County could house federal prisoners for first time in years

TROY – Details are being finalized for the housing of federal prisoners in Miami County for the first time in nearly a decade. Sheriff Dave Duchak said his staff is working with the federal marshal’s service on a contract under which up to 20 prisoners would be housed in pods at the county Incarceration Facility located between Troy and Piqua. The proposed agreement would allow for up...
Kasich talks guns, Trump and Congress during CNN interview

Kasich talks guns, Trump and Congress during CNN interview

Ohio Gov. John Kasich went on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday and talked about guns, Congress and President Donald Trump. Here’s some highlights: “Do I think they can do anything on guns? I hope they prove me wrong and they can because I have no confidence in them.” “We need leadership out of the executive.” “This is a great opportunity for common sense steps...
U.S. may put tarriffs on China, other steel-producing countries

U.S. may put tarriffs on China, other steel-producing countries

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Friday urged President Donald Trump to impose steep tariffs on China and other steel-producing countries, contending they are illegally dumping steel into U.S. markets. In a 262-page report that was praised by many Ohio lawmakers, Ross charged that imported steel products are priced “substantially lower” than steel produced in the United States and...
President Trump to visit Florida school shooting area today

President Trump to visit Florida school shooting area today

President Donald Trump says he leaves for Florida Friday to “meet with some of the bravest people.” Trump’s tweet did not elaborate on his plans. But White House officials are working to arrange a visit to Florida in the wake of this week’s deadly school shooting. Trump writes that he’ll meet with “people whose lives have been totally shattered.” At least...
NRA spent millions to keep Ohio Sen. Portman in office

NRA spent millions to keep Ohio Sen. Portman in office

During the 2016 election, the National Rifle Association and its donors gave Sen. Rob Portman’s campaign $9,900 — a drop in the bucket of the $25 million Portman raised and an argument against the notion that the gun rights group had “bought” the support of the state’s junior senator. But three other numbers are also worth considering: $242,708; $1.55 million and $3.06...
Should Springfield fluoridate its drinking water?

Should Springfield fluoridate its drinking water?

Clark County ranks among the worst in Ohio for children’s dental health, but the Springfield community remains divided over whether it should fluoridate its drinking water to address it. Clark County health leaders and local dentists believe adding fluoride to the public water supply will reduce dental decay but a vocal group of residents believe it will be harmful to the community. About 67...
Clark County Fairgrounds to make $170K improvements to buildings

Clark County Fairgrounds to make $170K improvements to buildings

The Clark County Fairgrounds at Champions Park will spend about $170,000 this spring to make improvements to its facilities, including installing air conditioning at one of its buildings, which officials say will allow it to bring more events to Springfield. The fairgrounds and Champions Center account for half of Clark County’s local event attendees, a majority of which visit from out of town...
House Oversight Committee launches probe into Rob Porter's employment

House Oversight Committee launches probe into Rob Porter's employment

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is investigating the White House’s employment of staff secretary Rob Porter in the wake of allegations that he abused his two ex-wives, committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, said Wednesday. Porter submitted his resignation Feb. 2. Gowdy told CNN that the committee launched a probe Tuesday night into Porter’s employment...
Study calls for new bike trail, safer park crossing in Clark County

Study calls for new bike trail, safer park crossing in Clark County

Local transportation officials will examine modifying a Springfield bridge and adding new bike trails to connect three Clark County and Springfield parks. A traffic consultant hired by the Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee recently studied modifying the Plum Street Bridge to connect Veterans Park and Snyder Park. If completed, the project could cost about $250,000, officials...
Trump looks to boost spending on military, opioid fight, border wall

Trump looks to boost spending on military, opioid fight, border wall

President Donald Trump proposed a $4.4 trillion federal budget Monday that would beef up spending for the military, slash spending on non-military federal programs and — most controversially, for budget hawks — not balance the budget within the next decade. The budget is Trump’s blueprint for how he’s likely to spend federal dollars and is merely a proposal, not a law. And...
President Trump’s infrastructure plan relies on state, local funding

President Trump’s infrastructure plan relies on state, local funding

President Donald Trump on Monday launched a “big week” for his long-awaited infrastructure plan, which envisions spurring $1.5 trillion in spending over a decade to rebuild roads and highways. The plan would fulfill some Trump campaign goals but rely heavily on state and local government for much of the funding. Trump said on Twitter that it would be “a big week for Infrastructure...
Employers may be able to keep workers’ tips under proposed labor rule

Employers may be able to keep workers’ tips under proposed labor rule

The five Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation are irate about a proposed Department of Labor rule that they say could allow employers to steal employees’ tips. The outcry centers on the Trump Administration’s December 2017 decision to undo a 2011 rule that codified the idea that workers’ tips were their own. The Trump Administration says the rules — aimed...
Thousands fight to restore pensions: ‘It’s like we’re invisible’

Thousands fight to restore pensions: ‘It’s like we’re invisible’

Butch Lewis was one year into retirement when he got a letter that may have marked the beginning of the end of his life. The multi-employer plan that held his pension, Central States, had run into trouble, and was desperately short of money. It presented a plan to the U.S. Treasury that would slash benefits. Lewis’ were to be cut from $3,348.82 a month to $1,998.65. Lewis, a retired truck driver...
New Carlisle asks voters to raise property taxes for fire department

New Carlisle asks voters to raise property taxes for fire department

New Carlisle will ask voters for more property taxes on the May 8 ballot for new equipment and a potential boost in pay for the city’s firefighters and medics. Mayor Ethan Reynolds, who considers himself a fiscal conservative, admitted the city has a long history of spending its revenue ineffectively. But he argued the proposed 3-mill, five-year levy is necessary for a department with an old...
Ohio Republican Party endorses DeWine for governor; Renacci for Senate

Ohio Republican Party endorses DeWine for governor; Renacci for Senate

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mary Taylor laced into her primary opponent, Mike DeWine, in a 4-minute speech to the Ohio Republican Party state central committee on Friday, calling DeWine a “shill for the entrenched special interests.” “He’s a career politician who has been on the state ballot in each of the last five decades, and has a liberal voting record as long as...
Omarosa says she would ‘never’ vote for Trump again

Omarosa says she would ‘never’ vote for Trump again

Central State University graduate Omarosa Manigault Newman, who worked for President Donald Trump and was one of his earliest vocal supporters, says she would “never” vote for him again. On the season premiere of Big Brother on CBS, Manigault Newman said “God no. Never. Not in a million years, never.” She graduated from CSU in 1996. She told Ross Matthews on the show that she...
Obama group to spend millions on Ohio elections this year

Obama group to spend millions on Ohio elections this year

A Democratic group backed by former President Barack Obama said this week it plans to invest millions of dollars in state-level elections in 11 states this year, with its heaviest focus on Ohio. The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, said this year’s election cycle is critical to affecting the congressional redistricting process. It...
Longtime Urbana Congressman to face primary challenger

Longtime Urbana Congressman to face primary challenger

One of two Republican Congressmen representing the Springfield region faces a primary challenger in May, and Democrats are running in both races. U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, who has carved out a major national profile as a leader of the conservative Freedom Caucus in Congress, faces a challenge in the 4th U.S. House District from Republican Joseph Miller of Marion in the May 8 primary, according...
Who’s running for Statehouse seats from Clark, Champaign County?

Who’s running for Statehouse seats from Clark, Champaign County?

Voters are going to have plenty of candidates to choose from this year in Southwest Ohio’s state House races with Democrats fielding candidates in every race and incumbents facing primary challengers across the region. Republicans hold large majorities in both the Ohio House and the Senate but Democrats hope to ride a mid-term wave of voter dissatisfaction and regain some seats. The Ohio House...
Ohio Lt. Gov. Taylor says she wouldn’t vote for DeWine for governor

Ohio Lt. Gov. Taylor says she wouldn’t vote for DeWine for governor

Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor says she would not support Attorney General Mike DeWine for governor in Ohio’s general election if he prevails in their race for the Republican nomination. Taylor told Scott Spears in an interview on WWGH-FM radio Thursday that DeWine and his running mate, Secretary of State Jon Husted, are “the career politician status quo establishment ticket” and she...
Two Republicans to vie for Clark County juvenile judge seat in May

Two Republicans to vie for Clark County juvenile judge seat in May

A local magistrate will challenge a recently appointed judge at the polls in May to become the next Clark County Juvenile Court Judge — a position that handles cases for more than 4,000 children annually with a more than $4.5 million general fund budget. MORE: 3 Republicans in running to replace Clark County juvenile court judge Republican Katrine Lancaster, a magistrate with the Domestic Division...
$500K composting facility wants to open east of downtown Springfield

$500K composting facility wants to open east of downtown Springfield

A Springfield man wants to improve food-scrap recycling throughout Clark County by building a more than $500,000 odor-free composting center east of downtown. The business wants to turn food waste from medium-sized businesses, such as restaurants, hospitals and schools, into compost at a proposed site at 256 Linden Ave., Springfield resident David Andre said. He hopes to have the business, currently...
Montgomery, Preble County Republican parties back DeWine

Montgomery, Preble County Republican parties back DeWine

The Republican parties in Montgomery and Preble counties have endorsed Attorney General Mike DeWine in the race for governor. The move comes as voters have yet to decide on the primary between DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. Election Day is May 8. RELATED: Who is running for governor? “These endorsements continue to show tremendous momentum and enthusiasm for Mike DeWine in the race to be governor...
Suppressed photo of Obama, Farrakhan might have derailed 2008 campaign

Suppressed photo of Obama, Farrakhan might have derailed 2008 campaign

More than a dozen years after the fact, a photographer has come forward with a photo that might have derailed Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid. Askia Muhammad, who works for the Nation of Islam’s newspaper, the Final Call, has published a book in recent days that features the image: a “grip and grin” frame of a smiling Obama standing shoulder to shoulder...
Budget deal a major relief for Wright-Patterson

Budget deal a major relief for Wright-Patterson

Senate leaders Wednesday forged a two-year budget agreement that boosts defense spending by $80 billion this year while providing for increased federal spending for hurricane disaster relief and domestic programs dealing with opioid addiction and community health centers. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced the agreement shortly...
Rep. Jordan: Trump wants military parade because he loves the troops

Rep. Jordan: Trump wants military parade because he loves the troops

Local Congressman Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, said President Donald Trump wants to have a military parade because “he loves our military.” The United States hasn’t had a military themed parade since the end of the Gulf War in 1991. “I wish every American could spend some time with him, and you would see how much he loves our men and women in uniform, how much he loves this great...
Ohio senators further process to name Dayton federal building for Rice

Ohio senators further process to name Dayton federal building for Rice

Ohio’s United States senators on Tuesday introduced legislation to rename Dayton’s federal building and courthouse for U.S. District Court Judge Walter H. Rice. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) put forth a companion version of a House of Representatives bill brought by U.S. Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH-10). PREVIOUSLY: Judge Rice ‘incredibly honored’ federal...
Ohio Sen. Portman criticizes Trump for calling Democrats ‘treasonous’

Ohio Sen. Portman criticizes Trump for calling Democrats ‘treasonous’

A day after President Donald Trump called Democrats “treasonous” for sitting silently during portions of his State-of-the-Union address, Sen. Rob Portman said he “would not have used the words.” The Ohio Republican, who attended the event, said in a statement he shares “the disappointment that Democrats at the State of the Union speech did not respond favorably to excellent...
Major changes to how Ohio draws congressional districts heads to voters

Major changes to how Ohio draws congressional districts heads to voters

After decades of fighting and months of intense negotiations, Democrats, Republicans and non-partisan watchdog groups are standing shoulder-to-shoulder in favor of a new way of drawing congressional districts. The Ohio House on Tuesday voted 83-10 in favor of a resolution that passed the Senate on a unanimous vote on Monday night. The proposed constitutional amendment will be placed on the May primary...
Democrat Connie Pillich wins endorsement of EMILY’s List PAC

Democrat Connie Pillich wins endorsement of EMILY’s List PAC

A political action committee dedicated to electing Democratic women on Tuesday endorsed Connie Pillich, the lone female remaining in the Democratic May primary for governor. Backing from EMILY’s List could help boost Pillich, a former Air Force captain and ex-state lawmaker, in a five-way primary that includes former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray and former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich...
Springfield follows finance suggestions on tax hike, golf costs, more

Springfield follows finance suggestions on tax hike, golf costs, more

The city of Springfield has implemented several recommendations from a citizens group tasked with analyzing its budget two years ago, including increasing revenue and eliminating its golf course subsidy, leaders said. In January 2016, the city selected 24 residents to participate in its Community Financial Advisory Committee to analyze its budget. The committee consisted of business leaders and community...
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