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Dog loses love of bomb sniffing, booted from CIA

WASHINGTON (AP) — A puppy lost its love for sniffing out bombs and the CIA lost a recruit. Lulu gained a family. Just a few weeks into her training, the doe-eyed black Labrador with flappy ears just wasn't interested in detecting explosive odors anymore, the agency said. Even food and play couldn't motivate her. Lulu sought a different future. She found one with a loving handler, who adopted...

EPA orders more repairs at Texas toxic site following Harvey

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency ordered two companies on Thursday to make more extensive repairs to stabilize the area around a Superfund toxic waste site near Houston following Hurricane Harvey. EPA said a survey of the area near the San Jacinto River Waste Pits found erosion of the river bottom up to 12 feet deep in a 20,000-square-foot area adjacent to a fabric and stone...
AP source: Trump calls GOP senators to offer support

AP source: Trump calls GOP senators to offer support

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has called three GOP incumbent senators to offer his support after they've come in the crosshairs of former White House adviser Steve Bannon's anti-establishment campaign. Trump made the calls on Wednesday to Sens. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, John Barrasso of Wyoming and Deb Fischer of Nebraska, all of whom are running for re-election. The calls were...
Jury picked in murder case that stoked immigration debate

Jury picked in murder case that stoked immigration debate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury has been selected for the murder trial of a Mexican man whose case set off a national debate over U.S. sanctuary cities and immigration during last year's presidential campaign after he was accused of shooting and killing a woman on a popular San Francisco pier. Six women and six men were selected Wednesday for the trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate after jury candidates...
Q&A: New health bill offers stability, respite on premiums

Q&A: New health bill offers stability, respite on premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bipartisan health care bill formally proposed Thursday in Congress would help stabilize insurance markets up-ended by the fierce partisan battle over "Obamacare." For consumers, it offers a potential respite from the spiral of rising premiums and dwindling choice. The legislation from Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray...
Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger

Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress demanded answers Thursday two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. The White House defended the slow pace of information, saying an investigation would eventually offer clarity about a tragedy that has morphed into a political dispute in the United States. Among...
Bipartisan Senate bill aims to prevent Western wildfires

Bipartisan Senate bill aims to prevent Western wildfires

WASHINGTON (AP) — As wildfires rage across California and the West, Democratic and Republican senators have joined forces to help rural communities better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires. A bill introduced Thursday by senators from three Northwestern states would authorize more than $100 million to help at-risk communities prevent wildfires and create a pilot program to cut down...
Dem divisions in California complicate party hopes for gains

Dem divisions in California complicate party hopes for gains

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrats are at war with themselves in California, where restless activists are challenging party leaders to resist all things President Donald Trump and move further left on health care, the minimum wage and populist issues. The conflict could complicate Democratic hopes of winning as many as nine congressional seats in the state, a cluster that would go a long way toward...

Deported Mexican man drops lawsuit against US over removal

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An immigrant who had been shielded from deportation but was sent back to Mexico has dropped his lawsuit against the Trump administration. A federal judge in San Diego on Thursday agreed to dismiss the case filed by Juan Manuel Montes. The suit was taxing for the 23-year-old, who is now living in Mexico, and he asked to drop it. But he stands by the claim that he was wrongly...
George W. Bush warns 'bigotry seems emboldened' in America: Read his full remarks

George W. Bush warns 'bigotry seems emboldened' in America: Read his full remarks

Former President George W. Bush warned Americans to be wary of growing trends toward nativism and isolationism on Thursday during a speech at the Bush Institute’s national forum. “Bigotry seems emboldened,” Bush said. “We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism – forgotten the dynamism that immigration has always brought to America. We see fading confidence...
Senators push for more online transparency in elections

Senators push for more online transparency in elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are moving to boost transparency for online political ads, unveiling on Thursday what could be the first of several pieces of legislation to try to lessen influence from Russia or other foreign actors on U.S. elections. The bill by Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota would require social media companies like Facebook and Twitter...

Thousands eligible for DACA renewals failed to apply in time

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 21,000-22,000 young immigrants, many brought to the country illegally as children, did not submit their status renewal applications in time. That's according to preliminary numbers released Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security. President Donald Trump last month announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program, which protected...

Trump to meet with GOP senators at US Capitol next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is heading to the U.S. Capitol next week. Trump will meet with Republican senators at their weekly luncheon on Tuesday. The chairman of the Republican Policy Committee announced the president's visit in a brief statement Thursday. Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming says Trump will join Republicans "to press our common agenda and speed a great American...
The Latest: 2 senators formally propose health deal

The Latest: 2 senators formally propose health deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the bipartisan health deal in the Senate (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Two leading senators have formally proposed their bipartisan compromise for steadying health insurance markets. The measure has 24 sponsors, half Republicans and half Democrats. The two main authors hope that number will help persuade President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...

UN chief to hold talks with Trump at White House on Friday

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will have talks at the White House Friday with President Donald Trump and one issue certain to be on the agenda will be reform of the 193-member world organization that the U.S. leader has been pressing. Guterres and Trump met briefly at the White House in April and also held talks on the sidelines of the U.N. General...
CIA head: NKorea months from perfecting nuclear capabilities

CIA head: NKorea months from perfecting nuclear capabilities

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that North Korea is months away from perfecting its nuclear weapons capabilities. "They are close enough now in their capabilities that from a U.S. policy perspective we ought to behave as if we are on the cusp of them achieving" their objective of being able to strike the United States, Pompeo told a national security forum...

Mississippi senator back at work, faces questions on health

WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is back at work in Washington after a health setback and facing questions about whether he's up for the rigors of his job. Entering the Capitol on Thursday for a vote, Cochran was asked about his fitness to continue serving. Frail and speaking softly, he told reporters that "it's up for the people to decide" as aides ushered...
Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support

Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets gained momentum Thursday when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support. But its fate remained unclear as some Republicans sought changes that could threaten Democratic backing. Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington...

No Go: Pokemon-costumed man arrested after White House jump

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Kentucky man dressed as the Pokemon character Pikachu is accused of trying to jump the White House fence — all in the name of making a YouTube video. Curtis Combs of Somerset, Kentucky, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with unlawful entry. An arrest affidavit says Combs was dressed as Pikachu and told authorities he wanted to become famous and had planned to...
Trump on his Puerto Rico response: 'I'd say it was a 10'

Trump on his Puerto Rico response: 'I'd say it was a 10'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gave himself a "10" on Thursday for his response to the widespread devastation Puerto Rico suffered after back-to-back hurricanes created a situation that the island's governor described as "catastrophic" as he met with Trump at the White House. More than 80 percent of households in Puerto Rico remain without electricity about a month...
CIA chief says US needs Pakistan help on Taliban safe havens

CIA chief says US needs Pakistan help on Taliban safe havens

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the United States is going to do everything it can to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table in Afghanistan, but Pakistan must first deny the militants a safe haven on its soil. Pompeo said for talks to move ahead, the Taliban must have no hope of winning on the battlefield in Afghanistan, and that means making it no longer possible...
House panel: 15 Trump agencies yet to provide travel costs

House panel: 15 Trump agencies yet to provide travel costs

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee is demanding that 15 federal agencies fully account for senior officials' travel following reports of costly plane travel by Trump Cabinet secretaries. In letters sent this week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee threatened to subpoena the Agriculture and Justice departments by the end of the month if officials fail to provide all the information...

Senate panel votes for nominee opposed by black lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel on Thursday narrowly backed the nomination of a North Carolina attorney to fill the nation's longest judicial vacancy over the objections of Democrats, black lawmakers and some civil rights groups. The Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 to recommend the nomination of Thomas Farr to the full Senate. If confirmed, he'll serve on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern...

Senators criticize White House as cyber adviser is no-show

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are criticizing the Trump White House for not allowing its senior cybersecurity adviser to testify before the Armed Services Committee. At a hearing Thursday, GOP committee chairman John McCain of Arizona said the White House cited executive privilege and longstanding precedent against having staff not confirmed by the Senate appear before congressional oversight panels...
Bush condemns Trump-era America: 'Bigotry seems emboldened'

Bush condemns Trump-era America: 'Bigotry seems emboldened'

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President George W. Bush on Thursday denounced bigotry in Trump-era American politics, warning that the rise of "nativism," isolationism and conspiracy theories have clouded the nation's true identity. The comments, delivered at a New York City conference hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, amounted to an indirect critique from a former Republican president...
GOP US Rep. Tiberi to resign by January, lead business group

GOP US Rep. Tiberi to resign by January, lead business group

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A senior Republican congressman from Ohio said Thursday that he will resign from his seat to take the helm of a business policy group back home. U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, who has held the seat since 2001, said he plans to leave sometime before Jan. 31. His two-year term was set to end in January 2019. "Leaving Congress is not a decision I take lightly but after a lot of...
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...
Trump weighs in on 'fake' dossier on his alleged Russia ties

Trump weighs in on 'fake' dossier on his alleged Russia ties

President Donald Trump is questioning what he says is a "fake" dossier of allegations about his connections to Russia. Here's his latest tweet: "Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th. Who paid for it, Russia, the FBI or the Dems (or all)?" The political research firm behind the dossier balked this week at subpoenas from the House Intelligence...
The Latest: Senate passes $4 trillion budget blueprint

The Latest: Senate passes $4 trillion budget blueprint

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Trump, Congress and $4.1 trillion budget plan (all times EDT): 9:30 p.m. The Senate has passed a $4 trillion budget blueprint that is a major step forward for President Donald Trump's ambitious promises for "massive tax cuts and reform." The 51-49 vote sets the stage for debate later this year to dramatically overhaul the U.S. tax code, cutting...
US tourist fears he was hit in Cuba, years before diplomats

US tourist fears he was hit in Cuba, years before diplomats

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before. The tourist from South Carolina had cut short his trip to Cuba two years earlier after numbness spread through all four of his limbs within minutes of climbing...

Excerpts from letters written by a young Barack Obama

Excerpts of letters written by a young Barack Obama to a girlfriend. The letters were released by Emory University. ___ September 1982, New York City "I must admit large dollops of envy for both groups, my American friends consuming their life in the comfortable mainstream, the foreign friends in the international business world. Caught without a class, a structure, or a tradition to support...
Trump thrusts Kelly's private tragedy into public spotlight

Trump thrusts Kelly's private tragedy into public spotlight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Enraged and rattled by the political brawl over military mourning, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly returned this week to the one place he could go clear his head — Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, some of the saddest ground in America. There, amid the memorials to the recent war dead is Grave 9480, the final resting place of Kelly's son, Robert, a Marine...
Senate backs GOP budget in step forward for tax revamp

Senate backs GOP budget in step forward for tax revamp

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on Thursday muscled a $4 trillion budget through the Senate in a major step forward for President Donald Trump's ambitious promise of "massive tax cuts and reform." The 51-49 vote sets the stage for debate later this year to dramatically overhaul the U.S. tax code for the first time in three decades, cutting rates for individuals and corporations while...
Trump kicks issues to Congress, is erratic negotiator

Trump kicks issues to Congress, is erratic negotiator

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proving to be an erratic negotiating partner as he punts policy issues to Congress and then sends conflicting signals about what he really wants. His rapid backpedal this week on a short-term health care is the latest example, and it's left Republicans and Democrats scratching their heads. "The president has had six positions on our bill,"...
Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) — If President Donald Trump prevails in shutting down a major "Obamacare" health insurance subsidy, it would have the unintended consequence of making free basic coverage available to more people, and making upper-tier plans more affordable. The unexpected assessment comes from consultants, policy experts, and state officials, who are trying to discern the potential...
Trump cries foul on judges, but he's ahead of Obama

Trump cries foul on judges, but he's ahead of Obama

President Donald Trump says Democrats are holding up his judicial nominees, but almost nine months into his presidency, he has had more judges confirmed than President Barack Obama did in the same time period, and his numbers aren't far off those of other recent presidents. Trump counts the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch as one of his signature achievements. But on Monday he charged...
Trump has no plans now to visit California wildfire damage

Trump has no plans now to visit California wildfire damage

President Donald Trump, who has made four visits to hurricane zones in recent weeks, isn't rushing to survey the damage from California's wildfires. The president has no immediate plans to visit the state to inspect the aftermath of the wind-whipped wildfires, which have swept through parts of Northern California, including the region's famed wine country. The wildfires have killed more than 40 people...
Letters from young Obama show a man trying to find his way

Letters from young Obama show a man trying to find his way

A young Barack Obama questioned his place in the world and his racial identity, agonized over whether he'd make enough money as a community organizer, and lamented his incompatibility with his ex-girlfriend in 30 pages of letters he wrote to her that are now being archived by Emory University in Atlanta. The nine full letters, sent by Obama to his college girlfriend, Alexandra McNear, are being made...
Evoking slain son, Kelly defends Trump on condolence calls

Evoking slain son, Kelly defends Trump on condolence calls

WASHINGTON (AP) — He started by describing the reverent handling of America's war dead, bodies packed in ice and shipped home in the dark to Dover Air Force Base. From that opening, White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered a raw and searing monologue Thursday about the reality and pain of war sacrifice, praising those who serve and summoning the 2010 death of his own son to defend President...
Plenty of bereaved military families did not hear from Trump

Plenty of bereaved military families did not hear from Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some got sympathy and solace. Some got silence. One got a promise of cash. Relatives of people who died in military service have recounted varied interactions with President Donald Trump in the difficult days and weeks after the deaths of their loved ones. Despite Trump's boast that he reaches out personally to all families of the fallen, interviews with families members did...
Company seeks to build island off Alaska for Arctic drilling

Company seeks to build island off Alaska for Arctic drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — America within a few years could be extracting oil from federal waters in the Arctic Ocean, but it won't be from a remote drilling platform. Federal regulators are taking comments on a draft environmental statement for the Liberty Project, a proposal by a subsidiary of Houston-based Hilcorp to create an artificial gravel island that would hold production wells, a processing...
Obama tells Democrats to reject politics of division, fear

Obama tells Democrats to reject politics of division, fear

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama called on fellow Democrats to reject politics of "division" and "fear" while rallying on Thursday with party's candidates for governors in Virginia and New Jersey. "Why are we deliberately trying to misunderstand each other, and be cruel to each other and put each other down? That's not who we are," Obama said at...
Solace or silence? Not all families of fallen get Trump call

Solace or silence? Not all families of fallen get Trump call

Some got sympathy and solace. Some got silence. One got a promise of cash. Relatives of people who died in military service have recounted varied interactions with President Donald Trump in the difficult days and weeks after their loved one's death. Despite Trump's boast that he reaches out personally to all families of the fallen, interviews with families members did not support his claim. Some never...

Former Trump campaign manager meets with Senate intel

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager has met with the Senate intelligence panel amid its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Corey Lewandowski spoke to staff on the panel Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the meeting. The source declined to be identified because the interview was behind closed doors. Lewandowski left his post as campaign manager after he...
Office supply glitch? How Chad wound up on travel ban list

Office supply glitch? How Chad wound up on travel ban list

This is the story of how an office supply glitch became a major irritant between the United States and one of its close security partners. When President Donald Trump added the African nation of Chad last month to his most recent installment of travel restrictions, everyone from the Pentagon to Chad's leaders to the French government was perplexed. The U.S. has praised Chad's cooperation on counterterrorism...
Former Menendez staffer contradicts prosecution testimony

Former Menendez staffer contradicts prosecution testimony

A former staffer for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez gave testimony at his bribery trial Wednesday that differed from the prosecution's version of events. Karissa Willhite testified she and other staffers were probing Medicare policy issues and not trying to specifically help a wealthy donor on trial for allegedly bribing the Democrat senator from New Jersey. Prosecutors contend Menendez lobbied on behalf...

House, Senate intel committees receive briefing from Google

Google has briefed the House and Senate intelligence committees ahead of two Nov. 1 hearings that will examine Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections through social media. Officials from Google talked to investigators behind closed doors in recent weeks as part of the committees' probes into Russian meddling in last year's election, according to people familiar with the briefings. The people...
Clark County employees will see health care cost increase in 2018

Clark County employees will see health care cost increase in 2018

More than 750 Clark County employees will see a 1-percent increase in health insurance premiums next year as part of the county’s self-insured model, leaders said. The plans will cost about $71 a month for individuals, $142 for employees plus one dependent and about $209 for a family in 2018, according to public documents. MORE: Property tax bills may go up to pay for new Clark County 9-1-1...
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...
Clark County residents mixed on fee to pay for new $4M 9-1-1 center

Clark County residents mixed on fee to pay for new $4M 9-1-1 center

Clark County residents had a mixed reaction to a proposal to add a $60 annual fee to property tax bills to pay for a new combined emergency dispatch center, citing concerns with costs but also believing it could save lives. The city of Springfield and Clark County have debated combining their separate dispatch centers for more than decade, with cost often one of the stumbling blocks. But local leaders...
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...
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...
Ex Springfield Superintendent Estrop sees jobs as critical to rebound

Ex Springfield Superintendent Estrop sees jobs as critical to rebound

After 10 years as the superintendent at the Springfield City School District, David Estrop now hopes to serve the community in a different capacity — as a city commissioner. Last year Estrop served as a member of the Community Financial Advisory Committee and was chairman of the city’s tax increase campaign last fall. That issue failed by 277 votes before a modified version passed this...
Martin wants Springfield to end drug crisis, bring more jobs

Martin wants Springfield to end drug crisis, bring more jobs

Dan Martin wants Springfield to be a place where his children decide to stay and be successful. He doesn’t just want to reverse the population loss — he wants to see Springfield thrive. “There’s definitely a place for us in the market as a medium-sized city where people want to live,” he said. “We have the advantages of a big town without the traffic or expensive...
Rue wants to reverse population loss, make Springfield more attractive

Rue wants to reverse population loss, make Springfield more attractive

Rob Rue has watched over the years as his Springfield North High School classmates left the city for different areas across the country. He feels a sense of responsibility to make Springfield a better place, Rue said, a place his children will want to make their home in the future — and that’s why he’s running for a seat on the Springfield City Commission. MORE: Springfield candidates...
4 Springfield residents to vie for 3 city commission seats

4 Springfield residents to vie for 3 city commission seats

The Springfield City Commission will have at least one new member next year, the first change to the five-person governing body in eight years. Four Springfield residents — including two incumbents and two political newcomers — will vie for three seats on the city commission. Incumbent Commissioners Joyce Chilton and Dan Martin will compete against challengers Rob Rue and David Estrop...
Incumbent Chilton wants to be voice for all of Springfield

Incumbent Chilton wants to be voice for all of Springfield

Eight years ago, Joyce Chilton decided to wade into the political waters to serve the people of Springfield. With the help of her mentor, outgoing City Commissioner Orphus Taylor, Chilton was elected in 2009. MORE: Springfield candidates debate north-south divide, discrimination law “I was looking to bridge the gap between some of the people of Springfield who feel they’re disenfranchised...
Springfield now allows urban beekeeping

Springfield now allows urban beekeeping

Springfield residents who live on smaller properties can now keep beehives. City code previously banned them on properties less than three acres. But commissioners unanimously approved an amendment last week that would allow people to have up to two beehives as long as they have a 6-foot barrier wall. RELATED: Homeowner told to remove honeybees, wants Springfield rule changed Several people spoke...
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...
Nate Boyer, ex-Green Beret and NFL player, pens letter to Trump, Kaepernick

Nate Boyer, ex-Green Beret and NFL player, pens letter to Trump, Kaepernick

Ex-Green Beret and former Seattle Seahawks long-snapper took a central role when Colin Kaepernick began his protest during the national anthem and with that issue now dividing the country, he’s doing so again. Boyer penned an open letter published by ESPN on Friday that to President Donald Trump, Kaepernick, the NFL and every other American laying out a plan for action...
Property tax bills may go up to pay for new Clark County 9-1-1 center

Property tax bills may go up to pay for new Clark County 9-1-1 center

Clark County property owners might see their taxes go up about $60 a year to pay for a new, state-of-the-art combined 9-1-1 dispatch center in 2019, which local leaders said would greatly improve the safety of residents. A flat fee, parcel assessment has been proposed to pay for the operation, meaning the city of Springfield and the county could each save about $1.5 million in general fund tax dollars...
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...
Election 2017: 3 Vandalia Council members face challenger

Election 2017: 3 Vandalia Council members face challenger

Three Vandalia City Council members are facing a challenger for three seats in this November’s election. Council members Mike Blakesly, Dave Lewis and Candice Farst are running for re-election. Challenger Amber Aivalotis-Weaver is hoping to win one of those seats. We asked all four of the candidates what they thought the biggest challenges facing the city are. From job creation to fighting the...
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...
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...
Tuesday is deadline to register to vote.

Tuesday is deadline to register to vote.

The deadline to register to vote in the November election is Oct. 10 . Early voting begins Oct. 11. Voters may go to MyOhioVote.com/VoterRegistration to register online or update an existing registration. Voter registration forms can also be printed from MyOhioVote.com or obtained from a local library or board of elections office. Voter registration online in Ohio just started earlier this year. State...
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...
Clark County to auction cars, jewelry, items confiscated from dealers

Clark County to auction cars, jewelry, items confiscated from dealers

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office will auction items from its property room Saturday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. to raise money for the department. The county has a small storage space to house items, Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett said, and some of them have been there since the early 1990s. “It’s property that was taken, no one claimed or it was given to us through the court on a case...
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...
New Carlisle: Police, other services to be cut if tax change passes

New Carlisle: Police, other services to be cut if tax change passes

New Carlisle could cut services such as police, snow plowing, brush pickup and more if a change to how it collects income taxes is approved by voters on Nov. 7. But supporters of the ballot initiative said the current system is unfair. Issue 4 will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot. It allows voters to decide whether New Carlisle should be required to give credit on their local income taxes to residents...
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...
Jimmy Carter: What I've learned from North Korea's leaders

Jimmy Carter: What I've learned from North Korea's leaders

As the world knows, we face the strong possibility of another Korean war, with potentially devastating consequences to the Korean Peninsula, Japan, our outlying territories in the Pacific and perhaps the mainland of the United States. This is the most serious existing threat to world peace, and it is imperative that Pyongyang and Washington find some way to ease the escalating tension and reach a...
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...
The Trump administration has already been rolling back gun regulations

The Trump administration has already been rolling back gun regulations

Donald Trump campaigned as a fierce defender of the Second Amendment and the favored candidate of the National Rifle Association, vowing to undo any actions by President Barack Obama on gun control.  But when Trump nixed one of Obama's most significant efforts to expand background checks on prospective gun buyers, he did so without fanfare. The Feb. 28 bill signing, which blocked the Social Security...
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...
President Trump says Puerto Rico has thrown U.S. budget ‘a little out of whack’

President Trump says Puerto Rico has thrown U.S. budget ‘a little out of whack’

The Latest on President Donald Trump and Puerto Rico (all times local): 1:50 p.m. President Donald Trump says Puerto Rico suffered a relatively low death toll from Hurricane Maria compared with "a real catastrophe like Katrina," which killed more than a thousand people in 2005. Trump spoke as he toured the island Tuesday. He pledged an all-out effort to help Puerto Rico. The president said...
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...
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....
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....
Red light cameras staying off in Springfield — for now

Red light cameras staying off in Springfield — for now

The city of Springfield has no immediate plans to resume its red light camera program, despite Dayton’s decision to turn its cameras back on next month after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled a law restricting the cameras’ use was unconstitutional earlier this year. Last week Dayton announced it will reactivate its cameras without officers present as soon as Sunday. Springfield Mayor Warren...
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...
Springfield city clerk retires after 30 years, focuses on writing

Springfield city clerk retires after 30 years, focuses on writing

For most people, getting up and starting work at 4 a.m. on the first official day of retirement would be a nightmare-come-true. But after 30 years as clerk of the Springfield City Commission — a job she said “I was born to do” and did longer than any of her predecessors — Connie Chappell rose in the dark on Monday to start working full time on her second dream job: writing...
Who is Michael Weinstein, the man behind Issue 2?

Who is Michael Weinstein, the man behind Issue 2?

With millions of dollars worth of advertising both for and against Issue 2 dominating television airwaves, Ohioans have seen an unfamiliar face as the topic of both criticism and praise. Michael Weinstein has been called out by opponents of Issue 2 — the prescription drug price ballot issue — as a greedy “health care CEO,” who makes his money off prescription drugs. But ads...
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...
Springfield considers lifting ban on beekeepers in city

Springfield considers lifting ban on beekeepers in city

Springfield city commissioners are considering an amendment that would allow beehives on smaller residential properties. City code currently bans beehives on properties less than three acres. But the proposed amendment would allow people to have up to two beehives on their property as long as they have a 6-foot barrier wall around the hives, according to Shannon Meadows, Springfield community development...
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...
North Korean officials reach out to Republicans for help understanding Trump: report

North Korean officials reach out to Republicans for help understanding Trump: report

North Korean officials are reaching out to Republican-linked analysts in an attempt to better understand President Donald Trump, according to a report published Tuesday by The Washington Post. The effort began before Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un started trading fiery rhetoric in the wake of the Hermit Kingdom’s repeated missile tests, the Post reported. “Their number one concern...
Senate GOP abandons latest effort to unwind the Affordable Care Act

Senate GOP abandons latest effort to unwind the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans decided Tuesday not to hold a vote on unwinding the Affordable Care Act, effectively preserving the landmark 2010 law for the foreseeable future. In deciding not to take up the latest proposal, authored by Sens. Lindsey Graham, S.C., and Bill Cassidy, La., their fellow Republicans are abandoning achieve the policy goal that has animated their party for more...
Springfield candidates debate north-south divide, discrimination law

Springfield candidates debate north-south divide, discrimination law

With early voting set to begin in two weeks, Springfield City Commission candidates debated several topics affecting the city, including equality and the divide between the north and south side. Four candidates — incumbent City Commissioners Joyce Chilton and Dan Martin and challengers David Estrop and Rob Rue — are vying for three open seats. They spoke at the Council of Neighborhood...
Another senator declines to back GOP health bill

Another senator declines to back GOP health bill

WASHINGTON — A last-ditch attempt by President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act appeared to collapse Monday as a pivotal senator announced her firm opposition to the latest repeal plan, virtually ensuring that Republicans would not have the votes they need for passage. The announcement by the senator, Susan Collins of Maine, effectively dooms what had...
Deadline coming soon to register to vote for November election

Deadline coming soon to register to vote for November election

While presidential election years may get all of the attention, voters in the region this year will decide on hundreds of tax issues, local mayor, city and school races as well as State Issue 2. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 10 and Secretary of State Jon Husted announced this week an effort to get more Ohioans to vote in local elections. “Let’s remember that there are no &lsquo...
Ohio considers ban on abortions when Down syndrome diagnosed

Ohio considers ban on abortions when Down syndrome diagnosed

Kelly Kuhns rejected Down syndrome testing the first three times she got pregnant; the 36-year-old nurse from central Ohio always knew she’d never terminate a pregnancy. But after her third pregnancy ended in miscarriage, she decided with the fourth to take the test. Her hope was to help doctors guide her to a healthy outcome. What she got was a positive result for Down syndrome — and...
Clark County, Springfield continue land use plan update process

Clark County, Springfield continue land use plan update process

Several communities, shopping corridors and recreational areas in Clark County are being considered as locations for opportunities for future development or preservation as part of a long-term strategic planning effort. Connect Clark County — a local group working to update the county’s land use plan — held three meetings this week to allow residents to provide more input into the...
Would you ride in a car with a brain?

Would you ride in a car with a brain?

What makes a smart car so smart? For starters, a computer “brain.” Artificial intelligence and machine learning allow smart cars to make decisions for drivers and are the key to development of the fully autonomous vehicles that experts say are the future of transportation. It will likely be a few decades before fully autonomous cars are common on American roadways. But smart car technology...
Cottrel: Here’s your chance to weigh in on the future of Clark County

Cottrel: Here’s your chance to weigh in on the future of Clark County

Speaking of communication, which was the subject of my column last week, this coming week is full of some golden opportunities for us to contribute our two cents. Big things are happening in our end of the county and residents need to have input. On Wednesday, Sept. 20, another Community Choices Workshop will be held by Connect Clark County. This session will be held in Western Clark County at United...
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