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The Latest: Billy Graham gave more than prayer to presidents

The Latest on Billy Graham's relationship with the presidents (all times local): 9:30 p.m. The Rev. Billy Graham was a presidential fixture stretching back to the early years of the Cold War. Harry Truman rebuffed but later embraced Graham. He urged Dwight D. Eisenhower to run for president and played golf with John F. Kennedy. Graham was close to Lyndon B. Johnson. His relationship with Richard Nixon...
Beyond 'Obamacare': New liberal plan on health care overhaul

Beyond 'Obamacare': New liberal plan on health care overhaul

A major liberal policy group is raising the ante on the health care debate with a new plan that builds on Medicare to guarantee coverage for all. Called "Medicare Extra for All," the proposal to be released Thursday by the Center for American Progress gives politically energized Democrats more options to achieve a long-sought goal. Still, the plan would preserve a role for employer coverage...
Billy Graham gave more than prayer to presidents

Billy Graham gave more than prayer to presidents

He was rebuffed, then embraced, by Harry Truman. Confided in — and deeply hurt by — Richard Nixon. A source of reassurance for George H.W. Bush on the eve of war. The spark that finally turned George W. Bush toward sobriety. The Rev. Billy Graham, who died Wednesday at age 99, was a fixture of the presidency to every man who has held the office back to the early years of the Cold War....

The Latest: Governor focusing on court order for new map

The Latest on Republican efforts to stop new a congressional map in Pennsylvania (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says he's not focusing on Republican legislative leaders' request that the U.S. Supreme Court block a new state congressional district map viewed as favorable to Democrats. The Republican presiding officers of the state House and the state Senate on Wednesday...

The Latest: House seeks records of EPA chief's travel

The Latest on a congressional request for travel records of Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt (all times local): 6:50 p.m. A Republican-led congressional committee is demanding records related to premium-class flights taken by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt. House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy is seeking an accounting of all flights taken by Pruitt over the last...
Woman in affair that led US rep to resign now seeks office

Woman in affair that led US rep to resign now seeks office

A woman whose affair with a married eight-term Pennsylvania congressman led to his resignation said Wednesday she is pursuing her own run for the U.S. House of Representatives. Shannon Edwards, 33, announced in a statement that she is seeking the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Pittsburgh U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle. It was first reported by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Republican Rep. Tim Murphy...
House panel seeks info on EPA chief's first-class flights

House panel seeks info on EPA chief's first-class flights

A Republican-led congressional committee is demanding records related to premium-class flights taken by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt. House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy issued a letter to Pruitt this week seeking an accounting of all flights taken by the EPA administrator over the last year and whether the ticket was coach, business or first class. Pruitt defended his use of...
Reports suggest GOP House hopeful got racy texts from aide

Reports suggest GOP House hopeful got racy texts from aide

A Christian minister seeking the congressional seat of a disgraced Arizona congressman is labeling reports that that he traded suggestive texts with a female staffer who included a topless photo of herself in one of the exchanges as "tabloid trash." But former state Sen. Steve Montenegro didn't deny that he received the messages. Meanwhile, one of the other Republican front-runners in the...
The Latest: NRA protests minimum age hike for rifles

The Latest: NRA protests minimum age hike for rifles

The Latest on President Donald Trump and guns (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The National Rifle Association says any legislation aimed at raising the age requirement for rifle and shotgun purchases would deprive young Americans their constitutional right to self-protection. Federal law already prohibits those under the age of 21 from purchasing handguns from licensed gun dealers. But some have proposed...
Can students get in trouble for #NeverAgain school walkouts?

Can students get in trouble for #NeverAgain school walkouts?

As school walkouts are planned following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward, Fla., students have asked: Can we get in trouble for walking out? The answer depends on how the walkout is done, according to a First Amendment expert who explained what consequences students can face if they choose to leave school — and the legal troubles schools could face, too. MORE...

Mueller files new charges in Manafort case

Court records indicate at least one new charge has been filed under seal in the case against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman. The filing indicates a sealed document was entered in Paul Manafort's case. No details such as who it's against or whether it's part of a plea deal are disclosed. It comes after prosecutors revealed last week that they had uncovered "additional criminal...

Lawyer: Melania Trump's parents are permanent US residents

A lawyer representing first lady Melania Trump's parents says they're living legally in the U.S. The lawyer says Slovenian nationals Viktor and Amalija Knavs "are both lawfully admitted to the United States as permanent residents." Michael Wildes is declining further comment, including discussing when the couple would be eligible for citizenship or how their green cards were obtained. President...
Geraldo Rivera talks weapons age-limits with Trump

Geraldo Rivera talks weapons age-limits with Trump

Television personality Geraldo Rivera says he has discussed the idea of raising the minimum age to purchase assault-type weapons with President Donald Trump, adding that Trump "took it under advisement." Rivera, a Fox News contributor, says in an email Wednesday that he spoke with Trump during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend. He added that Trump "further suggested strongly that...
NTSB: Truck hit by GOP train was on tracks after warning

NTSB: Truck hit by GOP train was on tracks after warning

Witnesses told investigators that a garbage truck struck by a train carrying Republican congressmen through rural Virginia entered the railroad crossing after the safety gates had come down, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released Wednesday. The report on the Jan. 31 crash said the probable cause of the accident has not yet been determined. But it offered some...
White House says US could reach 3 percent growth rate

White House says US could reach 3 percent growth rate

The White House's top economist said Wednesday the U.S. could achieve annual growth rates of 3 percent through the next decade if President Donald Trump's policies on regulations and infrastructure are enacted. The Council of Economic Advisers released its annual economic report, which praises the effects of the tax cuts and tax overhaul signed into law by Trump last December. The report forecasts...
Supreme Court: Dodd-Frank whistleblower protection is narrow

Supreme Court: Dodd-Frank whistleblower protection is narrow

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that whistleblower protections passed by Congress after the 2008 financial crisis only apply to people who report problems to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, not more broadly. The justices said that a part of the Dodd-Frank Act that protects whistleblowers from being fired, demoted or harassed only applies to people who report legal violations to the...
Supreme Court sides with Chicago museum in terror case

Supreme Court sides with Chicago museum in terror case

The Supreme Court is preventing survivors of a 1997 terrorist attack from seizing Persian artifacts at a Chicago museum to help pay a $71.5 million default judgment against Iran. The court ruled 8-0 Wednesday against U.S. victims of a Jerusalem suicide bombing. They want to lay claim to artifacts that were loaned by Iran to the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute more than 80 years ago. Justice...

Trump again attacks Obama over Russia

President Donald Trump is again attacking his predecessor, suggesting he should have done more to prevent Russian election meddling. Trump said on Twitter Wednesday: "Question: If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration, right up to January 20th, why aren't they the subject of the investigation? Why didn't Obama do something about the meddling?" The president...
Secret Service clears suspicious vehicle by White House

Secret Service clears suspicious vehicle by White House

The Secret Service says they have cleared a suspicious vehicle near the White House. The law enforcement agency says on Twitter Wednesday that vehicle road closures have been lifted, though some areas remain closed to pedestrians. Earlier in the morning, the agency said they were responding to a vehicle near 17th Street, by the White House. In response the New Executive Office Building was being evacuated...
Trump Jr: 'Nonsense' that family's profiting from presidency

Trump Jr: 'Nonsense' that family's profiting from presidency

Donald Trump Jr. said any talk of his family profiting from his father's presidency is "nonsense" during a trip to India that has raised ethical concerns about using the name of the American president to promote international business ventures. The eldest son of President Donald Trump said his family is actually missing out on business opportunities because his father pledged to conduct...
California lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct apologizes

California lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct apologizes

A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct apologized Wednesday to anyone who felt uncomfortable because of his behavior but flatly denied two of the more serious allegations, one involving a 19-year-old female intern, a day before his fellow senators could decide his punishment. Sen. Tony Mendoza offered his first words of conciliation but otherwise struck a defiant tone in a two-page...
Alabama Sen. Doug Jones calls arming teachers 'the dumbest idea I've ever heard'

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones calls arming teachers 'the dumbest idea I've ever heard'

Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) called an Alabama push to arm teachers “the dumbest idea [he had] ever heard” and “crazy.” Alabama’s state House is considering a bill that would allow teachers to carry firearms. State Rep. Will Ainsworth – who is sponsoring the bill – introduced it during a press conference at an Alabama elementary school. Ainsworth, a...
Michelle Obama praises 'Black Panther' on Twitter: 'I loved this movie'

Michelle Obama praises 'Black Panther' on Twitter: 'I loved this movie'

Former first lady Michelle Obama tweeted a shoutout Monday to the new Marvel superhero film, “Black Panther.” “Congrats to the entire #blackpanther team!” she tweeted. “Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen. I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find...
Colorado congressman booed as people demand action on guns

Colorado congressman booed as people demand action on guns

Grumbling and jeers met the request for a moment of silence for the 17 people killed last week in the Florida school shooting. "Let's do something for them!" one man yelled at the beginning of Republican Rep. Mike Coffman's town hall Tuesday night. Another participant cried out, "We're done with thoughts and prayers!" Coffman's swing district in the Denver suburbs is all too familiar...
'Fix it!' Gun violence plea to Trump from students, parents

'Fix it!' Gun violence plea to Trump from students, parents

Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged action, including the possibility of arming teachers. "I turned 18 the day after" the shooting, said a tearful...
State Department says NKorea passed up meeting with Pence

State Department says NKorea passed up meeting with Pence

Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un's government canceled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday. A potential meeting between Pence and the North Koreans had been the most highly anticipated moment of the vice president's visit to Pyeongchang, South Korea, where...
White House: New policy won't affect Trump's son-in-law

White House: New policy won't affect Trump's son-in-law

It's a week of reckoning for White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and dozens of other officials who have been working without permanent security clearances for the better part of a year. Those who have been operating with interim access to top secret information since before June are set to see that access halted Friday under a new policy enacted last week by chief of staff John Kelly. Some officials...
Wife of lawmaker who killed himself loses election bid

Wife of lawmaker who killed himself loses election bid

The wife of a former Kentucky Republican lawmaker who killed himself last year after facing sexual assault allegations has lost her attempt to fill the remainder of her husband's term in a special election that ended up being a referendum of sorts on the #metoo movement. Rebecca Johnson denied the allegations against Dan Johnson, claiming he was a victim of "an assault from the left." But...
Investigation of California senator finds 6 misconduct cases

Investigation of California senator finds 6 misconduct cases

A California senator likely engaged in unwanted flirtatious or sexually suggestive behavior with six women he worked with, including four subordinates, according to an independent investigation released Tuesday. The investigation, which was conducted by outside lawyers at the Senate's request, found Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza "more likely than not" engaged in behavior such as offering...
Week of reckoning on White House aides' access to secrets

Week of reckoning on White House aides' access to secrets

It's a week of reckoning for White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and dozens of other officials who have been working without permanent security clearances for the better part of a year. Those who have been operating with interim access to top secret information since before June are set to see that access halted Friday under a new policy enacted last week by chief of staff John Kelly. Some officials...
Australian leader off to US for talks with Trump, governors

Australian leader off to US for talks with Trump, governors

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heads to the United States on Wednesday, accompanied by the largest Australian political and business delegation ever to visit the U.S. President Donald Trump's softening opposition to joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be up for discussion when he meets Turnbull at the White House on Friday. The trade deal among 11 countries includes Australia, which also has...
Kansas lawmakers split on response to teen governor hopefuls

Kansas lawmakers split on response to teen governor hopefuls

In a Kansas governor's race that's already wild and crowded, more than half a dozen of the prospective candidates are teenagers, and legislators are divided over whether to try to prevent having such young hopefuls in the field in the future. The Kansas House on a 73-43 vote advanced a bill Tuesday that would require candidates for governor and other statewide offices to be voters in the state, starting...
US: North Korea canceled meeting with Pence at last minute

US: North Korea canceled meeting with Pence at last minute

Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un's government canceled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday. A potential meeting between Pence and the North Koreans had been the most highly anticipated moment of the vice president's visit to Pyeongchang, South Korea, where...
‘Whole world is on edge’ Warren County judge tells teens accused of making school threats

‘Whole world is on edge’ Warren County judge tells teens accused of making school threats

Two Warren County boys were ordered to remain in detention for at least a week in connection with separate school threat cases last week at Lebanon and Little Miami high schools, as the rest of the nation was coming to terms with the latest in a series of deadly school shootings. RELATED: Lebanon High School student accused of threatening another student with social media “The whole world is...

Advocacy group sues Justice for prison policy files

A Washington-based advocacy group sued the Justice Department Tuesday for failing to turn over records that the group contends could shed light on the Trump administration's dealings with private prison companies as it forms new policies on incarceration. The Democracy Forward Foundation, a group with Democratic party ties, wants to know the background on the administration's plans on prison reform...
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.
Shulkin intends to stay in VA post with White House support

Shulkin intends to stay in VA post with White House support

Campaigning to keep his job, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Tuesday he had no intention of quitting despite blistering findings of travel abuses connected to his 11-day trip to Europe. He issued an extraordinary warning to VA staff rebelling against him: Get back in line or get out. Speaking after a Tuesday meeting at the White House, Shulkin told The Associated Press that White House...
Ethics Committee confirms review of Tennessee lawmaker

Ethics Committee confirms review of Tennessee lawmaker

The House Ethics Committee confirmed Tuesday that it is investigating Republican Rep. John Duncan Jr., of Tennessee over unspecified allegations, after media reports last year that he had paid his son for campaign work. Duncan Jr., who is serving his 16th term in the House and had previously announced he won't seek re-election, dismissed the complaint against him as "obviously very political"...
Insiders: Russia troll farm even zanier than indictment says

Insiders: Russia troll farm even zanier than indictment says

A Clinton-Obama sex tape using body doubles. A Facebook page promoting Texas independence riddled with grammatical mistakes. Islamic State anthems blasting out during the nightshift. The U.S. indictment centered on a Russian troll farm only scratches the surface of the St. Petersburg agency that allegedly produced online content to sway the 2016 presidential election — and glosses over how unconvincing...

President Trump to host Swedish prime minister March 6

President Donald Trump will host Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven at the White House next month. The White House says Trump looks forward to exchanging views during the March 6 meeting on deepening ties between the U.S. and Sweden, with a focus on trade and investment between them. The leaders are also expected to discuss advancing regional and global security, and achieving shared defense goals...
Air Force in ‘war for talent’ as it seeks to fill high-tech, pilot jobs

Air Force in ‘war for talent’ as it seeks to fill high-tech, pilot jobs

The Air Force finds itself in a “war for talent” competing against “more nimble” private-tech companies to fill science and technology positions, a top civilian service leader says. More streamlined hiring processes are necessary to compete to fill shortages or niche jobs requiring high expertise, said Shon J. Manasco, assistant secretary of the Air Force for manpower and reserve...

Supreme Court won't take case of Dead Sea Scrolls defendant

The Supreme Court won't take up the case of a blogger convicted of criminally impersonating his father's academic rivals on the subject of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The court on Tuesday declined to take the case of Raphael Golb, the son of University of Chicago professor Norman Golb. The younger Golb was convicted of adopting aliases in derogatory emails and blog posts. That included sending emails that...

Supreme Court rejects 2 gun rights appeals

The Supreme Court is rejecting two challenges by guns rights groups to California laws regulating firearms' sales. The action Tuesday came less than a week after a gunman in Florida killed 17 people at a Florida high school. The justices did not comment in leaving in place two rulings by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In one case, the appeals court upheld California's $19...
The Latest: Attorney pleads guilty to lying

The Latest: Attorney pleads guilty to lying

The Latest on the Russia probe (all times local): 3:25 p.m. An attorney for a prominent law firm is pleading guilty to lying to federal authorities about his interactions with a former Trump campaign associate. Alex van der Zwaan is entering the plea in federal court in Washington where he is admitting to lying to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators about his interactions with Rick Gates...
Trump plan: Less health insurance for lower premiums

Trump plan: Less health insurance for lower premiums

The Trump administration Tuesday spelled out a plan to lower the cost of health insurance: give consumers the option of buying less coverage in exchange for reduced premiums. The proposed regulations would expand an alternative to the comprehensive medical plans required under former President Barack Obama's health law. Individuals could buy so-called "short-term" policies for up to 12 months...
The Latest: Justice Dept to step up review of bump stocks

The Latest: Justice Dept to step up review of bump stocks

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 5:05 p.m. The Justice Department says it is moving quickly with its review of "bump stock" devices after President Donald Trump directed the agency to propose regulations banning them. The devices allow semi-automatic rifles to fire faster and were used in last year's Las Vegas massacre. The Justice Department in December announced...
Dayton company’s pilot program getting national attention

Dayton company’s pilot program getting national attention

A pilot program by CareSource aimed at holistically helping the non-profit insurer’s clients is getting some federal attention. Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary at U.S. Health and Human Services, will visit Dayton Wednesday morning to learn more about the CareSource’s Life Services/JobConnect program. RELATED: CareSource’s chief executive to retire Wagner will learn about...
Attorney admits he lied to Mueller's federal agents

Attorney admits he lied to Mueller's federal agents

A 33-year-old attorney fired last year by a prominent international law firm became the fourth person to plead guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, admitting Tuesday that he lied to federal investigators about his contacts with a Trump campaign official. Alex van der Zwaan, who worked at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, admitted in Washington's federal...
Trump takes last place in 'presidential greatness' survey

Trump takes last place in 'presidential greatness' survey

President Donald Trump took last place in a new survey that aims to measure "presidential greatness." According to the results posted Monday by Boise State University, 170 political scientists participated in the 2018 Presidents and Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey. More than 57 percent of the respondents – current and recent members of the Presidents and Executive...
Idaho lawmaker not sorry for yelling 'abortion is murder'

Idaho lawmaker not sorry for yelling 'abortion is murder'

A Republican Idaho state senator yelled "abortion is murder" at a group of students who were pushing for birth control legislation at the Statehouse and now faces an ethics complaint after a post from an unverified Twitter account told them to discuss "killing babies" with a Democratic lawmaker. Sen. Dan Foreman told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has no plans to apologize...
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...
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...
Ohio Senate passes major changes to congressional redistricting

Ohio Senate passes major changes to congressional redistricting

State lawmakers and a coalition of good government groups are on the verge of remaking the way Ohio draws its congressional district maps, after weeks of furious and fitful behind-the-scenes negotiations. The Ohio Senate voted 31-0 on the plan which now heads to the Ohio House, which is planning a Tuesday vote. The Senate Government Oversight Committee voted 11-0 in favor of the deal struck Monday...
Tough talk on NAFTA has some in Ohio fearing a trade war

Tough talk on NAFTA has some in Ohio fearing a trade war

With negotiators in Montreal making little progress on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement, there are mounting fears among Ohio companies and farmers that scrapping the 1994 pact will endanger a lucrative export pipeline to Canada and Mexico. Although many financial analysts believe an accord eventually will be reached, President Donald Trump throughout his 2016 campaign assailed NAFTA...
Ohio juror voted for death 20 years ago, now seeks mercy

Ohio juror voted for death 20 years ago, now seeks mercy

Ross Geiger had doubts about recommending a death sentence 20 years ago for a convicted Ohio killer, concerned about the impact of the offender’s tough childhood on his behavior. But ultimately, Geiger voted in favor of death for Raymond Tibbetts for killing a Cincinnati man he was staying with. Today, Geiger has changed his mind. After reviewing documents made available during Tibbetts&rsquo...
UPDATE: U.S. Sen. Portman criticizes Trump for calling Democrats ‘treasonous’ during his Cincinnati visit to tout tax plan

UPDATE: U.S. Sen. Portman criticizes Trump for calling Democrats ‘treasonous’ during his Cincinnati visit to tout tax plan

UPDATE: After President Donald Trump called Democrats “treasonous” for not applauding him during his State of the Union speech, U.S. Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said he “would not have used the words.”  Portman, who attended the event, said in a statement on Tuesday that he shared “the disappointment that Democrats at the State of the Union speech did not respond...
Stafford: Cosby received grandma’s tough medicine during childhood

Stafford: Cosby received grandma’s tough medicine during childhood

In an interview last June after she was honored by the Springfield Foundation’s African-American Community Family of Funds, Springfield Realtor Lula Cosby told News-Sun columnist Tom Stafford she’d considered writing her life’s story down but hadn’t because it seemed too much like Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” She doubted that anyone would...
Senator Brown comes to Dayton to push for worker-centered renegotiation of NAFTA

Senator Brown comes to Dayton to push for worker-centered renegotiation of NAFTA

A renegotiated NAFTA should include protections for U.S. workers who saw a flood of jobs move south of the border in the 25 years since the trade agreement between Mexico, Canada and the U.S. was approved, said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. “NAFTA has had an impact on the whole (Miami) Valley, primarily that so many middle class Americans, so many working families have not seen a raise in...
State’s new anti-fraud devices have the disabled worried about snooping

State’s new anti-fraud devices have the disabled worried about snooping

New technology used by the state to cut down on Medicaid fraud has disabled Ohioans complaining about a violation of their privacy. Ohio Medicaid’s Electronic Visit Verification system was launched Jan. 8 as the state’s answer to a new federal provision in the 21st Century Cures Act. The law requires each state to implement a system for verifying when and where certain home health...
Enon limestone mining proposal opponents worried about water pollution

Enon limestone mining proposal opponents worried about water pollution

More than 200 residents who packed Greenon Junior/Senior High School cafeteria Thursday night, many of them in opposition to a permit that would allow a company to discharge water from a proposed limestone mining operation. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency held a public meeting to hear from neighbors about Enon Sand and Gravel’s permit request. Mad River Twp. Trustee Kathy Estep spoke...
Kasich slams release of memo critical of FBI; area congressmen approve

Kasich slams release of memo critical of FBI; area congressmen approve

Ohio Gov. John Kasich criticized House Republicans for releasing a GOP drafted memo accusing the FBI and Justice Department of abusing court requests for secret surveillance on campaign aides to President Donald Trump believed to be in contact with Russian officials. By contrast, Republican members of Congress Mike Turner of Dayton, Jim Jordan of Urbana, and Bob Gibbs of Lakeville endorsed the release...
Springfield fluoride issue rejected for May ballot, may be on in fall

Springfield fluoride issue rejected for May ballot, may be on in fall

Springfield residents won’t vote at the polls to add fluoride to its public water supply in May, but the issue could be placed on the ballot in November. Springfield city commissioners rejected this week an emergency ordinance to allow the issue to be placed on the ballot in May. The commission needed four votes for the resolution to pass as an emergency but Commissioners Kevin O’Neill...
Trump rips Kasich at GOP dinner in Washington

Trump rips Kasich at GOP dinner in Washington

Apparently weary of the running critique from John Kasich, President Donald Trump lashed out at the Ohio governor Thursday evening at private GOP dinner in Washington. Trump bashed Kasich several times by name, Politico reported, according to three people who were present. The president mocked the Ohio governor, labeling him as one of his loudest and most relentless critics during the Republican National...
Lawmaker: Current wind farm regulations ‘stifle’ investment in Ohio

Lawmaker: Current wind farm regulations ‘stifle’ investment in Ohio

A Northeast Ohio Republican is pushing for a return to shorter setbacks for wind farms in Ohio, arguing the rules created in 2014 have strangled investment in the industry. The issue of how far turbines should be built from nearby businesses and residential properties has long been a contentious issue in Champaign County, where developers have sought to build a wind farm in two phases. The project&rsquo...
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