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Ellison says Democrats must fight Republicans at all levels

Democrats need to prepare for an ongoing fight against Republicans at all levels of government, not just the White House, their newly appointed deputy national chairman said on Saturday. "We can't just say it's all about Trump," Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said at the New Hampshire Democratic Party's annual meeting. Ellison, who lost his bid for chairman of the Democratic National Committee...
US acknowledges its forces were behind airstrike on Mosul

US acknowledges its forces were behind airstrike on Mosul

An airstrike targeting Islamic State militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul that witnesses say killed at least 100 people was in fact launched by the U.S. military, American officials said Saturday. U.S. officials did not confirm the reports of civilian casualties but opened an investigation. In the days following the March 17 airstrike, U.S. officials had said they were unsure whether American forces...
Feds reach agreement with Wittenberg U. on sexual assault complaints

Feds reach agreement with Wittenberg U. on sexual assault complaints

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has reached an agreement with Wittenberg University after finding that the university’s handling of complaints arising from reports of sexual assault violated federal law. The probe, under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, was based on complaints filed in July 2011 and April 2013, alleging that the university failed...
Ex-CIA chief: Flynn's firm discussed removing cleric from US

Ex-CIA chief: Flynn's firm discussed removing cleric from US

Former CIA Director James Woolsey has accused the Trump administration's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, of participating in a discussion with Turkish officials about possibly subverting the U.S. extradition process to remove a Turkish cleric from the United States. The Wall Street Journal first reported Woolsey's comments and posted a video interview with him late Friday . A Flynn...
Trump son-in-law's ties to Israel raise questions of bias

Trump son-in-law's ties to Israel raise questions of bias

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has deep business and personal ties to Israel that could raise questions about his ability to serve as an honest broker as he oversees the White House's Mideast peace efforts. But some say these ties, which include a previously undisclosed real estate deal in New Jersey with a major Israeli insurer, may give Kushner a surprising...
Now what? Options for consumers as health law drama fades

Now what? Options for consumers as health law drama fades

The Republican health plan designed to replace the Obama-era health law known as the Affordable Care Act would not have taken full effect for a few years anyway — and now it's dead. "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future," House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday. That means millions of Americans will have to navigate a current federal health care system that...
Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections. A bill pending in the Legislature would allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify their recreational pot as medical pot if a change in federal law or enforcement occurs. It's the boldest attempt yet...
AP FACT CHECK: The week when Trump's wiretap accusation died

AP FACT CHECK: The week when Trump's wiretap accusation died

President Donald Trump's accusation that his predecessor ordered snooping of his communications has fallen apart, slapped down by the FBI chief and again by the Republican leading the House intelligence committee, a Trump ally. The president gave up on arguing that Barack Obama tapped his phones, and he doesn't give up on anything easily. A look at how that sensational charge and a variety of other...
Gorsuch hearings show him as careful, folksy, testy at times

Gorsuch hearings show him as careful, folksy, testy at times

Nominees appearing before the Senate all have one goal in mind: Win confirmation. And when one party controls the Senate and the White House, the strategy of saying as little as possible doesn't vary much. But because Supreme Court nominees spend several long days in televised hearings, they still manage to reveal a few things about themselves, professionally and personally. Here are a few things...
Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul

Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul

House Republicans' failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump's agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say they will soon turn their attention to the first major re-write of the tax code in more than 30 years. But they will have to do it without the momentum of victory on health care. Just as important...

McCain calls for Tillerson to be given team at US State Dept

U.S. Sen. John McCain is urging President Donald Trump to nominate a team of senior officials at the State Department to back up new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke Saturday during an event in Brussels. He pointed to "confusion" over whether Tillerson would attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. He does now plan to...
TV ads prematurely thank congressmen for repealing Obamacare

TV ads prematurely thank congressmen for repealing Obamacare

Television advertisements thanking Republican representatives for repealing the Affordable Care Act on Friday has the conservative American Action Network PAC slightly red-faced. >> Read more trending news President Donald Trump and the Republican leadership suffered a major setback in their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act when Speaker Paul Ryan pulled his bill to repeal...
Health care defeat is a brutal loss for Speaker Paul Ryan

Health care defeat is a brutal loss for Speaker Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul Ryan guaranteed a win on the Republican plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law. Instead, he suffered a brutal defeat, cancelling a vote and admitting "we're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future." Friday's painful rebuke is an ominous sign for President Donald Trump's agenda, from taxes to infrastructure to the budget. Looming in a few...
Self-inflicted collapse chokes GOP effort to undo Obamacare

Self-inflicted collapse chokes GOP effort to undo Obamacare

House Republicans passed roughly 60 bills over the past six years dismembering President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Other than minor tweaks, they knew the measures would go nowhere because the Democrat still lived in the White House. With a bill that counted Friday, they choked. It was an epic, damaging, self-inflicted collapse that smothered the GOP effort. "We're going to be living...
Ohio’s Senators tout Wright-Patt as budget pressures mount

Ohio’s Senators tout Wright-Patt as budget pressures mount

Ohio’s two U.S. senators say a federal government shut down is unlikely next month, but added the prospect of keeping spending levels at last year’s rate could stay in place beyond a late April deadline to reach a budget deal. Five U.S. senators, including Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, were joined by John Boozman, R-Ark., and Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member...
Trump delivers his news to newspaper reporters

Trump delivers his news to newspaper reporters

President Donald Trump went old school on Friday, calling reporters from The Washington Post and The New York Times to announce that he had ordered a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare pulled from consideration in the House when it became clear there weren't enough votes for passage. One of those reporters — Robert Costa of the Post — tweeted news from the surprise phone call a minute...

Tillerson to attend NATO summit he originally was to skip

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will attend a major NATO foreign ministers meeting after all. Tillerson had alarmed allies when word emerged he was skipping the semiannual meeting in Brussels, but did plan to visit Russia in May. The State Department had said Tillerson had a scheduling conflict and had proposed alternative dates to the 28-member bloc for their meeting. NATO's chief had said the alliance...
Speaker Ryan falls short in first test of Trump presidency

Speaker Ryan falls short in first test of Trump presidency

House Speaker Paul Ryan guaranteed a win on the Republican plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law. Instead, he suffered a brutal defeat, cancelling a vote and admitting "we're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future." Friday's painful rebuke is an ominous sign for President Donald Trump's agenda, from taxes to infrastructure to the budget. Looming in a few...

House GOP abruptly pulls troubled health care bill

Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after Trump called him and asked him to halt debate without a vote, according to Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong. Just a day earlier, Trump had...

Lebanese businessman appears in US court in sanctions case

A Lebanese businessman who the United States says has provided millions of dollars to the Hezbollah militant group has pleaded not guilty to federal criminal charges that he violated sanctions. Kassim Tajideen, who was arrested in Morocco earlier this month, made his first court appearance in Washington on Friday and was ordered detained after Justice Department prosecutors called him a flight risk...
Arkansas governor signs bill reinstating voter ID law

Arkansas governor signs bill reinstating voter ID law

Arkansas' governor signed a measure Friday requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, reinstating a voter ID law that was struck down by the state's highest court more than two years ago. The bill signed by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson closely mirrors the law enacted by the Legislature in 2013 that was found unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court the following year...
APNewsBreak: Polling changes could confuse Kansas voters

APNewsBreak: Polling changes could confuse Kansas voters

More than 36,000 registered voters in Kansas are being asked to cast their ballots at new polling stations during the nation's first congressional election since President Donald Trump's November victory, prompting concerns that confusion could suppress turnout. The April 11 special election will fill a vacancy in south-central Kansas' 4th District that was created when Trump chose former Republican...
Inspector general to review pullback of HealthCare.gov ads

Inspector general to review pullback of HealthCare.gov ads

A federal inspector general has launched an inquiry into the Trump administration's decision to pull advertising for HealthCare.gov in the closing stretch of this year's sign-up season, according to a letter made public Friday. The unexpected ad pullback soon after President Donald Trump took office was termed "sabotage" by Democrats and former Obama officials. The new administration said...
General favors more aggressive approach in Somalia

General favors more aggressive approach in Somalia

Vowing he won't turn Somalia into a "free fire zone," the commander of U.S. Africa Command said Friday he wants greater authority to conduct airstrikes and use military forces in the African country to allow the U.S. to strike al-Qaida-linked militants more quickly. Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser said the White House hasn't yet approved the request. But he told reporters at the Pentagon the...

US-aided fighters face little resistance in Syrian operation

Syrian Arab and Kurdish fighters have encountered light resistance in northern Syria after U.S. pilots airlifted them into combat, an American officer said Friday, suggesting the operation caught Islamic State militants by surprise. The airlift was the first of its kind in Syria, designed to kick-start an offensive to recapture IS-held territory west of Raqqa, the extremist group's self-declared capital...

US imposes sanctions on China, North Korea entities, people

The Trump administration announced sanctions Friday on 30 foreign companies and people from 10 countries, including China, and accused the entities of engaging in proliferation activity. "These determinations underscore that the United States continues to regularly impose sanctions under existing authorities, as warranted, against entities and individuals that engage in proliferation activity...
Health bill pulled in stunning defeat for GOP

Health bill pulled in stunning defeat for GOP

Faced with an intransigent group of conservative Republicans, House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday abandoned GOP dreams of scrapping the health law signed by President Barack Obama and there appeared little chance that the effort will soon be revived. With moderate Republicans blaming about 30 conservatives known as the Freedom Caucus for scuttling the bill, House GOP leaders faced the grim reality that...
Trump campaign chair offers to talk to House panel on Russia

Trump campaign chair offers to talk to House panel on Russia

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, a key figure in investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, has volunteered to be interviewed by lawmakers as part of an increasingly partisan House probe of the Kremlin's alleged meddling in the 2016 election. The chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, on Friday announced the prospect of an interview with Paul...
Winners and losers in House Republican health plan

Winners and losers in House Republican health plan

The old and the poor made out great when House Republicans failed Friday to dismantle Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The rich and the almost rich didn't do so well. The measure would have repealed major parts of Obama's health law, capping future funding for Medicaid and cutting tax increases for high-income families, health insurance companies and drugmakers. The bill would have repealed tax...
Democrats oppose Gorsuch, say he rules against workers

Democrats oppose Gorsuch, say he rules against workers

Five more Democrats said Friday that they will vote against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and will support a filibuster against him. California Sen. Kamala Harris, Washington Sen. Patty Murray and Rhode Island Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse all said they believe the Denver-based appeals court judge has ruled too often against workers and in favor of corporations. New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall...
The Latest: Trump meets Medal of Honor recipients

The Latest: Trump meets Medal of Honor recipients

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 8 p.m. President Donald Trump has marked Medal of Honor Day by appearing in the Oval Office with more than two dozen medal recipients. Trump says they are brave people who rose above and beyond the call of duty to defend the U.S. He says they poured out their hearts, sweat and tears like few others have, and have also given their blood for the...
7 things to know now: Health care vote; new iPad; ‘Star Wars’ news

7 things to know now: Health care vote; new iPad; ‘Star Wars’ news

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today. 1. Health care vote: President Donald Trump decided the time for talking was over, according to the White House, when he let GOP leaders in the House know late Thursday that he wanted an up or down vote on a new health care package to take place on Friday. After a day of wrangling for votes, Trump said he was done working deals with...
How drug testing airline pilots is like ‘playing Jenga’

How drug testing airline pilots is like ‘playing Jenga’

Federally-required random drug testing for pilots and other safety-sensitive employees can cause logistical problems for airlines, according to industry experts interviewed by the Dayton Daily News. One expert compared drug testing pilots to the logistical equivalent of playing Jenga, the tower-stacking game where the removal of one block could bring down the whole structure. Removing a pilot from...
House chairman apologizes to colleagues after Trump briefing

House chairman apologizes to colleagues after Trump briefing

The White House claimed vindication while the House intelligence committee chairman privately apologized in the wake of his decision to brief President Donald Trump on secret intelligence intercepts related to a probe of Russian interference in the election. Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican and member of President Donald Trump's transition team, told reporters after his committee's closed-door...
New Congress, all-GOP, same political divisions

New Congress, all-GOP, same political divisions

With control of the White House and Senate and a commanding majority in the House, Republicans were supposed to brush off any challenge from the hardline Freedom Caucus and work their will with impunity. But something happened on the way to governing. Now, House Republican leaders are struggling with the same divisions that plagued them under President Barack Obama. The House Freedom Caucus consists...
No repeal for 'Obamacare' _ a humiliating defeat for Trump

No repeal for 'Obamacare' _ a humiliating defeat for Trump

In a humiliating failure, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders yanked their bill to repeal "Obamacare" off the House floor Friday when it became clear it would fail badly — after seven years of nonstop railing against the health care law. Democrats said Americans can "breathe a sigh of relief." Trump said Obama's law was imploding "and soon will explode." Thwarted...
House sets risky health care vote after Trump demands it

House sets risky health care vote after Trump demands it

In a gamble with monumental political stakes, Republicans set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul after President Donald Trump claimed he was finished negotiating with GOP holdouts and determined to pursue the rest of his agenda, win or lose. House Speaker Paul Ryan set the showdown for Friday, following a nighttime Capitol meeting at which top White House officials told...
Trump OKs Keystone pipeline, calling it 'great day' for jobs

Trump OKs Keystone pipeline, calling it 'great day' for jobs

President Donald Trump greenlighted the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it a "great day for American jobs" and siding with energy advocates over environmental groups in a heated debate over climate change. The presidential permit comes nearly a decade after Calgary-based TransCanada applied to build the $8 billion pipeline, which will snake from Canada through the...
AP FACT CHECK: Trump's truths can come from wisps of info

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's truths can come from wisps of info

Sitting atop that vast apparatus of institutional knowledge, hard-won intelligence and data known as the U.S. government, President Donald Trump forms some of his most contentious opinions from other sources entirely. It could be a pundit's half-remembered comment on TV, a single word in a newspaper headline or the most self-persuasive source of all — his own instinct. Such visceral information-gathering...
Ivanka Trump: A White House force, just not an 'employee'

Ivanka Trump: A White House force, just not an 'employee'

President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump will have a security clearance, a West Wing office and the ear of her father on important policy matters. But don't call her an employee. When it comes to government work, "employee" is more than just a word. That designation triggers an array of transparency and ethical provisions, including a law prohibiting conflicts of interest. Government...
A look at the wiretap flap from Trump tweets to Capitol Hill

A look at the wiretap flap from Trump tweets to Capitol Hill

President Donald Trump's startling allegation that former President Barack Obama tapped his phones during last year's election is pitting the White House against U.S. intelligence officials, sparking grave concern in law enforcement circles and alarming Democrats and Republicans alike. A look at the controversy: TRUMP'S ALLEGATION On Saturday, March 4, while at his Florida estate, Trump angrily tweeted...
Will final health care deal match Trump's campaign pitch?

Will final health care deal match Trump's campaign pitch?

With time running out to get votes for the Republican plan to repeal and replace "Obamacare," President Donald Trump has shown he's willing to make a deal. But could he wind up with a plan that doesn't line up with some other campaign promises? As the tumultuous talks dragged on Thursday, one demand from lawmakers in the conservative Freedom Caucus was removing the federal mandate under...

Lawmakers reject plan to expand casinos in North Dakota

Republicans who control the North Dakota House rejected their leader's plan Thursday to more than double the number of casinos in the state, a push some lawmakers viewed as a threat of payback against American Indian tribes for protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Under the proposal by Majority Leader Al Carlson, a Fargo Republican, voters would decide whether to change the North Dakota Constitution...
AP FACT CHECK: Trump's truths can come from wisps of info

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's truths can come from wisps of info

Sitting atop that vast apparatus of institutional knowledge, hard-won intelligence and data known as the U.S. government, President Donald Trump forms some of his most contentious opinions from other sources entirely. It could be a pundit's half-remembered comment on TV, a single word in a newspaper headline or the most self-persuasive source of all — his own instinct. Such visceral information-gathering...
New Congress, all-GOP, same political divisions

New Congress, all-GOP, same political divisions

With control of the White House and Senate and a commanding majority in the House, Republicans were supposed to brush off any challenge from the hardline Freedom Caucus and work their will with impunity. But something happened on the way to governing. Now, House Republican leaders are struggling with the same divisions that plagued them under President Barack Obama. The House Freedom Caucus consists...
Judge gets death threats after blocking Trump travel ban: report

Judge gets death threats after blocking Trump travel ban: report

The federal judge who acted first to block President Donald Trump’s most recent travel ban has received numerous death threats since the ruling, prompting authorities to give him a 24-hour protection detail, according to a report. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, who presides over cases in Hawaii, blocked Trump’s revised travel ban last week. He rejected the government’s claims...

Republicans demand tougher stance on Chinese human rights

Two Republican lawmakers say the Trump administration must criticize China's human rights record. The call comes after the U.S. wouldn't join other countries in criticizing China for alleged torture of lawyers. Sen. Marco Rubio says the abstention sent a "disturbing message to democracy advocates." He says the U.S. must highlight "brutal repression against Chinese human rights lawyers...

US turns down Russia invitation to Afghan peace conference

The United States won't attend a multinational peace conference on Afghanistan next month in Russia, a State Department official said Thursday. The reasons: The U.S. wasn't consulted before receiving the invitation and doesn't know Russia's objectives for the gathering. The official said that Washington wants to work with Moscow on regional efforts to end the 16-year war, and that Secretary of State...
Obama's top civil rights lawyer to lead advocacy coalition

Obama's top civil rights lawyer to lead advocacy coalition

The Obama administration's top civil rights lawyer announced Thursday she will lead a coalition of civil and human rights organizations at a time when they see the Justice Department softening its focus on a number of their priorities. Vanita Gupta, who was head of the Obama Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, said she will become the new president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil...
Perry blasts election of 1st gay Texas A&M student president

Perry blasts election of 1st gay Texas A&M student president

Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose agency oversees the nation's nuclear arsenal, is inserting himself into an unusually small political dispute: an election for student body president at Texas A&M. In an op-ed submitted to the Houston Chronicle, the former Texas governor suggested that his alma mater's first openly gay president may have stolen the outcome. Perry wrote that the campus election "...
Springfield residents to ask city leaders about finances, tax increase

Springfield residents to ask city leaders about finances, tax increase

The city of Springfield will host financial forums one month before voters decide on an income tax increase at the polls on May 2. The forums are open to the public and will include presentations on both the city’s financial status and the upcoming tax issue. It will also include time for residents to ask questions, Deputy City Manager Bryan Heck said. The forums will be held from 5:30 to 6...
Clark County drug overdose deaths reach record number

Clark County drug overdose deaths reach record number

Clark County saw a record number of accidental drug overdose deaths last year, which local leaders said was caused by the opioid epidemic that’s spread across the country. The majority of the 79 drug deaths in Clark County last year involved heroin and illicit fentanyl, Clark County Coroner Dr. Richard Marsh said. Many of the deaths involve multiple drugs, including cocaine and other designer...
Springfield voting precinct leaving church location

Springfield voting precinct leaving church location

A Springfield polling location is being permanently moved to a new building. The voting location for city precincts 2 and 3 — previously at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1612 S. Belmont Ave. — will now be located at Developmental Disabilities of Clark County, 2527 Kenton St. The change will take place immediately, according to the Clark County Board of Elections. The next city election will...
Senators, congressman to tour Wright-Patterson Friday

Senators, congressman to tour Wright-Patterson Friday

Five U.S. senators will tour Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Friday for an inside look at the base’s military operations, officials say. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio and co-chairman of the Senate Air Force Caucus, will be joined by caucus co-chairman John Boozman, R-Arkansas. Senate Armed Services Committee members Jack Reed, D-R.I., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii along with Sen. Rob Portman,...
Smoking in a car with kids could bring $500 fine in Ohio

Smoking in a car with kids could bring $500 fine in Ohio

People who smoke in cars with kids under age 6 could face a $500 fine if a bill proposed by a state lawmaker becomes law. “They have no say in getting into an enclosed vehicle with someone who is smoking,” said sponsor Sen. Charletta Tavares, D-Columbus. “Their little lungs breathe deeper, particularly infants. They breathe deeper and they breathe faster.” Clark County Health...
‘Crisis’ in trucking industry spurs flurry of bills

‘Crisis’ in trucking industry spurs flurry of bills

State lawmakers launched a four-part plan Wednesday to help trucking companies fill thousands of job openings. A series of bills were introduced addressing various problems that have put the industry in crisis, according to state Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, the author of one of the bills. Lawmakers say there aren’t enough people interested in the profession and changes are needed to help...
Could Cincinnati land a Trump hotel?

Could Cincinnati land a Trump hotel?

By Bernard Condon and David Koenig Associated Press. Cincinnati may soon be home to a Trump family hotel. Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger, said cities such as Cincinnati, Louisville and Milwaukee could be home to a new line of hotels called Scion, but he won’t name the developers. “The list of places Scion can go,” he said, “is virtually limitless.” You might have expected...
Sex with animals in Ohio officially illegal

Sex with animals in Ohio officially illegal

It is no longer legal in Ohio to have sex with animals. Ohio’s law banning bestiality went into effect Tuesday. “It’s a crime that defies explanation to the rational person,” said Mark Kumpf, director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center. “We’re dealing with a different species.” Previous efforts in 2011 and 2015 to ban it did not gain enough support...
Clark County to charge addicts who OD and don’t seek treatment

Clark County to charge addicts who OD and don’t seek treatment

Clark County residents who overdose on opioids may face drug possession charges if they don’t seek treatment, according to a new policy from the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutor Andy Wilson and local law enforcement officials met last week to discuss how to combat the opioid epidemic, which has caused city and county EMS crews to respond to more than 325 overdoses this year...
Former Clark County director says she was forced to resign

Former Clark County director says she was forced to resign

A former Clark County director says she was forced to resign after being placed on administrative leave earlier this month. Kim Deniston, the county’s Director of Information Systems since 1998, was placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation on March 3, according to a letter from Clark County Administrator Jenny Hutchinson placed in Deniston’s personnel file. &ldquo...
Cabin upgrades planned for Buck Creek State Park

Cabin upgrades planned for Buck Creek State Park

Eight cabin renovations will be made at Buck Creek State Park this year through capital improvement funds approved by the Ohio Controlling Board. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said cabins at Buck Creek and several other state parks, will be receiving interior upgrades. The state controlling board approved $900,000 for pre-construction and $250,000 in design services for Buck Creek. Parks...
$9.3M senior apartments at old Springfield hospital site delayed

$9.3M senior apartments at old Springfield hospital site delayed

Construction of a long-planned $9.3 million senior housing development at the former Community Hospital site has been delayed two months due to issues with state tax credits. The Community Gardens senior apartments — an 86-unit affordable senior housing development planned on the 11.5-acre site at the corner of High Street and Burnett Road — now likely won’t be open until 2018, said...
Local group, Turner at odds over ‘fraud’ claim

Local group, Turner at odds over ‘fraud’ claim

Local groups have fired back against U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, saying he falsely claimed that a local activist was parading as a deceased civil rights icon in possible violation of federal law. Turner made the claim Thursday in a press release distributed to local media organizations. In it he said a woman named Christie Lamb was using the name of Ella Baker, a legendary figure in the civil...
Springfield leader wants lifetime warranty on hazardous waste cleanup

Springfield leader wants lifetime warranty on hazardous waste cleanup

City Commissioner Kevin O’Neill wants a “lifetime warranty” that hazardous waste from the Tremont City Barrel Fill site in northern Clark County won’t affect Springfield’s drinking water. After years of advocating for an extensive, $56 million cleanup plan, community activists are now backing a new version of a clean-up plan dubbed 9a that would cost an estimated $24...
Springfield pastor part of national effort pushing immigration reform

Springfield pastor part of national effort pushing immigration reform

Springfield Pastor Carl Ruby Wednesday announced plans to form an Ohio arm of the group FWD.US, a national advocacy group seeking immigration reform. The national group is backed by several technology company leaders, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook. Ruby serves as the Senior Pastor of Central Christian Church and Executive Director of Welcome...
Proposed changes to mining permit concerns Clark County residents

Proposed changes to mining permit concerns Clark County residents

Proposed changes to an industrial minerals mining permit has some Mad River Twp. residents and school officials concerned, including about how it might affect their drinking water. Enon Sand and Gravel applied to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Mineral Resources Management in November 2016 to mine limestone and merge two existing permits into one. “In this case, they actually...
How your lawmakers voted in Congress last week

How your lawmakers voted in Congress last week

Here’s a look at how Ohio lawmakers voted in Congress last week. HOUSE Southwest Ohio members in bold * HR 1301 A $577.9 billion spending bill to finance the operations of the U.S. Department of Defense for the 2017 spending year which ends at the end of September. The Senate has yet to pass the bill for the Pentagon, which has been operating a series of stopgap financial measures. Passed: 371-48...
Dozens of area public agencies cited for open records violations

Dozens of area public agencies cited for open records violations

Thirty-two area public agencies were among 357 across the state issued citations last year for not fully complying with Ohio’s public records laws, according to the state auditor’s office. Some had up to four citations, including the Springfield Academy of Excellence, which was shut down by the state in 2015 for other issues. Other entities with more than one citation include the Butler...
Ohio Gov. John Kasich: End the partisan warfare on health care

Ohio Gov. John Kasich: End the partisan warfare on health care

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been outspoken about Repubican plans to repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan in place. Today he wrote an opinion column for the New York Time saying “A responsible, and necessary, repeal and replacement of Obamacare must balance cost and coverage. It is unrealistic to think that cutting coverage saves any money, since we will only see uninsured people returning...
New Carlisle wants to evict family’s 100-pound pet pig

New Carlisle wants to evict family’s 100-pound pet pig

A New Carlisle family has a 100-pound, pot-bellied pig as a beloved pet but city officials said she must go. Olive is owned by the Hedrick family and has lived with them for two years. But recently a neighbor complained about the pig and city officials sent Hedrick a letter telling them they had to get Olive out of their home. “She’s in our family, she’s like a dog, a cat,&rdquo...
Leaks lead to roof repair at former Crowell-Collier building

Leaks lead to roof repair at former Crowell-Collier building

Much of the demolition work on the massive Crowell-Collier buildings appears to be done but it still isn’t in compliance with building and safety codes. Crews currently are working on the roof because the current roof on the remaining buildings run the risk of collapsing, said Jerry Strozdas, law director for the city of Springfield. “They are doing some roof work because of leaks in the...
Kasich slams GOP health care plan; Jordan plans to release his own

Kasich slams GOP health care plan; Jordan plans to release his own

In a sign of the deep divisions among Republicans, Gov. John Kasich sharply objected Tuesday to a House Republican plan to overhaul the 2010 health law known as Obamacare which has allowed him to provide health coverage to roughly 700,000 low-income people in Ohio. While Republican House conservatives such as Rep. Jim Jordan complained the Republican leadership bill is “Obamacare in a different...
How Ohio members of Congress voted last week

How Ohio members of Congress voted last week

Here’s a look at how Ohio lawmakers voted last week HOUSE Local lawmakers are in bold * H.R. 1004 A bill requiring federal agencies to increase transparency on how they craft new rules. Passed: 246-176 Democrats No: Beatty, Fudge, Kaptur, Ryan Republicans Yes: Chabot, Davidson, Gibbs, Johnson, Joyce, Latta, Renacci, Stivers, Tiberi, Turner, Wenstrup. Not voting: Jordan SPECIAL INVESTIGATION...
Bogus receipts, fake expenses: Who’s policing campaign donations?

Bogus receipts, fake expenses: Who’s policing campaign donations?

A Dayton lawmaker’s criminal case illustrates some of the limitations in Ohio watchdogs’ ability to police unethical — and even unlawful — behavior. The way the system works now, public officials are essentially on the honor system. The Ohio Secretary of State’s six auditors spot check the 3,300 to 4,100 campaign finance reports that are filed every year, but they lack...
Pro-Trump supporters gather for rally in Springfield

Pro-Trump supporters gather for rally in Springfield

More than a dozen people showed up at the corner of State Route 41 and North Bechtle Avenue in Springfield on Saturday at 2 p.m. to show support for President Donald Trump and his policies. Rally participants chanted slogans such as “drain the swamp” and “make America great again.” The rally was inspired by Main Street Patriots, a self-described national grassroots movement...

Do’s and don’t’s about Ohio’s ethics laws: Avoid freebies

Ohio’s Ethics Law, adopted in 1974, covers 590,000 employees, officials, officeholders and public contractors statewide. Here are some very basic Do’s and Don’t’s: Do’s: Ask the Ohio Ethics Commission for advice anytime you have a question. (614-466-7090). Seek out training on the law via online courses offered by the commission. ...
Springfield union upset with move to ‘lower the standard’ for hiring

Springfield union upset with move to ‘lower the standard’ for hiring

The city of Springfield lowered the passing grade for its most recent written civil service test given to firefighter applicants, a move the firefighters union called insulting and said lowers hiring standards. The cutoff line was reduced for this test only because the city has seen such a drop in applicants, Springfield Personnel Director Jeff Rodgers said. It won’t result in the hiring of...
Clark County to set priorities for future projects

Clark County to set priorities for future projects

Clark County commissioners will begin a strategic planing process this year, which could include discussing several major projects such as the combined 9-1-1 dispatch center and moving more services to the Springview Government Center. The county spent $3,000 to hire Columbus-based consultant Murphy Epson to facilitate the plan later this month, Clark County Administrator Jenny Hutchinson said. &ldquo...
A long history of scandal preceded ethics reform in Ohio

A long history of scandal preceded ethics reform in Ohio

The history of scandal and influence peddling in Ohio politics is long and rich. In May 1911 the New York Times took Ohio politicos to task with the headline: “Wholesale Debauchery of the Ohio Legislature: How the Army of Lobbyists at Columbus Took Over the Business of Making Laws for the State – Wine and Women Employed as Well as Money.” It was another 60 years or so before Ohio...
New details on what forced security gate closure at Wright-Patterson

New details on what forced security gate closure at Wright-Patterson

A man who drove onto Wright-Patterson without proper identification caused a security agent to activate an alarm that temporarily closed all gates in Area A on Thursday afternoon, according to a spokeswoman. The gate closures caused a traffic back-up on the base. The unidentified man had entered Gate 12A off Ohio 444 near the Air Force Materiel Command headquarters, a spokeswoman said Thursday. The...
Few ethics violations result in criminal convictions

Few ethics violations result in criminal convictions

In Ohio, three watchdog agencies are charged with overseeing hundreds of thousands of employees. Those agencies conduct investigations, issue opinions, dole out advice and in rare cases refer criminal activity to local prosecutor’s offices. Ohio taxpayers spend millions of dollars every year on the state’s efforts to ensure that public employees are following state ethics laws. Here are...
Land bank to demolish dozens of vacant properties in Springfield

Land bank to demolish dozens of vacant properties in Springfield

Dozens of vacant properties in Springfield could be demolished by the end of the year as part of the Clark County Land Bank’s efforts to tear down blighted homes that neighbors described as eyesores. The land bank is a nonprofit organization operated by Clark County that began in 2014. Since then, it has received about $2 million in state money from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency to demolish...
Ohio Sen. Portman: AG Jeff Sessions did the right thing

Ohio Sen. Portman: AG Jeff Sessions did the right thing

Sen. Rob Portman said U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions “did the right thing” when he recused himself Thursday any Justice Department probe into allegations that Russian officials may have intervened in last year’s presidential election in an effort to help Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. In a statement shortly after Sessions told reporters he would not...