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Minnesota Somali group: Rejecting federal grant was right

The leaders of a Minnesota nonprofit that works to improve the lives of young Somalis knew the stakes were high when they rejected $500,000 in federal funding earlier this month. Eighty students who were expected to go through a career mentoring and job placement program over the next two years now might not get the chance. Workshops designed to help hundreds of Somali parents might have to be cancelled...
Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement

Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement

As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. The challenge of providing insurance for Americans who have no other alternative has some congressional Republicans considering whether to ask the states to reboot...

GOP congressman: Special prosecutor needed for Russia probe

A Republican congressman has called for a special prosecutor to investigate whether Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and was in touch with President Donald Trump's team during the campaign. Rep. Darrell Issa (EYE'-suh) of California says it would be improper for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to lead the investigation. Issa made the comments Friday on HBO's "Real Time with...
Democrats aim to define struggle against Trump in Atlanta

Democrats aim to define struggle against Trump in Atlanta

The uneasy clash between grass-roots activists and establishment figures at the Democratic National Committee meeting in Atlanta isn’t hard to spot. It’s on display at caucus meetings, panel discussions and the maneuvering behind Saturday’s vote to elect a new party leader. And for a party struggling to find a balance between the liberal wave of outrage at Donald Trump and its...

Syrian who worked on nominated film can't attend Oscars

U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation's civil war, "The White Helmets," that has been nominated for an Academy Award. According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by The Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security has decided at the last minute to block Khaled Khateeb...
The Latest: Some candidates quit race for Democratic leader

The Latest: Some candidates quit race for Democratic leader

The Latest on the selection of a new national leader of the Democratic Party (all times local): 2:35 p.m. Several candidates for Democratic Party leader have bowed out — and that's left a showdown between Tom Perez — labor secretary under President Barack Obama — and Keith Ellison, a Minnesota congressman. It takes 214.5 votes to win — and Perez has come up just one short in...
Germany's Merkel: keep working on 2-state Mideast solution

Germany's Merkel: keep working on 2-state Mideast solution

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stressing the need to work for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after President Donald Trump signaled that he could accept a different outcome. Merkel's comments in her weekly video message Saturday came ahead of a March 2 visit to regional power Egypt, where she said she will discuss the matter with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Trump...

GOP proposal aims to end insurance mandate in 'Obamacare'

A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners. Instead, it would create tax credits worth up to $4,000, allow bigger contributions to personal health savings accounts and impose a new levy on expensive health coverage some employees...
Comey in middle of political fray over Trump and Russians

Comey in middle of political fray over Trump and Russians

FBI Director James Comey is again in a familiar spot these days — the middle of political tumult. As a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, he clashed with the White House over a secret surveillance program. Years later as head of the FBI, he incurred the ire of Hillary Clinton supporters for public statements on an investigation into her emails. Now...
White House says chief of staff not wrong to talk to FBI

White House says chief of staff not wrong to talk to FBI

The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents. President Donald Trump's spokesman, Sean Spicer, argued Priebus had little choice but to seek Comey's assistance in...
Trump condemns anonymous sources as staff demands anonymity

Trump condemns anonymous sources as staff demands anonymity

President Donald Trump has unloaded on the news media for using anonymous sources — just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed. Unleashing a line of attack that energized an enthusiastic crowd at the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists, Trump said Friday that unethical reporters "make up stories and...
Democrats inviting immigrants to Trump's speech to Congress

Democrats inviting immigrants to Trump's speech to Congress

Democrats have invited immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress in an effort to put a face on those who could be hurt by the Republican's policies. Lawmakers typically get one guest ticket apiece for presidential addresses, as they will for Tuesday's prime-time speech, and the invites often go to family, friends or someone from back home. To send a message to...
Pence: Administration backs Israel abroad, business at home

Pence: Administration backs Israel abroad, business at home

Vice President Mike Pence is assuring the Republican Jewish Coalition that he and President Donald Trump will work tirelessly on foreign and domestic issues important to the group, such as enacting business-friendly policies at home and supporting Israel abroad. "If the world knows nothing else, the world will know this: America stands with Israel," Pence told the group Friday night. The...
Perez, Ellison head to second ballot in DNC race

Perez, Ellison head to second ballot in DNC race

Democrats were still deadlocked over who should lead their party in the era of President Donald Trump, with the contest between former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison headed to a second ballot on Saturday. The election of chairman of the Democratic National Committee has animated the hundreds of party officials, donors and activists who convened in Atlanta. The unusually...
This time Democrats providing the anger at town halls

This time Democrats providing the anger at town halls

Rep. Mike Turner was out of the country last week, but that didn’t stop the demand for a town hall with the Dayton Republican. Turner, a member of the House Armed Services and House Intelligence Committees, was in Europe, receiving briefings at NATO and the International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters. But Tuesday, several dozen protesters gathered outside his Dayton office, clamoring for...
Foster, Fox call for unity at rally for immigration rights

Foster, Fox call for unity at rally for immigration rights

As most of Hollywood gears up for the Oscars on Sunday and the whirlwind of events and parties this weekend, celebrities and top talent agents gathered in Beverly Hills to do something a little different: rally for immigration rights. Jodie Foster, Michael J. Fox and Keegan-Michael Key were among the speakers at Friday's rally, organized by the United Talent Agency outside their Beverly Hills headquarters...
The Latest: Border Patrol wants probe of woman's detention

The Latest: Border Patrol wants probe of woman's detention

The Latest on the controversy over the arrest on immigration charges of a transgender woman at an El Paso courthouse (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The Border Patrol has asked for an internal investigation of the circumstances leading up to the arrest of a transgender woman in an El Paso courthouse. Irvin Gonzalez was as she was seeking court-ordered protection from an abusive boyfriend. The arrest...

Protesters again greet McConnell appearance at home

Protesters who shadowed Mitch McConnell during his home state appearances this week are vowing to keep tracking the Senate majority leader whenever he returns to Kentucky. More than 200 protesters chanted and held signs Friday evening across the street from a Louisville conference center where McConnell and other Republicans were celebrating the GOP's sweeping fall victories. Protesters chanted "...
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 'I will do this job as long as I can do it'

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 'I will do this job as long as I can do it'

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told an audience in Washington, D.C. on Thursday that she will keep her position on the nation's highest court for as long as she's able to do her job. "I will do this job as long as I can do it full speed, and when I can't, that'll be the time I will step down," the 83-year-old associate justice said during an appearance at George Washington University...

Pentagon: Out with 'ISIL,' in with 'ISIS'

The change of U.S. administrations has produced a change of terminology in the war against the Islamic State group. Out goes the name preferred by the Obama administration: the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. In comes the name favored by President Donald Trump: the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Why? A Feb. 13 memo from the office of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the...
Efforts to stop anonymous sources clash with 1st Amendment

Efforts to stop anonymous sources clash with 1st Amendment

Of course, any effort to limit sources would conflict with the First Amendment. Separately, 39 states and the District of Columbia have reporter shields, which offer various protections from subpoenas and the forced disclosure of sources, according to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. But there is no shield in federal law, despite past efforts in Congress to pass one. "The Supreme...
Pence tells Jewish group world will know US supports Israel

Pence tells Jewish group world will know US supports Israel

Vice President Mike Pence assured the Republican Jewish Coalition that he and President Donald Trump will work tirelessly on foreign and domestic issues important to the group, such as enacting business-friendly policies at home and supporting Israel abroad. "If the world knows nothing else, the world will know this: America stands with Israel," Pence told the group Friday night. The Republican...
Comey faces pressure as White House fights Russia reports

Comey faces pressure as White House fights Russia reports

FBI Director James Comey is again in a familiar spot these days — the middle of political tumult. As a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, he clashed with the White House over a secret surveillance program. Years later as head of the FBI, he incurred the ire of Hillary Clinton supporters for public statements on an investigation into her emails. Now...
AP Exclusive: DHS report disputes threat from banned nations

AP Exclusive: DHS report disputes threat from banned nations

Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States. A draft document obtained by The Associated Press concludes that citizenship is an "unlikely indicator" of terrorism threats to the United States and that few...
AP Explains: Why the Democratic Party chair race matters

AP Explains: Why the Democratic Party chair race matters

National Democrats will elect a new chair whose task is to steady a reeling party and capitalize on the widespread opposition to Republican President Donald Trump. Leading contenders in the Saturday vote are former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, is a longshot hoping he can rise to the top if neither of the two front-runners...
Kasich on Trump: ‘Root for the pilot’

Kasich on Trump: ‘Root for the pilot’

Gov. John Kasich and two of his top health care aides will meet Saturday with U.S. Health and Services Secretary Tom Price to offer ways to make “sure people aren’t left behind” as congressional Republicans try to scrap the 2010 health law and design a substitute. President Donald Trump asked Price to meet with Kasich and his top advisers following a one-hour meeting Friday between...

Draft GOP health care bill revamps Obama's health care law

A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners. Instead, it would create tax credits worth up to $4,000, allow bigger contributions to personal health savings accounts and impose a new levy on expensive health coverage some employees...
White House bars major news outlets from informal briefing

White House bars major news outlets from informal briefing

The Associated Press chose not to participate in the briefing after White House press secretary Sean Spicer restricted the number of journalists included. Typically, the daily briefing is televised and open to all news organizations credentialed to cover the White House. "The AP believes the public should have as much access to the president as possible," Lauren Easton, the AP's director...
CNN, New York Times barred from White House press briefing

CNN, New York Times barred from White House press briefing

Several news organizations were barred Friday from attending a White House press briefing, including CNN, The New York Times, Politico and The Hill. The Hill reported that the blocked organizations also included the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed News, the Daily Mail, BBC News and the New York Daily News. White House press secretary Sean Spicer decided against holding a traditional press briefing...
Dems invite immigrants to Trump's first address to Congress

Dems invite immigrants to Trump's first address to Congress

Democrats have invited immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress in an effort to put a face on those who could be hurt by the Republican's policies. Lawmakers typically get one guest ticket apiece for presidential addresses, as they will for Tuesday's prime-time speech, and the invites often go to family, friends or someone from back home. To send a message to...

Government wants appeal of travel ban put on hold

The Justice Department wants a federal appeals court to put President Trump's travel ban case on hold until he issues a new order, but the states who sued to stop the ban want the case to move forward. A government motion filed Friday says all actions on the appeal should be stopped because Trump intends to issue a new executive order that addresses some of the constitutional concerns raised by his...
GOP governors outline health care plan, Medicaid changes

GOP governors outline health care plan, Medicaid changes

Republican governors from seven states are calling for dramatic changes to Medicaid, which provides insurance to more than 70 million low-income Americans, as they nervously watch President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders move to repeal and replace the Obama-era health law. At the same time, they're telling Washington: Don't scrap the Affordable Care Act without a viable alternative. According...
Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April

Agency plans to award Mexico border wall contracts by April

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Friday that it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, signaling that he is aggressively pursuing plans to erect "a great wall" along the 2,000-mile border. The agency said it will request bids on or around March 6 and that companies would have to submit "concept papers"...
Unlike colleagues, Michigan congressman embraces town halls

Unlike colleagues, Michigan congressman embraces town halls

A Michigan congressman is embracing the town halls that many of his Republican counterparts have avoided as people lash out at President Donald Trump's early actions and the planned repeal of the federal health care law. "It's my duty to be here," Rep. Justin Amash, 36, said Thursday after taking pointed questions for 90 minutes during a raucous session inside a gymnasium in Battle Creek...
Washington state gears up for battle over legal pot

Washington state gears up for battle over legal pot

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is ready to defend the will of his state's voters after White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested Thursday that President Donald Trump's administration may crack down on states with legalized marijuana for recreational use. In his daily news briefing, Spicer said the Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal law against recreational marijuana...
Full Transcript: Read Donald Trump's remarks at CPAC

Full Transcript: Read Donald Trump's remarks at CPAC

President Donald Trump addressed the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Friday. Here's a transcript of his remarks. "Great to be back at CPAC. It's a place I have really — I love this place. I love you people. So thank you very much. First of all, I want to thank Matt Schlapp and his very, very incredible wife and boss, Mercedes, who have been fantastic friends and...
State Department news briefings to resume in early March

State Department news briefings to resume in early March

The State Department said it will resume regular news briefings early next month after facing criticism for not having held one since the Trump inauguration. The department said Friday it will begin hosting the briefings the first full week in March. The last briefing was on Jan. 19, the last full day of President Barack Obama's time in office. The hiatus from regular briefings is believed to be the...
The Latest: Pence to address influential GOP Jewish group

The Latest: Pence to address influential GOP Jewish group

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence's speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition will be the visual evidence of the fruits of years of labor by the politically active group. The annual conference at billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson's casino resort on the Las Vegas Strip has become a de facto campaign stop for Republican presidential candidates...
Trump tower opens in Vancouver but the welcome isn't warm

Trump tower opens in Vancouver but the welcome isn't warm

The furies unleashed by Donald Trump's rise to the U.S. presidency are shaking Vancouver, where a gleaming new Trump International Hotel and Tower is about to open. The mayor wants its name changed. A city councilman calls it "over the top, glitz and glamor" that clashes with Canadian values. And the property developer who built it sounds traumatized by the whole affair. The 69-story building...
Dems tap former Kentucky governor to counter Trump speech

Dems tap former Kentucky governor to counter Trump speech

Democrats have tapped former Gov. Steve Beshear to deliver the party's response to President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, highlighting the Kentucky Democrat's efforts to expand health care coverage under the law Republicans are determined to repeal and replace. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., made...

Trump blames FBI for failing to stop media leaks

President Donald Trump is blaming the FBI for failing to stop leaks to the media, saying the information being reported is classified and could have a "devastating effect" on the country. Trump made the remarks in a tweet early Friday. His tweet follows reports that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus had asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that Trump's campaign advisers...

Democratic senators criticize Trump on Chinese trademarks

Democratic senators are protesting the Trump Organization's acceptance of a valuable trademark from the Chinese government without asking Congress first if doing so is constitutional. A group of 13 senators warned President Donald Trump in a letter Thursday that they intend to hold him accountable to his oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Additional Democrats signed a letter Friday to Secretary...
What time does President Trump speak at CPAC? What channel?

What time does President Trump speak at CPAC? What channel?

President Donald Trump will address an audience at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Friday. Trump is scheduled to begin speaking around 10:10 a.m. ET at the gathering of conservative activists being held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center near Washington D.C. The speech will be carried live on cable news channels, including CSPAN.  
7 things to know now: Trump at CPAC; FBI on Russia; Alan Colmes dies; Oscars

7 things to know now: Trump at CPAC; FBI on Russia; Alan Colmes dies; Oscars

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today. 1. Asking the FBI for help: White House chief of staff Reince Priebus has asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign staffers had contact with Russian intelligence agencies during the presidential election. According to The Associated Press, Priebus' request came after the FBI told...
AP FACT CHECK: Trump considers 20 million people 'very few'

AP FACT CHECK: Trump considers 20 million people 'very few'

President Donald Trump said Friday that his predecessor's health care law covers "very few people" as he minimized the impact of replacing it. That's only true if you consider more than 20 million people to be very few. He took another mysterious poke at Sweden, too, and decried open U.S. borders that are not. Here's a look at his statements at the Conservative Political Action Conference...
Poll: GOP should keep money for Medicaid expansion

Poll: GOP should keep money for Medicaid expansion

Add Medicaid expansion to the list of Obama-era health care provisions that Americans want to keep. A new poll finds that 8 in 10 say lawmakers should preserve federal funding that has allowed states to add coverage for some 11 million low-income people. The survey released Friday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation comes as the nation's governors gather in Washington for their annual winter...
Trump blasts media, anonymous sources _ after WH uses them

Trump blasts media, anonymous sources _ after WH uses them

President Donald Trump unloaded on the news media Friday for using anonymous sources — just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed. Unleashing a line of attack that energized an enthusiastic crowd at the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists, Trump said unethical reporters "make up stories and make up...
Officials in legal pot state vow to fight federal crackdown

Officials in legal pot state vow to fight federal crackdown

Officials in Washington state, where recreational marijuana is legal, vow to fight any federal crackdown on the nascent industry after White House spokesman Sean Spicer said they should expect to see stepped-up enforcement of anti-pot laws. Bob Ferguson, attorney general in Washington state, which joined Colorado in 2012 as the first states to legalize recreational use of the drug, said he requested...
Questions and answers about upcoming travel ban order

Questions and answers about upcoming travel ban order

President Donald Trump's travel ban has been frozen by the courts, but the White House has promised a new executive order that officials say will address concerns raised by judges that have put the policy on hold. The first order was met by legal challenges, confusion at airports and mass protests. The White House has forecast smoother sailing the second time around. White House press secretary Sean...
Clark County residents want jobs, more activities

Clark County residents want jobs, more activities

Higher-paying manufacturing jobs, curbing the opioid epidemic and more activities for young people are all ways Clark County can improve in the future, residents said as part of several long-term planning meetings held this week. Connect Clark County — a local group working to update the county’s land use plan for the first time in 18 years — held four meetings this week to allow...
4 of the most brutal slams John Legend threw at Donald Trump in interview

4 of the most brutal slams John Legend threw at Donald Trump in interview

John Legend is NOT taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to America’s new commander in chief.  Nope.  The Springfield native has seen enough when it comes to President Donald Trump.  (Legend actually saw enough before Trump was elected.) >> MORE: Donald Trump’s first month in office The Grammy and Oscar-winning singer who will play Frederick Douglass...
You may pay more for license plates, driver’s license in Ohio

You may pay more for license plates, driver’s license in Ohio

It could get more expensive to get your license plates and driver’s license in Ohio. The Ohio House of Representatives Finance Committee on Tuesday proposed allowing county commissioners to increase the fee paid for an Ohio license plate by $5.  The money would be used to pay for transportation projects. If approved it would increase the total base cost of a passenger car plate to $39.50...
Urbana seeks to make downtown roundabout safer

Urbana seeks to make downtown roundabout safer

City of Urbana leaders are asking residents for their input and suggestions as they plan to renovate the downtown roundabout on U.S. 68 and Ohio 36 in 2019. Urbana City Engineer Tyler Bumbalough said the current roundabout was created in 2009 with costs in mind and has been deemed deficient in many areas. The intersection has cut down on traffic accidents and fatal crashes, he said, but there are...
Mandel ran state-funded ads in months before launching Senate run

Mandel ran state-funded ads in months before launching Senate run

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has led the charge for publicizing a new investment program for families with special needs programs, and launched a $1.84 million TV ad campaign featuring himself and Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer to promote the program. But a watchdog group says the ads, which have run statewide, may have a hidden motive: promoting Mandel’s political ambitions...
Clark County Fairgrounds moves forward with boat racing plans

Clark County Fairgrounds moves forward with boat racing plans

The Clark County Fairgrounds wants to move forward with its plan to host racing events at its 125-acre lake, which leaders say could draw thousands of tourists and millions of dollars in revenue to Springfield. The Springfield City Planning Board approved a re-zoning request this week to allow the 185-acre property on Laybourne Road to hold racing events. Springfield city commissioners will vote on...
Turner plans to remove congressional backing of Aviation Hall of Fame

Turner plans to remove congressional backing of Aviation Hall of Fame

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner declared Wednesday he will draft legislation to remove the congressional charter of the National Aviation Hall of Fame. The Dayton Republican congressman’s move comes as National Aviation Hall of Fame President Michael J. Quiello has defended the nonprofit’s reputation and denied Turner’s claims in the midst of the congressman’s allegation in a Jan. 25...
New executive director of the Ohio Republicans a former Turner aide

New executive director of the Ohio Republicans a former Turner aide

A former aide to U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, has been named executive director of the Ohio Republican Party. Party Chairman Jane Timken named Rob Secaur of Columbus to the post. “Ohio Republicans will be well served by Rob’s invaluable campaign and political experience,” Timken said. “With critical election cycles ahead of us, I am confident that our new executive director...
Springfield hopes to save money on $250M plan to stop sewer overflows

Springfield hopes to save money on $250M plan to stop sewer overflows

As a $23 million sewer project continues in Springfield, local and state environmental leaders are reviewing the city’s plan to determine what else must be done to eliminate overflows of raw sewage into area waterways. The city has already spent nearly $80 million on the federally mandated Combined Sewer Overflow project, designed to cut down on overflows from combined storm sewers during heavy...
Springfield leaders pledge support to Muslim and Sikh residents

Springfield leaders pledge support to Muslim and Sikh residents

A proclamation of support for the Springfield Muslim and Sikh communities was presented by city commissioners on Tuesday night. “We are proud of our Muslim and Sikh brothers and sisters who are citizens of Springfield,” Mayor Warren Copeland said. “We’re glad you’re here and we’re grateful for what you do for this community. We want to communicate that as clearly...
Ohio lawmakers react to resignation of Michael Flynn

Ohio lawmakers react to resignation of Michael Flynn

Sen. Sherrod Brown said former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn made the right decision to resign his post, saying his apparent discussions with a Russian official about U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia “were wrong.” RELATED: Michael Flynn resigns: 5 things to know In a statement today, Brown, D-Ohio, said Flynn was “unqualified from day one” because of his...
Ohio senators split votes on Trump pick to lead Treasury

Ohio senators split votes on Trump pick to lead Treasury

The U.S. Senate Monday night confirmed Steve Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury, putting an end to yet another contentious nomination process in the Senate this year. By a 53-47 vote, the Senate confirmed Mnuchin, the former chairman and chief executive officer of OneWest Bank after a lengthy debate. Democrats were so disturbed by the nomination of Mnuchin and Health and Human Services nominee...
Four Springfield residents will vie for three commission seats

Four Springfield residents will vie for three commission seats

Four Springfield residents — including two incumbents and two political newcomers — will vie for three seats on the city commission on the November ballot. The Clark County Board of Elections certified the ballots at Monday’s meeting – meaning incumbent commissioners Joyce Chilton and Dan Martin will compete against challengers Rob Rue and David Estrop at the polls on Nov....
$24M Clark County barrel fill clean-up plan may move forward

$24M Clark County barrel fill clean-up plan may move forward

Local elected officials and community activists are now backing a new version of a clean-up plan at the Tremont City Barrel Fill site in northern Clark County. After years of arguing over whether an extensive, $56 million cleanup plan will do the job, support is growing locally for a new plan that would cost an estimated $24 million Community members and local leaders have long implored the U.S. EPA...
New Carlisle fills council member vacancies

New Carlisle fills council member vacancies

New Carlisle city council is now at full strength after filling both of its vacant seats. Aaron Leighty is the newest councilman. He is the replacement for former councilman Lowell McGlothin, who won a seat on the Clark County Commission last November. Leighty has a history of participating in city events and organizations, Mayor Mike Lowery said. RELATED: New Carlisle seeks to save $100K “He...
Overdose epidemic spreads, strains Springfield first responders

Overdose epidemic spreads, strains Springfield first responders

Veteran Springfield firefighter/paramedic Tristan Walker responded to a call on Feb. 3 to a familiar address on Perry Street — a young woman she’d revived from overdoses twice in December. Walker had advised her that she might not make it the next time — especially with nearby Fire Station No. 5 closing at the beginning of the year. On this chilly February morning, the woman didn&rsquo...
Springfield police saw calls increase by 7 percent last , murders down

Springfield police saw calls increase by 7 percent last , murders down

The Springfield Police Division responded to more than 62,000 calls for service last year, an increase of about 7.5 percent from 2015. That’s an average of about 170 calls every 24 hours, Springfield Police Chief Steve Moody said at Friday’s City Commission retreat at the City Service Center on Lagonda Avenue. Moody gave an update on crime at the meeting, including efforts to strength...
President Trump: ‘SEE YOU IN COURT’

President Trump: ‘SEE YOU IN COURT’

President Donald Trump sent a tweet Thursday night expressing his anger after a federal appeals court refused to reinstate his ban on travel from some majority-Muslim countries. “SEE YOU IN COURT,” the post said. “THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE.” In a unanimous decision, the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower-court ruling that suspended...
Neighbors complain of junk, trash at Springfield home

Neighbors complain of junk, trash at Springfield home

The city is investigating a Springfield home after neighbors have complained of junk and trash on the property for more than a year. Piles of materials have come and gone from the yard on the 1300 block of Beverly Avenue for a while, Springfield Planning and Zoning Administrator Stephen Thompson said. The city had three cases of junk and trash violations against the property owner last year, he said...
Local school district’s financial books so bad state can’t audit it

Local school district’s financial books so bad state can’t audit it

Jefferson Twp. Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard Gates said the district will get to the bottom of its “unauditable” financial books in a third of the mandated time. Jefferson is Ohio’s only traditional school district to currently carry that designation. State Auditor Dave Yost said Jefferson Twp. Schools’ finances cannot be audited for the period of July 1, 2015, through...
Clark County, Humane Society negotiating $80K deal to keep dogs here

Clark County, Humane Society negotiating $80K deal to keep dogs here

Clark County and the Humane Society Serving Clark County continue to negotiate and hope to have an $80,000 contract finalized this week to shelter dogs collected by the county dog warden, according to local leaders. Clark County commissioners agreed Wednesday to rescind two contracts with the Humane Society, including housing the Clark County Dog Warden at the Humane Society’s office at 5201...
Supreme Court considers controversial Champaign County wind farm today

Supreme Court considers controversial Champaign County wind farm today

The controversial Buckeye Wind Farm in Champaign County appeared before the Ohio Supreme Court again Wednesday, the latest in a series of legal fights over the project. Attorneys argued Wednesday over whether the state was right to approve an extension for the first phase of the wind farm and whether opponents have been using the courts as a way to stall construction. Much of the case focused...
Springfield leaders want to avoid wasting money on special elections

Springfield leaders want to avoid wasting money on special elections

A special election with just one candidate on the ballot cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, and some state lawmakers are trying to prevent that from ever happening again. Rep. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, hopes passage of a new state law will avoid what he called the future waste of taxpayer money on special elections that involve just one candidate on the ballot. The proposal, which...
Humane Society, Clark County negotiating deal to keep shelter open

Humane Society, Clark County negotiating deal to keep shelter open

Clark County and the Humane Society Serving Clark County are still discussing a contract. “We’re discussing the contract,” Humane Society Board President Carol Dunlap said in a text message this morning. “Hopefully we will have it complete by Wednesday.” EARLIER: Clark County dogs could be sent to Montgomery County Clark County Administrator Jenny Hutchinson said the...
Wall, travel ban prompt protest in Springfield

Wall, travel ban prompt protest in Springfield

At least 100 people rallied outside of Republican Congressman Warren Davidson’s downtown Springfield office Saturday at 2 p.m. to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily bars citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from traveling to the U.S. and the proposed Mexican border wall. Protesters chanted slogans such as “no wall, no ban” and &ldquo...
Is John Kasich still a force in Ohio politics?

Is John Kasich still a force in Ohio politics?

The past 12 months haven’t been the best of times for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who was beaten badly in his presidential run by Donald Trump and lost to Trump again when the new president’s candidate to lead the Republican Party in Ohio beat Kasich’s guy. So does this mean Kasich is officially a lame-duck governor whose power is on the wane? The answer depends on who you ask. Sen. Scott...
City administration seeks to put immigrants, refugees at ease

City administration seeks to put immigrants, refugees at ease

Dayton’s police chief and top administrator spoke publicly this week to try to reassure the community that the city’s policing strategy will not change despite President Donald Trump’s executive orders seeking to crack down on illegal immigration. At Wednesday’s city commission meeting, Chief Richard Biehl again reiterated that his department made one “minor” change...
More jobs coming to Wright-Patterson, officials say

More jobs coming to Wright-Patterson, officials say

The National Air and Space Intelligence Center will bolster its ranks with “a few hundred” more personnel at Wright-Patterson in upcoming years, the intelligence unit’s commander said. Cyber experts and data scientists are two key demand areas NASIC at its Wright-Patterson headquarters will be needed to meet national security demands to assess air, space and cyber threats to the...
Clark County voters to decide on multiple tax issues on May ballot

Clark County voters to decide on multiple tax issues on May ballot

Clark County voters will go to the polls in May to decide on several new tax measures, both for cities and schools. Springfield voters will be asked again whether they approve an income tax hike. The measure would increase taxes from 2 percent to 2.4 percent for 5.5 years. If approved, the tax would generate an additional $6.7 million annually. For a worker making $30,000 a year, the tax would cost...
Four file to run for Springfield City Commission

Four file to run for Springfield City Commission

Four Springfield residents — including two incumbents and two political newcomers — have filed petitions to run for three seats on the city commission on the November ballot. Current Springfield City Commissioners Dan Martin and Joyce Chilton and challengers David Estrop and Rob Rue dropped off petitions Wednesday, according to Clark County Board of Elections Director Jason Baker. The...
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley ‘considering’ run for governor

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley ‘considering’ run for governor

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says she is considering a run for governor in 2018. "I am considering a run for governor but my primary focus now is running for mayor. I love being mayor of Dayton," Whaley said Wednesday. Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper mentioned Whaley as a candidate for governor Wednesday during an interview with the Dayton Daily News. Whaley, 41, was first elected...