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Within 24 hours, a pair of wildly different Trump speeches

Within a 24-hour span, President Donald Trump delivered one speech in which he tore into the media and members of his own party, and a second in which he called for national unity and love. The about-face seemed to reflect the president's real-time internal debate between calls for moderation and his inclination to let loose. On Wednesday, the president spoke in measured tones and stuck to his prepared...
Republican agenda threatened by Trump-McConnell feud

Republican agenda threatened by Trump-McConnell feud

President Donald Trump can't enact his agenda without Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell may not have a majority to lead without Trump's help. It's simple, and still so complicated. The strangest bedfellows in Washington are locked in an increasingly public and personal feud that defies conventional wisdom. The escalating tension between the two men is threatening the GOP's re-election...

Malaysian premier to meet Trump at White House on Sept. 12

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will visit Washington on Sept. 12 at the invitation of President Donald Trump. A White House statement says the two leaders will discuss ways to bolster ties and expand regional cooperation. The visit marks the 60th anniversary of bilateral ties. Malaysia's foreign ministry said Thursday that national security, the global fight against terrorism and trade and investment...
Energy Dept: Government should ease rules on power plants

Energy Dept: Government should ease rules on power plants

The department said in a new report that the closure of many plants that once formed the backbone of the grid has raised the risk that consumers might not have reliable electricity. In a letter accompanying the report, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the U.S. is fortunate to have many sources of energy and should use them all. In a key recommendation, the report urges the federal government to make...

Education Department announces college prep grants

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a second round of funding for programs that help low-income students who aspire to attend college. The Upward Bound awards are going to programs with applications that were initially rejected because of formatting errors such as not being double-spaced or using the wrong font. Members of Congress on Wednesday confirmed five-year grants to several universities...
HUD says Carson did nothing wrong by appearing with Trump

HUD says Carson did nothing wrong by appearing with Trump

Legal experts said Wednesday that Housing Secretary Ben Carson likely did not violate federal law when he appeared with President Donald Trump at a campaign rally. After the appearance Tuesday night, questions were raised on Twitter about whether Carson had violated the federal law known as the Hatch Act, which bars most executive branch officials from using their government positions to influence...
First lady Melania Trump thanks Chelsea Clinton for defending Barron

First lady Melania Trump thanks Chelsea Clinton for defending Barron

First lady Melania Trump thanked Chelsea Clinton for standing up for her son, Barron Trump. "Thank you @ChelseaClinton - so important to support all of our children in being themselves! #StopChildhoodBullying," the first lady wrote Tuesday night on Twitter. Melania Trump's tweet was sent during President Trump's rally in Phoenix, which included chants of "lock her up" when...

Meaning of 'clean coal' mentioned by Trump unclear

but one that remains ambiguous in its definition. The Republican president took credit for the opening of a coal mine in Pennsylvania, saying, "We've ended the war on beautiful, clean coal, and it's just been announced that a second, brand-new coal mine, where they're going to take out clean coal — meaning, they're taking out coal, they're going to clean it — is opening in the state...
Trump-McConnell feud threatens Republican agenda

Trump-McConnell feud threatens Republican agenda

President Donald Trump can't enact his agenda without Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell may not have a majority to lead without Trump's help. It's simple, and still so complicated. The strangest bedfellows in Washington are locked in an increasingly public and personal feud that defies conventional wisdom. The escalating tension between the two men is threatening the GOP's re-election...
Federal judge again tosses out Texas voter ID law

Federal judge again tosses out Texas voter ID law

A federal judge who has compared Texas' voter ID requirements to a "poll tax" on minorities once again blocked the law Wednesday, rejecting a weakened version backed by the Trump administration and dealing Texas Republicans another court defeat over voting rights. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos rejected changes signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott this summer as not only lacking...
US chastises Cambodia for curtailing press freedom

US chastises Cambodia for curtailing press freedom

The United States strongly criticized Cambodia on Wednesday for ordering an American democracy group to leave the country and pressuring dissenting news media — chastising a government whose leader says he shares President Donald Trump's disdain for the press. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the U.S. is deeply concerned by "the deterioration in Cambodia's democratic climate"...

McConnell says he and Trump are united on 'shared goals'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he and President Donald Trump are in regular contact about "shared goals" and working together to advance them. He says people suggesting otherwise are "clearly not part of the conversation." McConnell says priorities include tax overhaul, spending and other bills. The Kentucky Republican released the statement Wednesday during a rocky...
Parks Service issues permit for San Francisco rally

Parks Service issues permit for San Francisco rally

Federal authorities on Wednesday issued a permit to a politically conservative group for a Saturday afternoon rally in San Francisco that local officials fear could turn violent. The National Park Service had earlier told Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson that he had permission for the event, but withheld issuing the permit until the group agreed to several conditions, which include banning guns,...
Ex-FBI Director James Comey to lecture at Howard University

Ex-FBI Director James Comey to lecture at Howard University

James Comey, the FBI director fired by President Donald Trump, will give a series of lectures at Howard University. The historically black college in the nation's capital announced Wednesday that Comey will be the keynote speaker at the school's opening convocation Sept. 22 and will "lead and conduct" five lectures during the academic year. The university said Comey will donate his entire...
What do Trump voters in Ohio say about him now?

What do Trump voters in Ohio say about him now?

President Donald Trump’s national poll numbers are taking a beating but Trump voters in southern Ohio are standing by him, though some of them wish the president would be less combative and knock off all the tweeting. A Morning Consult/Politico poll of 1,987 registered voters released Wednesday shows 39 percent approve of the job Trump is doing while 56 percent disapprove, “putting him...
Trump bashes NAFTA in midst of talks to revamp trade deal

Trump bashes NAFTA in midst of talks to revamp trade deal

Just a week into talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, President Donald Trump is already threatening to abandon the 23-year-old pact with Canada and Mexico. At a high-profile campaign-style rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night, Trump predicted that the United States would "end up probably terminating" NAFTA "at some point," though he said he hadn't made a final...
I was detained for protesting Trump. Here's what the Secret Service asked me.

I was detained for protesting Trump. Here's what the Secret Service asked me.

Like many events that end up with a person in handcuffs, my story begins in a bar. I was in Atlanta earlier this month for Netroots Nation, the annual meeting of progressive organizers and writers, when I overheard friends discussing how to resist President Trump's first visit to Trump Tower. I jumped into the conversation: "Well, you call me, of course." Twenty minutes later, we had a rough...
US commander visits Yemen border for firsthand look at war

US commander visits Yemen border for firsthand look at war

The top U.S. commander for the Middle East got a first-hand look on Wednesday at Saudi Arabia's military fight against Yemen's rebels, visiting the border area on the same day the Saudi-led coalition was accused of bombing a hotel and killing civilians. Gen. Joseph Votel's trip to the Saudi-Yemeni border area comes as the U.S. presses on with a campaign targeting al-Qaida-linked militants in Yemen...
Russia warns against new sanctions on North Korea

Russia warns against new sanctions on North Korea

A senior Russian diplomat is warning against expanding sanctions against North Korea, saying it's necessary to focus on a political settlement. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that "the scope of sanctions already endorsed by the U.N. Security Council is such that any possibilities of expanding such measures have been exhausted." In remarks to the Japanese and Chinese media released...
The Latest: Trump calls for patriotism, national healing

The Latest: Trump calls for patriotism, national healing

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EDT): 10:30 p.m. President Donald Trump called for patriotism and national healing as he praised veterans at an American Legion conference in Nevada Wednesday. Trump called the veterans an "example of strength, courage and resolve that our country will need to overcome the many challenges that we face." It was a stark contrast from his rally...
Clinton: My 'skin crawled' as Trump hovered on debate stage

Clinton: My 'skin crawled' as Trump hovered on debate stage

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump's pacing, hovering demeanor onstage during an October 2016 presidential debate made her so uncomfortable "my skin crawled." She says in her upcoming book that Trump shadowed her so closely she had to resist shouting out, "Back up you creep, get away from me." The Democratic presidential nominee recounts her struggle to keep composed during that...
Trump’s Afghanistan plan won’t lead to early exit

Trump’s Afghanistan plan won’t lead to early exit

As the United States prepares to send more troops to Afghanistan within days or weeks, a former top U.S. commander says Americans should not expect an early exit “The option of pulling out of Afghanistan was the worst of all options,” retired Marine Gen. John R. Allen, a former U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said in a conference call Tuesday with reporters. President Donald Trump outlined...
Uncounted Kansas ballots fuel fears about Kobach's proposals

Uncounted Kansas ballots fuel fears about Kobach's proposals

A conservative firebrand promoting President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud oversees a Kansas election system that threw out at least three times as many ballots as any similarly sized state did, fueling concerns about massive voter suppression should its practices become the national standard. Only six states — all among the top 10 in population — discarded...
Studies: Automated safety systems are preventing car crashes

Studies: Automated safety systems are preventing car crashes

Safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or that warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots are beginning to live up to their potential to reduce crashes significantly, according to two studies released Wednesday. At the same time, research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety raises concern that drivers may be less vigilant when relying on automated safety systems...
New Afghanistan plan could offer clues to 'Trump Doctrine'

New Afghanistan plan could offer clues to 'Trump Doctrine'

Never tip your hand to the enemy. No timelines for military operations. No free pass for a neighbor who tolerates extremists or enables U.S. foes. In President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan strategy, elements of a broader approach to America's most pressing national security concerns begin to emerge, consistent with his efforts in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. Though details are limited, the plan draws...
Within 24 hours, a pair of wildly different Trump speeches

Within 24 hours, a pair of wildly different Trump speeches

It was a tale of two Trumps in the desert Southwest. Within a 24-hour span, President Donald Trump delivered one speech in which he tore into the media and members of his own party, and a second in which he called for national unity and love. The about-face seemed to reflect the president's real-time internal debate between calls for moderation and his inclination to let loose. On Wednesday, the president...
Navy dismisses 7th Fleet commander after warship accidents

Navy dismisses 7th Fleet commander after warship accidents

The commander of the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet has been relieved of duty following a series of warship accidents that raised questions about its operations in the Pacific. The firing of Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, a three-star admiral, was a rare dismissal of such a high-ranking officer for operational reasons. The Navy's Pacific Fleet released a short statement Wednesday saying Adm. Scott Swift, commander...
A 'Trump Doctrine'? Clues in his new Afghanistan plan

A 'Trump Doctrine'? Clues in his new Afghanistan plan

Never tip your hand to the enemy. No timelines for military operations. No free pass for a neighbor who tolerates extremists or enables U.S. foes. In President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan strategy, elements of a broader approach to America's most pressing national security concerns begin to emerge, consistent with his efforts in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. Though details are limited, the plan draws...
The Latest: Families name 3 of the missing sailors on McCain

The Latest: Families name 3 of the missing sailors on McCain

The Latest on the collision between the USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer and an oil tanker east of Singapore (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Three of the 10 sailors missing from the USS John S. McCain have been identified by family. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said McCain crew member Logan Palmer is from the Decatur, Illinois, area and his mother identified him as missing. April Brandon in Michigan...
Day 1 yields several jurors for trial of Sen. Bob Menendez

Day 1 yields several jurors for trial of Sen. Bob Menendez

Jury selection in the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez concluded Tuesday with several panelists seated after the first day of questioning by attorneys. Several jurors were seated by the end of the day. The process will continue Wednesday to pick the 12 jurors and four alternates who will sit on the trial. Opening arguments are scheduled for Sept. 6 for what is expected to be a two-month...

California pollution permits sell at highest price ever

California raised more than $640 million this month auctioning off permits for businesses to emit greenhouse gases as part of a program aimed at fighting climate change, according to state data released Tuesday. Last week's auction was the state's first since lawmakers voted to extend California's cap and trade program through 2030. It requires businesses, oil refineries and other polluters to obtain...
Rauner says no comment on political cartoon as 'white male'

Rauner says no comment on political cartoon as 'white male'

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner offered conflicting statements Tuesday on a political cartoon critics have called racist, first saying he didn't have anything to add to the discussion "as a white male" before walking it back hours later. The first-term Republican had repeatedly said he hadn't seen the image, which depicts a black Chicago schoolchild begging for money from a suit-clad white man...

US amends info request related to Inauguration Day protest

The Justice Department amended a request for information about an anti-Trump website that prosecutors allege was behind destructive Inauguration Day protests, attempting to address concerns that the records demand was sweeping and unconstitutional. Yet prosecutors also defended as lawful a warrant they obtained for information about the site. They said in a court filing Monday that the information...
Brown asks FBI for information on Ohio hate groups

Brown asks FBI for information on Ohio hate groups

In the aftermath of an Ohio man charged with killing a woman in Charlottesville, Va., this month, Sen. Sherrod Brown asked the FBI Tuesday to provide him with any information the bureau has on “domestic terrorist organizations or hate groups” believed to have operated in the state of Ohio during the past two years. In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Brown, D-Ohio, wrote that...
The Latest: Trump says US will 'probably' end NAFTA

The Latest: Trump says US will 'probably' end NAFTA

The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Arizona (all times PDT): 8:40 p.m. President Donald Trump says he thinks the U.S. will "end up probably terminating" the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico "at some point." Trump tells supporters at a Phoenix, Arizona rally that, "Personally, I don't think we can make a deal because we have been so badly...
Sanders tells Ohio audience: ‘Do not allow people to divide us’

Sanders tells Ohio audience: ‘Do not allow people to divide us’

Sen. Bernie Sanders ventured into the heart of Republican country in Ohio Tuesday to address what he said are the most important issues facing the country. One of those issues was made clear by the hundreds of hands that shot up when Sanders, I-Vt., asked the audience if they knew anyone struggling with drug addiction. Joe, a college dropout who is saddled with $30,000 in student loan debt, said his...
Protests turn unruly after Trump's Phoenix speech

Protests turn unruly after Trump's Phoenix speech

A day of noisy but largely peaceful protests of President Donald Trump's speech in Phoenix turned unruly as police fired pepper spray at crowds after someone apparently lobbed rocks and bottles at officers. A haze enveloped the night sky Tuesday as protesters and police clashed outside the convention center where Trump had just wrapped up his speech. People fled the scene coughing as an officer in...
US cuts, delays $300 million in aid to Egypt, citing rights

US cuts, delays $300 million in aid to Egypt, citing rights

The Trump administration on Tuesday cut nearly $100 million in military and economic aid to Egypt and delayed almost $200 million more in military financing to Egypt, pending human rights improvements and action to ease harsh restrictions on civic and other non-governmental groups. The moves underscore the administration's delicate diplomacy with Egypt, which has been widely criticized for its rights...
Treasury secretary's wife mocks 'adorably out of touch' critic on Instagram

Treasury secretary's wife mocks 'adorably out of touch' critic on Instagram

Scottish actress Louise Linton, wife of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, lashed out at a critic on Instagram Monday, calling the critic “adorably out of touch” after posting an image in which she tagged various designers she was wearing as she disembarked a government plane. Linton posted the photo of her and her husband after a brief trip to Kentucky on Monday. The Associated...
Kansas Rep. Yoder tries to balance GOP views, centrist tone

Kansas Rep. Yoder tries to balance GOP views, centrist tone

A Republican congressman in Kansas sought Tuesday night to sound bipartisan, centrist notes while defending the GOP's approach on health care and other issues during a town hall meeting with national Democrats already targeting him in a district that President Donald Trump narrowly lost last year. Rep. Kevin Yoder told about 100 people at the city hall in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe that he's...
White House renews request for privacy for Trump's young son

White House renews request for privacy for Trump's young son

The White House on Tuesday renewed its request to the news media for privacy for President Donald Trump's young son, Barron, after a conservative news and opinion website criticized the casual attire he wore home after the family's summer vacation. The 11-year-old wore shorts, a T-shirt that said "On Your Mark Tiger Shark" and loafers without socks for Sunday's return trip to the White House...

Los Angeles wants in on suit over Trump sanctuary conditions

Los Angeles is seeking to join a lawsuit by San Francisco over immigration restrictions placed on a major federal grant by the Trump administration. Los Angeles City Attorney Michael Feuer said in a court filing Tuesday that the conditions imposed on the public safety grant program run by the Department of Justice are unconstitutional. Feuer asked a federal judge to allow the city to join San Francisco's...

Appeals court: Energy officials missed in pipeline review

A Washington appeals court says federal energy regulators fell short in evaluating the environmental impact of a natural gas pipeline that's carrying gas through Alabama, Georgia and Florida. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday agreed with the Sierra Club in ruling that officials needed more detail in their environmental study of the Southeast Market Pipelines...
Trump adviser Kushner leading US delegation to Middle East

Trump adviser Kushner leading US delegation to Middle East

White House adviser Jared Kushner is leading a delegation to the Middle East on behalf of President Donald Trump to discuss the possibility of resuming the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. A White House official said Kushner, the president's son-in-law, left Sunday along with Jason Greenblatt, envoy for international negotiations, and Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser. They were in the...

Iowa GOP leader accused of stalking, threatening ex-fiancée

An Iowa Republican Party leader who is running for state treasurer has been ordered to stay away from his ex-fiancée after allegedly threatening her and admittedly using her iTunes account's "Find iPhone" app to track her whereabouts. A judge this month granted a temporary restraining order against former U.S. Army captain John Thompson, one of 16 members of the Iowa Republican Party...
Critics: Pardon would nix chance to hold Arpaio accountable

Critics: Pardon would nix chance to hold Arpaio accountable

Gary Donahoe learned firsthand the consequences of crossing Sheriff Joe Arpaio when the lawman was still one of Arizona's most powerful politicians. Arpaio was launching criminal investigations against county officials eight years ago because he was upset at them over budget cuts and opposed the county's plan to build a new courthouse building. Donahoe — at the time a judge who ruled against...
US notes NKorea 'restraint,' points to possible dialogue

US notes NKorea 'restraint,' points to possible dialogue

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday commended North Korea for recent restraint in its provocations and said it could point the way to a possible dialogue with the U.S. It was rare positive expression from the U.S. toward the authoritarian government in Pyongyang and comes amid a slight easing in recent tensions between the adversaries that had flared after President Donald Trump pledged to...
Trump's path to boosting infrastructure full of potholes

Trump's path to boosting infrastructure full of potholes

President Donald Trump's road to getting legislation through Congress this year to restore the nation's crumbling infrastructure appears increasingly precarious. Trump has yet to release a plan despite his campaign pledge to create jobs by building bigger and better transportation and other types of infrastructure projects. Administration officials have said a plan will be released in the third quarter...
Strange story of 'Blacks for Trump' guy standing behind the president at Phoenix rally

Strange story of 'Blacks for Trump' guy standing behind the president at Phoenix rally

At a number of political rallies over the past two years, a character calling himself "Michael the Black Man" has appeared in the crowd directly behind Donald Trump, impossible to miss and possibly planted. He holds signs that scream "BLACKS FOR TRUMP" and wears a T-shirt proclaiming with equal conviction that "TRUMP & Republicans Are Not Racist." Almost always, he plugs...
Cottrel: New Carlisle title office a rare gem

Cottrel: New Carlisle title office a rare gem

Why does everything have to be so complicated? Some days it just seems impossible to jump over all the hurdles and through all the hoops that life puts before you. That is how I felt last Friday. RELATED: New Carlisle title office will remain open with new hours I needed to get a copy of an old car title quickly to make a sale. It’s been awhile since I’ve had to do this, so I understood...
Protesters demand removal of NYC statue hailing doctor who experimented on slave women

Protesters demand removal of NYC statue hailing doctor who experimented on slave women

NEW YORK — When Sharon Thompson was a girl, she used to get a bad feeling when she walked by an imposing statue of a man on the edge of Central Park near East Harlem.          On Thursday, Thompson learned the story behind the statue when a local news station produced a piece on it. The bronze sculpture commemorates James...
New Carlisle seeks to block income tax change from November ballot

New Carlisle seeks to block income tax change from November ballot

The Clark County Board of Election approved Monday putting an initiative petition to change how New Carlisle collects income taxes on the November ballot but city leaders have said the issue would be devastating and filed a protest against it. Ohio residents pay income taxes both in the city where they work and where they live. Some cities give their residents credit if they work elsewhere but New...
Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds because of Trump's frequent travel, large family

Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds because of Trump's frequent travel, large family

WASHINGTON — The Secret Service can no longer pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission – in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump's family and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast. Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex'' Alles, in an interview with...
Toxic algae increasing in Kiser Lake, state studying solutions

Toxic algae increasing in Kiser Lake, state studying solutions

Kiser Lake State Park — a significant contributor to Champaign County’s economy that draws visitors from across the region — has seen toxic algae slicks in recent year and a state study found the blooms have become more common. The harmful algae often appear as a floating, bright green blob along the water’s surface and it can sicken and sometimes even kill animals and...
Dem Head David Pepper: Ohio ‘epicenter of hate group activity’

Dem Head David Pepper: Ohio ‘epicenter of hate group activity’

Ohio Democratic Chairman David Pepper is concerned the state is becoming a hotbed for hate.   His statement, reported by the Columbus Dispatch, came a week after the Charlottesville protests - where a white supremacist from Kentucky, now living near Toledo - ran over a woman killing her; and where several of those identified at the white nationalist march were from Ohio.  Later in the...
$1.8M road diet discussed for busy north side Springfield corridor

$1.8M road diet discussed for busy north side Springfield corridor

Some Springfield and Clark County leaders believe a $1.8 million project on Derr Road will improve safety and quality of life in the area, while others said it will slow down traffic and affect businesses at the nearby shopping center. Scott Schmid from the Springfield-Clark County Transportation Coordinating Committee and Steve Thieken, an engineer with TCC’s consultant, Burgess and Niple,...
Clark County strays, lost dogs won’t go to Dayton shelter

Clark County strays, lost dogs won’t go to Dayton shelter

Clark County won’t send strays and runaway dogs to a shelter in Dayton, according to Clark County commissioners. The commissioners said in a news release that they’re seeking a new place for dogs picked up by the Clark County dog wardens. “The county is in the process of obtaining a facility suitable to house the county dogs,” the release says. “Impounded dogs will not...
Clark County council votes against merging 2 clerk of courts offices

Clark County council votes against merging 2 clerk of courts offices

The Clark County Criminal Justice Council voted to no longer examine consolidating two local clerk of courts offices, due at least in part due to the cost to combine computer systems. Council members also questioned the Chamber of Greater Springfield’s motivation for asking local government leaders to move forward with the consolidation. The majority of council members voted in favor of ending...
Ohio lawmaker criticizes efforts to remove Confederate monuments

Ohio lawmaker criticizes efforts to remove Confederate monuments

Even as Republicans like John Kasich, Rob Portman and Mike Turner call on President Donald Trump to clearly denounce white supremacists, state Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, took to Facebook this week to criticize efforts to remove Confederate monuments. “There is a statue of Bill Clinton in Arkansas. A man who obviously glorified adultery and perjury,” she wrote. “Lenin&rsquo...
CNN criticized for labeling white supremacist Richard Spencer a ‘white rights activist’ in headline

CNN criticized for labeling white supremacist Richard Spencer a ‘white rights activist’ in headline

A headline on the website cnn.com this morning called white nationalist Richard Spencer a ‘white rights activist’, wording that led to criticism across social media. Spencer, who has referred to himself as a “white supremacist,” was scheduled to speak at the University of Florida. The university cited safety concerns and canceled his speech.  An article on the Florida...
Clark County commissioners approve store rezoning despite objections

Clark County commissioners approve store rezoning despite objections

Clark County commissioners approved Wednesday a rezoning for a proposed retail store in Bethel Twp., despite multiple objections from upset residents who live nearby — including some who asked voters to remember the decision at the polls. The rezoning for a proposed two-acre Dollar General store at 5550 W. National Road was approved by a 2-1 vote after a contentious two-hour meeting Wednesday...
Hundreds flock to Springfield vigil to stand against hate, racism

Hundreds flock to Springfield vigil to stand against hate, racism

More than 250 people attended a vigil in downtown Springfield in light of recent events in Charlottesville, Va., that saw three people die amid violent protests. Several local leaders from different backgrounds spoke out about the hatred seen during the white supremacist rallies in Virginia — and stressed Springfield won’t stand for racism and inequality — as part of Indivisible...
Springfield mayor speaks out about Charlottesville violence

Springfield mayor speaks out about Charlottesville violence

Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland spoke out about the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend and also said the city will enforce its anti-discrimination ordinance if similar actions were to occur here. A Unite the Right rally was held Saturday morning in the Virginia city where a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee has long been a point of contention. Rally participants, including white...
New Carlisle: Income tax ballot issue may lead to ‘humongous’ cuts

New Carlisle: Income tax ballot issue may lead to ‘humongous’ cuts

An initiative petition filed with the Clark County Board of Elections could potentially devastate New Carlisle’s finances, city leaders say, but the woman behind it says residents shouldn’t have to pay income taxes twice. Residents can be taxed both by the city where they work and, if it’s a different, where they live. Many cities give their residents credit if they work elsewhere...
Ohio country band booted from Lee Brice concert, rib fest after Charlottesville Facebook post

Ohio country band booted from Lee Brice concert, rib fest after Charlottesville Facebook post

Rodney Parker and Liberty Beach, a country band from Sylvania, was booted from Northwest Ohio Rib Off and an opening slot for Nashville star Lee Brice after complaints over a Facebook post. Singer Rodney Parker, on his personal Facebook page, posted Tuesday about the Charlottesville, Va., protests. The Toledo Blade, which sponsors the Rib Off, made the decision to pull the band. Parker&rsquo...
Park Layne park called unsafe, township trustees say complaints rare

Park Layne park called unsafe, township trustees say complaints rare

A Park Layne mom said she won’t bring her kids to Raynor Park because she believes its unsafe but Bethel Twp. trustees said they rarely get complaints about it. Raynor Park off Fyffe Drive is a popular spot, said Bethel Twp. Trustee Nancy Brown, especially during the fall for sports such as soccer and football. “It’s clean, it’s safe,” Brown said. “Kids come down...
Flight blocked from landing in Indy due to VP visit sent to Dayton

Flight blocked from landing in Indy due to VP visit sent to Dayton

A plane low on fuel traveling from Chicago to Indianapolis Friday was forced to land in Dayton since Vice President Mike Pence’s plane was on the runway there. According to RTV6 in Indianapolis, the flight was in Indianapolis air space and was denied permission to land at Indianapolis International Airport. Air traffic controllers said United Express flight 3633 could not land because Air Force...
GOP group seeks records to see if Cordray is mulling a governor run

GOP group seeks records to see if Cordray is mulling a governor run

The Republican Governors Association is once again requesting information on whether consumer watchdog Richard Cordray is mulling a run for Ohio governor even as he serves as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The organization announced today that it has sent the CFPB a second Freedom of Information Act request for records that would indicate that Cordray is actively pursuing a...
Springfield to discuss $1.8M project to reduce lanes on Derr Road

Springfield to discuss $1.8M project to reduce lanes on Derr Road

Springfield city commissioners will discuss a proposed $1.8 million lane reduction project on Derr Road at tonight’s city commission. RELATED: Study: Reduced lanes can improve safety on Derr Road Scott Schmid from the Springfield-Clark County Transportation Coordinating Committee will discuss the project during a work session at 6:30 p.m. today at the City Hall Forum, 76 E. High St. The formal...
Clark County commission to vote on controversial Dollar General plan

Clark County commission to vote on controversial Dollar General plan

Clark County commissioners will likely vote this week on the future of a controversial Dollar General proposed at the site of a long-vacant former business site in Bethel Twp. Commissioners held a public hearing on a request to rezone two acres at 5550 W. National Road earlier this month for the planned retail store. The commission voted unanimously to table the issue because residents said they didn&rsquo...
Mechanicsburg woman pushes to reach families faster after emergencies

Mechanicsburg woman pushes to reach families faster after emergencies

A Mechanicsburg woman continues to honor her son’s memory by promoting an online registry to make it easier for authorities to contact family members in case of a traffic accident or similar emergencies. Carmela Wiant, of Mechanicsburg, celebrated her son David Money’s life last week. He was killed in an auto accident near Columbus 11 years ago when he was headed home from work and lost...
Woman gets ‘Covfefe’ OK’d for Ohio license plate; others not as lucky

Woman gets ‘Covfefe’ OK’d for Ohio license plate; others not as lucky

President Donald Trump earlier this year posted a word on Twitter than nobody ever heard of. Now that word, “covfefe,” is a vanity license plate for a northeast Ohio woman. However other states don’t allow the word on plates. The Columbus Dispatch reported today that Brittany Scott thought it worked for her car. “It just fit. I thought it was hilarious.” READ THE FULL...
3 Republicans in running to replace Clark County juvenile court judge

3 Republicans in running to replace Clark County juvenile court judge

Three local Republicans have been chosen as candidates 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. Clark County Juvenile Court Judge Joseph Monnin announced earlier this summer he would retire after 22 years on the bench. His term won’t expire until the end...
Clark County leaders glad to hear Trump call drug crisis an emergency

Clark County leaders glad to hear Trump call drug crisis an emergency

President Trump calling the drug crisis — which has killed a record number of Clark County residents this year — a national emergency is a step in the right direction, local leaders said. However it’s unclear what steps will be taken nationally to fight the crisis, they said, including if more funding will be made available. One agency is also concerned other federal programs facing...
Three Ohio nurses treated with Narcan after responding to OD patient

Three Ohio nurses treated with Narcan after responding to OD patient

Three nurses at Affinity Medical Center in Massillon were given Narcan after treating an overdose patient at the hospital Thursday. After cleaning the hospital room, the three became sick and lost consciousness. Investigators said they were treated with Narcan. They believe they suffered secondary exposure after treating an overdose patient and had been affected by Fentanyl. Crisis: Opioids continue...
Netroots Nation: Things to know about the Atlanta meeting

Netroots Nation: Things to know about the Atlanta meeting

Netroots Nation, a four-day conference of left-leaning activists, opened Thursday in Atlanta.  “Part pep rally and part insurgency training,” according to a preview on MyAJC.com,  “the conference includes nearly 200 panels and training sessions designed to teach progressive activists how to reclaim state legislatures, advance LGBT rights in the South and master social media...
Homeowner told to remove honeybees, wants Springfield rule changed

Homeowner told to remove honeybees, wants Springfield rule changed

A Springfield man wants a city ordinance to be changed after he was ordered to remove beehives from his property. Stephen Chirico lives in the 700 block of South Fountain Avenue. He recently received a notice from the city that he needed to remove within 30 days his two bee hives that hold about 60,000 bees each. Livestock aren’t allowed within the city on properties that are less than three...
New Carlisle to keep downtown parking spots after businesses protest

New Carlisle to keep downtown parking spots after businesses protest

A plan to add a turning lane and eliminating more than 30 parking spots in downtown New Carlisle has been turned down. The Ohio Department of Transportation and the city of New Carlisle had proposed adding new traffic signals on Main Street at the intersections of Lake Avenue and Jefferson Street. The plan also included adding turn lanes that would have caused many street parking spots to go away...
Kid Rock still getting support for Michigan Senate seat; Nugent says he’s not running

Kid Rock still getting support for Michigan Senate seat; Nugent says he’s not running

Kid Rock is still showing support in polling despite his lack of an official announcement. In the last poll posted Aug. 2 by RealClearPolitics from Target Insyght showed Kid Rock losing to Democrat incumbent Debbie Stabenow by eight points, but that might not be Rock’s biggest concern if he runs. He jumped other Republican contenders because of his name recognition - Kid Rock, his stage name...
Ohio State football hero considering run at Congress

Ohio State football hero considering run at Congress

Anthony Gonzalez, the former Ohio State wide receiver who wowed fans with his clutch catches and his amazing grab in a 2005 win at Michigan, is considering a run for Congress. According to multiple reports, Gonzalez recently met with the National Republican Congressional Committee and expressed interest in joining the ballot for Ohio’s 16th Congressional District, which contains Wayne County...
Famed Cleveland Clinic facing criticism for gala at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Famed Cleveland Clinic facing criticism for gala at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

The Cleveland Clinic, a world recognized top hospital, is facing pressure to move its 2018 winter gala and fundraiser from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. According to Cleveland.com, the hospital has hosted the benefit and gala at Mar-a-Lago for eight years. The hospital received push back for hosting its gala at the estate earlier this year when President...
State will audit Toledo for first time since 1985

State will audit Toledo for first time since 1985

The Ohio auditor will go over the city of Toledo’s books this year, not a private firm.  Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson asked the state to look into the city’s finances following a public disclosure of an $8 million fund that sat idle for five years, according to the Toledo Blade.  The paper said the idle money was the result of years of “illegal commingling funds&rdquo...
Tuesday is Election Day for some in the region

Tuesday is Election Day for some in the region

Voters in the Xenia and Clark Shawnee school districts have issues on Tuesday’s special election ballot. The village of Camden in Preble County also has two issues on the ballot. There are only 11 issues on the ballot statewide. Here’s a look at what voters will decide: Xenia Schools: District leaders hope the third time is the charm for a bond issue for construction. The bond issue on...
Consumer protection rule latest battle with Cordray-led agency

Consumer protection rule latest battle with Cordray-led agency

Republicans are sharply criticizing a rule that would allow consumers to file class-action lawsuits against financial companies – the latest battle in an ongoing war between the GOP and a consumer watchdog headed by former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray. In July, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a rule barring financial service companies from inserting fine print into contracts...
What’s next for Obamacare?

What’s next for Obamacare?

WASHINGTON — With Republicans unable to scrap Obamacare, several lawmakers huddled last week with a new purpose: fix a law that, depending on the perspective, either had some mendable flaws or was irrevocably broken. A group of more than 40 bipartisan House members — they call themselves the Problem Solvers Caucus — vowed to create a stability fund that states could use to reduce...
UPDATED: Ohio State Fair tragedy: What happened?

UPDATED: Ohio State Fair tragedy: What happened?

Every year, millions of Americans ride amusement park rides, jump in bouncy houses, zoom down water slides and strap into roller coasters with the assumption that the rides are safe. But across the country and in Ohio, oversight of traveling carnivals, amusement parks and inflatable attractions is handled by a patchwork of state and local authorities and industry insiders. Ride inspections are in...
Clark County Public Library asked to refile budget

Clark County Public Library asked to refile budget

The Clark County Budget Commission held its first special meeting in at least a decade last month after the Clark County Public Library projected having no money in its budget at the end of this year. RELATED: New Carlisle library wants larger share of state funds to expand The library’s tax budget — filed by local taxing authorities each in mid-July — has shown no carry-forward...
New Carlisle title office will remain open with new hours

New Carlisle title office will remain open with new hours

The New Carlisle title office branch of the Clark County Title Department will begin new hours next week and could be relocating in the future, Clark County Clerk Melissa Tuttle said. RELATED: Bethel Twp. residents speak out against proposed Dollar General What it’s not doing is closing, Tuttle said. Rumors have circulated in recent weeks that the western Clark County office will close, Clark...

Proposed bill would help psychologists, psychiatrists adopt to electronic filing

Sen. Rob Portman last week introduced a bill that would help psychologists and psychiatrists adopt electronic health records. The bill, which Portman, R-Ohio, cosponsored with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, would extend federal incentives to adopt electronic health technology to behavioral health care providers, improving the coordination and quality of care for Americans with mental health, addiction...
Senate bill would expand education for military vets post 9-11

Senate bill would expand education for military vets post 9-11

The U.S. Senate last week passed a bill that included provisions authored by Sen. Sherrod Brown aimed at expanding educational opportunities for those who served after 9/11. The bill, which also includes a Brown provision restoring G.I. benefits for veterans who attended ITT Tech and Corinthian College, both for-profit colleges which failed and left veterans with meaningless degrees, passed the House...
Sherrod Brown: Allow Medicare buy-in at age 55

Sherrod Brown: Allow Medicare buy-in at age 55

Sen. Sherrod Brown last week introduced a bill that would allow those between the ages of 55 and 64 buy into Medicare.  The bill, cosponsored by seven other Democrats, would allow the 41 million Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 to buy into the federal entitlement program. Those who bought into the health plan would receive the same benefits and protections as an individual enrolled under...
Portman blasts State Department for not not countering Russia propaganda

Portman blasts State Department for not not countering Russia propaganda

Sen. Rob Portman is sharply criticizing the State Department after reports that it has yet to request money already appropriated to help counter Russian propaganda.  “Congress has provided substantial resources to combat foreign propaganda, particularly from Russia. There is broad agreement that the U.S. Government is behind the curve on this threat,” Portman, R-Ohio, said last week...
State alleges Union Club used bingo money for non-charity purposes

State alleges Union Club used bingo money for non-charity purposes

The Union Club of Springfield has agreed to a settlement with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to make changes to its charitable arm — the second in the last five years — amid allegations it used charitable funds from instant bingo for non-charity purposes and wrote off nearly $1 million in donations in 2014. The matter is also under investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal...
All eyes on one Democrat yet to make decision on run for governor

All eyes on one Democrat yet to make decision on run for governor

Even as Richard Cordray declines to say a word publicly on whether he will run for governor, a number of Democrats are increasingly convinced that the head of the federal consumer bureau will return to Ohio and compete for next year’s Democratic nomination. Who’s in? A look at who is running for governor Although Ohio Democratic hopes may be based on wishful thinking instead of direct...
Bethel Twp. residents speak out against proposed Dollar General

Bethel Twp. residents speak out against proposed Dollar General

A proposed Dollar General store along Ohio 40 could create traffic problems and bring more crime to a Bethel Twp. neighborhood, residents say. RELATED: Clark County board denies request for Dollar General store Clark County Commissioners held a public hearing Wednesday on a request to rezone of two acres at 5550 W. National Road for a planned retail store. They voted unanimously to table the issue...
Portman talks with Trump about health care, other issues

Portman talks with Trump about health care, other issues

Sen. Rob Portman met with President Donald Trump Wednesday as part of an apparent effort by the White House and Senate Republicans to provide a jolt of energy to their stalled agenda on Capitol Hill. In a statement, Portman, R-Ohio, would only say that he and Trump “had a good conversation about a range of issues,” including overhauling the federal tax code, curbing the addiction to opioids...
Sessions in Ohio: US prosecutors will help addiction-ravaged cities

Sessions in Ohio: US prosecutors will help addiction-ravaged cities

The Justice Department will dispatch 12 federal prosecutors to cities ravaged by addiction who will focus exclusively on investigating health care fraud and opioid scams that are fueling the nation’s drug abuse epidemic, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday. He unveiled the pilot program during a speech in hard-hit Ohio, where eight people a day die of accidental overdoses. “In...
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