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Trump orders investigation into aluminum imports

President Donald Trump has signed a memo ordering an expedited investigation into whether aluminum imports are jeopardizing U.S. national security. Trump says aluminum is "critical" for national defense. He says the U.S. can't afford to become dependent on foreign imports in dangerous times. High-purity aluminum is used for a number of defense purposes, including in military planes and in...

Senate poised to confirm Acosta as Trump's man at Labor

The Senate is poised to confirm Alex Acosta as secretary of labor, filling out President Donald Trump's cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office. Acosta, a Florida law school dean who's held three Senate-confirmed positions before, would be the only Latino in Trump's Cabinet and the nation's 27th secretary of labor, administering a sprawling agency that enforces more than 180 federal laws...
The Latest: Flynn lawyer says docs show he was forthcoming

The Latest: Flynn lawyer says docs show he was forthcoming

The Latest on ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn (all times local): 2:30 p.m. An attorney for ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn says a newly released letter shows Flynn was forthcoming with U.S. military officials about a trip he took to Moscow to attend a gala for a Russian state-sponsored television network. The letter was released Thursday by Congressman Elijah Cummings...
Study: DC voucher program shows poorer math results

Study: DC voucher program shows poorer math results

A federal study shows that students enrolled in a private-school voucher program in the nation's capital are doing worse in math than their peers. A report released Thursday shows that students who received public vouchers to attend private schools in the District of Columbia scored 7.3 percentile points lower in math one year into the program. Students who entered the voucher program from low-performing...
Trump, Argentine President Macri hold White House talks

Trump, Argentine President Macri hold White House talks

President Donald Trump welcomed Argentine President Mauricio to the White House for talks on Thursday and said they'll end up being "great friends, better than ever before." Trump puts great stock in the relationships he's building with his foreign counterparts, and has spoken extensively in recent weeks about the "chemistry" he says he built with Chinese President Xi Jinping after...
The Latest: Senators battle diplomacy spending cuts

The Latest: Senators battle diplomacy spending cuts

The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have joined forces against the deep cuts President Donald Trump has planned for American diplomacy and foreign aid. Forty-three senators have released a letter saying that deep cuts "would be shortsighted...
Michael Flynn being investigated by DOD; was warned in 2014 about taking foreign payments

Michael Flynn being investigated by DOD; was warned in 2014 about taking foreign payments

The inspector general of the Department of Defense has opened an investigation into whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn reported money he received for a speaking appearance in Russia. Rep. Elijah Cummings, (D-Maryland), released three documents Thursday that confirmed the investigation, ABC News is reporting. One of the letters Cummings, the ranking member of the House Oversight...

Trump repeats criticism of court that halted 1st travel ban

President Donald Trump is once again taking aim at a federal appeals court district that covers Western states, saying he is considering breaking up a circuit that is a longtime target of Republicans and is where his first travel ban was halted. Yet it would take congressional action to break up the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Republicans have introduced bills this year to do just that. Asked...
Pentagon probes former Trump aide Flynn's foreign payments

Pentagon probes former Trump aide Flynn's foreign payments

The investigations into President Donald Trump's ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn intensified Thursday as the Pentagon's watchdog joined lawmakers in scrutinizing the legality of payments he accepted from foreign sources including a Russian state-sponsored television network. Also, new documents released by the ranking Democrat on a House oversight committee showed Flynn was warned by...
House seeks charges for tech official in Clinton email case

House seeks charges for tech official in Clinton email case

A congressional committee on Thursday asked the Justice Department to consider criminally prosecuting the head of a technology services company that was involved in maintaining a private email server for Hillary Clinton. The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee accused Colorado-based Platte River Networks and its chief executive, Treve Suazo, of withholding documents demanded under subpoena...
Trump tax plan leaves Congress, Ryan with heavy lift

Trump tax plan leaves Congress, Ryan with heavy lift

President Donald Trump's tax plan leaves much of the heavy lifting to Congress, while ignoring years of hard work by the guy who will have to do a lot of that lifting: House Speaker Paul Ryan. The one-page proposal outlined by the Trump administration Wednesday has something for everyone — massive tax cuts for businesses and a bigger standard tax deduction for middle-income families, lower investment...
The Latest: Trump says NAFTA pull-out would shock system

The Latest: Trump says NAFTA pull-out would shock system

The Latest on President Donald Trump's activities (all times local): 1:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says that withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement would be a "pretty big ... shock to the system." Trump said Thursday at the White House he'd been planning to terminate NAFTA "as of two or three days from now." But the president says he was persuaded to reconsider...
7 things to know now: Tax cuts proposed; NFL draft; Coulter canceled; Cosby, daughter speak out

7 things to know now: Tax cuts proposed; NFL draft; Coulter canceled; Cosby, daughter speak out

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today. 1. More money: United Airlines has raised the limit on payments to customers who agree to give up their seat on overbooked flights. The airline says it will pay up to $10,000 for the inconvenience. The airline announced the new limit, along with other changes in the way customers are compensated, after a video of a man being violently...
Trump 'absolutely' considered breaking up 9th Circuit Court

Trump 'absolutely' considered breaking up 9th Circuit Court

President Donald Trump, still chafing over rulings blocking his travel ban early this year, says he's considered breaking up the West Coast-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Asked during a White House interview by the Washington Examiner if he'd thought about proposals to break up the court, Trump replied, "Absolutely, I have." He added that "there are many people that want to break...
Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Moore running for US Senate

Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Moore running for US Senate

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's entry into the U.S. Senate race adds another layer of drama to what's already expected to be a rollicking special election to fill the seat previously held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The fiery Republican jurist's stands against gay marriage and for a courthouse display of the Ten Commandments have earned him the nickname the "Ayatollah of...
Trump to sign order creating accountability office at VA

Trump to sign order creating accountability office at VA

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Thursday creating an accountability and whistleblower protection office at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump, who made improving veterans' care a prominent issue as he campaigned for office, was to issue the order while visiting the VA. It will create a new Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection within the department. The...
Door seems closed completely to Trump tax returns release

Door seems closed completely to Trump tax returns release

President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his tax returns to the public, says Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, asserting Americans have "plenty of information" about the president's financial matters. For decades, presidents have released their tax returns. But Trump has so far refused, saying that he would share the tax documents only after the Internal Revenue Service...
Trump says US won't leave NAFTA _ for now

Trump says US won't leave NAFTA _ for now

President Donald Trump said he has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, but could still withdraw if he concludes a renegotiated pact is not "a fair deal for all." Trump tweeted early Thursday that he has agreed to remain a partner in the much-discussed trade agreement in calls he received from Mexican President...
Monument review includes oceans, tribal lands and Sequoias

Monument review includes oceans, tribal lands and Sequoias

President Donald Trump's call to review 24 national monuments established by three former presidents puts in limbo protections on large swaths of land home to ancient cliff dwellings, towering Sequoias, deep, canyons and oceans habitats where seals, whales and sea turtles roam. Trump and other critics say presidents have lost sight of the original purpose of the law created by President Theodore Roosevelt...
Pentagon gets more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

Pentagon gets more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, in another move by President Donald Trump to shift greater power to his military leaders. The decision will give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to send more forces into Syria, to assist U.S.-backed local troops as they move to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State group, which...
Moderates balk at conservative-backed, revised health bill

Moderates balk at conservative-backed, revised health bill

The White House and Republican leaders worked Thursday to wring votes out of resistant moderate GOP lawmakers for the House health care bill, but remained shy of the support they'd need to fully rouse the measure back to life. Centrist Republicans were the primary target of the lobbying, a day after the conservative House Freedom Caucus announced its support for a revised version of the legislation...
In tweetstorm, Trump takes aim at Democrats on spending bill

In tweetstorm, Trump takes aim at Democrats on spending bill

President Donald Trump on Thursday unleashed a tweetstorm of criticism of Democrats involved in tense negotiations on a spending bill to keep the government open, accusing them of trying to close national parks and jeopardize the safety of U.S. troops over demands to provide Americans with health care. The talks involving congressional Republicans and Democrats had progressed relatively smoothly after...
Trump to order aluminum imports investigation

Trump to order aluminum imports investigation

President Donald Trump will direct his administration Thursday to expedite a new investigation into whether aluminum imports are jeopardizing U.S. national security. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the president will sign a memo ordering him to determine the impact of rising aluminum imports. High-purity aluminum is used in a number of defense applications, including military planes and the armor-plating...
New Mexico delves into soda tax fight

New Mexico delves into soda tax fight

It's being pitched as an educational lifeline for impoverished preschool-aged children and condemned as the latest example of local government overreach sweeping progressive cities from coast to coast. Voters in New Mexico's capital city have until Tuesday to decide whether to levy a new 2-cents-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks that would raise the cost of a six-pack of soda by nearly $1.50. The citywide...
The Latest: Trump says he won't pull US out of NAFTA

The Latest: Trump says he won't pull US out of NAFTA

The Latest on the North American Free Trade Agreement (all times EDT): 10:40 p.m. President Donald Trump has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The White House made the surprise announcement in a read-out of calls Wednesday between the world leaders. The White House says the president "agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this...
Trump gives Pentagon more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

Trump gives Pentagon more flexibility on Iraq, Syria troops

The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, in another move by President Donald Trump to shift greater power to his military leaders. The decision will give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to send more forces into Syria, to assist U.S.-backed local troops as they move to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State group, which...
Trump tax plan: What is the AMT, tax repatriation, the death tax?

Trump tax plan: What is the AMT, tax repatriation, the death tax?

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a proposal to drastically cut taxes for corporations and simplify the tax filing system for individuals. Companies would see a business tax rate of 15 percent, down from 35 percent, and individuals would benefit from a doubling of the standard deduction and a simplified form to fill out on tax day each year. Reduce the seven tax brackets to three brackets...
Trump to order probe into aluminum imports

Trump to order probe into aluminum imports

President Donald Trump will direct his administration Thursday to expedite a new investigation into whether aluminum imports are jeopardizing U.S. national security. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the president will sign a memo ordering him to determine the impact of rising aluminum imports. High-purity aluminum is used in a number of defense applications, including military planes and the armor-plating...
White House: Trump will not immediately bolt NAFTA

White House: Trump will not immediately bolt NAFTA

President Donald Trump on Wednesday told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not immediately pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that. The White House made the surprise announcement in a read-out of calls between Trump, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian...
Ivanka Trump, World Bank discuss women entrepreneur fund

Ivanka Trump, World Bank discuss women entrepreneur fund

Ivanka Trump has been involved in discussions with the World Bank about establishing a funding operation that would support female entrepreneurs, bank and administration officials said Wednesday. The officials stressed that nothing has been set up yet and that talks are ongoing about how this would be set up. They said it could be structured as a World Bank-run "facility," which accepts...
Texas poised to pass 'sanctuary city' ban with jail penalty

Texas poised to pass 'sanctuary city' ban with jail penalty

Texas Republicans were poised Wednesday to take a big step toward banning "sanctuary cities" in their state, debating a bill through which police chiefs and sheriffs could even be jailed for not cooperating fully with federal immigration authorities. Although Democrats don't have the votes in the Republican-controlled Legislature to stop the bill from going to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott...
Trump: Nothing more important than being a teacher

Trump: Nothing more important than being a teacher

President Donald Trump has recognized the National Teacher of the Year, and says nothing is more important than being a teacher. Sydney Chaffee, a humanities teacher at Codman Academy, a public charter school in Boston, holds the honor for 2017. Trump says it's "really something special" that the winner is from a charter school. Charter schools are publicly funded but privately operated...
Trump tax plan: What is the AMT, tax repatriation, the death tax?

Trump tax plan: What is the AMT, tax repatriation, the death tax?

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a proposal to drastically cut taxes for corporations and simplify the tax filing system for individuals. Companies would see a business tax rate of 15 percent, down from 35 percent, and individuals would benefit from a doubling of the standard deduction and a simplified form to fill out on tax day each year. Reduce the seven tax brackets to three brackets...

Obama White House photographer Pete Souza has book deal

The chief White House photographer of President Barack Obama's administration has a book coming in November. Little Brown and Company announced Wednesday that it had acquired Pete Souza's "Obama: An Intimate Portrait," which will include more than 300 pictures. Souza's time with Obama dates to 2005, when Obama was a freshman senator from Illinois, and continued through both terms of his...
Conservatives back revised health bill, GOP moderates balk

Conservatives back revised health bill, GOP moderates balk

The moribund Republican health care bill received a jolt of life Wednesday when the conservative House Freedom Caucus endorsed a revised version of the measure. But a leading GOP moderate criticized the reshaped legislation as a conservative exercise in "blame-shifting and face-saving" that wasn't winning new support from party centrists, leaving its fate unclear. The embrace by the hard-line...
Anti-Trump bar earmarks its profits for progressive causes

Anti-Trump bar earmarks its profits for progressive causes

Liberals who feel the current Republican presidential administration is driving them to drink now have the perfect place to do it. A new bar, Coup, opened this month with protest-themed decor, a distinctly anti-President Donald Trump vibe and a promise by its owners to donate their profits to organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood. Patrons are offered a chance...
When is a wall not a wall? GOP redefines Trump's border wall

When is a wall not a wall? GOP redefines Trump's border wall

Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump's border wall: It's not really a wall at all. Instead, the wall is "a bit of a metaphor as to border security," in the words of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida. Or, a "quote, wall," as Sen. John McCain of Arizona put it: A combination of drones, towers, anti-tunneling devices and the like that add...
Ivanka Trump talks about allowing Syrian refugees into US

Ivanka Trump talks about allowing Syrian refugees into US

Ivanka Trump says letting Syrian refugees into the United States "has to be part of the discussion" on how to deal with people fleeing conflict in the war-torn country. On NBC's "Today," the adviser to the president spoke about a "global humanitarian crisis." She says opening the borders should be discussed, but "that's not going to be enough in and of itself."...
Another round of base closures is likely in 2020, Turner says

Another round of base closures is likely in 2020, Turner says

Rep. Mike Turner Wednesday told a crowd of Dayton civic and business leaders that they should be prepared for the possibility of a round of base closures in 2020 – a move that could have a sweeping impact on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Speaking at the Dayton Development Coalition’s annual fly-in in Washington, D.C., Turner, a Dayton Republican who is a senior member of the House Armed...
New Obamacare overhaul plan gets support from Jordan, Freedom Caucus

New Obamacare overhaul plan gets support from Jordan, Freedom Caucus

Rep. Jim Jordan of Urbana and other House GOP conservatives said they will back a revised health bill aimed at scrapping major sections of the 2010 health law known as Obamacare. The conservatives, who this March scuttled a health care overhaul bill backed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., today rallied behind a compromise that would allow states to opt out of some of Obamacare’s mandates...
The Latest: Trump makes brief stop in North Korea meeting

The Latest: Trump makes brief stop in North Korea meeting

The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump did not attend the entire meeting with senators who gathered to discuss the crisis in North Korea. An administration official says Trump attended only the first five minutes of the meeting. He delivered opening remarks before handing it over to his national security team. Defense...
Trump order seeks to limit federal role in K-12 education

Trump order seeks to limit federal role in K-12 education

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that aims to reduce the federal government's role in K-12 education. Trump is giving Education Secretary Betsy DeVos just short of a year — 300 days — to identify areas where Washington has overstepped its legal authority in education, and modify and repeal regulations and guidance from her department, if necessary. A report will...
VA limiting new hiring as it aims to widen private care

VA limiting new hiring as it aims to widen private care

Despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the Department of Veterans Affairs is leaving thousands of positions unfilled, citing the need for a leaner VA as it develops a longer-term plan to allow more veterans to seek medical care in the private sector. The order by VA Secretary David Shulkin is described in an internal April 14 memorandum obtained by The Associated Press. The VA indicated it...
Freedom Caucus says it now backs GOP health care plan

Freedom Caucus says it now backs GOP health care plan

Members of the House Freedom Caucus announced Wednesday that It will now back a Republican health care plan since an amendment that allows states to opt out of some Affordable Care Act rules has been included. "While the revised version still does not fully repeal Obamacare, we are prepared to support it to keep our promise to the American people to lower healthcare costs," the Freedom Caucus...
AP FACT CHECK: Trump errs on the court system

AP FACT CHECK: Trump errs on the court system

President Donald Trump misstated how the federal court system works in a trio of tweets Wednesday about a judge who blocked his order to penalize cities that don't cooperate with U.S. immigration officials. It was the third time in two months that a federal judge has knocked down a Trump order dealing with immigration. TRUMP: "First the Ninth Circuit rules against the ban & now it hits again...
Mnuchin: Trump has 'no intention' of releasing tax returns

Mnuchin: Trump has 'no intention' of releasing tax returns

President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his tax returns to the public, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Wednesday, asserting Americans have "plenty of information" about the president's financial matters. For decades, presidents have released their tax returns. But Trump has so far refused, saying that he would share the tax documents only after the Internal...
US: Turkey gave about 20 minutes notice before Syria strikes

US: Turkey gave about 20 minutes notice before Syria strikes

Turkey gave coalition forces about 20 minutes notice before launching airstrikes on Kurdish troops in Syria this week, potentially putting American forces in the region at risk, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Air Force Col. John Dorrian said Turkey's warning to the coalition's air operations center described a large area and wasn't specific enough about timing and location to ensure the safety of...

Spirit Airlines pilot death may prompt Trump board to explore fentanyl

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price may explore adding fentanyl to federal drug testing guidelines following the suspected overdose death of a Spirit Airlines pilot, he said Wednesday. The change would add fentanyl — heroin’s much stronger cousin — to the drug screen for federal personnel and thousands of transportation industry employees, including pilots and truck...
Lawmakers: Congress close to deal on coal miners' benefits

Lawmakers: Congress close to deal on coal miners' benefits

Congress is close to a deal to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire Sunday, coal-state lawmakers said Wednesday. A "permanent" fix will be included in a measure to keep the government open, said Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and other lawmakers. The fix would cost $1.3 billion over 10 years. Manchin said at a rally sponsored...

Justices seem to favor limits on revoking US citizenship

The Supreme Court seemed ready Wednesday to impose limits on when the government can strip an immigrant of U.S. citizenship for lying during the naturalization process. The last scheduled argument until October was especially lively and included a sharp rebuke of a Justice Department lawyer by the court's longest-serving justice and examples of small lies the justices themselves might tell. The Trump...
Lake events at Clark County Fairgrounds could bring in millions

Lake events at Clark County Fairgrounds could bring in millions

The Clark County Fairgrounds will begin hosting water and cross country events at its lake this summer, which tourism officials say could pump millions into the Springfield economy in the future. Later this year, the fairgrounds will host the 24th annual Solar Splash on June 7 to 11, a five-day solar boat regatta previously held in Dayton and known as the world championship of intercollegiate boating...
Ohio Budget: House targets opiate addiction crisis

Ohio Budget: House targets opiate addiction crisis

Ohio House Republicans on Tuesday announced they’re pouring an extra $170.6 million into fighting the opiate addiction crisis. As Ohio leads the nation in accidental drug overdoses, state leaders are reaching for multiple fixes. The House budget plan carves out $170.6 million, including $12.2 million for prevention and education, $130 million for treatment options, $19.4 million for mental...
Dayton leaders in D.C. to push local issues

Dayton leaders in D.C. to push local issues

Two former Ohio congressmen Tuesday expressed grave concern about President Donald Trump’s handling of North Korea, saying they worry that a diplomatic misstep could provoke North Korea to attack South Korea. Speaking before the Dayton Development Coalition Tuesday, former Reps. David Hobson, a Springfield Republican and Tony Hall, a Dayton Democrat, both expressed concern that a diplomatic...
Ohio House budget proposal would eliminate Municipal Clerk’s office

Ohio House budget proposal would eliminate Municipal Clerk’s office

An item in the Ohio House of Representatives biennial budget proposal could consolidate the clerk of courts offices in Clark County, if approved. The proposal would eliminate the office of the Municipal Clerk of Courts in Clark County and roll its duties into the Clark County Clerk of Courts Office, according to House Bill 49, which was released Tuesday morning. The item was listed as part of recommendations...
Ohio House wants more money to fight opiates; ditches Kasich tax plan

Ohio House wants more money to fight opiates; ditches Kasich tax plan

Ohio House Republicans on Tuesday announced they’re ditching Gov. John Kasich’s plans for tax reforms in the state budget bill and said they’re pouring an extra $170.6 million into fighting the opiate addiction crisis. The governor called for income tax cuts and hikes in taxes on tobacco, vaping, sales and oil and gas extraction. The House GOP said no. In the latest version of the...
Springfield K-9 unit responds to hundreds of calls annually

Springfield K-9 unit responds to hundreds of calls annually

The Springfield Police Division’s K-9 unit responds to hundreds of calls annually, removing guns and drugs from the streets. The K-9 unit includes Officer Kevin Hoying and his dog, Spike, as well as Officer Deric Nichols and his dog, Gery. The officers spoke about their unit at the Springfield Rotary Meeting at the Clark State Community College Hollenbeck-Bayley Creative Arts and Conference...
Kucinich goes after charter schools in Dayton-area visit

Kucinich goes after charter schools in Dayton-area visit

Dennis Kucinich, a potential candidate for governor and former Ohio congressman, spoke Monday night in Washington Township, where he criticized charter schools as a drain on public funding and public schools. Kucinich called charter schools a “multi-billion dollar boondoogle” that forces Ohioans to subsidize private school education with money that is supposed to go to public schools....
Springfield asks voters for tax increase to fix roads, fight drugs

Springfield asks voters for tax increase to fix roads, fight drugs

Springfield city leaders want to increase local income taxes to maintain services, fix roads and hire more police officers, but opponents believe it will make the city less attractive for prospective residents and businesses. Residents will vote May 2 whether to raise the city’s income tax for 5½ years from 2 percent to 2.4 percent. “We’re definitely at a crossroads here in...
Springfield won’t follow Dayton, plans to keep red light cameras off

Springfield won’t follow Dayton, plans to keep red light cameras off

The city of Springfield won’t be resuming its red light camera program any time soon, despite Dayton’s proposal to turn its red-light and speed-detection cameras back on later this month to improve safety at intersections. Springfield leaders have said they won’t turn the city’s cameras back on until the issue is settled statewide in order to avoid driver confusion. The city...
Jon Husted takes steps toward run for Ohio governor

Jon Husted takes steps toward run for Ohio governor

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s as-yet-unannounced bid for governor moved forward today with the announcement that his office’s press secretary would join the Husted for Ohio campaign. Josh Eck said his last day in the office was today and he will become a spokesman for the campaign. “I have been a fan of Jon Husted’s since before I worked for him. He’s been pretty...
Supreme Court orders refunds for people whose criminal convictions are overturned

Supreme Court orders refunds for people whose criminal convictions are overturned

People who are freed from prison when their convictions are reversed deserve a refund of what they paid in fees, court costs and restitution, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.  "They are entitled to be presumed innocent" once their convictions are thrown out, said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the state "has zero claim" to their money.  The 7-1 decision orders the...
Turner, state lawmakers upset state declined money for Wright-Patt

Turner, state lawmakers upset state declined money for Wright-Patt

Area lawmakers are upset Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was shut out of a share of $5 million in state aid vowed changes Thursday to a state panel that decided to split the money for projects at two Ohio Air National Guard bases. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner and state Reps. Niraj Antani and Rick Perales spoke at a Thursday press conference about their frustrations with Wright-Patterson’s being shut...
Where to meet Congressman Warren Davidson in Butler County this week

Where to meet Congressman Warren Davidson in Butler County this week

U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, will make his rounds to a number of Butler County communities this week. Davidson says he is using the events to communicate with constituents and inform them on updates regarding his latest legislative work, including the Welfare BRAC Act and the Drain the Swamp Act. MORE: Opponents walk out of testy town hall with local congressman This week’s events come...
Davidson town hall meeting in Enon contentious, but no walk outs

Davidson town hall meeting in Enon contentious, but no walk outs

Congressman Warren Davidson battled back and forth with constituents at a town hall meeting in Enon on Tuesday night, taking questions for about an hour on issues ranging from health care to gun control. Some residents who filed into an Enon VFW Hall booed many of Davidson’s answers and waved red and green construction paper cards that signalled whether they opposed or approved of his responses...
Davidson to go to town hall in Enon after protesters interrupt meeting

Davidson to go to town hall in Enon after protesters interrupt meeting

U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson’s office confirmed he will attend a town hall meeting tonight in Enon hosted by a local chapter of the group Indivisible. The town hall event is scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the Enon VFW Hall, 5075 Enon-Xenia Pike in Enon. RELATED: Opponents walk out of testy town hall with local congressman MORE COVERAGE: Democrats providing anger at town halls Davidson, R-Troy, represents...
Hero to some, Ohio’s Cordray under fire from GOP, banks.

Hero to some, Ohio’s Cordray under fire from GOP, banks.

During a House committee hearing this month, Republicans launched a torrent of attacks against former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, whose job as director of a federal agency is to protect consumers in their dealings with financial institutions. “For all the harm inflicted upon consumers,” Cordray should be fired, said one Republican. “You have a rotting agency,” barked...
Springfield cleans up ‘biggest trash pile in the city’

Springfield cleans up ‘biggest trash pile in the city’

The city of Springfield cleaned up this week what some employees called the biggest trash pile they’d seen in 20 years after multiple complaints from neighbors. It took about a dozen workers and five hours to clear a large pile of junk and trash from a property in the 2200 block of Superior Avenue on Wednesday, said Stephen Thompson, Springfield planning, zoning and code administrator. &ldquo...
Kasich: ‘Everything’ being looked at as state deals with revenue shortfall

Kasich: ‘Everything’ being looked at as state deals with revenue shortfall

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich says “everything is under the microscope” as the state looks to makeup a revenue gap in the upcoming state budget. Kasich also hinted that his proposed income tax cut in the upcoming budget is not likely. Kasich said they would need to cut the budget proposal by $400 million for each fiscal year to make up the loss. March revenue receipts fell nearly...
Opposition grows against mining permit in Mad River Twp.

Opposition grows against mining permit in Mad River Twp.

More organizations have come out against a proposed expansion of the Enon Sand and Gravel mining permit and neighbors have formed an opposition group. The Mad River Twp. Trustees sent a joint letter to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mineral Resources Management last week. The Tecumseh Land Trust also issued a statement to ODNR last week to share concerns more mining may have...
Hundreds of Wright-Patt, Dayton VA jobs vacant as hiring freeze ends

Hundreds of Wright-Patt, Dayton VA jobs vacant as hiring freeze ends

A federal hiring freeze that was due to be lifted Wednesday won’t mean a rush of hiring at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base or the Dayton VA Medical Center, both of which count hundreds of job vacancies, officials say. As of Wednesday, Wright-Patterson reported 1,041 job vacancies and the Dayton VA had 268 openings, the federal organizations said. President Donald Trump had imposed a 90-day hiring...
Clark County kicks off tax reappraisals with $300K photo project

Clark County kicks off tax reappraisals with $300K photo project

The Clark County Auditor’s Office will spend more than $300,000 to update images of properties across the county and vans will be on the streets for at least the next three months taking those photos. The new pictures are the first step in the county’s 2019 reappraisal project, Auditor John Federer said. The county is mandated by the state to re-appraise properties every six years. &ldquo...
Former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley: 7 things to know

Former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley: 7 things to know

Alabama’s now-former Gov. Robert Bentley is making headlines this month, as lawmakers and public officials called for his resignation after a 2016 sex scandal involving one of his top aides resurfaced. Bentley was reportedly booked into Montgomery County Jail Monday with a $300 bond and later pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges.  Around 6 p.m. Monday, Gov. Bentley delivered his...
Warren County sports park vote expected despite resident opposition

Warren County sports park vote expected despite resident opposition

Neighbors of the proposed Warren County Sports Park at Union Village have turned to a lawyer for help in appealing for alterations to the plan locating part of the 109-acre complex across from their homes. On Tuesday, Warren County commissioners are expected to decide on the land-use plan for development of the $15 million park, off Greentree Road and Ohio 741, west of Lebanon. Last week, lawyer Andy...
Springfield to answer residents’ questions ahead of May tax vote

Springfield to answer residents’ questions ahead of May tax vote

The city of Springfield will hold forums later this month, a few weeks before the proposed income tax increase headed to the polls on May 2. Springfield had planned to hold the first of three forums held on Thursday, but it was cancelled due to low turnout. City leaders expected low attendance due to Thursday’s inclement weather, City Manager Jim Bodenmiller said. The forums will include presentations...
Jordan standing by Freedom Caucus member targeted by President Trump

Jordan standing by Freedom Caucus member targeted by President Trump

Rep. Jim Jordan says he’s prepared to “do everything I can” to help a House Freedom Caucus member who the Trump administration threatened to try to unseat in the aftermath of the meltdown over a GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Jordan, speaking at a panel discussion sponsored by the D.C. newspaper Politico, was referring to Rep. Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican who is...
Clark County nurse overpaid $39K by Medicaid, state audit claims

Clark County nurse overpaid $39K by Medicaid, state audit claims

A Clark County nurse owes the state nearly $39,000 after an audit found she was overpaid, according to a report released Thursday. The Ohio Auditor’s Office conducted a Medicaid examination of Emily E. Arnold, a registered nurse in Clark County and found she was overpaid by more than $36,600 from 2012 through 2014. With interest, she owes nearly $39,000 to the Ohio Department of Medicaid. READ...
Video: John Glenn buried today at Arlington

Video: John Glenn buried today at Arlington

Former Sen. John Glenn now rests in the same earth that he once marveled at from a tiny window inside the Friendship 7 in 1962. Glenn, who died Dec. 8 at 95, was interred at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday in a small private ceremony with family and close friends, months after thousands visited him as he laid in state in the Ohio Statehouse. On a rain-drenched spring day with the trees beginning...
Greene County residents to save $1.9 million on taxes

Greene County residents to save $1.9 million on taxes

Greene County commissioners voted Thursday to reduce the amount of property tax they collect, saving residents a combined $1.9 million next year. The change will drop the amount collected from 2.5 mills to 2 mills. RELATED: Bellbrook looks to spur economic growth with updated city plan County administrator Brandon Huddleson said no one can remember the last time a local government gave tax money back...
Ohio Lobby Day brings activists to state capital

Ohio Lobby Day brings activists to state capital

Self-described citizen lobbyists descended on the Ohio State House for Ohio Lobby Day, an event organized by Innovation Ohio and ProgressOhio. State progressive groups publicized their causes on Twitter with the hashtag #OHLobbyDay. The website RiseStronger.com described the event, which was a combination of demystifying the legislative progress and teach the process of how to influence the political...
Springfield opposes ‘state takeover’ of tax collection, could cost $60K

Springfield opposes ‘state takeover’ of tax collection, could cost $60K

The city of Springfield is opposing Gov. John Kasich’s plan to streamline municipal taxes for Ohio businesses, which could cost the city about $60,000 annually if approved. Springfield city commissioners voted 4-1 last week in favor of a resolution opposing the proposal, which would allow businesses to file net profit taxes through the state, rather than local cities. As part of the state&rsquo...
Gov. John Kasich takes on drug addiction, political infighting in address

Gov. John Kasich takes on drug addiction, political infighting in address

Ohio Gov. John Kasich used his 2017 State of the State address to call Ohioans on opposite sides of the partisan divide to find common ground on issues such as infant mortality, drug addiction and hunger. “If we begin to work together, we will be surprised at how much progress we can make,” he said in a speech then went for 72 minutes. “We’ll begin to start the dialogue that...
New Carlisle debates paying for $700K repairs after rate hike rejected

New Carlisle debates paying for $700K repairs after rate hike rejected

New Carlisle leaders are looking for options to pay for $600,000 t0 $700,000 in repairs to one of the city’s water towers after rejecting a proposal to raise water rates to do so. Much of the cost would go to painting, maintaining and upgrading the water tower on Scarff Road. Officials are looking at demolishing the water tower on Adams Street as it is older and would cost a significant amount...
Enon to construct $680K water line

Enon to construct $680K water line

A $680,000 water line extension project to be completed later this year will enhance Enon’s water system and could bring future development to the village. The water line will extend up Speedway Drive from the Speedway corporate office, Enon Village Administrator Ben Ross said. RELATED: Proposed changes to mining permit concerns Clark County residents Clark County commissioners approved donating...
Melania Trump’s official White House portrait released, Twitter responds

Melania Trump’s official White House portrait released, Twitter responds

The official White House portrait of first lady Melania Trump was unveiled Monday, more than two months after President Donald Trump was inaugurated. The portrait shows Trump with her arms crossed, wearing a black jacket and a black blouse, her hair down and a slightly smoky eye and pink lip gloss. Her reported 25-carat diamond ring, gifted to her from Donald Trump for their 10th wedding...
Local Congressman Jim Jordan fights back: Tweets ‘don’t change facts’

Local Congressman Jim Jordan fights back: Tweets ‘don’t change facts’

NEW DEVELOPMENTS: Congressman Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, went on CNN’s State of the Union to react to President Donald Trump’s Friday tweetstorm attacking him and members of the House Freedom Caucus. Jordan and the caucus did not support Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan’s health care plan last week and essentially forced Ryan to pull the bill.  “Tweets and statements don’t...
Mobile home group takes on Kasich plan, safety claims

Mobile home group takes on Kasich plan, safety claims

Ohio fire and environmental officials say the industry-controlled state board that regulates manufactured homes does too little to prevent deadly home fires and ensure mobile home park residents are provided clean drinking water. The claims come as Ohio Gov. John Kasich calls for the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission to be disbanded and its responsibilities delegated to the Ohio Department of Commerce...
What is the House Freedom Caucus? Who is in it?

What is the House Freedom Caucus? Who is in it?

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Freedom Caucus played a critical role in the failure this month of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s proposed American Healthcare Act, which President Donald Trump’s supported. Now Trump is taking aim at the conservative caucus, threatening to fight it’s members along with Democrats in the 2018 mid-term elections. Here’s some things to know...
Ohio sets new 1-week limit for some pain killer prescriptions

Ohio sets new 1-week limit for some pain killer prescriptions

As accidental overdose deaths spike in Ohio, Gov. John Kasich, lawmakers and regulators on Thursday announced new limits on prescribing powerful painkillers for acute pain, such as after surgeries or injuries. The governor’s plan will allow for 7 days worth of opiates for adults and 5 days for children when the drugs are prescribed for acute pain. There will also be limits on the total morphine...
Springfield woman named as a top female leader in region

Springfield woman named as a top female leader in region

It was an unexpected honor for National Trail Parks and Recreation District executive director Leann Castillo. Castillo was named to the 2017 class of Top 25 Women to Watch for the Dayton and Miami Valley Region, an honor she hoped will draw more attention to the organization. The list is sponsored by the Better Business Bureau’s Women in Business Networking program. “I’m very surprised...
Lawmakers take on drug crisis as Clark County OD deaths hit record

Lawmakers take on drug crisis as Clark County OD deaths hit record

State lawmakers introduced a plan Wednesday to combat the growing drug crisis in Ohio as a record number of Clark County residents died from overdoses last year. Sen. Bob Hackett, R-London, who represents Clark, Greene and Madison counties, is co-sponsoring the bill that would align Ohio law with guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control. “You have seen the number of Narcan...
Millions of dollars awarded to region to help startup companies

Millions of dollars awarded to region to help startup companies

Ohio’s Third Frontier commission on Wednesday awarded $2.9 million in funding for to help Dayton region entrepreneurs, restoring that funding to the region for the first time since 2015. Combined with already-pledged local matches, the award means a total of $6.1 million in new money and in-kind services will be available to help startups in an eight-county area, said Scott Koorndyk, president...
Are you ready for a disaster? Bethel Twp. wants to make sure

Are you ready for a disaster? Bethel Twp. wants to make sure

We all love being optimistic. Everyone wants to think that the things we are doing and planning will work out. Life will move on in a positive direction. But deep in our gut we know it won’t. In the real world there are potholes in the roads that we must avoid. Some day there will be rain that will go on too long, and there will be flooding that ruins homes and crops. And what if there is a...
Clark County voters can register online for May election

Clark County voters can register online for May election

There is less than a week to register to vote for the May election that includes two school bond issues and a city-wide income tax question. Clark County Board of Election’s Director Jason Baker said traditionally odd-year May elections don’t attract many voters, but turnout might spike due to some of the issues on this year’s ballot. “There are a couple bond issues for schools...
Mad River Twp. mining proposal concerns residents

Mad River Twp. mining proposal concerns residents

Hundreds of Enon and Mad River Twp. residents are concerned about how a mining permit modification could affect their water, property values and quality of life. Mining company leaders say they understand the neighbors’ concerns and follow all state regulations. Enon Sand and Gravel applied in November 2016 to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Mineral Resources Management...
Columbia Gas starts $3.4M line replacement in Springfield

Columbia Gas starts $3.4M line replacement in Springfield

Columbia Gas of Ohio has started replacing aging pipelines in two more Springfield neighborhoods, part of $2 billion statewide program. The utility company launched a 25-year program to replace about 4,000 aging lines in 2008 in Ohio, with the cost shared by customers. So far $30 million has been spent installing new pipes and meters in the city of Springfield and the latest projects will bring it...
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...
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