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Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart is a reporter for Cox Media Group Ohio.

Latest from Chris Stewart

3 issues we could face because of the warmer winter
 With a winter warmer than usual and bereft of snow, signs of spring are already appearing in the Miami Valley more than a month before the season officially begins. The mild winter has helped street and highway departments go easy on the road salt, but the warm weather may instead kick up severe weather sooner, exacerbate allergies...

Posted: 2 days ago

With a winter warmer than usual and bereft of snow, signs of spring are already appearing in the Miami Valley more than a month before the season officially begins. The mild winter has helped street and highway departments go easy on the road salt, but the warm weather may instead kick up severe weather sooner, exacerbate allergies...
Amusement parks that fell by the wayside: 7 nostalgic sites in southwest Ohio
 One of the most nostalgic places in Butler County received new attention this week when the public learned the site of Monroe’s old LeSourdsville Lake / Americana Amusement Park had been sold.  Butler Tech purchased 36 acres for expansion, and the city plans to develop part of the land which later included Fantasy Farm...

Posted: 3 days ago

One of the most nostalgic places in Butler County received new attention this week when the public learned the site of Monroe’s old LeSourdsville Lake / Americana Amusement Park had been sold.  Butler Tech purchased 36 acres for expansion, and the city plans to develop part of the land which later included Fantasy Farm...
3 reasons winter weather is shaping up to be record-setting
 This is no normal  Miami Valley winter. Some indicators show the region is poised to receive the lowest snowfall ever recorded and high temperatures seldom reached. In the 60s: The Miami Valley has had as many 60-plus degree days since winter started as days with more than a trace of snowfall. Temperatures on Valentine’s Day...

Posted: 4 days ago

This is no normal Miami Valley winter. Some indicators show the region is poised to receive the lowest snowfall ever recorded and high temperatures seldom reached. In the 60s: The Miami Valley has had as many 60-plus degree days since winter started as days with more than a trace of snowfall. Temperatures on Valentine’s Day...
Airlines improved baggage, delay performance in 2016, report says. Do you agree?
 Attention frequent fliers, does this sound like your experience? It might not have always seemed like it, but airlines did better  at avoiding cancellations and keeping track of our luggage. They also didn’t boot as many off planes when they oversold flights, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation report released...

Posted: 5 days ago

Attention frequent fliers, does this sound like your experience? It might not have always seemed like it, but airlines did better at avoiding cancellations and keeping track of our luggage. They also didn’t boot as many off planes when they oversold flights, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation report released...
7 times area postal workers have been in trouble with the law
 The former Springfield postal worker sentenced this week for stuffing mail down her sweatpants is among more than a half-dozen area post office employees during the last couple of years to find themselves in court facing serious charges. Leanna Heskett, 47, was sentenced to five months in prison Monday by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas...

Posted: 5 days ago

The former Springfield postal worker sentenced this week for stuffing mail down her sweatpants is among more than a half-dozen area post office employees during the last couple of years to find themselves in court facing serious charges. Leanna Heskett, 47, was sentenced to five months in prison Monday by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas...
5 reasons why officials point to China in the the deadly fentanyl pipeline
 U.S. law enforcement and drug investigators have singled out China as a main exporter of illegal fentanyl now flooding American streets. Some of it comes straight to the Miami Valley through the mail.  Nearly a million packages a day enter the U.S. Postal Service system from other countries, and more than 90 percent of them come...

Posted: 5 days ago

U.S. law enforcement and drug investigators have singled out China as a main exporter of illegal fentanyl now flooding American streets. Some of it comes straight to the Miami Valley through the mail.  Nearly a million packages a day enter the U.S. Postal Service system from other countries, and more than 90 percent of them come...
5 signs that political climate is impacting worker productivity
 Are you feeling less productive at work since the election? You just might be.  A new survey suggests about 30 percent of the nation’s workforce is distracted by the continual onslaught of political news and social media posts. Workers aren’t just reading and talking politics, they are putting a lot of time into processing...

Posted: 5 days ago

Are you feeling less productive at work since the election? You just might be.  A new survey suggests about 30 percent of the nation’s workforce is distracted by the continual onslaught of political news and social media posts. Workers aren’t just reading and talking politics, they are putting a lot of time into processing...
Ohio traffic cameras continue to drive confusion, lawsuits: 7 things to know
 A Butler County judge ruled last week that $3 million in fines should be returned to drivers caught by former speed cameras in New Miami. Judge Michael Oster issued the ruling and asked attorneys working on behalf of drivers receiving more than 44,000 tickets to provide within 30 days a spreadsheet of names and what the ticketed...

Posted: 6 days ago

A Butler County judge ruled last week that $3 million in fines should be returned to drivers caught by former speed cameras in New Miami. Judge Michael Oster issued the ruling and asked attorneys working on behalf of drivers receiving more than 44,000 tickets to provide within 30 days a spreadsheet of names and what the ticketed...
How ‘Darknet’ sites make tracing illegal activity difficult
 Located in shadowy corners of the Internet are chat rooms and online markets where people use special software to stay anonymous and cover their digital tracks. Some of that is innocent and perfectly legal. But increasingly, say law enforcement officials, “Darknet” sites have become havens for shady dealers peddling guns, counterfeit...

Posted: 6 days ago

Located in shadowy corners of the Internet are chat rooms and online markets where people use special software to stay anonymous and cover their digital tracks. Some of that is innocent and perfectly legal. But increasingly, say law enforcement officials, “Darknet” sites have become havens for shady dealers peddling guns, counterfeit...