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Women travel longer distances for abortions
 Legislative and legal battles have helped to close at least 10 abortion clinics in Ohio and surrounding states since 2010, creating vast areas where the procedure is all but banned unless women are able to travel long distances — 100 miles or more in some cases. A University of Cincinnati doctoral candidate who faced the strong likelihood...

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Legislative and legal battles have helped to close at least 10 abortion clinics in Ohio and surrounding states since 2010, creating vast areas where the procedure is all but banned unless women are able to travel long distances — 100 miles or more in some cases. A University of Cincinnati doctoral candidate who faced the strong likelihood...
Columbus passes Indianapolis as 14th largest U.S. city
 The newest Census population estimates show Columbus overtaking Indianapolis as the 14th largest city in the U.S. That means Columbus is now also the second largest midwest city, behind only Chicago. The new data, released Thursday, show population estimates as of July 1, 2016. To see how Dayton fared, follow this link.  Columbus&rsquo...

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The newest Census population estimates show Columbus overtaking Indianapolis as the 14th largest city in the U.S. That means Columbus is now also the second largest midwest city, behind only Chicago. The new data, released Thursday, show population estimates as of July 1, 2016. To see how Dayton fared, follow this link.  Columbus&rsquo...
Flat growth in Dayton seen as good sign
 New Census data shows Dayton’s population decline was nearly flat last year, a sign the local economy may be turning a corner, local leaders say. The city’s population has been declining for decades, but dropped by just 86 people from July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2016, according to new estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday...

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New Census data shows Dayton’s population decline was nearly flat last year, a sign the local economy may be turning a corner, local leaders say. The city’s population has been declining for decades, but dropped by just 86 people from July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2016, according to new estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday...
Kirkersville killer was released without a hearing
 A man who killed three people in Kirkersville on May 12 was released early from jail in April without a formal hearing or the approval of the senior probation official, according to a court review of how authorities handled the domestic violence cases against Thomas Hartless in Licking County. The review ordered by Licking County Municipal...

Posted: 7 days ago

A man who killed three people in Kirkersville on May 12 was released early from jail in April without a formal hearing or the approval of the senior probation official, according to a court review of how authorities handled the domestic violence cases against Thomas Hartless in Licking County. The review ordered by Licking County Municipal...
TIMELINE: Killer’s history of violence against woman he shot to death in Kirkersville murders detailed in documents
 Marlina Medrano and Thomas Hartless had a complicated history that included abuse, criminal charges, protection orders, and time and again, second chances and forgiveness. Court documents illustrate the back-and-forth that went on for months before Hartless killed Medrano at the Pine Kirk Care Center, along with her coworker Cindy Krantz...

Posted: 7 days ago

Marlina Medrano and Thomas Hartless had a complicated history that included abuse, criminal charges, protection orders, and time and again, second chances and forgiveness. Court documents illustrate the back-and-forth that went on for months before Hartless killed Medrano at the Pine Kirk Care Center, along with her coworker Cindy Krantz...
Protection orders alone not enough to stop violent abusers.
 Marlina Medrano had a protection order against her boyfriend, Thomas Hartless, but it didn’t save her when he opened fire at the Kirkersville nursing home where she worked. A similar order didn’t spare 10-year-old Samantha Carpenter, who was shot to death in 2014 in her New Paris driveway by her mother’s boyfriend, Brian...

Posted: 7 days ago

Marlina Medrano had a protection order against her boyfriend, Thomas Hartless, but it didn’t save her when he opened fire at the Kirkersville nursing home where she worked. A similar order didn’t spare 10-year-old Samantha Carpenter, who was shot to death in 2014 in her New Paris driveway by her mother’s boyfriend, Brian...
Domestic violence march to honor Kirkersville shooting victim
 Friends of nurse Marlina Medrano are holding an anti-domestic violence march and rally in her honor on May 25, which would have been her 47th birthday.  The event will honor all the victims of the shooting at a Kirkersville nursing home last week in which Medrano’s ex-boyfriend Thomas Hartless killed Police Chief Steven Eric DiSario...

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Friends of nurse Marlina Medrano are holding an anti-domestic violence march and rally in her honor on May 25, which would have been her 47th birthday.  The event will honor all the victims of the shooting at a Kirkersville nursing home last week in which Medrano’s ex-boyfriend Thomas Hartless killed Police Chief Steven Eric DiSario...
60-plus weapons seized from home of Kirkersville shooter
 Authorities recovered more than 60 guns at the Utica home of Thomas Hartless after he fatally shot three people, including his former girlfriend and a new police chief at a Kirkersville nursing home Friday.  The home on Oakland Avenue belongs to Hartless’s father, but he stayed there off-and-on.  Law enforcement searched the...

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Authorities recovered more than 60 guns at the Utica home of Thomas Hartless after he fatally shot three people, including his former girlfriend and a new police chief at a Kirkersville nursing home Friday.  The home on Oakland Avenue belongs to Hartless’s father, but he stayed there off-and-on.  Law enforcement searched the...
Slain Kirkersville, Ohio, police chief has ties to area
 The police chief killed by a gunman at a Kirkersville nursing home Friday has ties to the Dayton area through his wife Aryn. Her father and step-mother live in Huber Heights. Her step-mother Vickie Armintrout said Aryn DiSario called this morning in fear because she knew her husband was on duty and couldn’t get any information on the...

Posted: 14 days ago

The police chief killed by a gunman at a Kirkersville nursing home Friday has ties to the Dayton area through his wife Aryn. Her father and step-mother live in Huber Heights. Her step-mother Vickie Armintrout said Aryn DiSario called this morning in fear because she knew her husband was on duty and couldn’t get any information on the...
What we know about the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville
 The Pine Kirk Care Center nursing home in Kirkersville is a small facility of 24 beds. It had 23 residents at its last inspection by the state.  The Kirkersville Police Chief and two employees of the home were killed today when a gunman entered the nursing home and them killed himself. The home is rated as average for health and fire...

Posted: 14 days ago

The Pine Kirk Care Center nursing home in Kirkersville is a small facility of 24 beds. It had 23 residents at its last inspection by the state.  The Kirkersville Police Chief and two employees of the home were killed today when a gunman entered the nursing home and them killed himself. The home is rated as average for health and fire...
Coroner releases new information on Kirkersville fatal shootings
 The Licking County Coroner’s Office released new information late Monday on the manner in which three victims and the shooter died at the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville on Friday.  Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Disario, 38, was killed by a single shotgun blast as he exited his cruiser in the alley behind the nursing home...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Licking County Coroner’s Office released new information late Monday on the manner in which three victims and the shooter died at the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville on Friday.  Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Disario, 38, was killed by a single shotgun blast as he exited his cruiser in the alley behind the nursing home...
Drug company says discount program will lower prescription prices
 The nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager has announced a new drug discount program aimed at giving those with high out-of-pocket prescription costs a break on the price of common brand name medicines. Express Scripts announced the launch of Inside Rx on Monday. The new subsidiary is a partnership with GoodRx, an online drug savings...

Posted: 16 days ago

The nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager has announced a new drug discount program aimed at giving those with high out-of-pocket prescription costs a break on the price of common brand name medicines. Express Scripts announced the launch of Inside Rx on Monday. The new subsidiary is a partnership with GoodRx, an online drug savings...
Ohio House passes EpiPen access bill
 The House today unanimously approved a bill aimed at making cheaper life-saving epinephrine auto-injectors more accessible. House Bill 101 was introduced in February by Rep. Derek Merrin, R-Monclova Twp., and was supported by pharmacy groups. It was passed by the health committee last week and was approved by the full House 93 to zero. The...

Posted: 16 days ago

The House today unanimously approved a bill aimed at making cheaper life-saving epinephrine auto-injectors more accessible. House Bill 101 was introduced in February by Rep. Derek Merrin, R-Monclova Twp., and was supported by pharmacy groups. It was passed by the health committee last week and was approved by the full House 93 to zero. The...
House health committee passes EpiPen accessibility bill
 A House bill aimed at making cheaper life-saving epinephrine auto-injectors more accessible passed out of the health committee today. House Bill 101 was introduced in February by Rep. Derek Merrin, R-Monclova Twp., and was supported by pharmacy groups. The bill would allow pharmacists to offer patients a cheaper or generic alternative to...

Posted: 23 days ago

A House bill aimed at making cheaper life-saving epinephrine auto-injectors more accessible passed out of the health committee today. House Bill 101 was introduced in February by Rep. Derek Merrin, R-Monclova Twp., and was supported by pharmacy groups. The bill would allow pharmacists to offer patients a cheaper or generic alternative to...
I-75 crash: ‘He wanted to hit him’ says 3rd driver who narrowly missed tanker truck
 A couple in a third car directly behind the semi-truck involved in the wrong-way I-75 crash Sunday, saw the disaster unfold in front of them.  David Arnold and his wife Joan were in their dark blue Chevy which was damaged in the crash and explosion on I-75 Sunday.  David Arnold confirmed that from his vantage point, the car going...

Posted: 23 days ago

A couple in a third car directly behind the semi-truck involved in the wrong-way I-75 crash Sunday, saw the disaster unfold in front of them.  David Arnold and his wife Joan were in their dark blue Chevy which was damaged in the crash and explosion on I-75 Sunday.  David Arnold confirmed that from his vantage point, the car going...
I-75 repairs will take days after deadly wrong-way crash
 Police are still trying to reconstruct the events that led to a fiery head-on crash on Interstate 75 on Sunday between a car travelling the wrong way and a tanker full of gasoline. On Monday, transportation and environmental crews worked to mitigate the fallout from the violent collision. Road repairs will continue through Thursday, officials...

Posted: 25 days ago

Police are still trying to reconstruct the events that led to a fiery head-on crash on Interstate 75 on Sunday between a car travelling the wrong way and a tanker full of gasoline. On Monday, transportation and environmental crews worked to mitigate the fallout from the violent collision. Road repairs will continue through Thursday, officials...
WATCH: Massive fire erupts on I-75 after deadly Ohio gas tanker crash
 A car traveling the wrong way on southbound Interstate 75 crashed into a gasoline tanker truck in Dayton, Ohio, creating a massive, smoky fire that shut down the interstate in both directions Sunday evening. The blaze and freeway closure sent motorists searching for detours and triggered environmental concerns on reports of thick smoke...

Posted: 26 days ago

A car traveling the wrong way on southbound Interstate 75 crashed into a gasoline tanker truck in Dayton, Ohio, creating a massive, smoky fire that shut down the interstate in both directions Sunday evening. The blaze and freeway closure sent motorists searching for detours and triggered environmental concerns on reports of thick smoke...
Another wrong-way crash claims life, creates havoc
 A car traveling the wrong way on southbound Interstate 75 crashed into a gasoline tanker truck, creating a smoky fire that shut down the interstate in both directions Sunday evening, sending motorists searching for detours and triggering environmental concerns on reports of thick smoke entering part of the city’s sewer system. The driver...

Posted: 26 days ago

A car traveling the wrong way on southbound Interstate 75 crashed into a gasoline tanker truck, creating a smoky fire that shut down the interstate in both directions Sunday evening, sending motorists searching for detours and triggering environmental concerns on reports of thick smoke entering part of the city’s sewer system. The driver...
I-75 crash: Police release cruiser cam video
 Dayton police on Monday afternoon released cruiser cam video of the moment they arrived at the scene of the explosion in which a wrong way driver collided with a tanker truck April 30. Motorist Andrew T. Brunsman, 30, of Centerville drive the wrong way and collided with the tanker truck, which exploded, police said.  Wife of truck driver...

Posted: 26 days ago

Dayton police on Monday afternoon released cruiser cam video of the moment they arrived at the scene of the explosion in which a wrong way driver collided with a tanker truck April 30. Motorist Andrew T. Brunsman, 30, of Centerville drive the wrong way and collided with the tanker truck, which exploded, police said.  Wife of truck driver...
Local senator says legislation needed after latest dog mauling death
One of three other dogs that was taken from the backyard at 345 Middle St. in Dayton. The three dogs are being held at the Animal Resource Center. Another dog was killed by police after it attacked and killed Maurice Brown, 60, early Tuesday morning. JOHN BEDELL/STAFF

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One of three other dogs that was taken from the backyard at 345 Middle St. in Dayton. The three dogs are being held at the Animal Resource Center. Another dog was killed by police after it attacked and killed Maurice Brown, 60, early Tuesday morning. JOHN BEDELL/STAFF
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