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Ohio’s drug price ballot issue: What’s really going on?
 An initiative aimed at controlling drug prices that’s headed to Ohio’s November ballot has already caused much heated debate. As both supporters and opponents of the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act — Issue 2 on the November ballot — air TV ads and make claims about the initiative’s impact, it can be difficult for...

7:27 PM Wednesday, Jun. 14, 2017

An initiative aimed at controlling drug prices that’s headed to Ohio’s November ballot has already caused much heated debate. As both supporters and opponents of the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act — Issue 2 on the November ballot — air TV ads and make claims about the initiative’s impact, it can be difficult for...
U.S. has gone record 11 years without a major hurricane
 The North Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30. 2017 has had one named tropical storm so far, Arlene, but it didn’t develop into a hurricane. It’s been 11 hurricane seasons since the last “major” storm in the U.S., classified as making landfall as a Category 3 or higher. The last one...

2:47 PM Friday, Jun. 09, 2017

The North Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30. 2017 has had one named tropical storm so far, Arlene, but it didn’t develop into a hurricane. It’s been 11 hurricane seasons since the last “major” storm in the U.S., classified as making landfall as a Category 3 or higher. The last one...
RTA to allow guns on buses
 Riders who can show proof of a valid CCW license will now be allowed to carry guns on Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority buses. The revised policy was developed after much discussion with the transit board’s attorneys, CEO Mark Donaghy said. It passed without much discussion at the board’s regular meeting on Tuesday. &ldquo...

3:18 PM Tuesday, Jun. 06, 2017

Riders who can show proof of a valid CCW license will now be allowed to carry guns on Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority buses. The revised policy was developed after much discussion with the transit board’s attorneys, CEO Mark Donaghy said. It passed without much discussion at the board’s regular meeting on Tuesday. &ldquo...
County awarded $670K in federal funds for opioid treatment
 Montgomery County was awarded $670,000 to fight opioid addiction as part of the federal 21st Century Cures Act. Ohio is set to receive a total of $26 million per year in federal funding for two years to increase treatment, prevention, workforce development and more. Montgomery County got as much as it did because of its Tier I, or highest...

9:40 PM Monday, Jun. 05, 2017

Montgomery County was awarded $670,000 to fight opioid addiction as part of the federal 21st Century Cures Act. Ohio is set to receive a total of $26 million per year in federal funding for two years to increase treatment, prevention, workforce development and more. Montgomery County got as much as it did because of its Tier I, or highest...
Panhandlers
Ruth Tharpe, 49, held a sign asking for money or other donations at the corner of Keowee Street and Wayne Avenue on Thursday morning, Aug. 4, 2016. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF

8:47 PM Monday, Jun. 05, 2017

Ruth Tharpe, 49, held a sign asking for money or other donations at the corner of Keowee Street and Wayne Avenue on Thursday morning, Aug. 4, 2016. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF
Solutions sought to curb opioid epidemic
 The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association is leading an effort to create a one-stop crisis care center in Montgomery County to ease the current burden on hospital emergency rooms and the jail, which are overloaded with opioid addicts and those in need of mental health services. It was one of many projects tackling the opioid epidemic presented...

4:37 PM Friday, Jun. 02, 2017

The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association is leading an effort to create a one-stop crisis care center in Montgomery County to ease the current burden on hospital emergency rooms and the jail, which are overloaded with opioid addicts and those in need of mental health services. It was one of many projects tackling the opioid epidemic presented...
Kettering, county surpass 2016 fatal overdose total before June
 One day after Kettering city and school district officials met in special session to discuss the opioid epidemic, the director of the regional crime lab confirmed the city has had more overdose deaths this year than in all of 2016. Kettering had had 19 overdose deaths this year - one more than last year - putting the city on track to to double...

3:27 PM Wednesday, May. 31, 2017

One day after Kettering city and school district officials met in special session to discuss the opioid epidemic, the director of the regional crime lab confirmed the city has had more overdose deaths this year than in all of 2016. Kettering had had 19 overdose deaths this year - one more than last year - putting the city on track to to double...
Fighting heroin crisis: What Ohio governor candidates plan to do
 In recent years the economy has dominated the race for governor in Ohio. This time a different topic might take center stage: the opioid crisis. Each of the candidates in a crowded field — both Republicans and Democrats — are staking out positions for handling the crisis, with some calling for dramatic measures to quell an epidemic...

4:21 PM Sunday, May. 28, 2017

In recent years the economy has dominated the race for governor in Ohio. This time a different topic might take center stage: the opioid crisis. Each of the candidates in a crowded field — both Republicans and Democrats — are staking out positions for handling the crisis, with some calling for dramatic measures to quell an epidemic...
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...

4:00 AM Saturday, May. 27, 2017

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...

1:55 PM Thursday, May. 25, 2017

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...

4:01 AM Thursday, May. 25, 2017

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...

9:22 PM Friday, May. 19, 2017

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...

7:04 PM Friday, May. 19, 2017

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...

3:29 PM Friday, May. 19, 2017

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...

8:35 PM Thursday, May. 18, 2017

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...

6:59 PM Wednesday, May. 17, 2017

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...

7:31 PM Friday, May. 12, 2017

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...

2:53 PM Friday, May. 12, 2017

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...

12:07 AM Friday, May. 12, 2017

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...

7:02 PM Wednesday, May. 10, 2017

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...
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