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Bipartisan group improving Ohio’s outdoors opportunities

A bipartisan effort to improve Ohio’s 3,000-plus-mile network of trails, headed in part by a Warren County state lawmaker, has been an example for other states in driving improvement of outdoors opportunities, officials said. The bipartisan Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus, thought to be the first of its kind, is headed by two state senators, Steve Wilson, a Republican from Warren County, and...
How Amazon’s explosive U.S. growth is producing thousands of jobs in Ohio

How Amazon’s explosive U.S. growth is producing thousands of jobs in Ohio

Amazon is growing at breakneck speed across the nation and in Ohio, where it has created 6,000 jobs in the past seven years and has commitments to add 5,500 more employees. Last week, the online giant said it would open a package-sorting “air gateway” at Wilmington Air Park, an airport 40 minutes southeast of Dayton that was decimated in the past decade when cargo carrier DHL announced...
Sen. Brown: Democrats can win Ohio in 2020 if focus is on workers

Sen. Brown: Democrats can win Ohio in 2020 if focus is on workers

Sen. Sherrod Brown said a Democratic presidential candidate can win Ohio in 2020 if he or she focuses on middle-class people who work hard but “never get ahead” and do not “have the kind of retirement security they should.” Although Brown said he has not decided whether he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination, he insisted during an interview Sunday on “NBC&rsquo...
Endangered Missing Adult Alert canceled for Knox County woman

Endangered Missing Adult Alert canceled for Knox County woman

UPDATE Nov. 18 @ 12:23 a.m.: The Endangered Missing Adult Alert for Mt. Vernon woman Betty Shaw has been canceled. FIRST REPORT Nov. 17 @ 10:47 p.m.: An Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a Mt. Vernon woman last seen leaving her residence on Crooked Street wearing a red coat. Betty Shaw, 80, left her residence on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 9 a.m. and failed to return, according...
Pike County murders: Court docs reveal custody battle at heart of killings

Pike County murders: Court docs reveal custody battle at heart of killings

Sophia Wagner was just 2 when prosecutors say her father was part of the group who killed her mother and seven more family members. Little Sophia was not at any of the crime scenes when the execution-style murders happened. Comparing her father’s indictment and custody documents he filed a week after the killings provide new insight into the charges against Edward “Jake” Wagner...
Ohio State awards bonus and pay hike to president

Ohio State awards bonus and pay hike to president

Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake will get a 2.5 percent pay bump and a $212,242 bonus after trustees gave him his annual review on Friday. His base pay will increase to just over $870,000 a year. His benefits package also includes housing, retirement and deferred compensation, a $50,000 expense budget and $100,000 fringe benefit fund, and eligibility for annual bonuses of up to 25...
Alleged victims in OSU doctor sex abuse scandal speak to trustees for the first time

Alleged victims in OSU doctor sex abuse scandal speak to trustees for the first time

For decades, Dr. Richard Strauss preyed upon young men at Ohio State University — watching them shower and groping them during medical exams – but administrators failed to put a stop to sexual abuse, seven men told OSU trustees on Friday. Strauss, who died by suicide in 2005 in California, was a faculty member, student health center physician and athletics doctor from 1979-98 at OSU. The...
Ohio congresswoman may challenge Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House

Ohio congresswoman may challenge Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House

Rep. Marcia Fudge, a Cleveland Democrat who led the Congressional Black Caucus from 2012 to 2014, is considering challenging Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House. Fudge, whose spokeswoman said she was unavailable for comment Thursday, told Cleveland.com late Wednesday she was considering a run for the top leadership position, and a spokeswoman Thursday confirmed that she was considering running....
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown talks about potential presidential run on WHIO Radio

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown talks about potential presidential run on WHIO Radio

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says his message of fighting for workers resonated in his recent election victory and he told WHIO Radio that’s the message he’d push if he decides to run for president in 2020. Right now he says he’s having family discussions about a potential run, but no decision has been made. “I don’t know what we’re going to do,” he told Miami...
‘Heartbeat’ abortion bill passes Ohio House

‘Heartbeat’ abortion bill passes Ohio House

After more than an hour of heated debate, a controversial abortion ban that Gov. John Kasich vetoed two years ago passed the Ohio House on Thursday 60-35 and now heads to the Senate where its fate is unclear. The ‘heartbeat bill’ would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. “This bill basically says if there is...
How big was the Pike County murders investigation? 

How big was the Pike County murders investigation? 

More than four dozen law enforcement agencies helped investigators nab the family suspected of murdering eight of their friends in Pike County.  Arrested Tuesday were George “Billy” Wagner III, 47; his wife, Angela Wagner, 48; and their sons, George Wagner IV and Edward “Jake” Wagner, 27 and 26.  Rita Newcomb, 65, of South Webster and Fredericka Wagner, 76, grandmothers...
At long last, murder charges bring relief, healing to Pike County

At long last, murder charges bring relief, healing to Pike County

As legal proceedings begin for the six people arrested in connection to the slaying of eight people in Pike County in 2016, a wave of relief spread over this rural community traumatized by 2½ years of not knowing if the case would ever be solved. The first suspect to appear in court was George “Billy” Wagner III, who said he wouldn’t fight extradition during his appearance...
Pike County murders: Arrests ‘put a Band-Aid on an open wound’

Pike County murders: Arrests ‘put a Band-Aid on an open wound’

For more than 2½ years, uncertainty and fear hung over this rural community. Eight people had been gunned down in their homes and it wasn’t clear if detectives even had suspects. Were the killers still in their community? Would it ever be solved? Now state and local law enforcement officials claim they have the murderers in custody; a family of four was arrested Tuesday and charged with...
Ohio’s Pappy Van Winkle bourbon lottery to expand this year with more bottles, online entries

Ohio’s Pappy Van Winkle bourbon lottery to expand this year with more bottles, online entries

Ohio will expand its holiday bourbon lottery this year to give more of the Buckeye state’s bourbon enthusiasts the opportunity to purchase some of the most sought-after spirits on the market, including, yes, the Pappy Van Winkle 23-year that to some aficionados is the Holy Grail of bourbon. Ohio Division of Liquor Control Superintendent Jim Canepa announced today, Nov. 14, that the 2018...
Report: U.S. military at risk of losing war to Russia, China

Report: U.S. military at risk of losing war to Russia, China

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base may be the difference between victory and defeat if war eventually breaks out between the United States and Russia or China, a defense expert said about a new report out Wednesday. The U.S. is at risk of losing a war to either country, states a report released Wednesday by a bipartisan commission that Congress created to evaluate the Trump administration’s defense...
Pike County murders: Victims’ pastor hopes arrests can bring closure, justice

Pike County murders: Victims’ pastor hopes arrests can bring closure, justice

The pastor for the victims in the 2016 Pike County killings hopes the arrest of six suspects will lead to closure for the Manley and Rhoden families, as well as the community. Phil Fulton, pastor at Union Hill Church in Adams County, said he was “ecstatic” when he found out about the arrests. “It was the greatest news we had in two and a half years,” he said.  On...
Homemade silencer last piece of evidence in Pike County murder case

Homemade silencer last piece of evidence in Pike County murder case

After tens of thousands of hours of investigative work over 2½ years, the final clue in the investigation of the murder of eight people in Pike County came a week ago, according to law enforcement officials. That’s when authorities confirmed the existence of a homemade silencer they say was built by the suspects. “This particular evidence, along with all the other pieces of this...
Ohio Libertarians say they may sue to keep ballot access

Ohio Libertarians say they may sue to keep ballot access

The Libertarian Party of Ohio says it may sue the state to force continued recognition of the minor political party. Secretary of State Jon Husted says the Libertarians and Ohio Green Party lost ballot access because their respective candidates did not get 3 percent of the vote needed to remain a recognized party. Cleveland.com reports the Libertarian Party of Ohio regained state recognition...
Pike County murders: 1 of 6 suspects makes first court appearance

Pike County murders: 1 of 6 suspects makes first court appearance

George “Billy” Wagner III waived extradition on the murder charges filed against him during his initial appearance in a Fayette County, Kentucky, courtroom, according to CNN affiliate LEX18. Extradition is when one law enforcement agency captures a suspect who is wanted in another jurisdiction and returns the suspect to the law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction where the crime...
Pike County murders: Tight-knit community expresses relief over arrests

Pike County murders: Tight-knit community expresses relief over arrests

A husband, wife and their two sons are behind bars Tuesday night, indicted in a mass murder, along with two grandmothers accused of helping them cover up the crimes. At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Ohio Attorney General and Gov.-elect Mike DeWine announced the arrests and indictments of parents Billy and Angela Wagner and their sons George and Jake. An entire family, suspected of killing their...
Warren County set to give tax breaks on 1,200 acres on I-75 corridor

Warren County set to give tax breaks on 1,200 acres on I-75 corridor

Warren County commissioners laid the groundwork on Tuesday to forgive taxes for the commercial or industrial developers of some of the last large parcels of undeveloped land along the Interstate 75 corridor between Dayton and Cincinnati. Commissioners Dave Young expressed reluctance about setting up the community investment area enabling tax breaks to be offered on development of more than 1,200 acres...
Pike County murders: DeWine lays out charges in 2016 Rhoden family killings

Pike County murders: DeWine lays out charges in 2016 Rhoden family killings

Six members of the Wagner family were arrested Tuesday in the killing of eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County in 2016, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced at a news conference. 6 members of the Wagner family were arrested today George “Billy” Wagner III, 47; Edward “Jake” Wagner, 26; Angela Wagner, 48; and George Wagner IV, 27, are charged...
Pike County murders: Death penalty possible for 4 of 6 arrested in Rhoden slayings 

Pike County murders: Death penalty possible for 4 of 6 arrested in Rhoden slayings 

Four people arrested Tuesday on aggravated murder charges for the 2016 slayings of eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County include a man who shared a 2-year-old daughter with one of the victims. A dispute over custody played a role in the homicides, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said, and two other family members are accused of trying to “cover up” the crimes....
Against odds, local Congressman Jim Jordan seeking GOP leadership post

Against odds, local Congressman Jim Jordan seeking GOP leadership post

After years of bucking Republican Speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan on everything from health care to approving spending bills to keep the federal government open, local Congressman Jim Jordan has launched a bid to become leader of the House Republicans. On Wednesday, in a private meeting of House Republicans, Jordan will face Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the current House majority leader...
Ohio vets of Afghanistan war could miss out on bonus if fund runs dry

Ohio vets of Afghanistan war could miss out on bonus if fund runs dry

A decade ago, Ohio voters approved a bond issue to fund bonuses for veterans but with just $2.68 million left in the program, the money could run out before the war in Afghanistan ends — raising the prospect that some veterans could miss out. The bonus payouts are scheduled to end three years after the president has declared an end to hostilities in that country, the Ohio constitution says....
Tax abatement requested for some of last undeveloped land in I-75 corridor

Tax abatement requested for some of last undeveloped land in I-75 corridor

Warren County has been asked to create a zone around 1,300 acres east of Interstate 75 where property taxes could be forgiven on future commercial or industrial development. The land, some of the last large, undeveloped parcels along the I-75 corridor between Cincinnati and Dayton, is located near the Miami Valley Gaming & Racing racino and Park North Commerce Park, where Amazon and other businesses...
History in the making: Bearded Ohioan got elected to a statewide seat

History in the making: Bearded Ohioan got elected to a statewide seat

Dave Yost’s election to Attorney General could mark the first time in more than a century that an Ohio politician was elected to statewide executive office while sporting a beard. Yost’s closely cropped stubble is a five o’clock shadow compared to the full beard worn by what may be his most recent bearded predecessor: Gov. John M. Pattison, who was elected in 1905. Pattison&rsquo...
Opinion: Ohio isn’t now becoming red — it always was

Opinion: Ohio isn’t now becoming red — it always was

Donald Trump energizes Ohio’s Republican grassroots. And for at least two generations Ohioans have known the name Mike DeWine and, roughly, what DeWine stands for. Those two facts – in a state that prefers any changes to be gradual – are why voters made DeWine Ohio’s next governor. As barstool analysts are first to say, elections have consequences. A winning candidate for governor...
Ohio shifting red could impact federal resource allocation

Ohio shifting red could impact federal resource allocation

Ohioans overwhelmingly voted Republican in Tuesday’s midterm election and continue to shift the state away from being considered a moderate state. As a red state, Dayton-area residents and businesses can expect the policies of the last several years to continue, said Christopher Devine, a professor of political science at the University of Dayton. But on a national scale, veering from its moderate...
Why Wright-Patt could be even stronger after this week’s election

Why Wright-Patt could be even stronger after this week’s election

Tuesday’s election may leave Ohio’s largest single-site employer in a stronger place, some observers say. Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine has proposed creating a cabinet-level position to protect Ohio military installations, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base — an idea observers familiar with the Dayton region embraced Thursday. In the Dayton area, such a post would necessarily...
After Issue 1 fails, state leaders vow to take up criminal justice reform

After Issue 1 fails, state leaders vow to take up criminal justice reform

After voters statewide rejected Issue 1 this week, state lawmakers are ready to move forward on criminal justice reforms, legislative leaders said Thursday. Ohio’s “big three” political leaders — Senate President Larry Obhof, House Speaker Ryan Smith, and Gov.-elect Mike DeWine — each applauded the failure of State Issue 1, a proposed constitutional amendment that would...
Ohio man indicted for killing father, staging home invasion as cover-up

Ohio man indicted for killing father, staging home invasion as cover-up

A 20-year-old man accused of killing his father and staging a home invasion to cover up the incident was indicted on four counts by the Franklin County Grand jury.  At approximately 7 a.m. June 22, police and medics were dispatched to the 7900 block of Schleppi Road on a report of shots fired. Investigators believe Jonah Bryce Lake killed his father, Dr. Kevin B. Lake, 51, then staged a home...
DeWine proposes cabinet post to focus on military issues, Wright-Patt

DeWine proposes cabinet post to focus on military issues, Wright-Patt

Mike DeWine said Wednesday that as governor he will appoint a cabinet-level official to concentrate on military installations across Ohio, specifically mentioning Wright-Patterson as a key reason for the new position. “As you know, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is a very complex place,” he said at a Wednesday press conference after winning the race for governor against Democrat Richard...
Mike DeWine to be first Dayton-area governor since James Cox

Mike DeWine to be first Dayton-area governor since James Cox

Mike DeWine will be the first Miami Valley man to serve as Ohio governor since Democrat James M. Cox held the post in 1913-15 and 1917-21. Here is a quick look at what they had in common. 1. Farms. Cox and DeWine both started out life on local farms. Cox, the youngest of seven children, was raised on Old Home Farm, his family homestead in Butler County. DeWine grew up in the Yellow Springs area and...
Is Ohio a red state? Midterms may have changed state’s status as swing state

Is Ohio a red state? Midterms may have changed state’s status as swing state

Ohio’s reputation as a moderate, purple state may be over after this year’s midterm election. The GOP saw several victories Tuesday in Ohio, including Republican Mike DeWine defeating Democrat Rich Cordray for governor and Republicans winning attorney general, treasurer, secretary of state and auditor seats. Republicans also won all Dayton region congressional and Ohio House seats. And...
Polls are open for Election Day: What you need to know

Polls are open for Election Day: What you need to know

Local voter turnout is strong so far this election.  "We've got a big turnout at all of our polling locations throughout the county," said Jan Kelly, director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. After polls close at 7:30 p.m., results might not be in as quickly as after the primary vote because there are two extra machines at each location...
Election highlights: DeWine wins, some familiar names lose, Dayton OKs marijuana issue and more

Election highlights: DeWine wins, some familiar names lose, Dayton OKs marijuana issue and more

Ohio voters picked a new governor, backed the full slate of Republicans to statewide non-judicial offices and killed Issue 1. Local voters backed the Five Rivers MetroParks levy and Dayton voters OK’d effort to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. It also was a night where some familiar faces lost their seats locally and some newcomers won. Here’s a look at some of the...
DeWine beats Cordray for governor, leads big night for Ohio Republicans

DeWine beats Cordray for governor, leads big night for Ohio Republicans

Republican Mike DeWine won Ohio’s governor race Tuesday in a big night for the GOP, which swept the down ticket executive offices – attorney general, auditor, secretary of state and treasurer – for the third consecutive statewide election cycle.  Around midnight, DeWine and his running mate, Jon Husted, and their families took the stage at the Ohio Republican Party event...
Sen. Brown wins, holds off challenge from Renacci

Sen. Brown wins, holds off challenge from Renacci

Sen. Sherrod Brown won re-election Tuesday over Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, giving the Ohio Democrat a third six-year term in the U.S. Senate and his fifth statewide victory since 1982.  CNN called the race about a half hour after the polls closed at 7:30 p.m. Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth worked to the end of the race, pointing to an internal poll showing 17 percent of voters...
Mike DeWine rallies hometown crowd on Election Eve

Mike DeWine rallies hometown crowd on Election Eve

In the latest installment of his longstanding political tradition, Mike DeWine finished his campaign for Ohio governor where he always ends his races: the dining room of Young’s Jersey Dairy packed with supporters chanting “Go, Mike! Go!” Whether Tuesday’s general election will turn out like it did in 2006, when he lost his U.S. Senate seat to Democrat Sherrod Brown, or like...
Ohio voters overwhelmingly reject Issue 1, which would decriminalize low-level drug offenders

Ohio voters overwhelmingly reject Issue 1, which would decriminalize low-level drug offenders

Ohio voters defeated State Issue 1 Tuesday 63 percent to 37 percent, according to final, unofficial results.  The proposed constitutional amendment would have changed Ohio law to keep low-level drug offenders out of prison with the goal of promoting treatment of drug addiction instead of incarceration. But opponents raised concerns about the impact removing the threat of punishment would have...
Supreme Court won’t decide if Ohio’s death penalty is constitutional

Supreme Court won’t decide if Ohio’s death penalty is constitutional

Rejecting a chance to decide whether Ohio’s death penalty law violates the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for a state court to hold a sentencing hearing for a man convicted of murder and rape in 1993 in Marion County. The justices, without comment, chose not to review an Ohio Supreme Court decision last April that the state’s death penalty is constitutional...
What happens if the Ohio governor’s race is too close to call?

What happens if the Ohio governor’s race is too close to call?

Pollsters and pundits expect the Ohio governor’s race between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray to be close. Really close. What happens if it’s too close to call on Election Night? The outcome may hinge on provisional and mailed-in absentee ballots. Ohio’s official canvass starts Nov. 17 and end Nov. 27 – unless Secretary of State Jon Husted orders an expedited...
Gov. John Kasich sees an opening for a third party run for president

Gov. John Kasich sees an opening for a third party run for president

During a national TV show today, Republican John Kasich said he sees an opening for a third party candidate to run for president and that he’s keeping his options open. On The Political View this morning, Kasich told Whoopi Goldberg: “I think for the first time there is a legitimate chance for a third party candidate because you have Republicans on the extreme and Democrats on the extreme...
Reds minor league player killed, 2 teammates injured in Dominican Republic crash

Reds minor league player killed, 2 teammates injured in Dominican Republic crash

A 19-year-old Cincinnati Reds minor league pitcher was killed and two of his teammates were injured Saturday in a crash in the Dominican Republic. Jairo Capellan was killed in the morning crash. Pitcher Raul Hernandez, 19, is in “critical but stable” condition and outfielder Emilio Garcia, 19, is “receiving treatment but is alert and conscious,” according to an update...
What do you want done about traffic safety issues in Ohio? Patrol wants to know

What do you want done about traffic safety issues in Ohio? Patrol wants to know

The State Highway Patrol in Ohio is seeking feedback about which traffic safety issues most concern people and about their interactions with the agency and perceptions of its responsibilities. The patrol says it’s collecting anonymous responses through an online public survey open to residents and non-residents. It can be accessed through the patrol’s website until Dec. 2. TAKE THE SURVEY...
Pair suing Ohio haunted house for alleged assault, simulated rape

Pair suing Ohio haunted house for alleged assault, simulated rape

An Ohio pair's lawsuit alleges they were grabbed, shoved and injured and one was subjected to a simulated rape at a haunted-house attraction where actors were suspended after complaints about such behavior. Akron Fright Fest was billed as a hands-on experience with "risque scenes" and actors getting physical. Owner Jeremy Caudill has said he was appalled at the alleged behavior that drew...
‘Orange is the New Black’ author urges yes vote on Issue 1

‘Orange is the New Black’ author urges yes vote on Issue 1

Two well-known authors are speaking out in favor of State Issue 1, the proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot that would reduce some drug possession crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. “Prisons and also jails are really ill-equipped to solve in any substantive way, problems of drug addiction,” said Piper Kerman, who authored the best-selling book, “Orange is the...
Ohio EPA issues guidelines to keep lead out of drinking water

Ohio EPA issues guidelines to keep lead out of drinking water

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency released new guidance and regulations that would change how Ohio public water systems alert residents and businesses when replacing lead service lines. New regulations require every public water system in Ohio now must notify residents or business owners 45 days before making repairs to water lines that contain lead. Water systems are also now required to provide...
Local congressional candidate’s campaign manager resigns days before vote

Local congressional candidate’s campaign manager resigns days before vote

The campaign manager for a Democratic candidate seeking a congressional seat in Warren and Hamilton counties has resigned days after Republicans officials accused one of the candidate’s workers of stealing voter data from his opponent. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Aftab Pureval says Sarah Topy resigned Tuesday based on “new information.” Pureval, a Beavercreek native, is trying...
Ohio must allow ‘purged’ voters to vote, court rules

Ohio must allow ‘purged’ voters to vote, court rules

A federal appeals court has ordered Ohio to allow voters who had been purged from the election books for not voting over a six-year period to participate in this year’s election. A divided 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Thursday granted an emergency motion sought by voting-rights groups. The ruling overturned in part an Oct. 10 ruling by a federal judge that said voters hadn&rsquo...
United Way leader alleges ‘subtle threats,’ takes leave

United Way leader alleges ‘subtle threats,’ takes leave

Days after sending an email to the United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s board of directors, its CEO is taking a leave from his job after he alleged a “hostile work environment” and receiving “subtle threats” from the board’s chair. CEO Michael Johnson, who was hired four months ago, asked the United Way Board leadership for the ability to “spend some time away...
Dayton, other Ohio cities rank in ‘Top 50 Bed Bugs’ list

Dayton, other Ohio cities rank in ‘Top 50 Bed Bugs’ list

Exterminators say Ohio is experiencing an “epidemic” of bed bugs, especially in northeastern cities. Columbus, the Cleveland-Akron-Canton metro area and Dayton are some of the worst cities for bed bugs, according to pest control company Orkin in its 2018 “Top 50 Bed Bug Cities” list. Columbus topped the list at #5, the Cleveland-Akron-Canton area came in at #14, and Dayton...
Ohio GOP says state treasurer candidate Richardson taking illegal labor money

Ohio GOP says state treasurer candidate Richardson taking illegal labor money

The Ohio Republican Party filed a complaint alleging that Democrat Rob Richardson’s campaign for state treasurer accepted more than $500,000 in contributions that were improperly funneled through affiliated labor unions in 14 states and the District of Columbia to avoid campaign finance limits. The 18-page complaint filed Tuesday with the Ohio Elections Commission alleges that Richardson for...
You can still vote early today until 2 p.m.

You can still vote early today until 2 p.m.

Election Day is tomorrow, but you can still vote early today. Your county board of elections office is open for voters today until 2 p.m. Absentee voting is running higher than in the 2014 midterm elections but voter turnout was just below 41 percent that year and Democrat Ed FitzGerald, who proved to be a flawed candidate, lost in a landslide to Republican incumbent Gov. John Kasich. This year&rsquo...
County Commissioner Dan Foley accused in TV ad of misusing authority during traffic stop

County Commissioner Dan Foley accused in TV ad of misusing authority during traffic stop

Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley, who is running for a seat in the Ohio House, is being accused in a television campaign ad of misusing his authority during a traffic stop by a Brookville police officer in June. The ad features dash-cam video of a field sobriety test administered to Foley after the car he was driving was stopped by a Brookville police officer in June. Foley, a Democrat, was...
Election Poll: Governor race close, Issue 1 support slipping, Brown leads big

Election Poll: Governor race close, Issue 1 support slipping, Brown leads big

One week before Election Day, the governor’s race is still close between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Rich Cordray, support for State Issue 1 is fading and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown appears to be cruising to a big victory, according to a new poll released Tuesday. Baldwin Wallace University Community Research Institute’s latest survey of likely voters shows DeWine at 39.4 percent...
Ohio governor candidates: Where they stand on jobs & the skills gap

Ohio governor candidates: Where they stand on jobs & the skills gap

Ohio has a four-way race for governor this year and voters will decide on Nov. 6 who will lead the state for the next four years. The candidates are Democrat Rich Cordray, former director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Republican Mike DeWine, who is Ohio attorney general; Green Party candidate and Columbus attorney, Constance Gadell-Newton and Libertarian Travis M. Irvine, a filmmaker...
Cordray, DeWine stand on opposite sides of LGBTQ issues

Cordray, DeWine stand on opposite sides of LGBTQ issues

Among the many differences between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine is over gay rights. Democrat Richard Cordray favors same-sex marriage, wants to add anti-discrimination protections to state law, and believes schools should be required to let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice. Republican Mike DeWine fought gay marriage all the to way the U.S. Supreme Court...
20 years ago today: John Glenn blasted into space aboard the Discovery

20 years ago today: John Glenn blasted into space aboard the Discovery

Twenty years ago today, Ohioan John Glenn returned to space aboard the space shuttle Discovery on a nine-day mission that marked another chapter in his storybook life. On Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn vaulted to instant international fame when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. Thirty-six years later, at age 77, he joined the Discovery team as a payload specialist and became the oldest person...
Ten LGBTQ candidates are running at state, national level in Ohio

Ten LGBTQ candidates are running at state, national level in Ohio

Ten openly LGBTQ candidates are running for the Statehouse or federal office in Ohio this year, part of a wave that is taking hold across the country, according to Andrew Reynolds, a political science professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill who studies the issue. Twenty-one candidates nationally who identify as LGBTQ are running for Congress, while 203 candidates are running for...
Governor race: Mike DeWine runs on his long experience and track record

Governor race: Mike DeWine runs on his long experience and track record

Mike DeWine is seemingly everywhere in Ohio. He stands before cameras at press conferences in the Attorney General’s office, he pops up at gruesome crime scenes wearing a BCI jacket, he welcomes supporters to his annual ice cream social at his sprawling farm in Greene County, and he shows up at high school track meets to watch his grandchildren. It’s an image carefully cultivated over...
Governor Race: What you need to know about Richard Cordray, where he stands on issues

Governor Race: What you need to know about Richard Cordray, where he stands on issues

Some politicians try hard to be cool and hip, but none of them are named Richard Cordray. In his run for governor, the Grove City Democrat is fully embracing his nerd image and capitalizing on his five time Jeopardy! champion bragging rights. His campaign rolled out a website, RichKnowsOhio.com, which weaves together Jeopardy! clips from 1987 with modern-day Cordray answering Ohio trivia. He has a...
Gov. Kasich orders flags lowered for synagogue tragedy

Gov. Kasich orders flags lowered for synagogue tragedy

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has ordered flags lowered to half-staff following a gunman’s attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 people. The governor’s announcement came after Saturday’s shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood that also injured six people, including four police officers. Kasich says “Our hearts are heavy...
Bringing more jobs to the region: Here’s how the Ohio governor candidates plan to do it

Bringing more jobs to the region: Here’s how the Ohio governor candidates plan to do it

The economy is booming for some people, but Ohio still has a serious skills gap, wages are stagnant for many workers and there are concerns the state isn’t poised to attract high-tech jobs now and into the future. Each of the candidates for governor is heavily focused on bringing good-paying jobs to Ohio and growing the jobs that are already here, though they differ on how to get there. This...
Outside groups spending  millions supporting Sen. Brown this year

Outside groups spending  millions supporting Sen. Brown this year

When Sherrod Brown ran for re-election in 2012, he had a constant refrain: outside groups were out to get him. This year, though,outside groups are either on his side or sitting out the race. Outside groups are organizations that don’t necessarily contribute directly to the campaigns, but instead spend money on TV ads and direct mail backing or opposing candidates. In the current funding cycle...
Watch: Turner, Gasper, Harlow debate issues in congressional race on WHIO-TV

Watch: Turner, Gasper, Harlow debate issues in congressional race on WHIO-TV

In their only event together this election cycle, the three candidates for Ohio’s 10th Congressional District joined News Center 7’s Jim Otte for a forum broadcast during a special Saturday afternoon airing of WHIO Reports. Incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Turner, Democrat Theresa Gasper and Libertarian David Harlow participated in the forum. The 10th Congressional District includes all...
What happens to fentanyl cases key dispute in Issue 1 debate

What happens to fentanyl cases key dispute in Issue 1 debate

One of the most confusing aspects of State Issue 1 is how people caught with large amounts of fentanyl would be handled in the court system. Issue 1 is a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot that would convert some lower-level drug felonies — felony 4 and felony 5 charges —to misdemeanors. The issue also dictates that offenders serve no prison time for the first two offenses....
Deadly shooting at Kroger near Louisville investigated as possible hate crime

Deadly shooting at Kroger near Louisville investigated as possible hate crime

The shooting at the Kroger in Jeffersontown near Louisville that left two people dead is being investigated as a  possible hate crime, a federal official said Friday, the same day the grocery reopened to customers. Gregory Alan Bush, 51, remains in the Louisville Metro Jail on charges accusing him of killing Maurice Stallard, 69, and Vickie Lee Jones, 67, Wednesday afternoon.  Bush is white...
Cincinnati Zoo files lawsuit for return of silverback gorilla, Koko’s companion

Cincinnati Zoo files lawsuit for return of silverback gorilla, Koko’s companion

The Cincinnati Zoo & Bontanical Garden is taking legal action against The Gorilla Foundation for the return of a silverback gorilla, Ndume, and the case has drawn support from PETA. The 37-year-old male was loaned in 1991 to the preserve in California’s Santa Cruz mountains to be a social companion for Koko, the gorilla famous for using sign language to communicate. Koko died in June, and zoo...
State Treasurer candidates lay out plans to protect Ohio’s money

State Treasurer candidates lay out plans to protect Ohio’s money

Republican Robert Sprague and Democrat Rob Richardson are running for state treasurer this fall to replace Treasurer Josh Mandel who is term-limited. We asked both candidates what they would do if elected. Here’s a look at their experience and their answers to our questions: Experience:  9 years on the University of Cincinnati’s Board of Trustees. 10 years as a labor attorney practicing...
Overtime pay for mid-level workers becoming key issue in governor’s race

Overtime pay for mid-level workers becoming key issue in governor’s race

In May 2016, Vice President Joe Biden dropped into Columbus to tout a federal new rule: overtime pay would be required for salaried workers who make up to $47,476 a year. The change was expected to boost the paychecks of 4.2 million Americans who work as mid-level managers in places such as big box stores, restaurants and the like. In September 2016, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine joined a lawsuit...
OSP: West Virginia women caught with 392 grams of heroin

OSP: West Virginia women caught with 392 grams of heroin

Two women from West Virginia are facing felony drug charges following a traffic stop in Hancock County. Troopers stopped a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan around 2:45 a.m. Thursday for a marked lanes violation on U.S. 68. “Criminal indicators” were observed, and a Hancock County Sheriff’s Office drug-sniffing K-9 alerted to the minivan, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Troopers...
Ohio’s governor race one of most expensive in U.S.; DeWine gives self $3M loan

Ohio’s governor race one of most expensive in U.S.; DeWine gives self $3M loan

Nearly $50 million has been spent so far in the race for Ohio governor making it one of the most expensive in the nation. Republican Mike DeWine wrote a $3 million check to his gubernatorial campaign this week — adding to the $1 million personal loan he made last year, according to campaign finance reports filed on Thursday. DeWine campaign spokesman Josh Eck said there have been no conversations...
Endangered missing adult alert canceled for Cleveland man with dementia

Endangered missing adult alert canceled for Cleveland man with dementia

The Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been canceled for the 76-year-old Cleveland man. An Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a 76-year-old Cleveland man who suffers from dementia. Ulysses Williams left his home on foot at 10 p.m. Wednesday and has not returned. He stands 5 feet 7 inches, weighs 175 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone who spots him is urged to call 911...
State Issue 1 supporters have big money advantage against opponents

State Issue 1 supporters have big money advantage against opponents

Campaign finance reports filed late today show backers of State Issue 1 are out-raising opponents by a 10 to 1 ratio. Ohioans are also deciding whether to amend the state constitution to reduce criminal penalties for drug use and possession charges. State Issue 1 calls for converting felony 4 and felony 5 drug charges into misdemeanor offenses that generally won’t carry prison time and plow...
DeWine, Ohio GOP to end bus tour in Dayton area Friday

DeWine, Ohio GOP to end bus tour in Dayton area Friday

The Republican statewide ticket, led by governor candidate Mike DeWine, is making its final push to rally GOP faithful voters with a two-day bus tour that ends in Moraine on Friday. “Twelve days from now this election will be over. My commitment from that moment will be to be governor of this state for all Ohioans, to bring people together,” DeWine said at a stop in Columbus with his wife...
Beavercreek neighbors stunned by news of ISIS-related arrest

Beavercreek neighbors stunned by news of ISIS-related arrest

Neighbors were shocked to learn that federal investigators had charged a Beavercreek teenager with trying to help an ISIS affiliated group. Naser Almadaoji, 19, was arrested at a Columbus airport on Wednesday with tickets to Kazakhstan. He planned to go from there to Afghanistan to support ISIS, according to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Benjamin Glassman. In Beavercreek on Thursday, James...
STUDY: Children more likely to wake up to mother’s voice than smoke alarm

STUDY: Children more likely to wake up to mother’s voice than smoke alarm

Ohio researchers have found a mother’s voice is more effective than a high-pitched smoke alarm to wake children. The smoke alarm sound seems powerful enough to wake even the deepest of sleepers. But a new study finds that when it comes to young children, it will not wake them right way, if at all. However, there is a sound that will wake them quickly — their mother’s voice. Dr. Gary...
2 shot dead at Kroger near Louisville, suspect is in custody, police say

2 shot dead at Kroger near Louisville, suspect is in custody, police say

UPDATE @ 8:05 p.m.: A man and woman are dead in a shooting Wednesday afternoon at a Kroger store in Jeffersontown, near Louisville, and a suspect is in custody, police said. The shooting was reported just after 3 p.m. on Taylorsville Road, near Hurstbourne Parkway, CBS affiliate WLKY-TV reported.  Police said a man entered the store, shot another man several times, then went to the parking lot...
Ohio lawmakers react to bomb packages sent to Clintons, Obamas, others

Ohio lawmakers react to bomb packages sent to Clintons, Obamas, others

Bombs and other suspicious packages targeting Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and CNN were intercepted Wednesday in a rash of attacks. A similar device was found Monday at the New York compound of liberal billionaire George Soros, a major contributor to Democratic causes. There have been no reports of suspicious packages delivered to Ohio leaders or the statehouse. Here’s what...
Ohio’s Chief Justice explains opposition to State Issue 1

Ohio’s Chief Justice explains opposition to State Issue 1

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor said Issue 1 wasn’t written by Ohioans and the state’s citizens shouldn’t be for it, either. “The proponents are very fortunate that they were able to siphon money from the likes of (Facebook CEO) Mark Zuckerberg and (billionaire) George Soros and some of the other California billionaires that are interested in social...
Mega Millions winner first $1 million ticket in Kettering mini market’s history

Mega Millions winner first $1 million ticket in Kettering mini market’s history

They may have missed out on the big prize, but someone in Kettering still had plenty of luck on their side for Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing. Bee Gee’s Minit Market in Kettering sold its first $1 million ticket in the historic Mega Millions drawing, according to an Ohio Lottery spokesperson.  “I got a phone call this morning just after 7,” said Michael Sliger, manager...
Over 300 CVS Pharmacy’s using time delay safes in Ohio

Over 300 CVS Pharmacy’s using time delay safes in Ohio

CVS Pharmacy announced today that they have begun using time delay safes in all 329 stores in Ohio, according to a release. CVS started using the safes in Dayton last year, and since then, safe robberies have dropped 50 percent. Time delay safes help deter pharmacy robberies by delaying the time it takes for employees to open it, read the release. Narcotic medications, such as oxycodone, are now also...
Gov. Kasich says automation will force Ohioans from current jobs

Gov. Kasich says automation will force Ohioans from current jobs

Gov. John Kasich predicted that emerging technologies and automation will force Ohio workers out of their current jobs but it doesn’t mean they will be jobless if they are re-trained for future in-demand jobs. “I’m a big change guy. That’s what I’m really interested in. Change. Disruption. That’s where I believe you have be to be youthful, be exciting, to have energy...
3-time killer Casey Pigge, another prisoner indicted for stabbing guard 32 times

3-time killer Casey Pigge, another prisoner indicted for stabbing guard 32 times

Three time killer Casey Pigge and a second prisoner, Greg Reinke, were indicted on multiple felony charges in Scioto County Common Pleas Court last week related to an attack that severely injured a state prison guard. Pigge and Reinke are each facing attempted aggravated murder, felonious assault, kidnapping and other charges for the Feb. 20 brutal attack on Corrections Officer Matt Mathias, who has...
State board, legislators weigh school report card changes

State board, legislators weigh school report card changes

A statewide group of education leaders this week returns to work studying changes to Ohio’s school report card, and one key legislator said some proposals could be considered in the November/December lame-duck session. Concerns with the report card include the value of the state tests it is largely based on, whether it should focus more on year-over-year growth than pure achievement scores,...
2 weeks to go: More than 1 million absentee ballots already requested in Ohio

2 weeks to go: More than 1 million absentee ballots already requested in Ohio

Two weeks ahead of Election Day, voting is in full swing in Ohio, with more than 1 million people having requested absentee ballots as of last week and more than 330,000 have been cast by mail and in person. Many of Ohio’s 8 million registered voters love the convenience of voting early, and it’ll get easier when weekend early voting opens at county boards of election beginning at 8 a...
Warren County prison guard indicted for inmate assault

Warren County prison guard indicted for inmate assault

A guard at Lebanon Correctional Institution has been indicted for felonious assault on an inmate. On Sept. 16, John B. Hinkle, 51, allegedly broke an inmate’s jaw with a strike from his baton, although the inmate posed no threat to him or anyone else at prison, Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said. MORE: Inmate faces death penalty in case of dead cellmate Hinkle was among guards responding...
Most Republican congressional seats in Ohio safe, but Dems see opportunities

Most Republican congressional seats in Ohio safe, but Dems see opportunities

For Democrats, the magic number is 23. That’s the number of U.S. House seats they need to win to regain the majority for the first time since 2010. “It won’t be easy,” concedes Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair Ben Ray Lujan. “We’re going to have to fight for every inch. For his part Rep. Steve Stivers of Upper Arlington, who chairs the National...
Ohio lottery players have new digital option for Mega Millions jackpot

Ohio lottery players have new digital option for Mega Millions jackpot

As a growing Mega Millions jackpot increases lottery fever nationwide, officials in Ohio are touting a digital lottery option that allows players to enter games on their phones. The new mobile-enabled Lottery Card, available in select grocery and retail stores statewide, including Kroger, allows Ohio consumers to enter lottery games on their phones and get notified and paid electronically if they...
What Ohio did with the feds’ $26M for addiction treatment

What Ohio did with the feds’ $26M for addiction treatment

A new study provides a window into how states like Ohio are spending the millions of dollars they received from Congress in 2017 to fight the opioid crisis. In the first year of the program, Ohio spent 72 percent of the $26 million in emergency money it received through the 21st Century Cures Act, which was distributed in grants to county addiction and mental health boards. The state received another...
WATCH: Ohio police officers free deer stuck in fence

WATCH: Ohio police officers free deer stuck in fence

Officers in Parma Heights, Ohio helped a deer that got stuck in the rails of a fence on Saturday afternoon. They posted video of the operation on their Facebook page. To keep the deer calm, officers covered up the animal’s face. It took a while, but officers were able to help guide her legs out of the fence.  Officials think the doe is OK. As she scampered away, she didn’t...
Ohio’s $10 billion investment: Where do governor candidates stand on education?

Ohio’s $10 billion investment: Where do governor candidates stand on education?

Among the striking similarities between the education plans put forward by the two major party candidates for Ohio governor this year are calls for more early childhood spending, fewer state-mandated tests and increased support for needy students. But there are differences between Democrat Rich Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine that leave voters with a clear choice over who should oversee $10 billion...
Cutting through the hype: What Issue 1 would mean in Ohio

Cutting through the hype: What Issue 1 would mean in Ohio

State Issue 1 has become so divisive it has split some otherwise like-minded groups. Recovering drug addicts are speaking out for both the Yes and No campaigns. Law enforcement groups like the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association have come out against it, while former narcotics officers are campaigning for a yes vote. Sitting judges, too, are on opposite sides of the issue. And while the major party...
Incumbent facing high school student for 85th District Statehouse seat

Incumbent facing high school student for 85th District Statehouse seat

Next month voters in Champaign, Logan and Shelby counties will have to choose whether to re-elect an incumbent Republican or a newcomer Democrat to the Ohio House’s 85th district seat. Incumbent Nino Vitale, R-rural Urbana, is squaring off against Democrat Garrett Baldwin on the Nov. 6 ballot. Vitale responded to questions for the Springfield News-Sun’s voter guide while Baldwin did not...
Attorney says she talked to woman who made claim against Sherrod Brown 

Attorney says she talked to woman who made claim against Sherrod Brown 

A Canton attorney says she has talked to a woman who alleges U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, “roughly” pushed her against a wall while making a sexual advance after he was divorced in the late 1980s. The attorney, Laura Mills, is a managing partner in the Canton law firm Mills, Mills, Fiely & Lucas.   Mills would not identify the woman and says “it did stop after...
Ohio lawmakers making another push for extending teen driver rules

Ohio lawmakers making another push for extending teen driver rules

Ohio’s teen drivers should spend more time training behind the wheel, in all seasons, before they’re granted their first license, according to safety experts and state lawmakers. The number one reason teen drivers crash is inexperience and auto accidents are the number one cause of teen fatalities, said Kimberly Schwind of AAA, who called it “epidemic” on the roadways. As part...
One case of rare, polio-like illness confirmed in Ohio 

One case of rare, polio-like illness confirmed in Ohio 

Health officials have confirmed that Ohio has one case of the rare, polio-like illness known as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), according to our media partners at WBNS-TV.  The Ohio Department of Health said their lone case was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Further details, such as the location of the confirmed case, were not released by the department.  AFM...

Ohio’s biggest public pension fund lowers expectations

The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System trustees on Wednesday voted to change its assumed rate of return on its $101.4 billion in assets — a move that may eventually impact benefits for its 1 million members and retirees. The new assumed rate of return will be 7.2 percent for OPERS pension fund and 6 percent for its health care fund, down from 7.5 percent and 6.5 percent, respectively. When...
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