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Ohio governor candidates on the issues: Medicaid

On Sept. 19, governor candidates Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray are taking part in their first debate at the University of Dayton.   The Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and WHIO Radio are the media partners for the debate. The debate will be moderated by News Center 7 anchor James Brown. Questions will be asked by Dayton Daily News Columbus Bureau reporter Laura Bischoff...
New poll shows close governor race ahead of Wednesday’s Dayton debate

New poll shows close governor race ahead of Wednesday’s Dayton debate

Heading into the first debate in the governor’s race Wednesday at the University of Dayton, the race between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine is a close one, according to a new poll. The two candidates will debate at 7 p.m. at the University of Dayton — an event hosted by the university. Cox Media Group Ohio is the media partner for the debate. “We’re really...
Ohio governor candidates on the issues: Opioid crisis

Ohio governor candidates on the issues: Opioid crisis

On Sept. 19, governor candidates Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray are taking part in their first debate at the University of Dayton. The Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and WHIO Radio are the media partners for the debate. The debate will be moderated by News Center 7 anchor James Brown. Questions will be asked by Dayton Daily News Columbus Bureau reporter Laura Bischoff, News Center...
Ohio National Guard cancels Florence recovery mission

Ohio National Guard cancels Florence recovery mission

The mission has been cancelled, according to the Ohio Army National Guard. No other information was immediately available.  Twelve soldiers with the Ohio National Guard are being deployed to assist with recovery efforts following Hurricane Florence. The soldiers, which are based in Columbus, will leave at noon from the Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base. The team will be heading to the Raleigh...
Senate votes to make it harder to ship fentanyl to U.S. by mail

Senate votes to make it harder to ship fentanyl to U.S. by mail

The U.S. Senate Monday overwhelmingly passed a mammoth bipartisan opioid bill that included a measure pushed by Sen. Rob Portman to make it harder to ship fentanyl into the U.S. through the mail system. The Ohio Republican’s STOP Act, which he has pushed since he released the results of a bipartisan investigation on fentanyl being mailed into the U.S. last June, was one provision in a bill that...
Ohio senators split on Kavanaugh allegations as Supreme Court pick in limbo

Ohio senators split on Kavanaugh allegations as Supreme Court pick in limbo

Sen. Rob Portman sharply criticized Senate Democrats Monday for waiting “until the 11th hour” to make public an accusation by a woman that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at party when both were in high school three decades ago. Portman, R-Ohio, a close friend of Kavanaugh’s and who introduced the federal appeals judge to the Senate Judiciary Committee...
Fifth Third Bank lobby, site of deadly Cincinnati shootings to reopen Monday

Fifth Third Bank lobby, site of deadly Cincinnati shootings to reopen Monday

Fifth Third Bank is reopening its Fountain Square lobby on Monday, which is the site of the deadly shootings that occurred on Sept. 6, according to our partners at WCPO-TV.  Those who work at the Fifth Third Center returned on Sept. 10, but Fifth Third employees have been directed to other entrances. Fifth Third has created a community wall outside the lobby for the public to share messages of...
ODOT: Slower drivers need to move out of left lanes

ODOT: Slower drivers need to move out of left lanes

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is promoting a new campaign to get slower drivers to move out of the left lane on Ohio highways. An ODOT spokesperson told News Center 7’s James Buechele the department got the idea from the State of Washington who posted signs saying, “Camp in the mountains not the left lane.” The State of Ohio is now putting up electronic signs...
Here is your chance to speak out about the economy

Here is your chance to speak out about the economy

The U.S. Census numbers released last week offered a grim reminder of the task facing this region. Middle-class income has recovered from the Great Recession in many parts of the country — and even parts of Ohio are seeing major growth — but this region is still lagging behind. Median household income when adjusted for inflation declined 7 percent to $47,755 in Montgomery County and 4...
Karen Pence to visit Richmond, Ind., firm to highlight its drug addiction program

Karen Pence to visit Richmond, Ind., firm to highlight its drug addiction program

Second Lady Karen Pence will travel to Richmond, Ind., Tuesday to visit Belden, Inc. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, and Kellyanne Conway, senior counsel to President Trump, will join Mrs. Pence.  The visit, which will not be open to the public, will highlight Belden’s Pathways to Employment program, which the Richmond Palladium-Item reports is an example...
Prosecutor: Cincinnati officers’ response to shooting ‘heroic’

Prosecutor: Cincinnati officers’ response to shooting ‘heroic’

The actions of Cincinnati officers responding to a deadly mass shooting at Fifth Third Bank were justified and heroic, according Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. “In this case the evidence was overwhelming that the shooting was justified,” read a statement from Deters. Per policy, the prosecutor’s office reviews all police use of force cases. On Sept. 6, 29-year-old Omar...
Marijuana operator gets go-ahead for Yellow Springs grow site

Marijuana operator gets go-ahead for Yellow Springs grow site

Cresco Labs got the go-ahead Friday from state officials to begin growing medical marijuana at its facility in Yellow Springs, the company said. The Ohio Department of Commerce signed off on the certificate of operations for the large-scale cultivation facility. Cresco plans to grow more than 30 strains of cannabis for medical marijuana patients in Ohio. Cresco Labs, which is based in Chicago, built...
Ohio governor debate in Dayton: How to watch, listen, follow

Ohio governor debate in Dayton: How to watch, listen, follow

The first governor debate of 2018 will be Wednesday night at the University of Dayton. WHIO-TV, Dayton Daily News and WHIO Radio are the media partners for the debate and have it covered for you from all angles. The governor race between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray is a dead-heat in the polls, one of the closest in the nation and expected to be one of the most expensive. Here&rsquo...
Endangered Missing Adult Alert issued for northern Ohio man, 70

Endangered Missing Adult Alert issued for northern Ohio man, 70

An Endangered Missing Adult Alert continues for a 70-year-old northern Ohio man last seen leaving his Cleveland home on foot about 2:45 p.m. William Santiago, who is white, is described as 6 foot 1, 175 pounds with gray hair and brown eyes. He suffers from dementia and is in need of medication.  He was last seen wearing black sweatpants, a gray long-sleeve shirt and a red sweatshirt, according...
Body found in Lancaster during drone flyover

Body found in Lancaster during drone flyover

A drone flyover led to the discovery of a body Thursday in a soybean field in the area where a woman has been missing. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was flying the drone performing 3D mapping of the area around the field before a planned search for the missing woman. However, Lancaster police did not confirm whether the body found was that of 66-year-old Theresa Marie Shook, who was last...
Libertarians threaten legal action to get into governor debates

Libertarians threaten legal action to get into governor debates

The Libertarian Party of Ohio is threatening to take legal action against organizers of gubernatorial debates that exclude Libertarian Travis Irvine and Green Party candidate Constance Gadell-Newton. Related: Dayton to host first governor debate at UD Attorneys for the LPO sent complaints this week to the University of Dayton, Cleveland State University, Marietta College, the Ohio Debate Commission...
Ohio governor race a dead heat, new poll says

Ohio governor race a dead heat, new poll says

The race for governor in Ohio is tied, according to a new poll out by POLITICO/AARP. Republican Mike DeWine is at 39 percent and Democrat Richard Cordray is at 38 percent in the poll with 23 percent undecided. The poll of 1,592 registered voters was conducted Sept. 2-11. Questions: What questions do you have for the governor candidates? Send them to us on our Ohio Politics Facebook page or email...
Cincinnati archdiocese spokesman apologizes for remarks in newspaper’s sex abuse investigation

Cincinnati archdiocese spokesman apologizes for remarks in newspaper’s sex abuse investigation

An Archdiocese of Cincinnati spokesman has apologized for “very unfortunate language” he used to explain the local church’s decision to not release the names of dead priests accused of sexual abuse for the first time. In a MyDaytonDailyNews.com report Sunday revealing child sex abuse allegations against seven dead, unnamed priests over fiscal year 2018, spokesman Mike Schafer...
Cincinnati Shooting: Police release extended body camera footage

Cincinnati Shooting: Police release extended body camera footage

Extended body camera footage showing Cincinnati police respond to a deadly shooting at the Fountain Square Fifth Third Bank Sept. 6 has been released. Cincinnati police posted approximately 13 minutes of body camera on their Facebook page. The footage shows police pulling up to the scene and getting into place before shooting through Fifth Third’s front windows and entering the building...
U.S. Senate OK’s $61M for NASIC expansion at Wright-Patterson AFB

U.S. Senate OK’s $61M for NASIC expansion at Wright-Patterson AFB

The U.S. Senate late Wednesday passed a $147 billion spending package that included $61 million to upgrade Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s National Air and Space Intelligence Center, part of one of three spending packages before Congress aimed at preventing a shutdown when the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. The money, which Sen. Sherrod Brown said will be the largest ever investment into NASIC...
Governor candidate Cordray wants to reduce standardized tests in Ohio schools

Governor candidate Cordray wants to reduce standardized tests in Ohio schools

Democrat Richard Cordray wants to chop back on standardized testing, add on-site school health services and put for-profit charter schools out of business. Cordray and his runningmate Betty Sutton unveiled their K-12 education plan at a press conference in Columbus on Wednesday. Classrooms are over-regulated and students face too many mandatory standardized tests, he argued. “There is so much...
Republicans show signs of giving up on Ohio Senate race; Renacci camp says that’s ‘ridiculous’

Republicans show signs of giving up on Ohio Senate race; Renacci camp says that’s ‘ridiculous’

National Republicans and political analysts are increasingly signaling that they do not consider the Senate race between Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci to be a top priority in the 2018 race to keep the Senate in GOP hands. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, speaking to reporters this week, listed races in Arizona, Nevada, Tennessee, Montana, North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana...
Ohio governor candidates on the issues: Guns and school safety

Ohio governor candidates on the issues: Guns and school safety

On Sept. 19, governor candidates Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray are taking part in their first debate at the University of Dayton. The Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and WHIO Radio are the media partners for the debate. The debate will be moderated by News Center 7 anchor James Brown. Questions will be asked by Dayton Daily News Columbus Bureau reporter Laura Bischoff, News Center...
Moderator, panelists chosen for first governor debate at UD

Moderator, panelists chosen for first governor debate at UD

The moderator and questioners are set for the Sept. 19 governor debate at the University of Dayton. News Center 7 anchor James Brown will moderate the first debate between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray. The hour-long debate will be 7 p.m. at the University of Dayton. Cox Media Group Ohio will broadcast it live on WHIO-TV and WHIO Radio and stream it live on its websites, ...
2 Cleveland children found safe after Amber Alert, mother in custody

2 Cleveland children found safe after Amber Alert, mother in custody

A statewide Amber Alert, issued for two abducted children from the Cleveland-area, has been canceled, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.  The two children, Armani Kelley, 7, and Anijah Kelley, 4 were found safe. The suspect in the Amber Alert, Arriel Bryant, the mother of both children, was taken into custody, officials said.  A statewide Amber Alert has been issued for...
Cincinnati Shooting: Woman shot 12 times is released from the hospital

Cincinnati Shooting: Woman shot 12 times is released from the hospital

Both survivors of the Cincinnati shooting last week are now out of the hospital. Whitney Austin of Louisville, Kentucky, was discharged today from University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Austin was shot 12 times in the shooting rampage Thursday at the Fifth Third Center at Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati that killed three other victims. Austin, a Fifth Third Bank VP based in Louisville...
What is State Issue 1 on the Ohio ballot this fall?

What is State Issue 1 on the Ohio ballot this fall?

Ohio voters this fall will decide State Issue 1, a proposed constitutional amendment that is being bankrolled by billionaires including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, Nicholas and Susan Pritzker of San Francisco and George Soros’ Open Society Policy Center. The Yes on Issue 1 campaign received $4.5 million of the $4.8 million from out of state sources, according...
Dayton man pleads not guilty in charges after fatal dog mauling

Dayton man pleads not guilty in charges after fatal dog mauling

The Dayton man who allegedly owned the dog that mauled Maurice Brown to death in April 2017 pleaded not guilty on Monday. Anthony Austin, 28, pleaded not guilty in Dayton Municipal Court to one count of control of dogs, a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Austin had a pretrial hearing set for Sept. 25 that the judge said likely would be continued when...
Wright State student picked for statewide military education council

Wright State student picked for statewide military education council

A graduate student at Wright State University has been selected to serve on a state military education council. Erin Lunday has been appointed to the State Council on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, which hears cases for the Military Interstate Children’s Compact, according to WSU. The compact works with schools in the U.S. and other countries to ensure the records of military...
Record-breaking weekend: Heavy rain and cool temperatures

Record-breaking weekend: Heavy rain and cool temperatures

The remnants of Gordon produced heavy rain across the Miami Valley. Most spots Friday through Sunday received anywhere from 3 to 7 inches of rain!  In Dayton, the airport received 2.7 inches of rain on Saturday. This smashed the old daily rainfall record of .92 inches from 2007. The clouds and rain helped to prevent a warm-up on Sunday too. The Dayton International Airport never climbed above...
Dayton-Wright Bros. Airport projects continue despite state denial of $1M funding request

Dayton-Wright Bros. Airport projects continue despite state denial of $1M funding request

A new taxiway at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport will have to wait, as the state has rejected a request for $1 million to start the project. But work to improve safety near that aircraft routing path at the 527-acre general aviation facility in Miami Twp. is expected to start this fall, said Terry Slaybaugh, director of aviation for the city of Dayton, which oversees the site. Airport officials sought...
Funding tweaks, online school changes part of DeWine education plan

Funding tweaks, online school changes part of DeWine education plan

Mike DeWine on Friday discussed his 17-point education plan as part of his campaign for governor, focusing on issues of less testing, more career tech options, better technology and improved college affordability. DeWine’s plan calls for more equity in school funding, to direct state resources toward children in need. He said history shows that poor kids need more resources. In Ohio, a governor...
Ohio’s Senate race: Where do Brown and Renacci stand on foreign, national security issues?

Ohio’s Senate race: Where do Brown and Renacci stand on foreign, national security issues?

Sen. Sherrod Brown and Republican challenger Jim Renacci do not have the same stark differences on foreign policy they have on taxes and health care, but Renacci is far more willing to support President Donald Trump’s international approach. Although Brown has taken a more visible role in pushing for economic sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, neither he nor Renacci seem comfortable...
Fifth Third VP Whitney Austin describes horror of Cincinnati shooting

Fifth Third VP Whitney Austin describes horror of Cincinnati shooting

Fifth Third Bank vice president Whitney Austin, who was shot 12 times Thursday at the bank’s Fountain Square location in downtown Cincinnati, is describing the horror of that day, our partners at WCPO report. Sitting up in her hospital room at University of Cincinnati Medical Center massaging her left hand after close to seven hours of surgery, Austin says she’s focused on gratitude, but...
Senate to vote on opioid crisis package this week

Senate to vote on opioid crisis package this week

In an effort to fight the ongoing opioid epidemic, lawmakers in both Columbus and Washington, D.C., have been pushing dozens of bills that could impact prevention and treatment efforts in the Dayton region. Both houses of Congress have worked in recent months to combine bills into bipartisan packages of legislation that include everything from interdiction efforts at the nation’s borders to...
REPORT: Another victim of 2017 state fair Fire Ball ride accident has died

REPORT: Another victim of 2017 state fair Fire Ball ride accident has died

Another victim of the 2017 Fire Ball ride accident on the first day of the Ohio State Fair has died, Columbus media are reporting.  Jennifer Lambert, 19, who suffered a brain injury, died just after 8 p.m. Friday, according to WBNS-TV (10TV.com), which also reported she was last at a long-term care facility in Geneva.  The TV station cited Lambert's attorney, James Arnold.  The Columbus...
Amber Alert canceled for 9-year-old boy abducted from Lewis Center, Ohio

Amber Alert canceled for 9-year-old boy abducted from Lewis Center, Ohio

The Amber Alert has been canceled.  An Amber Alert has been issued for a 9-year-old boy last seen Sept. 1. Eli Opembe is a black male with black hair and brown eyes who stands 4 feet, 10 inches and weighs 85 pounds. He is believed to be with his non-custodial mother, Verona Thomas, described as a 38-year-old black woman who stands 5 feet 10 inches and has black hair and brown eyes. They may be...
Cincinnati remembers shooting victims, honors police for swift action

Cincinnati remembers shooting victims, honors police for swift action

Vanessa Roth drove from Lawrence, Ky., to Cincinnati’s Fountain Square on Friday to show respect for the victims of Thursday’s mass shooting and to express support for the police officers who shot and killed the attacker. “It gave me chills that they were there within seconds,” Roth said. “It’s just an awesome feeling how good that the police are around here.&rdquo...
DeWine files suit for ECOT overpayments as political battle rages

DeWine files suit for ECOT overpayments as political battle rages

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Tuesday filed a “complaint for recovery of public funds” against individuals and companies tied to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT). ECOT was Ohio’s largest online charter school before state probes showed the school’s enrollment was inflated, leading to improper funding. The school, founded by William Lager in 2000, closed in...
Cincinnati shooting victim: I’m thinking about how I can make a difference

Cincinnati shooting victim: I’m thinking about how I can make a difference

A Fifth Third employee who was shot by a man who opened fire in a downtown Cincinnati building Thursday is speaking out about the attack and the support she and her family have received.  Omar Santa-Perez killed three people in the Fifth Third Center on Fountain Square and wounded two others before Cincinnati police shot and killed him.  >> Body camera, surveillance footage shows...
Dayton to host first governor debate at UD

Dayton to host first governor debate at UD

The University of Dayton will host the first of three debates between gubernatorial candidates Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray, the campaigns announced on Friday. The hour-long debate will be 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at the University of Dayton. Cox Media Group Ohio will broadcast it live on WHIO-TV and WHIO Radio and stream it live on its websites, WHIO.com and DaytonDailyNews...
Cincinnati Shooting: Fountain Square vigil for victims ‘a good healing moment’

Cincinnati Shooting: Fountain Square vigil for victims ‘a good healing moment’

UPDATE @ 5:45 p.m.: The vigil on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati was “a good healing moment for the entire city to come together,” said Courtney True-Smith, who works in the Huntington Center across the street from the square. “Even seeing people bring their children, that new life, that young life, just shows how strong and resilient our city is,” she said. True-Smith...
Missing 80-year-old Trumbull County man found Friday in woods near his home

Missing 80-year-old Trumbull County man found Friday in woods near his home

An alert is canceled after an 80-year-old Trumbull County man was found this afternoon in woods near his home. Robert Yekich had been missing since 1 p.m. Wednesday, but it was not clear whether he had been in the woods the entire time, CBS affiliate WKBN-TV in Youngstown reported. He was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. An 80-year-old Trumbull County man is the subject of a statewide Endangered...
Cincinnati shooting: Mayor says violence ‘should frighten us all.’

Cincinnati shooting: Mayor says violence ‘should frighten us all.’

A gunman wearing a business suit opened fire in the heart of a well-known downtown Cincinnati area Thursday, killing three people and wounding two others before police confronted and killed him. The attack that started about 9:10 a.m. sent thousands of people in the Fountain Square area scrambling away or hiding inside their buildings. “I made it out to see my kids, to see another day,&rdquo...
Court documents: Cincinnati shooter Omar Perez said he was being watched

Court documents: Cincinnati shooter Omar Perez said he was being watched

Cincinnati police named Omar Santa-Perez as the man responsible for the deadly shooting in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday morning.  A plaintiff named Omar Santa-Perez, whose listed North Bend, Ohio, address in court documents is the same searched by police on Thursday, filed two lawsuits in 2017 and 2018 claiming that large organizations “maintained electronic watch” or made &ldquo...
DeWine, Cordray race dead heat in new poll; DeWine ahead in money raised

DeWine, Cordray race dead heat in new poll; DeWine ahead in money raised

Ohio’s campaign season about to get loud, pricey and competitive. With early voting set to start in about a month, the campaigns and their allies have already been airing ads on TV, online and radio and booked time for more spots in the coming weeks. Borrell Associates says the governor race between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine will cost $28.7 million before it’s...
Fountain Square businesses to reopen Friday after shooting in heart of Cincinnati

Fountain Square businesses to reopen Friday after shooting in heart of Cincinnati

Fountain Square — the heart of Cincinnati’s downtown — remains closed to pedestrians as police continue to investigate a shooting that left four dead, including the shooter, and injured several others. A number of businesses on Fountain Square, including Graeter’s Ice Cream and Rock Bottom Brewery, are closed today, according to Tricia Suit, vice president of marketing...
Cincinnati shooting: The latest on what we know now

Cincinnati shooting: The latest on what we know now

WHAT HAPPENED: Cincinnati police received a call at 9:10 a.m. about a shooting in the Fifth Third Bank Center lobby, 511 Walnut St., on Fountain Square.  The shooter, armed with enough ammunition to kill 30 to 40 people, reportedly was dressed in a business suit and carried a backpack as he entered through the building's loading dock, according to police.  Four officers responded within...
Blood donors needed: How to help after Cincinnati shooting

Blood donors needed: How to help after Cincinnati shooting

Hoxworth Blood Center is encouraging people to donate blood after a shooting in downtown Cincinnati left four people, including the shooter, dead and several injured. “More blood donors are needed to assure an adequate supply for all community needs,” Hoxworth posted on Twitter. Hoxworth said it is “providing blood to meet current patient needs from the Sept. 6 Downtown shooting...
Deadly Cincinnati shooting: What we know now

Deadly Cincinnati shooting: What we know now

A fatal mass shooting at Cincinnati’s Fifth Third Bank headquarters at Fountain Square is under investigation. Here’s a look at what we know now: Four people are dead, including the shooter, according to Cincinnati police. Two other victims are in the hospital, according to police. Chief Eliot Isaac said the gunfire started around 9:10 this morning when the shooter came into the Fifth...
Fifth Third Bank reacts to Cincinnati shooting

Fifth Third Bank reacts to Cincinnati shooting

A shooting in Cincinnati at the Fifth Third Bank headquarters Thursday, has killed four people including the suspect.  Fifth Third Bank has issued a statement offering condolences and stating that the situation is contained.  Their full statement is listed below: 
Ohio leaders react to the deadly shooting in Cincinnati

Ohio leaders react to the deadly shooting in Cincinnati

Four people are dead, including the gunman, after a shooting in the middle of downtown Cincinnati Thursday. The shooting happened at the headquarters for Fifth Third Bank near Fountain Square. Here’s what leaders and officials from around the state said about the incident Thursday:
Cincinnati Shooting: Police remove computer, bags, car from apartment of suspected shooter

Cincinnati Shooting: Police remove computer, bags, car from apartment of suspected shooter

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac identified the Cincinnati shooter as Omar Santa Perez, 29. Neighbors described Perez as unfriendly, a person that kept his distance, and had become more unfriendly in recent months. Police have cleared the scene of the North Bend apartment complex believed to be the home of the suspected Cincinnati shooter. Police investigators took a computer and several brown...
Study: Many CEOs of Ohio’s largest companies make 200 times more than staff

Study: Many CEOs of Ohio’s largest companies make 200 times more than staff

Data covering nearly half of Ohio’s biggest companies show that their chief executives are making more than 200 times what their “typical” workers earn in a year, according to a just released study. According to a report from the labor-focused Policy Matters Ohio think tank, 44 of Ohio’s 100 largest employers show their CEOs usually make more than 200 times what their companies&rsquo...
Ohio’s expected $28.7M governor race to be one of most expensive in U.S.

Ohio’s expected $28.7M governor race to be one of most expensive in U.S.

Ohio, get ready for the deluge. A research and consulting firm that tracks political advertising predicts that political spending in the state will hit $240.39 million this cycle, with the bulk of that going into the hotly contested race for governor. Borrell Associates, based in Williamsburg, Va., predicts that the cost of the race between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine will...
Cincinnati Shooting: No apparent cause or motive, police chief says

Cincinnati Shooting: No apparent cause or motive, police chief says

The latest in the deadly Cincinnati shooting that occurred at the Fifth Third Center on Fountain Square:  • WHAT HAPPENED: Police received a call at 9:11 a.m. about an active shooter in the Fifth Third Bank Center lobby, 511 Walnut St., on Fountain Square. • THE VICTIMS: Pruthvi Raj Kendepi, 25; Luis Felipe Calderon, 48; and Richard Newcomer, 64, were killed. One of the two people...
Endangered Missing Adult alert canceled for 87-year-old Delaware County woman

Endangered Missing Adult alert canceled for 87-year-old Delaware County woman

The Endangered Missing Adult alert for 87-year-old Donna Fisher has been canceled. Fisher was found safe and is being reunited with her family.  An Endangered Missing Adult alert has been issued by the Westerville Police Department for an 87-year-old Delaware County woman. Donna Fisher was last seen on Wyndham Park North in the city of Westerville Wednesday at 3:20 p.m. in a silver 2014 Honda...
Second Ohio infant dies in hot car; 41st such death in U.S. this year

Second Ohio infant dies in hot car; 41st such death in U.S. this year

A 1-month-old boy died in a hot car Tuesday in Zanesville. The newborn was found in a car at an apartment complex, according to Kids And Cars Inc. It is unclear how the boy ended up in the vehicle. This infant is the second Ohio child to die in a hot car this year. On July 14, a 6-month-old girl died in a hot car in Medina. Since 1994, Ohio has had 21 hot car deaths, according to the organization...
How to register to vote in Ohio -- deadline is Oct. 9

How to register to vote in Ohio -- deadline is Oct. 9

The ads have started, campaigns are heating up and we are getting closer to the November election. Ohio voters will be choosing a new governor, statewide leaders, members of Congress and the General Assembly as well as county offices. There is also a state issue on the ballot as well as hundreds of tax levies and school issues. You have until Oct. 9 to register to vote. You can register to vote online...
Chief: Cincinnati officer who used Taser on 11-year-old violated department policies

Chief: Cincinnati officer who used Taser on 11-year-old violated department policies

An internal use of force review found that the police officer who stunned an 11-year-old girl accused of shoplifting violated several Cincinnati Police Department rules in the incident, according to our partners at WCPO-TV. Officer Kevin Brown was working an off-duty security detail at Kroger last month when he used a Taser on an 11-year-old girl who was accused of shoplifting. Police Chief Eliot...
Lucasville riot leader appeals case sealed by high court

Lucasville riot leader appeals case sealed by high court

The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to seal records involving a post-conviction death penalty appeal brought by inmate James Were, who was convicted of murdering Corrections Officer Robert Vallandingham in the Lucasville riots 25 years ago. Because the case files are now sealed it is difficult to determine why the court decided to close off access. In April 1993, a group of prisoners took over...
Endangered Missing Adult Alert canceled after Ohio man found safe

Endangered Missing Adult Alert canceled after Ohio man found safe

Phillip Placko, 72, has been found safe Wednesday morning, according to the Youngstown Police Department Information Desk. An Endangered Missing Adult Alert was issued after Placko went missing Tuesday around 9 p.m. An Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a 72-year-old northern Ohio man who has not been seen since he left his residence just before 9 tonight.  Phillip Placko...
Logan Co. working to improve community health and well-being

Logan Co. working to improve community health and well-being

Logan County is working to improve community health, safety and well-being. They have completed a new assessment to better understand current challenges facing the residents, according to a release. This Community Health Risk and Needs Assessment is now available at www.loganhealth.org. In October, a new Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) will be completed. CHIP provides strategies and...

Old issues emerge in Ohio governor race

This isn’t 2010, but you might think so if you’re following this year’s contest for Ohio governor. Eight years ago — when the same two candidates were running in the attorney general’s race — Republican Mike DeWine hammered incumbent Democrat Richard Cordray over how long it took to process DNA evidence in the state-run crime labs. DeWine’s attacks were played...
Former West Carrollton leader helped guide Ohio mayors, active in VFW auxiliary

Former West Carrollton leader helped guide Ohio mayors, active in VFW auxiliary

Former West Carrollton Mayor Maxine Gilman, a longtime city leader, died last week. She was 85 She served as mayor and councilwoman for more than 30 years and was last elected to West Carrollton’s top legislative post in 2003. Gilman was a past president of the Ohio Mayors Association, the Ohio Municipal League, and the Montgomery & Greene County Mayors & Managers Association, according to her...
Local Ohio State band alum will dot the ‘i’ again — 30 years later

Local Ohio State band alum will dot the ‘i’ again — 30 years later

Darren Montgomery said he quit playing trumpet his last year at West Carrollton High School for one reason. “My senior year I switched to tuba so I could go to Ohio State and dot the ‘i’ in Script Ohio,” the 52-year-old Miami Twp. native said. Montgomery achieved that goal as an OSU senior in 1988. This month, the Miamisburg resident will get to do again with the Ohio State...
Help Champaign Co. Sheriff’s identify burglary offense suspect

Help Champaign Co. Sheriff’s identify burglary offense suspect

The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s helping in identifying a suspect. The suspect is believed to have been involved in a burglary offense. In the picture, he is seen riding past a surveillance camera at the time of the offense. If anyone has any information on the suspect, call 937-484-6091.
1 person in custody, production to resume at Honda Marysville plant

1 person in custody, production to resume at Honda Marysville plant

One person is in custody tonight after a “situation” inside the Honda plant in Marysville. A Honda representative said the incident involved a distraught contract worker and that it began around 3:30 p.m. That worker is the person taken into custody, the Honda spokesperson told our news partner 10tv.com WBNS in Columbus. The incident led Honda to temporarily suspect production, which...
First local site gets license to process medical marijuana

First local site gets license to process medical marijuana

An Enon-based business won a medical marijuana processor’s license from the state Department of Commerce on Friday. Purpose Leaf LLC, on Dayton-Springfield Road south of Interstate 70, is the tenth processor to receive a state license. It is the first approved processor license in the Dayton-Springfield region. Processors take the harvested plant material and turn it into products such as oils...
Dayton Mayor Whaley behind plan for cabinet-level office to address opioid epidemic

Dayton Mayor Whaley behind plan for cabinet-level office to address opioid epidemic

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley joined mayors from several other Ohio cities Thursday in Columbus to support a bill that would create a cabinet-level Office of Drug Policy. The legislation, being introduced in the lame-duck session by state Rep. Richard Brown, D-Canal Winchester, is modeled after suggestions from the bipartisan Ohio Mayor’s Alliance of ways in which state and local communities could...
Statewide Endangered Missing Adult Alert canceled for northern Ohio couple 

Statewide Endangered Missing Adult Alert canceled for northern Ohio couple 

UPDATE @ 5 a.m: The Endangered Missing Adult Alert issued for a couple out of Cuyahoga County has been canceled. Nathaniel and Sarah Wilder were found safely, according to a release by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.  A statewide Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a Cuyahoga County couple by the University Heights Police Department. Nathaniel and Sarah Wilder, 89 and...
Heroin-fentanyl mix caused apparent ODs at Ross Correctional Institution

Heroin-fentanyl mix caused apparent ODs at Ross Correctional Institution

UPDATE @ 11:10 p.m.: A mixture of heroin and fentanyl has been identified by the Ohio State Highway Patrol as the substance that caused an apparent overdose of one inmate and required medical attention for 27 staff members at the Ross Correctional Institution (RCI) in Chillicothe on Wednesday morning. Approximately 31 inmates not affected were removed from the cell block and relocated inside the facility...
Ohio House records provide details on ex-Speaker Rosenberger’s trips, messages

Ohio House records provide details on ex-Speaker Rosenberger’s trips, messages

Former Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger sent himself notes with reminders about key dates, books to read and pithy quotes he might want to roll out from time to time, according to a 55-page document included in a trove of records released Monday. Just after midnight on May 22, 2016, the Clarksville Republican sent himself note: “How do you win a campaign? Don’t lose.” That same...
Ex-Ohio Speaker Rosenberger traveled 111 days in 2017, email shows

Ex-Ohio Speaker Rosenberger traveled 111 days in 2017, email shows

Starting when he became speaker of the Ohio House in 2015, Republican Cliff Rosenberger hit the road, taking so many trips that at times his staff was uncertain of his whereabouts, according to documents released Monday. An email from Rosenberger’s office director Alyssa Sarko sent in May 2018 to Ohio House Chief Legal Counsel Mike Lenzo lists 50 trips, including five that had question marks...
Former Ohio House speaker: Who is Cliff Rosenberger?

Former Ohio House speaker: Who is Cliff Rosenberger?

Who is Cliff Rosenberger? He is the former Ohio House speaker who resigned in April 2018 after disclosing to this newspaper that he was facing a federal investigation. What are the feds investigating? The FBI has not confirmed it is investigating Rosenberger but agents raided his Clarksville home and Wilmington storage space on May 23 and House officials have turned over documents to federal authorities...
Ohio officials cautious about Trump move on NAFTA

Ohio officials cautious about Trump move on NAFTA

Ohio officials reacted with cautious optimism to a White House announcement of a tentative agreement with Mexico to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement, with longtime NAFTA critic Sen. Sherrod Brown calling an “important step forward.” The new accord, which does not yet include Canada, is designed to modernize the two-decade old pact which swept away scores of tariffs among...
FBI investigation: List released of items removed from ex-House Speaker Rosenberger’s office 

FBI investigation: List released of items removed from ex-House Speaker Rosenberger’s office 

During his time as Ohio House speaker, Republican Cliff Rosenberger amassed — and eventually carted off — a huge haul of memorabilia, according to a 53-page inventory obtained by this newspaper. The catalog, provided to the FBI and news media outlets, lists everything removed from Rosenberger’s state offices on May 11, a month after his resignation took effect. The inventory demonstrates...
Ohio House Speaker scandal: How it developed

Ohio House Speaker scandal: How it developed

Federal authorities are trying to build a public corruption case against former Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger and three payday lending industry representatives, according to a search warrant and subpoena obtained exclusively by this newspaper. Here’s a look the life and career of Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and how this case developed: April 23, 1981: Born to mother Son Ye and...
Search warrant shows roadmap of investigation against former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger

Search warrant shows roadmap of investigation against former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger

Federal authorities are trying to build a public corruption case against former Ohio House speaker Cliff Rosenberger and three payday lending industry representatives, according to a search warrant and subpoena obtained exclusively by this newspaper. The search and seizure warrant sent to the Ohio House on May 22 lists three boxes and a thumb drive, which federal prosecutors believed contain evidence...
Missing adult alert issued for 37-year-old Cincinnati man

Missing adult alert issued for 37-year-old Cincinnati man

A missing adult alert has been issued by the Cincinnati Police Department for a 37-year-old man. Police say Ronald Eugene Turner was last seen Aug. 24 around 8:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Vine Street on foot in the Over-the-Rhine area. Turner in 5 feet 10, 200 pounds, and has brown eyes and black hair. He is good physical and mental health, but takes medication daily for a medical condition. Anyone...
Ohio’s aging prison population is adding costs for their care

Ohio’s aging prison population is adding costs for their care

Tough-on-crime sentencing laws helped keep criminals like Arthur Schnipper Jr. behind bars for long periods, but as Ohio’s prison population gets older, the state is getting a taste of how expensive caring for frail inmates can be. Ohio earmarked $150 million as part of a master plan that will add 290 medical beds to the Franklin Medical Center — an acute and long-term care prison hospital...
John McCain: Ohio leaders react to death of U.S. Senator

John McCain: Ohio leaders react to death of U.S. Senator

Democrats and Republicans alike hailed Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona as an American patriot, with Sen. Sherrod Brown calling him an “American hero” and GOP gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine saying “our nation is better off because of his service.” DeWine, who served in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate with McCain, said “John never stopped giving back to the country...
Ohio State’s Urban Meyer apologizes, says he takes ‘relationship violence’ seriously

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer apologizes, says he takes ‘relationship violence’ seriously

Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer released a statement of apology Friday evening, two days after his three-game suspension. Meyer’s apology said he takes relationship violence seriously, and said it’s been “a real learning experience.” Ohio State announced Wednesday that Meyer will be suspended for the first three games of the season after an independent investigation...
Trump, in Columbus, fires up base with attacks on Dems

Trump, in Columbus, fires up base with attacks on Dems

Just days after his former campaign chairman was convicted and his former lawyer pleaded guilty, President Donald Trump returned to Ohio to rally the Republican Party faithful for the statewide ticket in the 2018 midterm elections. In a speech that ran nearly an hour, Trump served up red meat attacks on Democrats Richard Cordray, Sherrod Brown and those who want to eliminate the Immigration Customs...
Republican declared winner in Ohio congressional race

Republican declared winner in Ohio congressional race

Ohio’s 12th congressional district – which drew national attention during a special election earlier this month – will remain in Republican hands for at least the next three months. Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor conceded the race to Ohio Sen. Troy Balderson of Zanesville Friday, maintaining the Republicans’ generations-long hold on the seat. With all provisional...
Protecting your privacy: State may start using blockchain technology

Protecting your privacy: State may start using blockchain technology

Get ready to hear more about the wonders of blockchain technology as Ohio’s business and political leaders push it as a tool to improve cyber security as well as efficiency in government and business. State legislative, business and university leaders held a press conference Thursday to explain blockchain and its potential in Ohio. Blockchain uses math to allow computers to talk to one another...
Woman shot, killed in Columbus after stabbing undercover officer has been identified

Woman shot, killed in Columbus after stabbing undercover officer has been identified

The woman who stabbed an undercover officer Aug. 23 in west Columbus has been identified. Donna G. Castleberry, 23, was taken to Grant Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, according to our news partner WBNS-TV in Columbus. The officer was also taken to Grant Medical Center where he underwent surgery and remains in stable condition. His wound was so severe, another officer used a tourniquet...
Endangered Missing Adult Alert issued for Franklin County man, 67

Endangered Missing Adult Alert issued for Franklin County man, 67

Columbus police issued an endangered missing adult alert for a 67-year-old man who was last seen leaving his residence earlier Wednesday night. Lonnie Estep, 5-foot-4 and 270 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black Ohio State University T-shirt, blue jeans and black shoes. Estep left his residence at 7:30 p.m. in a dark blue 2010 Chevrolet Malibu and has not returned...
Endangered Missing Adult Alert canceled for Franklin County woman

Endangered Missing Adult Alert canceled for Franklin County woman

The Endangered Missing Adult alert issued for 86-year-old Mary Groves has been canceled.  Groves was located safely.  FIRST REPORT: The Whitehall Police Department has issued an Endangered Missing Adult alert for an 86-year-old woman out of Franklin County. Mary Groves was last seen leaving her Erickson Avenue residence Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. in a white 2000 Honda Civic, Ohio plate EJF8494...
Explosion, injuries reported at Liberty Casting in central Ohio

Explosion, injuries reported at Liberty Casting in central Ohio

Five workers were reported injured in an explosion reported at 10:10 p.m. Tuesday at Liberty Casting in Delaware, Ohio. Delaware Fire Chief John L. Donohue told our media partner 10TV.com in Columbus when firefighters arrived, workers from the plant said five people were hurt but that the fire was out. Four people were taken to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, including one person...
Kasich skipping Ohio GOP dinner Friday where Trump is headliner

Kasich skipping Ohio GOP dinner Friday where Trump is headliner

While President Trump addresses the Ohio GOP faithful on Friday, Gov. John Kasich has other plans — spending time with one of his daughters before she moves to college — and he insisted that he is not bothered by recent attacks against him by the president or by RNC Co-Chairman Bob Paduchik. Kasich, who appears to be considering a run for president in 2020, is a vocal critic of Trump....
Lt. governor candidate stops in West Chester Twp. to promote DeWine jobs plan

Lt. governor candidate stops in West Chester Twp. to promote DeWine jobs plan

Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Jon Husted said the way Ohio creates economic prosperity is with a little math. Husted was in West Chester Twp. Tuesday morning at a gubernatorial campaign stop at Republic Wire Inc., touting the DeWine-Husted jobs plan dubbed the Prosperity Plan. “The main components of our Prosperity Plan is a formula — innovation plus investment plus talent multiplied by...
Gov. John Kasich weighs in on OSU Coach Urban Meyer controversy

Gov. John Kasich weighs in on OSU Coach Urban Meyer controversy

Gov. John Kasich, an Ohio State University alumnus, said he isn’t sure what the university president and trustees will decide on Head Football Coach Urban Meyer but “I hope he is going to be fine.” “So, I hope this will all be resolved. I hope that he’s going to be in a position where he can — this has been difficult, I’m sure, for he and his family &mdash...
Ohio sues e-school founder, leaders in bid to recoup funding

Ohio sues e-school founder, leaders in bid to recoup funding

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Tuesday filed a “complaint for recovery of public funds” against individuals and companies tied to the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT). ECOT was Ohio’s largest online charter school before state probes showed the school’s enrollment was inflated, leading to improper funding. The school, founded by William Lager in 2000, closed in...
Ohio BCI agents angry about wearing expired body armor, prepared for ‘misfortune’

Ohio BCI agents angry about wearing expired body armor, prepared for ‘misfortune’

Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents and supervisors raised repeated concerns about expired body armor for more than a year before a union grievance was filed this May, public records show. Emails released by Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office shed new light on behind-the-scenes anxiety surrounding more than 50 bulletproof vests that had passed the five-year expiration...
Prosecutors: Ex-officer on trial for rape sought ‘vulnerable’ women

Prosecutors: Ex-officer on trial for rape sought ‘vulnerable’ women

A former Phillipsburg police officer used his badge, gun and handcuffs to prey on defenseless women for sex, a Montgomery County assistant prosecutor alleged during opening statements of Justin Sanderson’s trial. Sanderson, 33, had been indicted on 21 counts including seven for sexual battery, four for interfering with civil rights, three for rape, two each for gross sexual imposition, kidnapping...
Treasurer candidates lay out plans to oversee billions of dollars for Ohio

Treasurer candidates lay out plans to oversee billions of dollars for Ohio

It’s tempting for voters to pay attention only to the big races like U.S. Senate and Ohio governor and do little homework on the down-ticket races, such as state treasurer. But over the past 15 years the Ohio treasurer’s office has seen multiple criminal probes, scandals and episodes of self-promotion at taxpayer expense. So there is a solid case for digging into the details...
Colin Powell to open National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus

Colin Powell to open National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus is set to open this fall, with retired U.S. Army Gen. Colin Powell to give the keynote address at the dedication ceremony. The public is invited to attend the Oct. 27 dedication for the $82 million museum and memorial grove. The ceremony scheduled to start at 2 p.m. that day will feature veterans whose stories are highlighted in the museum, military...
What do you want next Ohio governor to do about economy, jobs?

What do you want next Ohio governor to do about economy, jobs?

By early next year, Fuyao Glass America President Jeff Liu said he expects to need 700 more workers to meet his customer demands. “We actually have a big challenge: we want to expand our production line and we have a shortage of people,” he said before a Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce event featuring the two major party candidates for Ohio governor, Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat...
Missing Centerville woman found safe in Springboro

Missing Centerville woman found safe in Springboro

Missing endangered adult, Dorothy Reker was located in a parking lot in Springboro by an alert citizen, according to a press release from Centerville Police Department. Reker was sleeping in her vehicle, but she was unharmed and in good health. She was reunited with family and is home, the release stated. “We would like to thank the public and our media partners for their assistance in locating...
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