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8 hot cars at the Dayton Auto Show

Gleaming under the lights at the 2018 Dayton Auto Show, which opened today at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St., are several hundred high-tech cars, family-friendly minivans and crossovers, rugged trucks and plush luxury vehicles, plus multiple attractions. You’ll see not only great vehicles but may win something worth upwards of $9,500, plus possibly T-shirts, trinkets and gift...
Dayton urges communities to push Wright-Patt for action on water

Dayton urges communities to push Wright-Patt for action on water

Dayton has called on neighboring communities to send a message to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to more urgently resolve concerns over the potential threat of contamination of a drinking water aquifer from tainted groundwater. The city has urged city managers to join it in signing a letter asking the base’s commander to act quickly prior to groundwater contaminated with a byproduct of firefighting...
Back taxes sought on 1,614 properties in Montgomery County

Back taxes sought on 1,614 properties in Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Auditor’s Office is mailing out notices to the owners of 1,614 properties across the county in an effort to recoup hundreds of thousands of dollars from a misapplied tax break that was first uncovered by the Dayton Daily News I-Team. The properties are owned by businesses, landlords and those claiming more than one address as their primary residence. Combined, those property...
Butler County senator seeks review of Ohio’s medical pot program

Butler County senator seeks review of Ohio’s medical pot program

A state lawmaker is moving to force a thorough review of Ohio’s medical marijuana program after alleged and acknowledged mistakes occurred in selecting grower applicants. Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Twp., proposed legislation Thursday requiring State Auditor Dave Yost to conduct and release a performance audit of the program. The program is supposed to be up and running by September. RELATED...
Should Reds be taxed for bobbleheads? Supreme Court to decide

Should Reds be taxed for bobbleheads? Supreme Court to decide

The Ohio Supreme Court says it will hear arguments in a dispute over promotions offered by the Cincinnati Reds to ticket buyers including bobbleheads and other items. At issue is whether the Reds are exempt from paying tax on the purchase of the promotional items. Attorneys for the Reds argue they don’t have to pay tax on the purchase of promotional items because they resell them as part of...
Where do Ohio’s governor candidates stand on guns?

Where do Ohio’s governor candidates stand on guns?

Want a governor who’s all-in on gun rights? How about one who’s fighting for a complete statewide ban on assault-type weapons? In politically diverse Ohio, voters have their pick of those positions — and just about everything in between — from a crowded field of contenders trying to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich. In the wake of dramatic calls for action that...
Election 2018: Congressional redistricting plan makes May ballot

Election 2018: Congressional redistricting plan makes May ballot

A proposal restructuring Ohio’s process for drawing its congressional maps is headed to May’s ballot. The Ohio Ballot Board cleared the proposed constitutional amendment on redistricting Tuesday. The proposal cleared the state Legislature with bipartisan support Feb. 6 after backers of competing proposals agreed to a compromise aimed at curbing gerrymandering. RELATED: Ohio Senate passes...
3 things to know about proposed Medicaid job conditions

3 things to know about proposed Medicaid job conditions

Ohio is seeking approval from the federal government to require more people with Medicaid to work. When Medicaid expanded, it added coverage for about 700,000 people in the state. Now, the Republican-majority Ohio General Assembly Ohio has required the state’s Department of Medicaid ask for approval to add job conditions for those covered through the expansion. RELATED: Dayton company&rsquo...
Trump action on guns: Brown, Kasich, Ohio leaders react

Trump action on guns: Brown, Kasich, Ohio leaders react

Sen. Sherrod Brown called President Donald Trump’s effort Tuesday to ban devices that convert semi-automatic weapons into automatic guns “long overdue,” but said “more has to be done to protect Americans” against the growing number of mass shootings in schools. Brown, D-Ohio, said “weapons of war do not belong on our streets,” and called for a ban on what...
Should Medicaid come with work requirements? Ohio says yes

Should Medicaid come with work requirements? Ohio says yes

Ohio for the first time is seeking federal approval to create job requirements as a condition to qualify for Medicaid. Most Ohio residents enrolled through the expansion of Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor, are already working or would be exempt because of things like their age, disability or care taking responsibilities. But an estimated 36,000 residents — 5...
Ohio Secretary of State race to get national attention as 2020 looms

Ohio Secretary of State race to get national attention as 2020 looms

With Republicans holding two-thirds of secretary of state offices including Ohio, Democrats are focusing renewed attention and money on a statewide post once considered a sleepy political stepping stone, acknowledging they’re playing catch-up with the GOP. The Democratic Association of Secretaries of State has been motivated by what it considers efforts by some GOP secretaries to limit voter...
Air Force in ‘war for talent’ as it seeks to fill high-tech, pilot jobs

Air Force in ‘war for talent’ as it seeks to fill high-tech, pilot jobs

The Air Force finds itself in a “war for talent” competing against “more nimble” private-tech companies to fill science and technology positions, a top civilian service leader says. More streamlined hiring processes are necessary to compete to fill shortages or niche jobs requiring high expertise, said Shon J. Manasco, assistant secretary of the Air Force for manpower and reserve...
Ohio Air Guard F-16 fighter jets will fly at night this week

Ohio Air Guard F-16 fighter jets will fly at night this week

Ohio Air National Guard fighter jets will be involved in night training exercises this week that could bring F-16s into southwest Ohio, according to the unit. The Toledo-based 180th Fighter Wing will fly the night training missions between Tuesday and Thursday, taking off and landing until about 9 p.m., the unit said. The unit has trained in the Dayton and Springfield region and the Brush Creek-Buckeye...
NRA-endorsed Gov. John Kasich now says it’s time for gun restrictions

NRA-endorsed Gov. John Kasich now says it’s time for gun restrictions

Republican Gov. John Kasich says it’s time to reconsider a ban on assault weapons — a dramatic change of heart that raises the question: Will Kasich use the bully pulpit to champion changes to gun laws in Ohio? In October, following the massacre that killed 58 people and injured more than 800 in Las Vegas, Kasich said he supports banning bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic...
Kasich talks guns, Trump and Congress during CNN interview

Kasich talks guns, Trump and Congress during CNN interview

Ohio Gov. John Kasich went on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday and talked about guns, Congress and President Donald Trump. Here’s some highlights: “Do I think they can do anything on guns? I hope they prove me wrong and they can because I have no confidence in them.” “We need leadership out of the executive.” “This is a great opportunity for common sense steps...
Ohio firearms group says gun owners are ‘doing something’

Ohio firearms group says gun owners are ‘doing something’

Last week’s mass shooting at a Florida school that left 17 dead and even more injured has rekindled the debate on gun-control issues. In Ohio, the Buckeye Firearms Association on Friday issued a release noting that a call “to do something” regarding the gun violence such as the Feb. 14 killings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. is ignoring ongoing action by...
Two Democrats running for governor skip voting, records show

Two Democrats running for governor skip voting, records show

Democrat Jon Heavey is serious about running for Ohio governor. He poured $1.5 million into his campaign, created a snappy website and hired a team. “…I’m upset about Trump. And as a veteran with little tolerance for cowards, I’m here — quite frankly — because I’m mad as hell. Trump pretends to be ‘America First,’ when everyone knows PrimaDonny...
Internal control ‘weaknesses’ could delay medical marijuana rollout

Internal control ‘weaknesses’ could delay medical marijuana rollout

A clerical error in grower license scoring and a review by the state auditor could delay the Ohio’s medical marijuana program. In a letter to Ohio Auditor Dave Yost on Thursday, Ohio Department of Commerce Director Jacqueline Williams offered to put the program on hold until issues are worked out. “Given the reservations raised by your office, the department remains willing to pause any...
Wright State faculty angered by planned cuts; ‘terrible decisions’ loom

Wright State faculty angered by planned cuts; ‘terrible decisions’ loom

Wright State University’s Board of Trustees voted 7-1 to enact a mandatory furlough policy Friday, even as frustrated professors confronted the university’s leaders about proposed “draconian” cuts they say will erode the institution’s educational quality. Wright State faces declining enrollment and higher health care costs while it grapples with the outlines of millions...
Local officers gather for procession to funeral for slain Westerville officers

Local officers gather for procession to funeral for slain Westerville officers

Area law enforcement officers gathered in Dayton Friday morning before embarking to Westerville, Ohio for the funerals of two slain officers.  Police, deputies, and state troopers from multiple Miami Valley jurisdictions met at the Dayton Airport Expo Center around 8 a.m., before making the trip to the Columbus suburb. The convoy was organized jointly by the Miami County Law Enforcement Officers...
Work to start next month on $10.5 million Wright-Patt gateway

Work to start next month on $10.5 million Wright-Patt gateway

A new $10.5 million gateway that will consolidate two Wright-Patterson entrances into one is set to begin construction next month, a base spokesman says. A new Gate 26A, a few hundred yards from the current one, would replace a commercial delivery entrance at Gate 16A off Ohio 444, and the existing Gate 26A off Ohio 235 near the entrance to the 445th Airlift Wing headquarters. The new entrance way...
Cleveland/Canton named as finalists to host 2019 or 2020 NFL draft

Cleveland/Canton named as finalists to host 2019 or 2020 NFL draft

The NFL has named five sites as finalists to host the NFL draft in either 2019 or 2020. Finalists to host either the 2019 or 2020 draft include Denver; Kansas City, Missouri; Las Vegas; Nashville, Tennessee; as well as a combined entry of Cleveland and Canton, Ohio. Canton is the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Representatives for each site will offer presentations before the final selections...
NRA spent millions to keep Ohio Sen. Portman in office

NRA spent millions to keep Ohio Sen. Portman in office

During the 2016 election, the National Rifle Association and its donors gave Sen. Rob Portman’s campaign $9,900 — a drop in the bucket of the $25 million Portman raised and an argument against the notion that the gun rights group had “bought” the support of the state’s junior senator. But three other numbers are also worth considering: $242,708; $1.55 million and $3.06...
Ohio State Fair tragedy: State expected to settle with Fire Ball accident victims

Ohio State Fair tragedy: State expected to settle with Fire Ball accident victims

Victims in the Ohio State Fair accident are ready to release the state of Ohio as a party in potential litigation, the Ohio Attorney General’s office said Thursday. Dan Tierney, spokesman for Attorney General Mike DeWine, said a proposed settlement would release the state from responsibility and no state money would be paid out. This development comes from pre-litigation talks that have been...
New Chipotle CEO graduated from a Dayton-area college

New Chipotle CEO graduated from a Dayton-area college

Chipotle Mexican Grill has hired a new chief executive officer and he has roots in southwest Ohio. Chipotle has named Taco Bell’s Brian Niccol as its next leader, replacing Steve Ells, who built the fast-casual food chain. Niccol is a 1996 graduate of Miami University, just an hour from Dayton. Niccol, 43, graduated from Miami’s college of engineering and computing, serves on the advisory...
Ohio House votes to add Wright Flyer to state seal

Ohio House votes to add Wright Flyer to state seal

In a nod to Orville and Wilbur Wright’s place in Ohio history, state lawmakers voted to add the Wright Flyer to the official state seal and coat of arms. Wright Brothers fans and family members have been pushing for the change for more than two decades. The Ohio House voted 89-3 in favor of a bill sponsored by state Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek. If it becomes law, it isn’t expected...
Ohio Republicans aim to merge education agencies, give governor power

Ohio Republicans aim to merge education agencies, give governor power

A Republican-backed bill introduced Wednesday by state Rep. Bill Reineke, R-Tiffin, would combine Ohio’s departments of preK-12 education, higher education and workforce development into a single agency led by a governor-appointed director. The new Department of Learning and Achievement (DLA) would be aimed at “better aligning Ohio’s public education system with the state’s...
Ohio wants Uber to pay $1.6M in sales taxes: What it means

Ohio wants Uber to pay $1.6M in sales taxes: What it means

Uber is appealing an order from the Ohio Department of Taxation to pay $1.6 million in sales taxes and penalties. The ride hailing company is arguing the tax law the state is citing doesn’t apply to the company. A hearing before the Board of Tax Appeals has been set for July. The case only centers around whether Uber Technologies owes taxes for the third quarter of 2015, but could have larger...
BGSU to open firefighter training center near Dayton

BGSU to open firefighter training center near Dayton

Bowling Green State University will open a firefighter training center in a Miami Valley city. BGSU has entered into a three-year agreement with the city of Piqua for use of its former water treatment plant, said Juistin Sommer, assistant city manager and economic development director. The old plant, located in northwest Piqua at 9300 U.S. 66, closed last fall. The training center is expected to begin...
NASIC wants more space beyond latest $116M project

NASIC wants more space beyond latest $116M project

A secretive intelligence agency has pushed for a bigger expansion at Wright-Patterson beyond the $116 million building slated to rise at the local Air Force Base within the next few years. The National Air and Space Intelligence Center has lobbied Congress for another additional $66 million in future years, budget documents show. The agency has added about 100 employees a year since 2000, creating...
Ohio considers raising child marriage age after DDN investigation

Ohio considers raising child marriage age after DDN investigation

An investigation by the Dayton Daily News into child marriage is prompting state lawmakers to introduce a bill that would bump up the legal marriage age to 18 for both males and females and allow 17-year-olds to marry with court approval. Current Ohio law requires brides to be at least 16 and grooms to be at least 18, but exceptions are made for younger, pregnant teens if they have parental consent...
Vicious dogs: Ohio moves to change laws on dog owners

Vicious dogs: Ohio moves to change laws on dog owners

Four years after the gruesome attack that killed Dayton resident Klonda Richey, state lawmakers are taking a double barrel approach to finally putting more teeth in the state’s vicious dog laws. State Reps. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, and Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, on Tuesday testfied on a bill in the Ohio House that mirrors legislation being sponsored by state Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City. Having...
Area college bringing in over 100 companies, grad schools for job fair

Area college bringing in over 100 companies, grad schools for job fair

Cedarville University will host “one of the largest career fairs in Greene County” next week. More than 100 companies and organizations will be recruiting at the fair, set to begin at 11 a.m. on Feb. 21 in Cedarville University’s Doden Field House. The event is free and open to the public, according to the college. Among the organizations that will be recruiting at Cedarville are...
DeWine: Be wary of online love scams this Valentine’s Day

DeWine: Be wary of online love scams this Valentine’s Day

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has urged residents to be wary of potential scammers while looking for love online this Valentine’s Day. “Sweetheart scams” — scams revolving around victims who have met con artists online through social media and dating websites — resulted in 40 Ohioans losing thousands of dollars in 2017, according to the attorney general’s office...
Chicago in minutes? Columbus to release more details on Hyperloop

Chicago in minutes? Columbus to release more details on Hyperloop

A major announcement on a Hyperloop high-speed transportation network in Columbus is in the works. The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is ready to release “the first step” of the proposed project through a “major announcement,” Thea Walsh, the commission’s director of transportation and funding told The Columbus Dispatch. An announcement could come some time...
Hazing, alcohol issues force another Ohio State fraternity to close

Hazing, alcohol issues force another Ohio State fraternity to close

A second fraternity has been suspended at Ohio State University following a months-long ban on all Interfraternity Council activities. The Sigma Alpha Mu chapter at Ohio state was had its charter suspended by it international parent organization last week, according to an announcement. The chapter ceased operations immediately on Friday and the length of the suspension was not released, according...
Wright-Patt would gain new NASIC building in proposed budget

Wright-Patt would gain new NASIC building in proposed budget

Wright-Patterson scored “a huge win” when the Pentagon announced Monday its proposed budget contains an $116.1 million expansion at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, an official said. The construction project was included in a new $716 billion fiscal year 2019 defense budget rolled out that increased $16 billion from the previous year and one defense leaders pointed to as...
President Trump’s infrastructure plan relies on state, local funding

President Trump’s infrastructure plan relies on state, local funding

President Donald Trump on Monday launched a “big week” for his long-awaited infrastructure plan, which envisions spurring $1.5 trillion in spending over a decade to rebuild roads and highways. The plan would fulfill some Trump campaign goals but rely heavily on state and local government for much of the funding. Trump said on Twitter that it would be “a big week for Infrastructure...
Employers may be able to keep workers’ tips under proposed labor rule

Employers may be able to keep workers’ tips under proposed labor rule

The five Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation are irate about a proposed Department of Labor rule that they say could allow employers to steal employees’ tips. The outcry centers on the Trump Administration’s December 2017 decision to undo a 2011 rule that codified the idea that workers’ tips were their own. The Trump Administration says the rules — aimed...
Ohio woman sells sex with her daughters for drug money

Ohio woman sells sex with her daughters for drug money

An Ohio woman admitted she let a man sexually assault her daughters in exchange for money to feed her drug habit. The 39-year-old woman pleaded guilty Friday in Allen County in western Ohio multiple charges, including complicity to attempted rape, compelling prostitution, child pornography and trafficking, the Lima News reported. Her daughters were 12 and 15 when they were sexually assaulted over...
OxyContin maker stops marketing to doctors; DeWine: ‘Too little, too late’

OxyContin maker stops marketing to doctors; DeWine: ‘Too little, too late’

Ohio Attorney Gen. Mike DeWine called OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma’s announcement it no longer will market opioids to doctors “too little, too late.” The maker of the world’s top-selling powerful painkiller on Saturday said it cut more than half its sales staff and that representatives would no longer discuss opioid drugs when making sales calls to physician offices....
Westerville grieves slain officers; criminal charges filed against 2

Westerville grieves slain officers; criminal charges filed against 2

Several hundred Ohioans lined the streets of Westerville to pay tribute as a somber procession of hundreds of police cars escorted two fallen officers from the Franklin County morgue to two Westerville funeral homes. As the medic transport rolled by, officers and firefighters saluted, the crowd fell silent and people wiped away tears and held their hands over their hearts. Officers Anthony Morelli...
Racino to race despite 450 horses quarantined in Warren County

Racino to race despite 450 horses quarantined in Warren County

About 450 horses stabled at the Warren County Fairgrounds are under a quarantine declared by the Ohio Department of Agriculture, but racing is on at the local racino. The quarantine is one of a handful around the state declared because horses have tested positive for Equine Herpes Virus (EHV), most of which have been traced to a horse brought into the state from Pennsylvania, according to officials...
2-year deal gives big boost to defense spending, Wright-Patterson

2-year deal gives big boost to defense spending, Wright-Patterson

A two-year congressional budget deal boosts military spending by tens of billions of dollars and would eliminate the “biggest uncertainty” of automatic cuts imposed under sequestration to defense spending, a defense analyst said. Reached in the early hours Friday after a temporary stopgap funding measure expired at midnight Thursday, sending the government into an hours-long shutdown,...
450 horses quarantined at Warren County Fairgrounds for herpes, but racing on at racino

450 horses quarantined at Warren County Fairgrounds for herpes, but racing on at racino

About 450 horses stabled at the Warren County Fairgrounds are under a quarantine declared on Thursday by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The quarantine is one of a handful around the state declared because horses have tested positive for Equine Herpes Virus (EHV). Still, Miami Valley Gaming in Warren County is expected to hold racing, beginning tonight using horses from other locations in the...
Ohio Republican Party endorses DeWine for governor; Renacci for Senate

Ohio Republican Party endorses DeWine for governor; Renacci for Senate

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mary Taylor laced into her primary opponent, Mike DeWine, in a 4-minute speech to the Ohio Republican Party state central committee on Friday, calling DeWine a “shill for the entrenched special interests.” “He’s a career politician who has been on the state ballot in each of the last five decades, and has a liberal voting record as long as...
Omarosa says she would ‘never’ vote for Trump again

Omarosa says she would ‘never’ vote for Trump again

Central State University graduate Omarosa Manigault Newman, who worked for President Donald Trump and was one of his earliest vocal supporters, says she would “never” vote for him again. On the season premiere of Big Brother on CBS, Manigault Newman said “God no. Never. Not in a million years, never.” She graduated from CSU in 1996. She told Ross Matthews on the show that she...
Obama group to spend millions on Ohio elections this year

Obama group to spend millions on Ohio elections this year

A Democratic group backed by former President Barack Obama said this week it plans to invest millions of dollars in state-level elections in 11 states this year, with its heaviest focus on Ohio. The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, said this year’s election cycle is critical to affecting the congressional redistricting process. It...
AF museum opens, Wright-Patt workers head to work as shutdown ends

AF museum opens, Wright-Patt workers head to work as shutdown ends

President Donald Trump has signed a two-year budget deal Friday that ended a government shutdown overnight Thursday, according to The Associated Press. Wright-Patterson employees were told to report to work Friday despite a possible shutdown and had been in a holding pattern waiting for additional word until the president signed the legislation. RELATED: Wright-Patt workers told to report to work...
Wright-Patt workers told to report to work Friday despite shutdown

Wright-Patt workers told to report to work Friday despite shutdown

The House voted 240-186 to end a government shutdown. The bill will now go to President Trump. The U.S. government was ordered to close at midnight. Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump administration is “hopeful” the government shutdown will not last long. Wright-Patterson employees were told to show up for work Friday even if Congress fails to reach a budget agreement to avoid...
Who’s running for Statehouse seats from Clark, Champaign County?

Who’s running for Statehouse seats from Clark, Champaign County?

Voters are going to have plenty of candidates to choose from this year in Southwest Ohio’s state House races with Democrats fielding candidates in every race and incumbents facing primary challengers across the region. Republicans hold large majorities in both the Ohio House and the Senate but Democrats hope to ride a mid-term wave of voter dissatisfaction and regain some seats. The Ohio House...
Ohio Lt. Gov. Taylor says she wouldn’t vote for DeWine for governor

Ohio Lt. Gov. Taylor says she wouldn’t vote for DeWine for governor

Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor says she would not support Attorney General Mike DeWine for governor in Ohio’s general election if he prevails in their race for the Republican nomination. Taylor told Scott Spears in an interview on WWGH-FM radio Thursday that DeWine and his running mate, Secretary of State Jon Husted, are “the career politician status quo establishment ticket” and she...
Juror’s letter leads Ohio Gov. Kasich to delay killer’s execution

Juror’s letter leads Ohio Gov. Kasich to delay killer’s execution

Gov. John Kasich is delaying the execution of Raymond Tibbetts after receiving a letter from a juror on his case, saying he should be spared. The governor moved Tibbetts’ scheduled execution from Feb. 13 to Oct. 17 and asked the Ohio Parole Board to review the letter and consider the issue it raises. The parole board voted 11-1 in March 2017 to recommend against clemency for Tibbetts. Tibbetts...
Man convicted in local murder fights ‘cruel and unusual’ court costs

Man convicted in local murder fights ‘cruel and unusual’ court costs

Convicted murderer James L. Dunson makes about $40 a month at his state prison job — money that he’d like to spend on medical co-pays, deodorant and other personal items — but every cent of it is garnished by Montgomery County to whittle down the bill for his court costs. Dunson is arguing in court that the garnishment is cruel and unusual punishment, prohibited by the Constitution...
Former male stripper from Dayton makes another run for Ohio governor

Former male stripper from Dayton makes another run for Ohio governor

Dayton Democrat Larry Ealy, who once worked as an exotic dancer, is making a second run for Ohio governor. “Why make another run at it? I’ve got some unfinished business,” said Ealy, a 55-year-old father of 10. He said he believes minorities, particularly African-Ameircans, have been denied due process and equal rights.   "I believe the Jewish Democratic Party is behind...
Back-to-school sales tax holiday may become permanent

Back-to-school sales tax holiday may become permanent

State lawmakers are pushing to make the August back-to-school sales tax holiday permanent. The Ohio Senate voted 31-0 on Wednesday in favor of a bill to permanently extend the three-day event for back-to-school items. The bill now goes to the Ohio House for consideration. Related: Ohioans to get sales tax holiday in August For the past three years, Ohio shoppers have been granted relief from paying...
Montgomery, Preble County Republican parties back DeWine

Montgomery, Preble County Republican parties back DeWine

The Republican parties in Montgomery and Preble counties have endorsed Attorney General Mike DeWine in the race for governor. The move comes as voters have yet to decide on the primary between DeWine and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. Election Day is May 8. RELATED: Who is running for governor? “These endorsements continue to show tremendous momentum and enthusiasm for Mike DeWine in the race to be governor...
Social media threats made against judge in Huber robbery case

Social media threats made against judge in Huber robbery case

Some law enforcement agencies have been made aware of social media threats made against Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi. Facebook posts referencing last week’s initial appearance of six teens allegedly involved in a Huber Heights cell phone store armed robbery appeared to try to intimidate the judge handling the case. “If I ever see him I’m beating the (expletive)...
Wright-Patt, AF museum closed today due to snowfall

Wright-Patt, AF museum closed today due to snowfall

A snowstorm that swept across the Miami Valley closed Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, giving a winter day off to thousands of employees at the state’s largest single-site employer. Snowfall that caused deteriorating road conditions also shuttered the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force the largest tourist attraction in the region, and Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park sites...
One Ohio State fraternity remains on full suspension from November ban

One Ohio State fraternity remains on full suspension from November ban

All but one of 37 Ohio State University fraternities has had part of its suspension on group activities lifted. In November, OSU suspended all recruitment, new member and social activities for its 37 fraternities governed by the Interfraternity Council. The school began lifting suspensions over the last two months and the group Zeta Psi is the only one that remains on full suspension, according to...
High school principal apologizes for student cheer section’s racist chants

High school principal apologizes for student cheer section’s racist chants

A Cincinnati Catholic high school principal is issuing an apology for racist chants that came from the student cheering section during a basketball game Friday night. The student cheer section at Elder High School chanted "PF Chang's" at a member of Asian heritage on the St. Xavier High School basketball team, our news partner wcpo.com reported Tuesday.  Principal Kurt Ruffing on Monday...
Ohio senators further process to name Dayton federal building for Rice

Ohio senators further process to name Dayton federal building for Rice

Ohio’s United States senators on Tuesday introduced legislation to rename Dayton’s federal building and courthouse for U.S. District Court Judge Walter H. Rice. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) put forth a companion version of a House of Representatives bill brought by U.S. Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH-10). PREVIOUSLY: Judge Rice ‘incredibly honored’ federal...
Major changes to how Ohio draws congressional districts heads to voters

Major changes to how Ohio draws congressional districts heads to voters

After decades of fighting and months of intense negotiations, Democrats, Republicans and non-partisan watchdog groups are standing shoulder-to-shoulder in favor of a new way of drawing congressional districts. The Ohio House on Tuesday voted 83-10 in favor of a resolution that passed the Senate on a unanimous vote on Monday night. The proposed constitutional amendment will be placed on the May primary...
Democrat Connie Pillich wins endorsement of EMILY’s List PAC

Democrat Connie Pillich wins endorsement of EMILY’s List PAC

A political action committee dedicated to electing Democratic women on Tuesday endorsed Connie Pillich, the lone female remaining in the Democratic May primary for governor. Backing from EMILY’s List could help boost Pillich, a former Air Force captain and ex-state lawmaker, in a five-way primary that includes former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray and former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich...
Ohio Supreme Court ruling against abortion clinics could impact Kettering clinic

Ohio Supreme Court ruling against abortion clinics could impact Kettering clinic

The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday issued rulings on two cases that solidify the state’s restrictions on abortion clinics and could lead to further efforts to close more clinics, including the Women’s Med abortion clinic in Kettering. The state has tried to close the Kettering clinic using transfer agreement requirements that are central to the two cases that were decided by the court in...
Need access to veterans services? Hotline will answer questions

Need access to veterans services? Hotline will answer questions

A defense contractor has partnered with the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area to call on area business and others to contribute money to launch a Miami Valley veterans’ hotline by Veterans Day next November. SRC, which has a Fairborn office with work geared toward Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, has contributed $120,000, with a goal to get other companies and donors to give a matching amount...
First Lady meets with Children’s doctors, patients during trip to Cincinnati

First Lady meets with Children’s doctors, patients during trip to Cincinnati

First Lady Melania Trump visited with doctors and children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on Monday as her husband met with business leaders at the Sheffer Corporation in Blue Ash. The Trumps arrived with Congressman Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, on Air Force One around 1:30 p.m. on Monday. The plane left the area at 4 p.m.  As the...
Ohio Senate passes major changes to congressional redistricting

Ohio Senate passes major changes to congressional redistricting

State lawmakers and a coalition of good government groups are on the verge of remaking the way Ohio draws its congressional district maps, after weeks of furious and fitful behind-the-scenes negotiations. The Ohio Senate voted 31-0 on the plan which now heads to the Ohio House, which is planning a Tuesday vote. The Senate Government Oversight Committee voted 11-0 in favor of the deal struck Monday...
Ohio juror voted for death 20 years ago, now seeks mercy

Ohio juror voted for death 20 years ago, now seeks mercy

Ross Geiger had doubts about recommending a death sentence 20 years ago for a convicted Ohio killer, concerned about the impact of the offender’s tough childhood on his behavior. But ultimately, Geiger voted in favor of death for Raymond Tibbetts for killing a Cincinnati man he was staying with. Today, Geiger has changed his mind. After reviewing documents made available during Tibbetts&rsquo...
18-year-old suspect in Huber Heights AT&T store robbery indicted

18-year-old suspect in Huber Heights AT&T store robbery indicted

Caleb W. Johnson was indicted Friday on two counts of aggravated robbery and single counts of kidnapping and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, according to court records. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. Caleb W. Johnson, 18, the only adult among the group of seven teens accused of robbing the Huber Heights AT&T store, has posted bond and is no longer in jail, according to...
Siblings, police officer rescued from icy pond; 1 child critical

Siblings, police officer rescued from icy pond; 1 child critical

A 6-year-old boy is in critical condition after he, his 12-year-old sister, and a police officer fell through an icy pond in Columbus Monday morning.  The two siblings were playing on the frozen pond in their apartment complex around 9 a.m. Monday, when the boy fell through the ice and into the water, according to our news partner WBNS-TV in Columbus.  Police said the girl tried to rescue...
Trump calls for end of military budget sequester

Trump calls for end of military budget sequester

Years of top-ranking military leaders’ warnings, and verbal nods of agreements among Republican and Democratic leaders alike have failed to do what many say is needed: Repeal a federal budget sequester that has damaged the military. President Donald Trump was the latest, calling in his State of the Union address Tuesday to “end the dangerous defense sequester” to “fully fund&rdquo...
Senator Brown comes to Dayton to push for worker-centered renegotiation of NAFTA

Senator Brown comes to Dayton to push for worker-centered renegotiation of NAFTA

A renegotiated NAFTA should include protections for U.S. workers who saw a flood of jobs move south of the border in the 25 years since the trade agreement between Mexico, Canada and the U.S. was approved, said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. “NAFTA has had an impact on the whole (Miami) Valley, primarily that so many middle class Americans, so many working families have not seen a raise in...
State’s new anti-fraud devices have the disabled worried about snooping

State’s new anti-fraud devices have the disabled worried about snooping

New technology used by the state to cut down on Medicaid fraud has disabled Ohioans complaining about a violation of their privacy. Ohio Medicaid’s Electronic Visit Verification system was launched Jan. 8 as the state’s answer to a new federal provision in the 21st Century Cures Act. The law requires each state to implement a system for verifying when and where certain home health...
Enon limestone mining proposal opponents worried about water pollution

Enon limestone mining proposal opponents worried about water pollution

More than 200 residents who packed Greenon Junior/Senior High School cafeteria Thursday night, many of them in opposition to a permit that would allow a company to discharge water from a proposed limestone mining operation. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency held a public meeting to hear from neighbors about Enon Sand and Gravel’s permit request. Mad River Twp. Trustee Kathy Estep spoke...
Kasich slams release of memo critical of FBI; area congressmen approve

Kasich slams release of memo critical of FBI; area congressmen approve

Ohio Gov. John Kasich criticized House Republicans for releasing a GOP drafted memo accusing the FBI and Justice Department of abusing court requests for secret surveillance on campaign aides to President Donald Trump believed to be in contact with Russian officials. By contrast, Republican members of Congress Mike Turner of Dayton, Jim Jordan of Urbana, and Bob Gibbs of Lakeville endorsed the release...
Horse herpes: Animal that raced in Warren County tests positive

Horse herpes: Animal that raced in Warren County tests positive

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has confirmed positive cases of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) in four horses at separate locations around the state, including a horse that raced at Miami Valley Gaming in Warren County twice in January. MORE: Ohio’s newest gambling venue opens in Warren County “ODA has confirmed two of the positive horses raced at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in...
Kasich slightly more popular than the average governor, poll shows

Kasich slightly more popular than the average governor, poll shows

As Republican John Kasich heads into is final year as Ohio governor, just over half — 52 percent — of registered voters approve of the job he is doing while 30 percent disapprove, according to Morning Consult’s Governor Approval Rankings. Kasich is slightly more popular than the average governor: 49 percent approve, 35 percent disapprove, according to the rankings from the end of...
Ohio school workers and retirees sue to stop pension benefit cuts

Ohio school workers and retirees sue to stop pension benefit cuts

Workers and retirees in Ohio’s School Employees Retirement System filed suit against the pension fund’s move to freeze cost of living allowances. The suit, filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, takes aim at SERS, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Cavanaugh Macdonald Consulting. It alleges that SERS squandered its solid financial position it held in 2000 with a series of poor...
First person charged with bestiality in Ohio pleads not guilty

First person charged with bestiality in Ohio pleads not guilty

The first person charged with violating Ohio’s 2017 bestiality law pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Cleveland Municipal Court, court records show. Scott Turner 48, is charged with a second-degree misdemeanor charge of having sexual contact with an animal and faces a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $750 fine. “He had written a letter in which he indicated that he had oral sex with...
In light of Nassar case, Ohio governor asks for review of campus sexual assault enforcement

In light of Nassar case, Ohio governor asks for review of campus sexual assault enforcement

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has asked the state department of higher education to conduct a review of Title IX enforcement as it pertains to sexual assault on college campuses. The governor’s request was made in light of the Larry Nassar case at Michigan State University. Nassar has so far been accused of sexually abusing more than 265 people during his time as a doctor, treating young gymnasts. Nassar...
Trump rips Kasich at GOP dinner in Washington

Trump rips Kasich at GOP dinner in Washington

Apparently weary of the running critique from John Kasich, President Donald Trump lashed out at the Ohio governor Thursday evening at private GOP dinner in Washington. Trump bashed Kasich several times by name, Politico reported, according to three people who were present. The president mocked the Ohio governor, labeling him as one of his loudest and most relentless critics during the Republican National...
Lawmaker: Current wind farm regulations ‘stifle’ investment in Ohio

Lawmaker: Current wind farm regulations ‘stifle’ investment in Ohio

A Northeast Ohio Republican is pushing for a return to shorter setbacks for wind farms in Ohio, arguing the rules created in 2014 have strangled investment in the industry. The issue of how far turbines should be built from nearby businesses and residential properties has long been a contentious issue in Champaign County, where developers have sought to build a wind farm in two phases. The project&rsquo...
Reformer says Republican plan wouldn't end gerrymandering

Reformer says Republican plan wouldn't end gerrymandering

Marathon negotiations on competing plans to reform how Ohio draws its congressional district lines adjourned Wednesday without a deal and left one leader of a citizen coalition’s plan concerned that gerrymandering would not end under the Republican plan. “There’s change in their proposal but not the kind of reform that is meaningful,” said Catherine Turcer, executive director...
Ohio doctor gives self $1.5M for possible run for governor

Ohio doctor gives self $1.5M for possible run for governor

Most politicos running for Ohio governor want to gin up as much free publicity as they can for their campaigns. Not Jon Heavey. The only public indication Heavey wants to be Ohio governor is he established a campaign committee on Dec. 18 and loaned it $1.5 million on Jan. 31. The website jonheavey.com is inactive. Heavey, who could not be reached for comment, lives in Rocky River, works at the Cleveland...
Incumbents hold big funding edge in Ohio’s congressional races

Incumbents hold big funding edge in Ohio’s congressional races

A Democrat who was president of an international relief organization and a Republican former NFL wide receiver are leading all other challengers in fundraising as they work to win seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in November. Ken Harbaugh, a Democrat who wants to unseat Rep. Bob Gibbs of Lakeville, raised $272,058 between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 of last year, according to campaign finance reports...
Drug distributors face new state rules to fight opioid crisis

Drug distributors face new state rules to fight opioid crisis

More than 500 wholesale drug distributors will soon be required to flag suspicious orders their customers make for powerful painkillers, according to new rules the Ohio Board of Pharmacy adopting to combat the opiate epidemic. “There is nothing in the country like this. These rules are going to be very tough, they’re going to be very specific, they’re going to be very clear and they&rsquo...
White House confirms Trump to visit Cincinnati today

White House confirms Trump to visit Cincinnati today

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will visit Cincinnati today, the White House confirmed.   The White House did not offer details on where the president will speak. Sources say the president will be visiting a small business to talk about the tax overhaul he signed last December.  Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, will appear with the president, according to Portman's office...
Governor race: DeWine, Cordray each raise $2M but DeWine has more cash

Governor race: DeWine, Cordray each raise $2M but DeWine has more cash

Republican Mike DeWine’s campaign war chest is loaded with $10.56 million — a figure he hit with a $4.64 million contribution from his running mate’s now closed campaign account, a $1 million outstanding personal loan and contributions from thousands of supporters. DeWine’s cash-on-hand total dwarfs the $3.5 million reported by Mary Taylor, his GOP rival for the party nomination...
Fallout continues over GOP lawmakers’ remarks at roast

Fallout continues over GOP lawmakers’ remarks at roast

Ohio lawmakers are continuing to react to off-color, offensive remarks made by two Republicans – state Sen. Matt Huffman and state Rep. Bill Seitz — at a staffer’s going-away roast at a private club in downtown Columbus last week. “We take all of these issues very seriously,” Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, said Wednesday in response to media questions...
Chief Justice to Ohio judges: Courts aren’t ATMs to collect fees

Chief Justice to Ohio judges: Courts aren’t ATMs to collect fees

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor issued stern guidance to hundreds of judges across the state: “courts are centers of justice, not automatic teller machines whose purpose is to generate revenue for governments, including themselves.” O’Connor fired off the two-page letter this week after the U.S. Department of Justice recently rescinded its March 2016 guidance...
Buy a doughnut on Thursday to get a free $200 voucher to fly Spirit Airlines

Buy a doughnut on Thursday to get a free $200 voucher to fly Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines is offering customers a sweet deal this week. On Thursday, Spirit will give away free $200 airfare vouchers to customers at an Ohio doughnut shop. The first 91 customers at Buckeye Donuts in 1998 N. High St. in Columbus on Thursday will receive the voucher when they purchase a special doughnut, reports The Columbus Dispatch. The doughnuts will be decorated to celebrate Spirit...
Kasich presidential run could be historic

Kasich presidential run could be historic

Ohio Gov. John Kasich hinted in a sort of, kind of, if they beg me way this week that he could run for president in 2020. Previously, Kasich dismissed such speculation, suggesting that he appears on a talk show every three minutes merely because he wants what’s best for the country. “Here’s what I know: I don’t know what I’m doing at the end of my term. I know this will...
Getting married? 5 Ohio cities named top places to tie the knot

Getting married? 5 Ohio cities named top places to tie the knot

Tying the knot can cost thousands of dollars so finding an affordable place to get hitched can make all the difference. A new study from personal finance website WalletHub found that the average couple spends more than $35,000 for their big day, part of an overall $76-billion wedding industry. To help ease the shock of that cost, WalletHub has compiled a list of the least expensive and most convenient...
Ohio members of Congress, Senate react to State of the Union

Ohio members of Congress, Senate react to State of the Union

Here’s what Ohio members of the House and Senate had to say about President Trump’s State of the Union: “I hope that Democrats listen to the President’s invitation to work across party lines with Republicans to find common ground on policies like modernizing our infrastructure, securing our border with Mexico, and fighting for free, fair and reciprocal trade. Only by working...
Feds seize ATM skimmers, 400 fake credit cards; charge 4 Brazilian men

Feds seize ATM skimmers, 400 fake credit cards; charge 4 Brazilian men

The U.S. Secret Service arrested four Brazilian-born men for allegedly producing sophisticated ATM skimming equipment and having more than 400 counterfeit credit cards, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Two of the men admitted to being part of a counterfeit operation ranging from Florida to New York, Illinois and Ohio in which fraudulent credit...
Taylor challenges DeWine to a debate; says he knows he would lose

Taylor challenges DeWine to a debate; says he knows he would lose

Ohio’s Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is challenging her Republican opponent in the race for governor to a debate but doesn’t think he’ll agree to do it. “Mike DeWine has refused to debate and I think that’s because he knows he loses when he gets on that stage,” said Taylor, a Republican. “I’m for a debate and if you want to host one and invite us I will be here...
Trump mentions 3 local residents during State of the Union

Trump mentions 3 local residents during State of the Union

Their presence is a tradition dating back to the Reagan era: Tucked next to the lady of the United States at the State of the Union Address each year are a handful of people hand–picked by the administration to represent the nation and the issues it faces. This year, three of those picks are from the Dayton region. Steve Staub and Sandy Keplinger, president and vice president of Staub Manufacturing...
Democrats reject GOP plan to change Ohio congressional districts

Democrats reject GOP plan to change Ohio congressional districts

Ohio Senate Republicans announced on Monday that they had modified their redistricting reform proposal in an effort to win votes from Democrats and the support of the Fair Districts = Fair Elections coalition that earlier had panned the GOP reform proposal. But coalition members and Democrats didn’t bite. Related: Ohio may change the way congressional lines are drawn State Sen. Matt Huffman...
Concern arises that fitness map could show base activity here, overseas

Concern arises that fitness map could show base activity here, overseas

Some fear the locations of U.S. troops in sensitive areas overseas could be revealed because of a heat-tracking map that shows where fitness users outfitted with wireless technology exercise, The Washington Post has reported. The Post reported this weekend that the Strava Global Heat Map, which shows through lines of light on a map the areas around the globe where devices such as Fitbit, Jawbone and...
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