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Miami County state lawmaker wants to make it legal for farmers to grow hemp
 A Miami County state lawmaker wants to make it legal for farmers to grow hemp. Hemp looks like marijuana, but hemp is much more versatile in its many uses. This is why state Sen. Steve Huffman of Tipp City said he’s introducing a bill to make it legal to grow here. Huffman sponsored Ohio’s medical marijuana law. With this bill...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Miami County state lawmaker wants to make it legal for farmers to grow hemp. Hemp looks like marijuana, but hemp is much more versatile in its many uses. This is why state Sen. Steve Huffman of Tipp City said he’s introducing a bill to make it legal to grow here. Huffman sponsored Ohio’s medical marijuana law. With this bill...
State lawmakers consider dropping sales tax on diapers, tampons
 State lawmakers are considering exempting diapers and feminine hygiene products from state sales taxes.  News Center 7’s Jim Otte takes a look at the bill, and the two local state legislators who are sponsoring the changes, in his report on News Center 7 starting at 5 p.m.

Posted: 18 days ago

State lawmakers are considering exempting diapers and feminine hygiene products from state sales taxes.  News Center 7’s Jim Otte takes a look at the bill, and the two local state legislators who are sponsoring the changes, in his report on News Center 7 starting at 5 p.m.
Speed traps: What to do if you get a ticket
 Two Clark County villages lead the list of Miami Valley communities for police traffic enforcement, based on the number of citations per capita. According to data from the Ohio Supreme Court, North Hampton and Tremont City hand out the most tickets. Local drivers say both communities have the reputation as speed traps, but local authorities...

Posted: 22 days ago

Two Clark County villages lead the list of Miami Valley communities for police traffic enforcement, based on the number of citations per capita. According to data from the Ohio Supreme Court, North Hampton and Tremont City hand out the most tickets. Local drivers say both communities have the reputation as speed traps, but local authorities...
State Rep. Antani to run for state Senate seat covering most of suburban Montgomery County
 Miamisburg Republican state Rep. Niraj Antani announced Wednesday he is running for the state Senate to replace Sen. Peggy Lehner who is term limited. “I am excited to announce that I am running for State Senator in 2020! Current State Senator Peggy Lehner has served our Dayton area community with distinction and is term limited next...

Posted: 25 days ago

Miamisburg Republican state Rep. Niraj Antani announced Wednesday he is running for the state Senate to replace Sen. Peggy Lehner who is term limited. “I am excited to announce that I am running for State Senator in 2020! Current State Senator Peggy Lehner has served our Dayton area community with distinction and is term limited next...
Turner: ‘Community is very lucky that serious injury did not occur on the base’
 Local lawmakers are reacting to a report put out by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base today saying a “poorly planned and executed” base exercise led to the chaos on base Aug. 2. Here’s what they had to say: “I want to congratulate Commander Thomas Sherman of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on his leadership on what was...

5:44 PM Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018

Local lawmakers are reacting to a report put out by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base today saying a “poorly planned and executed” base exercise led to the chaos on base Aug. 2. Here’s what they had to say: “I want to congratulate Commander Thomas Sherman of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on his leadership on what was...
Local leaders court foreign companies for potential investment here
 The Miami Valley already is home to two big names in international trade: Fuyao, the Chinese company that makes automotive windshields, and Honday, the Japanese carmaker that for decades has turned out some of the company’s most popular models here. Now, local economic development agencies are trying to land even more foreign investment...

11:37 PM Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

The Miami Valley already is home to two big names in international trade: Fuyao, the Chinese company that makes automotive windshields, and Honday, the Japanese carmaker that for decades has turned out some of the company’s most popular models here. Now, local economic development agencies are trying to land even more foreign investment...
Local voters react to Ohio politicians seeking pay raise
 Local voters are not too thrilled about Ohio lawmakers voting to give themselves a pay raise. A provision for a legislative pay increase passed the Ohio House and Senate on Thursday.  The pay plan includes a 4 percent increase for 2020 and smaller increases for each following year through 2028. It also increases the pay of most county...

1:36 AM Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018

Local voters are not too thrilled about Ohio lawmakers voting to give themselves a pay raise. A provision for a legislative pay increase passed the Ohio House and Senate on Thursday.  The pay plan includes a 4 percent increase for 2020 and smaller increases for each following year through 2028. It also increases the pay of most county...
School safety expert: Entrances can be made less vulnerable
 A Miami Valley school security expert said glass doors on school entrances can be modified to make them much less vulnerable to the kind of attack in Richmond, Indiana, that allowed a teenage shooter to gain access.  Craig Hoschouer, president of PLE Group, Kettering, said on Thursday that a protective film can be applied to glass...

12:47 AM Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

A Miami Valley school security expert said glass doors on school entrances can be modified to make them much less vulnerable to the kind of attack in Richmond, Indiana, that allowed a teenage shooter to gain access.  Craig Hoschouer, president of PLE Group, Kettering, said on Thursday that a protective film can be applied to glass...
U.S. Farm Bill paves way for Central State to receive millions in research funds
 Central State University will benefit from a bipartisan amendment to the U.S. Farm bill that won final approval Wednesday in Congress. The move paves the way for CSU to receive additional funding for research that could potentially reach millions of dollars.  CSU Dean Alton Johnson said the impact on research will be broad on campus...

11:24 PM Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

Central State University will benefit from a bipartisan amendment to the U.S. Farm bill that won final approval Wednesday in Congress. The move paves the way for CSU to receive additional funding for research that could potentially reach millions of dollars.  CSU Dean Alton Johnson said the impact on research will be broad on campus...
Greene County Career Center plans biggest expansion in school’s history
 The Greene County Career Center is preparing to launch the biggest expansion in the school's history. It follows passage of a ballot issue in November that will fund a new $62 million facility to be built along U.S. 35 at state Route 68 south of Xenia.  “Right off the interchange there, a great location for us. It centralizes the...

12:05 AM Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

The Greene County Career Center is preparing to launch the biggest expansion in the school's history. It follows passage of a ballot issue in November that will fund a new $62 million facility to be built along U.S. 35 at state Route 68 south of Xenia.  “Right off the interchange there, a great location for us. It centralizes the...
Area lawmaker pushing bill for how, when police body camera video is used
 Miami Valley state lawmaker Niraj Antani is hoping to win passage of a bill on police body cameras this week. Under current law there are no rules for how and when police may use the cameras, or regulations on when that video may be made public, if ever. Rep. Antani, R-Miamisburg, said his proposal, House Bill 425, does not tell police when...

11:58 PM Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

Miami Valley state lawmaker Niraj Antani is hoping to win passage of a bill on police body cameras this week. Under current law there are no rules for how and when police may use the cameras, or regulations on when that video may be made public, if ever. Rep. Antani, R-Miamisburg, said his proposal, House Bill 425, does not tell police when...
Portman: New jobs move to WPAFB over next few months 
 Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Friday new jobs could begin moving to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base within the next few months after a new mission was awarded to the base. The mission, formally called the “F-35 Lightening II Hybrid Product Support Integrator” is described in a written statement from the Air Force as “integrated...

11:36 PM Friday, Dec. 07, 2018

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Friday new jobs could begin moving to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base within the next few months after a new mission was awarded to the base. The mission, formally called the “F-35 Lightening II Hybrid Product Support Integrator” is described in a written statement from the Air Force as “integrated...
Ohio Senate passes Destiny’s Law - with added language that lengthens penalty
 State lawmakers Wednesday finished work on a long-awaited change in state law being sought by Randi Shepherd of Springfield.  “Destiny’s Law,” named for Shepherd’s daughter, passed the Ohio Senate.  The proposal adds 6 years to the sentence for anyone convicted of assaulting a child under 10 years old. Shepherd...

12:30 AM Thursday, Dec. 06, 2018

State lawmakers Wednesday finished work on a long-awaited change in state law being sought by Randi Shepherd of Springfield.  “Destiny’s Law,” named for Shepherd’s daughter, passed the Ohio Senate.  The proposal adds 6 years to the sentence for anyone convicted of assaulting a child under 10 years old. Shepherd...
George H.W. Bush ‘good man, bipartisan, humble, easy to talk to,’ Tony Hall says
 Former Ambassador and Dayton Congressman Tony Hall said he remembers President George H.W. Bush as a kind and capable leader who often reached across party lines to get things done. Hall's comments came as thousands of mourners made their way through the U.S. Capitol rotunda to pay their last respects.  "Good man, bipartisan, humble...

12:43 AM Wednesday, Dec. 05, 2018

Former Ambassador and Dayton Congressman Tony Hall said he remembers President George H.W. Bush as a kind and capable leader who often reached across party lines to get things done. Hall's comments came as thousands of mourners made their way through the U.S. Capitol rotunda to pay their last respects.  "Good man, bipartisan, humble...
Law enforcement using mysterious new tool to unlock cellphones
 Law enforcement agencies are using a mysterious new tool to unlock criminal suspects’ cellphones and access their text messages, emails and voice messages. Some agencies around the country, concerned about security, are not even acknowledging use of the devices. Adding to the secrecy surrounding the new tool, one of the companies that...

5:26 PM Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018

Law enforcement agencies are using a mysterious new tool to unlock criminal suspects’ cellphones and access their text messages, emails and voice messages. Some agencies around the country, concerned about security, are not even acknowledging use of the devices. Adding to the secrecy surrounding the new tool, one of the companies that...
Local law enforcement using mysterious new tool to unlock cellphones
 Law enforcement agencies are using a mysterious new tool to unlock the cellphones of criminal suspects and access their text messages, emails and voice messages. Some agencies around the country, concerned about security, are not even acknowledging use of the devices. Adding to the secrecy surrounding the new tool, one of the companies that...

10:30 PM Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018

Law enforcement agencies are using a mysterious new tool to unlock the cellphones of criminal suspects and access their text messages, emails and voice messages. Some agencies around the country, concerned about security, are not even acknowledging use of the devices. Adding to the secrecy surrounding the new tool, one of the companies that...
Video gaming could lead to college scholarships 
 All those hours your kids spend playing video games may not be a waste of time after all. In fact, we have learned gaming ability could get them some college scholarship money. The fastest grown sport on college campuses right now is electronic sports or e-sports. For gamers like Amy Yang at Miami University, it's a chance to compete at the...

10:30 PM Monday, Nov. 19, 2018

All those hours your kids spend playing video games may not be a waste of time after all. In fact, we have learned gaming ability could get them some college scholarship money. The fastest grown sport on college campuses right now is electronic sports or e-sports. For gamers like Amy Yang at Miami University, it's a chance to compete at the...
Trial date set for former statehouse candidate accused of extortion
 A former Greene County candidate for State Representative, now charged with felony extortion and misdemeanor coercion, will face a jury trial beginning Feb. 4. Jocelyn Smith, Fairborn, is accused of extorting her Republican primary opponent, Rep. Rick Perales, Beavercreek, by saying at a press conference that if he did not drop out of the...

6:47 PM Friday, Nov. 02, 2018

A former Greene County candidate for State Representative, now charged with felony extortion and misdemeanor coercion, will face a jury trial beginning Feb. 4. Jocelyn Smith, Fairborn, is accused of extorting her Republican primary opponent, Rep. Rick Perales, Beavercreek, by saying at a press conference that if he did not drop out of the...
President Trump rallies GOP in Warren County
 President Donald Trump made his pitch Friday at the Warren County Fairgrounds for sending Republicans back to Washington in November, telling them the U.S. is “now the hottest country anywhere in the world.”   “We are here to make sure that our amazing progress continues full speed ahead,” Trump said. &ldquo...

6:13 PM Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

President Donald Trump made his pitch Friday at the Warren County Fairgrounds for sending Republicans back to Washington in November, telling them the U.S. is “now the hottest country anywhere in the world.”   “We are here to make sure that our amazing progress continues full speed ahead,” Trump said. &ldquo...
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