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How big was the Pike County murders investigation? 
 More than four dozen law enforcement agencies helped investigators nab the family suspected of murdering eight of their friends in Pike County.  Arrested Tuesday were George “Billy” Wagner III, 47; his wife, Angela Wagner, 48; and their sons, George Wagner IV and Edward “Jake” Wagner, 27 and 26.  Rita Newcomb...

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More than four dozen law enforcement agencies helped investigators nab the family suspected of murdering eight of their friends in Pike County.  Arrested Tuesday were George “Billy” Wagner III, 47; his wife, Angela Wagner, 48; and their sons, George Wagner IV and Edward “Jake” Wagner, 27 and 26.  Rita Newcomb...
Homemade silencer last piece of evidence in arrest of 4 family members in 8 murders
 After tens of thousands of hours of investigative work over 2-and-a-half years, the final clue in the investigation of the murder of eight people in Pike County came a week ago, according to law enforcement officials. >> Read more trending news  That’s when authorities confirmed the existence of a homemade silencer they...

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After tens of thousands of hours of investigative work over 2-and-a-half years, the final clue in the investigation of the murder of eight people in Pike County came a week ago, according to law enforcement officials. >> Read more trending news  That’s when authorities confirmed the existence of a homemade silencer they...
At long last, murder charges bring relief, healing to Pike County
 As legal proceedings begin for the six people arrested in connection to the slaying of eight people in Pike County in 2016, a wave of relief spread over this rural community traumatized by 2½ years of not knowing if the case would ever be solved. The first suspect to appear in court was George “Billy” Wagner III, who said...

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As legal proceedings begin for the six people arrested in connection to the slaying of eight people in Pike County in 2016, a wave of relief spread over this rural community traumatized by 2½ years of not knowing if the case would ever be solved. The first suspect to appear in court was George “Billy” Wagner III, who said...
Pike County murders: Arrests ‘put a Band-Aid on an open wound’
 For more than 2½ years, uncertainty and fear hung over this rural community. Eight people had been gunned down in their homes and it wasn’t clear if detectives even had suspects. Were the killers still in their community? Would it ever be solved? Now state and local law enforcement officials claim they have the murderers in custody...

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For more than 2½ years, uncertainty and fear hung over this rural community. Eight people had been gunned down in their homes and it wasn’t clear if detectives even had suspects. Were the killers still in their community? Would it ever be solved? Now state and local law enforcement officials claim they have the murderers in custody...
Homemade silencer last piece of evidence in Pike County murder case
 After tens of thousands of hours of investigative work over 2½ years, the final clue in the investigation of the murder of eight people in Pike County came a week ago, according to law enforcement officials. That’s when authorities confirmed the existence of a homemade silencer they say was built by the suspects. “This...

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After tens of thousands of hours of investigative work over 2½ years, the final clue in the investigation of the murder of eight people in Pike County came a week ago, according to law enforcement officials. That’s when authorities confirmed the existence of a homemade silencer they say was built by the suspects. “This...
Pike County murders: 1 of 6 suspects makes first court appearance
 George “Billy” Wagner III waived extradition on the murder charges filed against him during his initial appearance in a Fayette County, Kentucky, courtroom, according to CNN affiliate LEX18. Extradition is when one law enforcement agency captures a suspect who is wanted in another jurisdiction and returns the suspect to the...

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George “Billy” Wagner III waived extradition on the murder charges filed against him during his initial appearance in a Fayette County, Kentucky, courtroom, according to CNN affiliate LEX18. Extradition is when one law enforcement agency captures a suspect who is wanted in another jurisdiction and returns the suspect to the...
After 19 months and more than 4,000 miles, focus on Wagner family turns into arrests for Pike County murders
 Ohio investigators probing the Rhoden family murders followed the four arrested suspects in the Wagner family more than 4,000 miles from Pike County to Kenai, Alaska — and then back again. In April 2017, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine had not named any of the Wagners as suspects in the case. But he asked the public to cough up more...

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Ohio investigators probing the Rhoden family murders followed the four arrested suspects in the Wagner family more than 4,000 miles from Pike County to Kenai, Alaska — and then back again. In April 2017, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine had not named any of the Wagners as suspects in the case. But he asked the public to cough up more...
Pike County murders: 5 questions answered this morning
 WAVERLY — Six members of the Wagner family were arrested Tuesday in the killing of eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County in 2016, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced at a news conference. The six were indicted in the deaths of Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40; Dana Manley Rhoden, 37; Hanna May Rhoden, 19; Christopher...

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WAVERLY — Six members of the Wagner family were arrested Tuesday in the killing of eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County in 2016, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced at a news conference. The six were indicted in the deaths of Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40; Dana Manley Rhoden, 37; Hanna May Rhoden, 19; Christopher...
Pike County murders: Death penalty possible for 4 of 6 arrested in Rhoden slayings 
 Four people arrested Tuesday on aggravated murder charges for the 2016 slayings of eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County include a man who shared a 2-year-old daughter with one of the victims. A dispute over custody played a role in the homicides,  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said, and two other family members are accused...

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Four people arrested Tuesday on aggravated murder charges for the 2016 slayings of eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County include a man who shared a 2-year-old daughter with one of the victims. A dispute over custody played a role in the homicides, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said, and two other family members are accused...
Study: DPS should focus on high-performing schools
 Too few Ohio students are on track to be college- or career-ready when they graduate high school, and the state’s largest urban districts, such as Dayton Public Schools, lag even further in student achievement. That’s according to a Thomas B. Fordham Institute study released Tuesday suggesting DPS and other large districts should...

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Too few Ohio students are on track to be college- or career-ready when they graduate high school, and the state’s largest urban districts, such as Dayton Public Schools, lag even further in student achievement. That’s according to a Thomas B. Fordham Institute study released Tuesday suggesting DPS and other large districts should...
History in the making: Bearded Ohioan got elected to a statewide seat
 Dave Yost’s election to Attorney General could mark the first time in more than a century that an Ohio politician was elected to statewide executive office while sporting a beard. Yost’s closely cropped stubble is a five o’clock shadow compared to the full beard worn by what may be his most recent bearded predecessor: Gov...

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Dave Yost’s election to Attorney General could mark the first time in more than a century that an Ohio politician was elected to statewide executive office while sporting a beard. Yost’s closely cropped stubble is a five o’clock shadow compared to the full beard worn by what may be his most recent bearded predecessor: Gov...
Former CJ teacher loses license after being accused of sexual misconduct
 A former Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School math teacher surrendered her teaching license last year after she was accused of having an improper sexual relationship with a CJ student in the 1980s, a Dayton Daily News investigation found. Ann E. Meyers had her license suspended as part of a settlement agreement with the Ohio Department...

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A former Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School math teacher surrendered her teaching license last year after she was accused of having an improper sexual relationship with a CJ student in the 1980s, a Dayton Daily News investigation found. Ann E. Meyers had her license suspended as part of a settlement agreement with the Ohio Department...
Polls are open for Election Day: What you need to know
 Local voter turnout is strong so far this election.  "We've got a big turnout at all of our polling locations throughout the county," said Jan Kelly, director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. After polls close at 7:30 p.m., results might not be in as quickly as after the...

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Local voter turnout is strong so far this election.  "We've got a big turnout at all of our polling locations throughout the county," said Jan Kelly, director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. After polls close at 7:30 p.m., results might not be in as quickly as after the...
Little libraries added at four Dayton elementary schools
 Children attending and living near four Dayton elementary schools have increased access to free books with the opening of four new little libraries. The so-called “houses of knowledge” are outdoor, birdhouse-like structures that can hold more than 75 books at a time. They were placed at Fairview Elementary, Edison Elementary,...

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Children attending and living near four Dayton elementary schools have increased access to free books with the opening of four new little libraries. The so-called “houses of knowledge” are outdoor, birdhouse-like structures that can hold more than 75 books at a time. They were placed at Fairview Elementary, Edison Elementary,...
Episode 2: Let’s hear from the kids - The Path Forward: Dayton Schools podcast
 As all the adults debate what needs to be done to improve Dayton Public Schools, what do the students think?  DPS was criticized at its recent town hall meeting for not soliciting student input as it crafts its strategic plan. It came up again at a more-recent community event sponsored by the Dayton Daily News.  Earlier...

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As all the adults debate what needs to be done to improve Dayton Public Schools, what do the students think?  DPS was criticized at its recent town hall meeting for not soliciting student input as it crafts its strategic plan. It came up again at a more-recent community event sponsored by the Dayton Daily News.  Earlier...
Would next governor support state takeover of Dayton schools? Here’s what the candidates say
 Rich Cordray, Democrat: End state takeovers of low-performing school districts, instead providing additional resources while maintaining local control. Mike DeWine, Republican: Consider revising takeover law to provide help to struggling schools while keeping the community involved in the process. Travis Irvine, Libertarian: End any effort...

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Rich Cordray, Democrat: End state takeovers of low-performing school districts, instead providing additional resources while maintaining local control. Mike DeWine, Republican: Consider revising takeover law to provide help to struggling schools while keeping the community involved in the process. Travis Irvine, Libertarian: End any effort...
Ohio governor candidates on school funding, and helping needy students
  Rich Cordray, Democrat: Offer services like mental health, dental, after-school, and parent support programs at neighborhood schools. Increase state support for hiring education professionals like librarians, nurses, guidance counselors, and social workers.  Mike DeWine, Republican: Ensure every school has access to a mental health...

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Rich Cordray, Democrat: Offer services like mental health, dental, after-school, and parent support programs at neighborhood schools. Increase state support for hiring education professionals like librarians, nurses, guidance counselors, and social workers.  Mike DeWine, Republican: Ensure every school has access to a mental health...
Cordray, DeWine both pledge to expand subsidized childcare eligibility
  Rich Cordray, Democrat: Raise the eligibility limit for subsidized childcare from 130 percent of the federal poverty level to 150 percent. Establish an office in state government to ensure high-quality early education programs. Expand Ohio’s home visitation program for new parents.  Mike DeWine, Republican: Raise the eligibility...

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Rich Cordray, Democrat: Raise the eligibility limit for subsidized childcare from 130 percent of the federal poverty level to 150 percent. Establish an office in state government to ensure high-quality early education programs. Expand Ohio’s home visitation program for new parents.  Mike DeWine, Republican: Raise the eligibility...
Governor candidates all vow less standardized testing in schools
 Rich Cordray, Democrat: Reduce required testing to federally mandated minimums.   Mike DeWine, Republican: Reduce required testing. Refine the state report card system to focus on student progress instead of meeting benchmarks.   Constance Gadell-Newton, Green Party: End teaching to the test.   Travis Irvine...

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Rich Cordray, Democrat: Reduce required testing to federally mandated minimums.   Mike DeWine, Republican: Reduce required testing. Refine the state report card system to focus on student progress instead of meeting benchmarks.   Constance Gadell-Newton, Green Party: End teaching to the test.   Travis Irvine...
Where Ohio governor candidates stand on charter school oversight
 Richard Cordray, Democrat: Prohibit for-profit companies from operating charter schools. Increase regulations on charter schools to bring them more in line with the requirements for Ohio’s traditional public schools. Fund charter schools directly from the state, instead of passing them through local public school districts in a process...

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Richard Cordray, Democrat: Prohibit for-profit companies from operating charter schools. Increase regulations on charter schools to bring them more in line with the requirements for Ohio’s traditional public schools. Fund charter schools directly from the state, instead of passing them through local public school districts in a process...
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