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Former Dayton Development Coalition leader J.P. Nauseef to lead JobsOhio
 Former Dayton Development Coalition leader J.P. Nauseef will be the next president of JobsOhio, the non-profit that heads up economic development efforts for the state. “J.P. Nauseef is the right person to lead JobsOhio,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a written statement. “His extensive experience in the economic development...

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Former Dayton Development Coalition leader J.P. Nauseef will be the next president of JobsOhio, the non-profit that heads up economic development efforts for the state. “J.P. Nauseef is the right person to lead JobsOhio,” Gov. Mike DeWine said in a written statement. “His extensive experience in the economic development...
County jail, Dayton prison cope with water crisis
 The water emergency for the city of Dayton and Montgomery County meant that the county jail and a state prison in Dayton had to make adjustments for inmates. Montgomery County Jail inmates switched to bag lunches and dinner because of the initial precautionary boil water advisory, according to Sheriff Rob Streck.  The jail never lost...

Posted: 4 days ago

The water emergency for the city of Dayton and Montgomery County meant that the county jail and a state prison in Dayton had to make adjustments for inmates. Montgomery County Jail inmates switched to bag lunches and dinner because of the initial precautionary boil water advisory, according to Sheriff Rob Streck.  The jail never lost...
Montgomery County water outage: County to set up distribution centers, asks state for help
 Montgomery County is working on a plan to set up water distribution centers and is asking the state for help with the Dayton city-county water outage. "We have recognized we are going to need the state based on the population that's impacted," county Administrator Michael Colbert said in an interview with News Center 7 anchors James...

Posted: 4 days ago

Montgomery County is working on a plan to set up water distribution centers and is asking the state for help with the Dayton city-county water outage. "We have recognized we are going to need the state based on the population that's impacted," county Administrator Michael Colbert said in an interview with News Center 7 anchors James...
Water outage: Dayton and Montgomery County cancel boil advisories 
 A Wednesday water outage say the City of Dayton lose 2.52 million gallons of water in 10 minutes. During a Friday afternoon press conference, City Manager Shelley Dickstein said that the city is unable to say what caused the break until river levels drop and it can be accessed better. It is not clear how much the water needs to recede...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Wednesday water outage say the City of Dayton lose 2.52 million gallons of water in 10 minutes. During a Friday afternoon press conference, City Manager Shelley Dickstein said that the city is unable to say what caused the break until river levels drop and it can be accessed better. It is not clear how much the water needs to recede...
ODOT Director says Ohio must find money to fix roads or ‘more people will get hurt’
 Road construction and maintenance will stall, infrastructure will suffer and danger to drivers will increase if the state does not find money to fix roads, Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks told lawmakers on Wednesday. “Statistically, we know that deteriorating road conditions lead to more crashes and more crashes...

Posted: 5 days ago

Road construction and maintenance will stall, infrastructure will suffer and danger to drivers will increase if the state does not find money to fix roads, Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks told lawmakers on Wednesday. “Statistically, we know that deteriorating road conditions lead to more crashes and more crashes...
Ohio lawmaker pushes LGBTQ anti-discrimination bill
 While same-sex couples are legally allowed to marry, they can be fired from a job or kicked out of an apartment based on their sexual orientation in Ohio. State Sen. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, is planning to change that. Antonio, who is gay, announced that she will re-introduce the “Ohio Fairness Act” to prohibit discrimination...

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While same-sex couples are legally allowed to marry, they can be fired from a job or kicked out of an apartment based on their sexual orientation in Ohio. State Sen. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, is planning to change that. Antonio, who is gay, announced that she will re-introduce the “Ohio Fairness Act” to prohibit discrimination...
At least 43 schools in Ohio arm teachers and staff, report says
 Controlled door access, visitor screening and mass notification systems are the most common measures used in Ohio schools to protect kids and teachers, according to a new statewide survey sent to 5,620 buildings. Panic buttons, radio hookups to first responders, protective windows and physical barriers are used in fewer schools, according...

Posted: 5 days ago

Controlled door access, visitor screening and mass notification systems are the most common measures used in Ohio schools to protect kids and teachers, according to a new statewide survey sent to 5,620 buildings. Panic buttons, radio hookups to first responders, protective windows and physical barriers are used in fewer schools, according...
State Senate leader plans to eliminate thousands of business regulations in Ohio
 Republicans firmly in control of the Ohio Senate promised to eliminate thousands of business regulations, crack down on human trafficking, and change how drug users are treated in the criminal justice system. “You’ll see us focus on a number of big picture issues,” said Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, on Tuesday...

Posted: 6 days ago

Republicans firmly in control of the Ohio Senate promised to eliminate thousands of business regulations, crack down on human trafficking, and change how drug users are treated in the criminal justice system. “You’ll see us focus on a number of big picture issues,” said Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, on Tuesday...
Heartbeat abortion bill re-introduced by Ohio lawmakers
 Two Ohio lawmakers have re-introduced the “heartbeat bill,” which would outlaw abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. On Monday, state Reps. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, and Candice Keller, R-Middletown, introduced the “heartbeat bill” and said they have 50 co-sponsors for the measure in the 99-member Ohio House. House...

Posted: 7 days ago

Two Ohio lawmakers have re-introduced the “heartbeat bill,” which would outlaw abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. On Monday, state Reps. Ron Hood, R-Ashville, and Candice Keller, R-Middletown, introduced the “heartbeat bill” and said they have 50 co-sponsors for the measure in the 99-member Ohio House. House...
Yogi Kasich? Former governor tweets about his first yoga class
 Former Ohio governor John Kasich is taking up yoga with his wife, Karen Kasich, and posted a short video about his first foray into the ancient practice. “I took my first yoga class today, right beside my wife. You know, it was pretty hard, pretty challenging but I kind of figured out it’s not about me versus the world, it&rsquo...

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Former Ohio governor John Kasich is taking up yoga with his wife, Karen Kasich, and posted a short video about his first foray into the ancient practice. “I took my first yoga class today, right beside my wife. You know, it was pretty hard, pretty challenging but I kind of figured out it’s not about me versus the world, it&rsquo...
Former Dayton, Springfield trooper will lead Ohio Highway Patrol
 For the first time in state history, the Ohio Highway Patrol’s two highest ranking leaders will be an African-American and a woman. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday that Lt. Col. Richard Fambro will be the new patrol superintendent. Fambro’s career started in the Miami Valley. His first post assignment was in Dayton and...

Posted: 11 days ago

For the first time in state history, the Ohio Highway Patrol’s two highest ranking leaders will be an African-American and a woman. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday that Lt. Col. Richard Fambro will be the new patrol superintendent. Fambro’s career started in the Miami Valley. His first post assignment was in Dayton and...
Ohio lawmakers want to strengthen domestic violence laws
 State legislators are advocating for a stronger law against domestic violence after a former lawmaker is accused of stabbing his ex-wife to death in her driveway. State Rep. Janine Boyd, D-Cleveland Heights, is pushing a bill that would better identify high-risk domestic violence situations that could escalate. The bill would call on police...

Posted: 11 days ago

State legislators are advocating for a stronger law against domestic violence after a former lawmaker is accused of stabbing his ex-wife to death in her driveway. State Rep. Janine Boyd, D-Cleveland Heights, is pushing a bill that would better identify high-risk domestic violence situations that could escalate. The bill would call on police...
Oakwood state Rep. Jim Butler lands #2 House leadership post
 Ohio lawmakers returned to Columbus on Wednesday for housekeeping business: picking leadership teams in each chamber and electing minority party leaders. State Rep. Jim Butler, R-Oakwood, will be the number two leader in the Ohio House, serving as speaker pro tempore. Rounding out the House GOP team will be Bill Seitz of Cincinnati as floor...

Posted: 12 days ago

Ohio lawmakers returned to Columbus on Wednesday for housekeeping business: picking leadership teams in each chamber and electing minority party leaders. State Rep. Jim Butler, R-Oakwood, will be the number two leader in the Ohio House, serving as speaker pro tempore. Rounding out the House GOP team will be Bill Seitz of Cincinnati as floor...
BREAKING: Ex-colonel from Dayton area named to new state-level military cabinet position 
 Retired Air Force colonel Joseph Zeis Jr. will take a newly created post in the DeWine administration to protect and position Ohio’s military installations and assets, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday at the Dayton Development Coalition’s annual meeting. Currently an attorney with Sebaly Shillito + Dyer, Zeis has a deep resume...

Posted: 12 days ago

Retired Air Force colonel Joseph Zeis Jr. will take a newly created post in the DeWine administration to protect and position Ohio’s military installations and assets, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday at the Dayton Development Coalition’s annual meeting. Currently an attorney with Sebaly Shillito + Dyer, Zeis has a deep resume...
Ohio lawmakers push to end sales tax on diapers, tampons, pads
 Baby diapers, tampons and sanitary pads should be exempt from state sales taxes, according to two state lawmakers who plan to introduce two bills to bar taxation on the products. State Reps. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, and Brigid Kelly, D-Cincinnati, plan to introduce two sales tax exemption bills — one on feminine hygiene products...

Posted: 14 days ago

Baby diapers, tampons and sanitary pads should be exempt from state sales taxes, according to two state lawmakers who plan to introduce two bills to bar taxation on the products. State Reps. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, and Brigid Kelly, D-Cincinnati, plan to introduce two sales tax exemption bills — one on feminine hygiene products...
Who will be paid the most in DeWine’s cabinet? Hint: It’s not DeWine
 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine won’t be the highest paid state official in his cabinet: Randy Gardner, the nominee for higher education chancellor, will have the top salary. Gardner, a Republican lawmaker from Bowling Green, is set to make just more than $190,000 a year. That’s almost $36,000 more than the governor’s annual salary...

Posted: 14 days ago

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine won’t be the highest paid state official in his cabinet: Randy Gardner, the nominee for higher education chancellor, will have the top salary. Gardner, a Republican lawmaker from Bowling Green, is set to make just more than $190,000 a year. That’s almost $36,000 more than the governor’s annual salary...
1 deputy killed, another injured in 12-hour long standoff in Clermont County
 One deputy was killed and a second was treated and released after they were shot during a 12-hour standoff at an apartment complex in Clermont County near Cincinnati that ended Sunday morning.  Detective Bill Brewer, a 20-year veteran of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office was identified as the deputy killed during the standoff...

Posted: 15 days ago

One deputy was killed and a second was treated and released after they were shot during a 12-hour standoff at an apartment complex in Clermont County near Cincinnati that ended Sunday morning.  Detective Bill Brewer, a 20-year veteran of the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office was identified as the deputy killed during the standoff...
Columbus hospital deaths put spotlight on patient safety
 A Columbus case in which a doctor has been accused of over-prescribing drugs to 34 hospital patients who later died has Ohio medical boards and hospitals here watching closely to see what went wrong. Prosecutors are investigating Dr. William Husel after the Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus reported it found evidence that Husel ordered...

Posted: 15 days ago

A Columbus case in which a doctor has been accused of over-prescribing drugs to 34 hospital patients who later died has Ohio medical boards and hospitals here watching closely to see what went wrong. Prosecutors are investigating Dr. William Husel after the Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus reported it found evidence that Husel ordered...
Ohio House debating gas tax, school funding, power plants and more
 Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder is open to the ideas of raising the gas tax, simplifying K-12 school funding and bailing out aging nuclear power plants. In a Q&A with the press Friday, Householder, R-Glenford, covered a wide range of topics, including: Gas Tax: “I think it’s all on the table. I mean, what are you going to...

Posted: 17 days ago

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder is open to the ideas of raising the gas tax, simplifying K-12 school funding and bailing out aging nuclear power plants. In a Q&A with the press Friday, Householder, R-Glenford, covered a wide range of topics, including: Gas Tax: “I think it’s all on the table. I mean, what are you going to...
5 reasons Sen. Sherrod Brown has a shot in Democratic primary, and 5 reasons he doesn’t
 U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and his hardcore supporters traveled to Iowa on Thursday as part of his “Dignity of Work” tour, a swing through key states that Brown is using to gauge his chances in a presidential run. Brown, 66, is a well-known Ohio Democrat, having held elected offices since 1975. And Democrats need someone who can...

Posted: 18 days ago

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and his hardcore supporters traveled to Iowa on Thursday as part of his “Dignity of Work” tour, a swing through key states that Brown is using to gauge his chances in a presidential run. Brown, 66, is a well-known Ohio Democrat, having held elected offices since 1975. And Democrats need someone who can...
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