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WSU interim leader: Golf team could go, university needs a ‘Dr. No’

Wright State University needs a “Dr. No” to prevent overspending that interim president Curtis McCray said may force the college to eliminate its men’s golf team as more budget cuts and layoffs loom. WSU needs someone who is not afraid to turn down financial requests that led to the university’s overspending, McCray told the Dayton Daily News in his first interview as the college&rsquo...
How will Trump’s climate change executive orders impact Ohio?

How will Trump’s climate change executive orders impact Ohio?

Not even 100 days into his presidency, President Donald Trump Tuesday announced an executive order that would have sweeping impact on his predecessor’s efforts to curb climate change – a move that business and the energy industry cheers and that environmentalists lament. With the stroke of a pen on Tuesday, Trump issued an order that will begin to bring to a halt the Clean Power Plan,...
WSU interim leader: Golf team could go, school needs a ‘Dr. No’

WSU interim leader: Golf team could go, school needs a ‘Dr. No’

Most of Wright State University’s financial wounds were self-inflicted, interim president Curtis McCray told the Dayton Daily News in his first interview as the college’s temporary leader. WSU needed a “Dr. No,” or someone who could turn down financial requests that led to the university overspending, McCray said. McCray has served as a president at four other universities...
Erica Baker case: Dad says missing children’s day would help families

Erica Baker case: Dad says missing children’s day would help families

Erica Baker’s dad told state lawmakers on Tuesday that designating May 25 as Ohio National Missing Children’s Day would mean a lot to families like his. “It’s a uniting thing for all the parents that have missing children. It gives them a day of recognition in the state of Ohio. I thought it was very important for them so that they know that all their loved ones are not forgotten...
BGSU professor caught with sexually explicit material on work computer

BGSU professor caught with sexually explicit material on work computer

An investigation by the Ohio Inspector General and Bowling Green State University Police found that a BGSU professor disseminated “erotic literature” from university equipment. Alan Atalah, associate dean in the BGSU college of technology, provided a USB drive with research on it to the Ohio Department of Transportation, according to a release from the inspector general. Along with the...
Ohio may redact kids’ names from school bus crash reports

Ohio may redact kids’ names from school bus crash reports

In what could be a major shift in Ohio’s public records law, the names of children involved in hundreds of school bus accidents across the state each year would be withheld from disclosure on police reports. Republican State Reps. Jeff Rezabek of Clayton and Peter Hambly of Brunswick are co-sponsoring a bill to exempt from public disclosure information on minors who are passengers in school...
Region tries again for state money for startups

Region tries again for state money for startups

Dayton region officials are once again trying to convince the state to restore funding for entrepreneurs that was lost in 2015 after the Dayton Development Coalition was unable to resolve concerns over how effectively the money was being spent. “Unfortunately we lost this funding two years ago. I’m hopeful we can get this funding back so that we can get our startup community these necessary...
Deadly home fires spark fight over regulations

Deadly home fires spark fight over regulations

Fire officials across Ohio are backing a proposal by Gov. John Kasich to abolish the industry-controlled agency that regulates manufactured homes, saying the commission does too little to protect manufactured home residents from deadly fires. The Ohio Fire Chief’s Association last week sent a letter to Ohio lawmakers expressing support for a provision in the state budget that would do away with...
Pension cuts looming for Ohio teachers and retirees

Pension cuts looming for Ohio teachers and retirees

The financial strength of the State Teachers Retirement System — the second largest pension fund in the state — is being questioned after actuaries told trustees to make big changes. Now, teachers and retirees may face benefit cuts. STRS Ohio’s expected annual investment return — 7.75 percent — is too rosy, retired teachers are living longer than expected and payroll...
Death Row: Inmate argues Ohio lacked jurisdiction in 1991 child murder

Death Row: Inmate argues Ohio lacked jurisdiction in 1991 child murder

More than two decades after the crime, Death Row inmate Jeffrey Wogenstahl is claiming that Ohio didn’t have the right to prosecute him for the death of 10-year-old Amber Garrett because the girl may have been murdered in Indiana — not Ohio. The Ohio Supreme Court will consider Wogenstahl’s direct appeal on April 4. A Hamilton County trial court in 1993 sentenced Wogenstahl to death...
Across Ohio, children are calling 911 to report overdoses

Across Ohio, children are calling 911 to report overdoses

A sobbing 9-year-old called 911 Sunday with a horrific report: “My grandmas are on the ground.” The Dayton girl’s call is the latest episode of children begging Ohio dispatchers for help following an apparent overdose — a tragic, reoccurring phenomenon as the heroin and opioid crisis grips the state and the nation. In March alone, children in Centerville, Cincinnati and Cleveland...
Ohioans can register to vote online for upcoming election

Ohioans can register to vote online for upcoming election

The deadline to register to vote for the upcoming May 2nd primary and special election is a week away but registration can now be done online for the first time in Ohio history. Related: Ohio to start online voter registration in January More than 300 local issues, including school levies and bonds, liquor questions, charter amendments, police funding and more, will appear on the May 2 ballot...
Multiple agencies probe jail pepper-spraying, grand juries convene

Multiple agencies probe jail pepper-spraying, grand juries convene

Up to four agencies are investigating the 2015 pepper spraying of Amber Swink in a seven-point restraint chair by then Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Judith Sealey, court documents confirmed. Now, attorneys defending against Swink’s federal civil lawsuit told a judge they would face an “impossible decision” if Sealey and other Montgomery County Jail leaders give depositions...
Rising tide of white nationalism evident in Georgia

Rising tide of white nationalism evident in Georgia

One example of a rising tide of white nationalism shambled into a federal district courtroom in Gainesville Wednesday. William Christopher Gibbs wore shackles, orange Crocs and a dirty, mustard-yellow jumpsuit with the word “INMATE” stenciled on back. He had an unruly shock of curly blond hair and an unshaven look that gave cover to an attempted mustache. The 27-year-old Fannin County...
Police: Cincinnati driver fatally shot who struck 4-year-old boy

Police: Cincinnati driver fatally shot who struck 4-year-old boy

A 44-year-old man was fatally shot Friday after he struck a 4-year-old boy with his car in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Walnut Hills. The driver, identified as Jamie Urton, hit the boy around noon on Kenton Street when the boy crossed the street in front of Urton’s car. Urton got out of the car, when an altercation started between onlookers and the driver, our news partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati...
PHOTOS: A historical look at Clarence J. Brown Reservoir in Clark County

PHOTOS: A historical look at Clarence J. Brown Reservoir in Clark County

Look at historical photos of the early years of the Clarence J. Brown Reservoir and Dam in Clark County.
‘World’s Greatest Leader’ list includes Kasich, LeBron

‘World’s Greatest Leader’ list includes Kasich, LeBron

Who’s a better leader, John Kasich or LeBron James? According to Fortune magazine, the Cleveland Cavaliers star edges out the Ohio governor, but Kasich did well nonetheless, finishing 12th in the publication’s fourth annual ranking of the “World’s Greatest Leaders.” Related: You can call up the list here The list is purposely eclectic and includes the likes of comedian...
Doctors top Ohio’s top-paid state worker list

Doctors top Ohio’s top-paid state worker list

The top paid state workers who each grossed more than $250,000 in 2016 are all doctors working in Ohio’s prisons or mental health systems, according to data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who was spent a chunk of last year campaigning for president, didn’t even crack the top 150 paid state workers. Kasich, who was paid $148,316...
Is the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in jeopardy?

Is the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in jeopardy?

Organizers of the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival are reviewing new regulations established by the Waynesville Council to replace a contract, the most recent version of which the popular festival going into its 48th year had been operating under for seven years. Lonnie Schear, chairman of the 2017 festival, said the Waynesville Area Chamber of Commerce, which stages the event, was taking applications from...
Troopers find Humvee stolen from Ohio National Guard armory

Troopers find Humvee stolen from Ohio National Guard armory

A military Humvee stolen from the Ohio National Guard Armory in Stow was found Friday night in a garage at a vacant house. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said tips from the public led troopers to find the vehicle. No arrests have been made, and the theft remains under investigation, the patrol said. A military Humvee was stolen from the Ohio National Guard Armory in Stow. The Ohio State Highway Patrol...
Police shoot at suspect accused of stabbing roommate near Ohio State campus

Police shoot at suspect accused of stabbing roommate near Ohio State campus

A 22-year-old man is in custody, accused of stabbing one of his roommates in the neck near the Ohio State University campus, our news partner WBNS-TV in Columbus reported. The victim, a 19-year-old woman, was listed in stable condition at OSU’s Wexner Medical Center, where she was taken with injuries initially described by Columbus police as critical. The suspect’s name has not been released...
WSU leaders: Fire long-suspended workers, release secret audit

WSU leaders: Fire long-suspended workers, release secret audit

The Wright State University administrators who have been on paid leave for almost two years amid an ongoing federal investigation into possible violations of immigration law should be terminated, the vice chairman of the WSU board said today. Doug Fecher told the Dayton Daily News that he and board chairman Michael Bridges agree that the administrators should be separated from the university...
Ohio lawmaker pushes for protections for gays in jobs, housing

Ohio lawmaker pushes for protections for gays in jobs, housing

Ohio is among more than two dozen states where discrimination in housing and employment against gay and lesbian people is legal but state Rep. Nickie Antonio, who is openly gay, says it’s time to change that. “They — we — should not have to fear that they’ll be evicted from home based on their gender identity or fired from their job based on who they love,” said...

Ohio Senate OKs transportation budget.

By Laura Bischoff The Ohio Senate on Wednesday voted 33-0 in favor of a $7.86 billion transportation budget bill that includes $5.6 billion for highway construction and maintenance projects. This leaves the state gas tax at 28-cents per gallon — unchanged since July 2005. But fees Ohioans pay for license plates are likely to increase. The legislation allows counties to ask for local voter approval...
‘Crisis’ in trucking industry spurs flurry of bills

‘Crisis’ in trucking industry spurs flurry of bills

State lawmakers launched a four-part plan Wednesday to help trucking companies fill thousands of job openings. A series of bills were introduced addressing various problems that have put the industry in crisis, according to state Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, the author of one of the bills. Lawmakers say there aren’t enough people interested in the profession and changes are needed to help...
Ohio Senate votes to allow $5 license plate fee increase

Ohio Senate votes to allow $5 license plate fee increase

The Ohio Senate on Wednesday voted 33-0 in favor of a $7.86 billion transportation budget bill that includes $5.6 billion for highway construction and maintenance projects. This leaves the state gas tax at 28-cents per gallon — unchanged since July 2005. But fees Ohioans pay for license plates are likely to increase. The legislation allows counties to ask for local voter approval for an additional...
Smoking in a car with kids could bring $500 fine in Ohio

Smoking in a car with kids could bring $500 fine in Ohio

People who smoke in cars with kids under age 6 would face a $500 fine, if a bill proposed by state Sen. Charletta Tavares becomes law. “They have no say in getting into an enclosed vehicle with someone who is smoking,” said Tavares, D-Columbus. “Their little lungs breathe deeper, particularly infants. They breathe deeper and they breathe faster.” Tavares said Arkansas, California...
Lawmaker proposes $140 vehicle plate fee in lieu of Ohio gas taxes

Lawmaker proposes $140 vehicle plate fee in lieu of Ohio gas taxes

UPDATE, March 22, 3 p.m.: The Ohio Senate voted to allow a $5 license plate increase Wednesday as it passed a $7.8 billion state budget. Read the full story here. Earlier story: Ohio motorists would pay $140 a year for license plates — a 306 percent increase over current fees — but get out of paying the state’s 28 cents per gallon gas tax, under a bill being pitched by state...
Could Cincinnati land a Trump hotel?

Could Cincinnati land a Trump hotel?

By Bernard Condon and David Koenig Associated Press. Cincinnati may soon be home to a Trump family hotel. Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger, said cities such as Cincinnati, Louisville and Milwaukee could be home to a new line of hotels called Scion, but he won’t name the developers. “The list of places Scion can go,” he said, “is virtually limitless.” You might have expected...
Sex with animals in Ohio officially illegal

Sex with animals in Ohio officially illegal

It is no longer legal in Ohio to have sex with animals. Ohio’s law banning bestiality went into effect Tuesday. “It’s a crime that defies explanation to the rational person,” said Mark Kumpf, director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center. “We’re dealing with a different species.” Previous efforts in 2011 and 2015 to ban it did not gain enough support...
Officials spent taxpayer money on booze, strip clubs, audit says

Officials spent taxpayer money on booze, strip clubs, audit says

Employees at a southern Ohio correctional facility stole equipment, blew money on booze, hotels and a strip club and forged receipts, according to a state audit released Tuesday. A special audit of STAR Community Justice Center, a community corrections program serving southern Ohio, uncovered $20,090 in improper spending by 11 directors and employees, including trips to conferences in Las Vegas, Reno...
New law starts today: Drivers must move over to pass bicyclists

New law starts today: Drivers must move over to pass bicyclists

Today is when motorists must start giving bicyclists a 3-foot “safe distance” when passing on the road. But education will be a key to ensure the driving public knows the law is on the books, and if ticketed they’d be cited for a minor misdemeanor, said Ken Mercurio, of Monroe. “How long will people realize they can’t text when they drive?” said Mercurio, a...
County board to sell four work centers

County board to sell four work centers

The Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services is trying to sell four of its work centers as it phases out a variety of direct services for clients with disabilities. The board has issued a request for proposals in search of private organizations that want to buy the Calumet, Jergens, Kuntz and Liberty centers. The county is seeking buyers who will offer services for people with...
Would you vote to raise driver’s license fees? State may let you decide

Would you vote to raise driver’s license fees? State may let you decide

If counties want to increase vehicle registration fees to help pay for roads and bridges, it won’t be easy. The Senate Transportation Committee decided Monday that local voter approval should be required before counties can levy an additional $5 fee on vehicle registrations. The committee also agreed to change how gas tax revenues are allocated to local road and bridge projects so that an additional...
Your questions answered on health care bill

Your questions answered on health care bill

Following criticism from organizations representing older Americans, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., modified a health care bill he backs to help people between ages 55 and 64 buy individual health insurance policies. In a letter to Congress and a TV commercial, AARP assailed the House Republican leadership health care plan which would replace the 2010 health known signed by former President Barack...
Tom Price in the spotlight as point man for GOP health plan

Tom Price in the spotlight as point man for GOP health plan

Under the bright studio lights and a red, white and blue set, moderators and audience members at a recent CNN town hall event took turns grilling Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price about the way the GOP health care bill treats the sick, the vulnerable and the elderly. Questions oscillated from the personal to the emotional to the fiscal. A since-recovered cancer patient spoke of how Obamacare&rsquo...
Local cities aim to block state plan on tax collections

Local cities aim to block state plan on tax collections

Cities from Troy to Lebanon are opposed to a state proposal to centralize collections of net profit tax returns, saying it will likely cost municipalities money, result in further revenue losses and hurt businesses getting a range of local free help. The plan, part of Gov. John Kasich’s proposed state budget, is an effort to simplify tax issues on businesses, state officials said. But area municipalities...
WSU president resigns, citing ongoing budget issues

WSU president resigns, citing ongoing budget issues

The latest casualty of Wright State University’s financial problems is its own president as David Hopkins resigned Friday, three and a half months before he planned to retire. An ongoing budget crisis and transitioning in the next president were two of the reasons Hopkins abruptly resigned Friday, he said in an email to faculty staff and students. “We have a substantial undertaking to...
Sheriff says elected leaders not cooperating on DUI arrest case

Sheriff says elected leaders not cooperating on DUI arrest case

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones made explosive charges on a conservative talk radio show that Republican elected officials went to a bar with state Rep. Wes Retherford, who allegedly passed out drunk in a McDonald’s drive-thru, but now those politicos aren’t cooperating with investigators. On The Bill Cunningham Show Jones said, “We have been trying to reach out to these people...
Local group, Turner at odds over ‘fraud’ claim

Local group, Turner at odds over ‘fraud’ claim

Local groups have fired back against U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, saying he falsely claimed that a local activist was parading as a deceased civil rights icon in possible violation of federal law. Turner made the claim Thursday in a press release distributed to local media organizations. In it he said a woman named Christie Lamb was using the name of Ella Baker, a legendary figure in the civil...
Trump budget boosts military spending, cuts to other departments

Trump budget boosts military spending, cuts to other departments

In the first budget of his presidency, President Donald Trump plans to increase military spending and cut discretionary spending. The budget underscores what has been an increasingly common theme: Because Trump vowed to increase military spending, without tackling entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare, which account for a whopping 64.63 percent of the budget – he will be forced to...
Trump’s budget would eliminate Great Lakes fund

Trump’s budget would eliminate Great Lakes fund

President Donald Trump’s budget would eliminate funding for the largest investment in the Great Lakes in decades, part of sweeping cuts to environmental programs. Trump’s budget would zero out federal dollars aimed at cleaning and protecting the Great Lakes – one cut in a series of sweeping cuts to federal environmental programs. Among the states that he won in November were Ohio...
EXCLUSIVE: Butler County GOP asks Wes Retherford to resign

EXCLUSIVE: Butler County GOP asks Wes Retherford to resign

The Butler County Republican Party is asking Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford to resign, just days after he was arrested allegedly passed out drunk in a McDonald’s drive-thru with a loaded firearm in his truck. Retherford, R-Hamilton, is facing drunken driving and weapons charges. The GOP is asking for Retherford’s resignation not only based on his recent arrest, but also because of his past history...
Ohio looks to crack down on people who extort money to remove mugshots

Ohio looks to crack down on people who extort money to remove mugshots

Ohio lawmakers are moving to stop companies that publish jail mugshots and then charge a fee to remove them. The Ohio House on Wednesday voted 88-4 in favor of House Bill 6, which would make it a minor misdemeanor to solicit or accept fees for taking down or correcting criminal records information or mugshots that have been published online or in print. Violators could also be open to lawsuits. OTHER...
Rich buy freedom, poor stay in jail, report on Ohio bail system says

Rich buy freedom, poor stay in jail, report on Ohio bail system says

For the most part, criminal defendants with money can purchase their freedom from county jail while poorer defendants stay locked up pending trial, according to a new 256-page report that is recommending a major overhaul to Ohio’s money bail system. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction found that 35.4 percent of local jail inmates are there awaiting trial. They’re either...
One year ago today, John Kasich won Ohio primary: A look back

One year ago today, John Kasich won Ohio primary: A look back

It was one year ago today, March 15, 2016, that Ohio Gov. John Kasich won the Ohio primary. It was the first and only state he won in the Republican presidential race. Kasich defeated Donald Trump, 47 percent to 35.9 percent. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was third with 13.3 percent. Kasich won 56 counties, but lost all of the counties in eastern Ohio and most along the southern border. Here’s a look...
Texting while driving may lead to higher fines, penalties in Ohio

Texting while driving may lead to higher fines, penalties in Ohio

Checking Facebook, sending snapchats, tweeting or otherwise getting distracted while driving could get expensive in Ohio. State Reps. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, and Jim Hughes, R-Columbus, introduced House Bill 95 to add a $100 penalty on top of other fines for moving violations if the driver was distracted by a “handheld electronic communications device” — fancy legal talk for &ldquo...

Do you think people seeking unemployment benefits should be drug tested

An effort is underway to expand the number of  unemployment benefit applicants who need drug tested The Associated Press is reporting that the Senate sent President Donald Trump a plan to make the change and the White House says Trump will sign it. Tell us what you think: Take Our Poll Here’s the full story from the AP: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/national-govt–politics/congress-sends-trump-drug-test-measure-for-unemployed/39AFCau7JMyCijBOk0DRZM/?ecmp=daytondaily_social_twitter_2014_politics_sfp
Greene County flu cases increased in 2017, officials say

Greene County flu cases increased in 2017, officials say

Employees at the Greene County Combined Health District say the normal flu season usually starts in October, and is over by March. But not this year. “I have four babies, all under 6 (years old), and they’re all sick,” Xenia resident Victoia McDaniel said Tuesday. About 130 Greene County residents have been hospitalized for the flu since mid-December, health district officials said...
Fire cause damage to Springfield apartment building

Fire cause damage to Springfield apartment building

Fire damaged up to five units in an apartment complex located in the 2000 block of North Limestone Street in Springfield Friday afternoon, fire officials said.  The fire at the two story North Park apartments caused officials to close the right lanes of northbound Limestone Street. No one was reported injured, and fire investigators are working to find the cause of the fire. 
Centerville couple overdose: 3 things to know about the case

Centerville couple overdose: 3 things to know about the case

Brian and Courtney Halye were found dead in their Centerville home Thursday morning from an apparent overdose. Here are 3 things to know about their deaths: The Montgomery County Coroner’s office said the deaths  were a result of a fentanyl overdose. Centerville police said drug paraphernalia was found in the house. Four children were in the house, and one of them called 911 to alert police...
A look back at 5 tornadoes that struck the Miami Valley in 2016

A look back at 5 tornadoes that struck the Miami Valley in 2016

A year ago today five tornadoes touched down in four Miami Valley counties. The twisters caused extensive property damage, but no injuries or deaths were reported.  The communities affected were Arcanum, Laura, Wheatville, Pitsburg and Phillipsburg across Montgomery, Darke, Preble and Miami counties. EF1 tornadoes hit Phillipsburg in Montgomery County and near Wheatville in Preble County, NWS...
Area first responders conducting training in Centerville complex

Area first responders conducting training in Centerville complex

First responders in the Miami Valley plan to take advantage of a unique training opportunity at a former shopping complex in Centerville. For the next week, starting today, the former Far Hills Shopping Center located at 6300 Far Hills Ave., will be transformed into a training ground for the Washington Twp. Fire Department and several area SWAT teams.  The owner of Elsa’s Mexican Restaurant...
Ohio gun law that takes effect today continues state loosening of gun restrictions

Ohio gun law that takes effect today continues state loosening of gun restrictions

The state of Ohio’s newest gun law takes effect Tuesday, March 21.  Known as Senate Bill 199, the law overrules private business owners’ ability to ban guns on their property as long as person is a CCW license holder and locks the weapon — handguns only in this case — in his or her personal vehicle. The law does not set requirements for how the weapon is stored except...
Injured Dayton police officer grateful for outpouring of support

Injured Dayton police officer grateful for outpouring of support

Dayton Police Officer Byron Branch, who was seriously injured after being struck outside of his cruiser while responding to a crash along Interstate 75 continues to recover, officials said in a press release Friday.  The department said in the press release that Branch and his family have opted not to do media interviews. However, they’ve offered a written update on his condition and a...
Ohio Gov. John Kasich: End the partisan warfare on health care

Ohio Gov. John Kasich: End the partisan warfare on health care

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been outspoken about Repubican plans to repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan in place. Today he wrote an opinion column for the New York Time saying “A responsible, and necessary, repeal and replacement of Obamacare must balance cost and coverage. It is unrealistic to think that cutting coverage saves any money, since we will only see uninsured people returning...
Report: Montgomery County's infant mortality rate among worst in Ohio

Report: Montgomery County's infant mortality rate among worst in Ohio

Black infants are three times more likely to die before their first birthday than white babies, according to a report from Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County. Montgomery County has the fifth worst infant mortality rate in Ohio, according to the report, which was released early this year.  White babies have an infant mortality rate of 4.5 per 1,000 live births, whereas black children have...
Kasich slams GOP health care plan; Jordan plans to release his own

Kasich slams GOP health care plan; Jordan plans to release his own

In a sign of the deep divisions among Republicans, Gov. John Kasich sharply objected Tuesday to a House Republican plan to overhaul the 2010 health law known as Obamacare which has allowed him to provide health coverage to roughly 700,000 low-income people in Ohio. While Republican House conservatives such as Rep. Jim Jordan complained the Republican leadership bill is “Obamacare in a different...
Ohio man kills himself on death row

Ohio man kills himself on death row

An Ohio man condemned to die for the slaying of his former girlfriend has killed himself on death row, the state prisons agency said Monday. Inmate Patrick Leonard died Sunday night of an apparent suicide on death row in Chillicothe, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said in an email to The Associated Press. Leonard was sentenced to death for the 2000 killing of his ex-girlfriend...
How Ohio members of Congress voted last week

How Ohio members of Congress voted last week

Here’s a look at how Ohio lawmakers voted last week HOUSE Local lawmakers are in bold * H.R. 1004 A bill requiring federal agencies to increase transparency on how they craft new rules. Passed: 246-176 Democrats No: Beatty, Fudge, Kaptur, Ryan Republicans Yes: Chabot, Davidson, Gibbs, Johnson, Joyce, Latta, Renacci, Stivers, Tiberi, Turner, Wenstrup. Not voting: Jordan SPECIAL INVESTIGATION...
Bogus receipts, fake expenses: Who’s policing campaign donations?

Bogus receipts, fake expenses: Who’s policing campaign donations?

A Dayton lawmaker’s criminal case illustrates some of the limitations in Ohio watchdogs’ ability to police unethical — and even unlawful — behavior. The way the system works now, public officials are essentially on the honor system. The Ohio Secretary of State’s six auditors spot check the 3,300 to 4,100 campaign finance reports that are filed every year, but they lack...

Do’s and don’t’s about Ohio’s ethics laws: Avoid freebies

Ohio’s Ethics Law, adopted in 1974, covers 590,000 employees, officials, officeholders and public contractors statewide. Here are some very basic Do’s and Don’t’s: Do’s: Ask the Ohio Ethics Commission for advice anytime you have a question. (614-466-7090). Seek out training on the law via online courses offered by the commission. ...
A long history of scandal preceded ethics reform in Ohio

A long history of scandal preceded ethics reform in Ohio

The history of scandal and influence peddling in Ohio politics is long and rich. In May 1911 the New York Times took Ohio politicos to task with the headline: “Wholesale Debauchery of the Ohio Legislature: How the Army of Lobbyists at Columbus Took Over the Business of Making Laws for the State – Wine and Women Employed as Well as Money.” It was another 60 years or so before Ohio...
Few ethics violations result in criminal convictions

Few ethics violations result in criminal convictions

In Ohio, three watchdog agencies are charged with overseeing hundreds of thousands of employees. Those agencies conduct investigations, issue opinions, dole out advice and in rare cases refer criminal activity to local prosecutor’s offices. Ohio taxpayers spend millions of dollars every year on the state’s efforts to ensure that public employees are following state ethics laws. Here are...
Sen. Sherrod Brown wants more sick leave, overtime, minimum wage hike as part of plan

Sen. Sherrod Brown wants more sick leave, overtime, minimum wage hike as part of plan

Sen. Sherrod Brown wants voters to feel that Democrats are the party of working Americans — and he’s got 77 pages aimed at showing them why. The Ohio Democrat announced today a sweeping plan aimed at improving conditions for working Americans in a speech at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs on the campus of the Ohio State University this morning.  The plan includes everything...
Ohio Sen. Portman: AG Jeff Sessions did the right thing

Ohio Sen. Portman: AG Jeff Sessions did the right thing

Sen. Rob Portman said U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions “did the right thing” when he recused himself Thursday any Justice Department probe into allegations that Russian officials may have intervened in last year’s presidential election in an effort to help Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. In a statement shortly after Sessions told reporters he would not...
Chemical spill in Toledo causes neighborhood evacuation

Chemical spill in Toledo causes neighborhood evacuation

Toledo Fire and Rescue is evacuating a two-block area due to a chemical fire in Toledo, according to the local CBS affiliate WTOL.The fire reportedly started at a local business called Lithium Innovations, and is releasing potentially toxic fumes into the air making it difficult to breathe, WTOL is reporting.  Firefighters evacuated a two-block area, and a Hazmat crew is currently on scene. Officials...
Loopholes raise questions about strength of Ohio’s ethics laws

Loopholes raise questions about strength of Ohio’s ethics laws

Trucks no longer back up to government office buildings at Christmas and distribute goodies to lawmakers, as they once did in Ohio, but an investigation by this news organization revealed plenty of loopholes in the state’s system for policing unethical activity by public officials. Lawmakers don’t have to disclose the freebies they receive at certain national conferences, aren’t...
Court records disappear despite ethics convictions

Court records disappear despite ethics convictions

Ohio Legislative Inspector General Tony Bledsoe gives a blank stare when asked which of the hard-fought convictions on ethics violations have been expunged from the court record. Ohio Ethics Commission Director Paul Nick also responds with a poker face. By law, they aren’t allowed to say. It is as though the convictions never happened. But that doesn’t mean they agree with vanquishing...
Review found 126 voted illegally in Ohio in past five years

Review found 126 voted illegally in Ohio in past five years

Reviews of election data by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted found 821 non-citizens have registered to vote in the state over the past five years — 126 of whom cast ballots. “Voter fraud exists. It’s rare. We hold people accountable when it happens. And we’re trying to build a better system so we can get out in front of this and it doesn’t happen in the future,&rdquo...
Heroin, other drugs killing Ohioans in record numbers

Heroin, other drugs killing Ohioans in record numbers

The number of people dying from heroin overdoses has tripled since 2010. In 2015, more than 52,000 people died from drug overdoses, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics. Overdose deaths involving fentanyl and tramadol also increased, according to the data from 2015, the latest year available. The impact of the epidemic stretches past those who are struggling with addiction...

Woman pleads not guilty in food stamp, Medicaid fraud

TROY — A West Milton woman accused of stealing around $60,000 in food stamp and Medicaid benefits combined pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony illegal use of food stamps and Medicaid fraud in Miami County Common Pleas Court.  Theresa Harris, 57, is accused of making false and misleading statements to obtain reimbursement form the Medicaid program between June 21, 2008, and Aug. 1...
Logan Cole calls his recovery from school shooting a ‘miracle’

Logan Cole calls his recovery from school shooting a ‘miracle’

Logan Cole, the West Liberty-Salem student shot at the school Jan. 20, spoke Wednesday about his recovery.  The 16-year-old said he’s feeling good and life is getting “back to normal,” during a radio interview with WBLL in Bellefontaine.  “It’s nice to be getting out and seeing people and getting kind of back to normal,” Logan Cole said. Logan...
New executive director of the Ohio Republicans a former Turner aide

New executive director of the Ohio Republicans a former Turner aide

A former aide to U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, has been named executive director of the Ohio Republican Party. Party Chairman Jane Timken named Rob Secaur of Columbus to the post. “Ohio Republicans will be well served by Rob’s invaluable campaign and political experience,” Timken said. “With critical election cycles ahead of us, I am confident that our new executive director...
Ohio lawmakers react to resignation of Michael Flynn

Ohio lawmakers react to resignation of Michael Flynn

Sen. Sherrod Brown said former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn made the right decision to resign his post, saying his apparent discussions with a Russian official about U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia “were wrong.” RELATED: Michael Flynn resigns: 5 things to know In a statement today, Brown, D-Ohio, said Flynn was “unqualified from day one” because of his...
WNKU 105.9 sold to religious broadcasting company

WNKU 105.9 sold to religious broadcasting company

WNKU — The Northern Kentucky University radio station whose broadcasts stretch to the Miami Valley — was sold today for $1.9 million to the Bible Broadcasting Company. The radio station dedicated itself to giving local musicians from Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus and Northern Kentucky a platform to get their music heard.  WNKU also featured popular Sunday evening programs ...
Ohio senators split votes on Trump pick to lead Treasury

Ohio senators split votes on Trump pick to lead Treasury

The U.S. Senate Monday night confirmed Steve Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury, putting an end to yet another contentious nomination process in the Senate this year. By a 53-47 vote, the Senate confirmed Mnuchin, the former chairman and chief executive officer of OneWest Bank after a lengthy debate. Democrats were so disturbed by the nomination of Mnuchin and Health and Human Services nominee...
Why winter storms keep missing the Miami Valley

Why winter storms keep missing the Miami Valley

Another major winter storm is pounding parts of New England which is impacting flights and other services from New York to Maine. Nearly 12.5 million people were being impacted as of Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service, with wind gusts of over 60 mph blasting coastal areas from Massachusetts to Maine. Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Eric Elwell said another storm is likely...
Wittenberg reveals 15th president

Wittenberg reveals 15th president

Dr. Michael Frandsen has been named the 15th president of Wittenberg University. Wittenberg University is expected today to announce its new president.  The announcement is expected at 11 a.m. by the board of directors of Wittenberg.  The incoming president will be the 15th in school's history. The search for that next president has lasted more than a year.  He or she will replace...
 UD prof: Speed camera ruling a ‘good argument’ for fine refunds

 UD prof: Speed camera ruling a ‘good argument’ for fine refunds

A judge ordered a community repay people’s speeding ticket fines totaling $3 million. Legal experts say they could impact drivers in other towns with speed cameras.  The city of Dayton is one of six communities in our area that have speed cameras. They’re effectively banned under a new state law so most of them have gone dark.  New Miami’s speed cameras were ruled unconstitutional...
Bomb threat evacuates Warren Co. school for 2nd day

Bomb threat evacuates Warren Co. school for 2nd day

A Warren County elementary school for the second day in a row had classes disturbed by bomb threats deemed not credible.  South Lebanon Elementary School in the Kings Local District had students and staff evacuated just after 1 p.m. Tuesday for a bomb threat.  Bomb dogs swept the building, and students were dismissed a little early, said Dawn Gould, community relations coordinator....
Sheriff: Man killed in Fayette Co. crash was not buckled up

Sheriff: Man killed in Fayette Co. crash was not buckled up

A 21-year-old man killed in a crash early this morning in Fayette County was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. Tyler R. Wrobel, of Bloomingburg, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Danville Road in the northern part of Fayette County, according to the sheriff’s office. Crews were called to the scene at 5:31 a.m. Investigators determined...
Kings Island’s Mystic Timbers roller coaster continuing to take shape 

Kings Island’s Mystic Timbers roller coaster continuing to take shape 

Kings Island’s new Mystic Timbers roller coaster continues to take shape, park pubic relations area manager Don Helbig said Friday.  Work has begun on building the mid-course tunnel section of the ride, station and shed with the standing of the last bents for the track expected to be completed next week.  Mystic Timbers is a custom-designed ride built for Kings Island by Great Coasters...
More jobs coming to Wright-Patterson, officials say

More jobs coming to Wright-Patterson, officials say

The National Air and Space Intelligence Center will bolster its ranks with “a few hundred” more personnel at Wright-Patterson in upcoming years, the intelligence unit’s commander said. Cyber experts and data scientists are two key demand areas NASIC at its Wright-Patterson headquarters will be needed to meet national security demands to assess air, space and cyber threats to the...
Driver went miles dragging victim in fatal pedestrian strike

Driver went miles dragging victim in fatal pedestrian strike

COVINGTON, Ky. — A pedestrian is dead after a motorist hit and dragged that person for almost three miles in the windshield of a car Thursday morning, according to our news partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati.  Fort Wright, Ky. dispatchers received a call just before 1 a.m. about a pedestrian spotted walking along the northbound Interstate 71/75 ramp near Kyles Lane, WCPO reports. But responding...
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley ‘considering’ run for governor

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley ‘considering’ run for governor

UPDATE march 6, 2017: Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley will not face a challenger for mayor in 2017, a first for the city.  Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says she is considering a run for governor in 2018. "I am considering a run for governor but my primary focus now is running for mayor. I love being mayor of Dayton," Whaley said Wednesday. Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper mentioned Whaley...
Springfield VFW post alleges $20K missing

Springfield VFW post alleges $20K missing

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office today confirmed it received a complaint from a local Veterans of Foreign Wars post alleging a theft. The complaint filed Jan. 27 with the Ohio Attorney General's Charitable Law Section cites about $24,000 in missing money from instant bingo game sales at VFW Post No. 3660 on Columbus Avenue. We are working to get a copy of the report filed with Springfield...
Kasich gives his take on the Wright Brothers, Trump and Ohio’s image

Kasich gives his take on the Wright Brothers, Trump and Ohio’s image

Ohio Gov. John Kasich seemed to be in a feisty mood Wednesday when he fielded questions from the press at a forum sponsored by the Associated Press in Columbus. Here is the governor’s take on five things: 1. He recommends The Wright Brothers by David McCullough and remarked that “Kitty Hawk was ridiculous” because all it had was sand and wind. He noted that the real work in powered...
Ohio Gov John Kasich reacts to loss of 300 Amazon jobs to Kentucky

Ohio Gov John Kasich reacts to loss of 300 Amazon jobs to Kentucky

Gov. John Kasich said Amazon picked northern Kentucky over Wilmington in large part because the airport in Covington has plenty of capacity and the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky metro area has the workforce. “They were very worried about workforce,” he said at a conference sponsored by The Associated Press in Columbus on Wednesday. He noted that his administration was heavily involved in...
5 things to know about ‘Obamacare’

5 things to know about ‘Obamacare’

Today is the deadline to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. More than 100,000 people signed up for coverage the day after Election Day. An estimated 11.5 million people across the country signed up for the federal mandated healthcare plan by Dec. 24.    Here are five things to know about the Affordable Care Act: Today is the last day to sign up for or change...
Hundreds gather in Cincinnati, Columbus to protest Trump travel ban

Hundreds gather in Cincinnati, Columbus to protest Trump travel ban

Hundreds turned out in Columbus and Cincinnati on Monday evening to continue protests against President Trump's travel ban.  Hundreds gathered at the steps of Cincinnati City Hall and more than 1,000 met on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse before marching through that city's streets.  There were reports via Twitter on Monday night that police used pepper spray on marchers near the Statehouse...
Mother now charged with making false report that led to Amber Alert

Mother now charged with making false report that led to Amber Alert

UPDATE @ 7:40 p.m. (Jan. 30): Jessica Pickett, who police said told them her child was taken when someone stole her vehicle, is now charged with falsification.   An Amber Alert was issued in central Ohio today when Pickett told police her 4-year-old daughter, Janylia Fails, was in the vehicle left running in front of the home on North 4th Street, WBNS-10TV in Columbus reports....
Portman, Kasich say immigration plan should be ‘consistent with our values’

Portman, Kasich say immigration plan should be ‘consistent with our values’

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said in an interview with CNN this morning that "our country is not as safe as it should be," but added that more vetting was needed before implementing President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel to the U.S. from seven countries.  "One it is not a ban, however ... I think it was not properly vetted," Portman told CNN's Jake Tapper on...
Would you pay $50 a year to use medical marijuana in Ohio?

Would you pay $50 a year to use medical marijuana in Ohio?

Ohioans seeking medical marijuana to address chronic pain, cancer, brain injuries and other conditions will have to pay $50 a year to the state for a patient card, according to rules being considered by the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Commission. The advisory panel is taking public comment until Feb. 10 on proposed rules for processors and patients for Ohio’s nascent medical marijuana program...
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