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State lawmaker proposes changes to early voting ID process

An Ohio lawmaker says she wants to make absentee voting easier by having the identification process for early voting similar to Election Day voting. But Ohio Democrats say will likely oppose House Bill 41 as it’s currently drafted. Rep. Dorothy Pelanda, R-Marysville, introduced earlier this month House Bill 41, which would allow boards of elections to require voters to show a valid form of identification...
Springboro crossroads part of $44M in Warren County road construction

Springboro crossroads part of $44M in Warren County road construction

Kevin Hughes will lose a piece of property and sidewalk in construction improvements at Ohio 741 and Ohio 73, the central crossroads of Springboro. Still the lawyer expressed excitement about the project, part of more than $44 million in road construction planned by the county engineer’s office and Ohio Department of Transportation this year in Warren County. RELATED: ...
Ohio Gov. Kasich breaks with President Trump on media criticism

Ohio Gov. Kasich breaks with President Trump on media criticism

In a sign that Ohio Gov. John Kasich is continuing an independent approach, Kasich broke with President Donald Trump on his tweet that the news media is the “enemy of the American people.” “While I don’t always agree with the reporting of the press, they are vital,” said Kasich who at times has had a turbulent relationship with the Ohio news media. Kasich made the comments...
Fake news or legit? 5 clues you can apply

Fake news or legit? 5 clues you can apply

This month, Webster announced it added 1,000 new words to the dictionary, including terms from recent advances in science, words from tech, medicine, pop culture, sports and everything in between. Words and phrases such as “binge watch,” “net neutrality” and “truther” were all new additions. I’m predicting “fake news” may soon make the list. RELATED...
Ohio National Guard has not received instructions to help with immigration roundup

Ohio National Guard has not received instructions to help with immigration roundup

The Trump administration on Friday denied an Associated Press report that it is considering deploying 100,000 National Guardsmen to round up millions of unauthorized immigrants, though it confirmed the existence of a “very early, pre-decisional draft” that was never seriously considered by the U.S. Homeland Security Department. The Ohio National Guard has not taken any action. “We...
Murderers with mental illnesses may be spared execution in Ohio

Murderers with mental illnesses may be spared execution in Ohio

Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit executing offenders who suffer from a serious mental illness, under certain conditions. A bill introduced this week by state Sens. John Eklund, R-Chardon, and Sandra Williams, D-Cleveland, would take death sentences off the table for those who show they suffered from a serious mental illness at the time of the crime. Likewise, inmates on Death...
Ohio treasurer ran state-funded ads just before announcing Senate run

Ohio treasurer ran state-funded ads just before announcing Senate run

Months before Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced he was running for the U.S. Senate, he used state money on a $1.3 million TV ad campaign to tout a new investment program for families with special needs children. Money for the ads, which featured Mandel alongside Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer, ordinarily would have required approval by the Ohio Controlling Board, which oversees...
Husted: ‘Final decision’ on governor run to be made within months

Husted: ‘Final decision’ on governor run to be made within months

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted will “make a final decision” in a few months if he will run for governor. Husted spoke on the phone to this news outlet about the address he intends to deliver at the Warren County Lincoln Day Dinner, a fundraiser for the Warren County GOP, and was asked about his intentions for higher office. “Certainly running for governor is something I am strongly...
Warren County could revive 2-1-1 service

Warren County could revive 2-1-1 service

The Warren County Board of Commissioners have joined with efforts to bring back the 2-1-1 social-service telephone referral service offered in 67 other Ohio counties. RELATED: Hotlines proposed for veterans, seniors in Dayton Last year, the State of Ohio Controlling Board set aside $200,000 to expand 2-1-1 calling services to Warren and Clinton counties. “This is a great program if we can sustain...
Crime victims seek more rights and protections in Ohio constitution

Crime victims seek more rights and protections in Ohio constitution

Nearly 23 years ago, Ohio voters approved a constitutional amendment to guarantee that crime victims would be treated with dignity, fairness and respect in the judicial process. But crime victims and their advocates now say the 1994 amendment falls short and it’s time to install a victims bill of rights into the Ohio Constitution. Marsy’s Law for Ohio kicked off a statewide campaign to...
Ohio taxes on tampons, feminine products under fire

Ohio taxes on tampons, feminine products under fire

Sales taxes on tampons and other feminine hygiene products should be dropped because these are essential healthcare items, according to two Democratic lawmakers. State Reps. Greta Johnson of Akron and Brigid Kelly of Columbus said they are sponsoring a bill to end the “Pink Tax,” which costs Ohio women $4 million a year. “A tampon is a medical necessity for Ohio women— not...
Video games industry generate $43M in Ohio

Video games industry generate $43M in Ohio

The video game industry is seeing a rapid increase in revenue, generating more than $43 million in Ohio and supporting more than 610 jobs statewide. New data released by the Entertainment Software Association showed the video game industry is increasingly providing more jobs and revenue in the state. Ohio employees in the industry earned an average compensation of $97,000 per year in 2015. »...
Should Ohio schools start after Labor Day?

Should Ohio schools start after Labor Day?

Ohio K-12 schools would have to hold a public hearing and vote if they want to open before Labor Day, if a bill currently in the Ohio Senate becomes law. The Ohio Senate Education Committee will hear first testimony today on Senate Bill 34, which aims to make more public and private schools start their academic calendars later, starting in 2018-19. Every school district in the Dayton area started...
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...
Springfield hopes to save money on $250M plan to stop sewer overflows

Springfield hopes to save money on $250M plan to stop sewer overflows

As a $23 million sewer project continues in Springfield, local and state environmental leaders are reviewing the city’s plan to determine what else must be done to eliminate overflows of raw sewage into area waterways. The city has already spent nearly $80 million on the federally mandated Combined Sewer Overflow project, designed to cut down on overflows from combined storm sewers during heavy...
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...
Lawyer: Congressman Turner has no oversight over Aviation Hall of Fame

Lawyer: Congressman Turner has no oversight over Aviation Hall of Fame

An attorney for the National Aviation Hall of Fame says Congressman Mike Turner has no oversight authority or legal right to demand documents from the organization. Turner, R-Dayton, has launched an inquiry into the group. In a Jan. 25 letter to the Hall of Fame, Turner said his office had “received complaints of financial mismanagement and misappropriation of NAHF resources and assets.&rdquo...
As online sales increase, stores enter era of uncertainty

As online sales increase, stores enter era of uncertainty

Target, Sears, Macy’s and other major stores got a lump of coal in their stockings during last year’s holiday retail season. Sales during the retail industry’s most important time of the year were below expectations and have already forced major retailers to close locations. In January, retailers like Sears, Macy’s, Kmart and Ann Taylor all announced store closures in Ohio...
Fiat Chrysler plant to temporarily lay off 3,200 at plant

Fiat Chrysler plant to temporarily lay off 3,200 at plant

Fiat Chrysler America will implement 3,207 temporary layoffs at its Toledo North Assembly Plant, the company confirmed in a letter to the Ohio Office of Workforce Development. The layoffs will begin April 7 and are expected to last more than six months. The layoffs are necessary for the company to shift production of the Jeep Cherokee out of Toledo to make room for the Jeep Wrangler, according to...
Trump showed politics of ‘next up’ is over, Dem chairman says in Oxford

Trump showed politics of ‘next up’ is over, Dem chairman says in Oxford

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said history over the past half-century has shown — with just two exceptions (George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush) — when Republicans win the White House, Democrats win the governor’s house two years later. “At the end of the day, (President Donald) Trump was able to be change in a year people wanted change,” said Pepper on...
Cursive handwriting could be required for Ohio students again

Cursive handwriting could be required for Ohio students again

Some Ohio lawmakers want elementary school student to be able to print letters by third grade and write documents in “legible cursive handwriting” by the time they finish fifth grade. Ohio House Education Committee Chairman Andrew Brenner, R-Powell, introduced a bill Monday to mandate that kindergarteners through fifth graders be instructed in handwriting. Schools have dialed back handwriting...
‘Right-to-work’ push under way in Ohio

‘Right-to-work’ push under way in Ohio

Conservative Republican lawmakers are moving to make Ohio a “right to work” state where union power would be significantly diluted by making membership and dues optional. “The momentum is moving in our favor. I think it’s no longer a question of if Ohio becomes a right to work state but when it becomes a right to work state,” said state Rep. John Becker, R-Cincinnati...
Victim’s mother wanted death penalty in inmate murder in Warren County

Victim’s mother wanted death penalty in inmate murder in Warren County

The mother of the Springfield man beaten to death in a prison cell last February by Casey Pigge, the convicted murderer suspected of killing another inmate earlier this month, wanted Pigge put to death. Pigge, 29, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole, the maximum penalty he faced due to a determination he lacked the mental capabilities to face the death penalty in his second murder...
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...
What do you want Gov. Kasich to focus on in 2017?

What do you want Gov. Kasich to focus on in 2017?

Once again, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is taking his annual State of the State address to the General Assembly on the road, and this time he is asking lawmakers to travel to Sandusky for the event on April 4. “Lake Erie has always held a special place in my heart, dating back to wonderful vacations I enjoyed there as a child. The towns and cities along the lake’s coastline – like Sandusky...
Portman to re-introduce bill aimed at U.S. mail shipment of drugs

Portman to re-introduce bill aimed at U.S. mail shipment of drugs

In an attempt to fight drug trafficking, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, will re-introduce a bill designed to apply more stringent rules to foreign packages carried by the U.S. Postal Service. “Right now, the U.S. Mail system does not require information about where a product comes from, what’s in the package and where it’s going,” Portman said Monday after meeting with Montgomery...
Ohio working on marijuana ‘seed to sale’ tracking

Ohio working on marijuana ‘seed to sale’ tracking

Ohio regulators are preparing to purchase a “Seed to Sale” tracking system for the new medical marijuana program. The Ohio Department of Administrative Services on Feb. 3 started advertising for bids for a system that can track medical marijuana plants from seeds to cultivation to harvest as well as track the cannabis through the testing labs, processors and dispensaries. The state is...
Appointed judge back in dispute over septic business in Warren County

Appointed judge back in dispute over septic business in Warren County

A retired appellate judge is back on the case in the appeal of a septic-business ruling in a neighborhood dispute in Warren County. James Brogan, appointed last year by the Ohio Supreme Court, was returned to the case on Tuesday. Judge Timothy Tepe, who took office in January in Warren County, was scheduled to preside over the dispute between neighbors on Beal Road in Franklin Twp. and Septek Services...
Portman to re-introduce bill aimed at U.S. Mail shipment of drugs

Portman to re-introduce bill aimed at U.S. Mail shipment of drugs

In an attempt to fight drug trafficking, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, will this week re-introduce a bill designed to apply more stringent rules to foreign packages carried by the U.S. Postal Service. “Right now, the U.S. Mail system does not require information about where a product comes from, what’s in the package and where it’s going,” Portman said Monday after meeting...
Sargento, Meijer recall several cheese products

Sargento, Meijer recall several cheese products

Sargento Foods Inc. has recalled several of its products due to a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, and several cheese products sold at Meijer grocery stores were also impacted. Indiana-based Deutsch Kase Haus notified Sargento that a specialty Longhorn Colby cheese they supplied to the company had been recalled due to the possible contamination. The impacted products include Sargento...
Flu hospitalizations increase in region, state

Flu hospitalizations increase in region, state

Overall flu activity and the number of flu-related hospitalizations continues to rise throughout the Miami Valley but the number of cases show signs of leveling off, according to the most recent figures from Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County. There were a total of 70 flu-related hospitalizations in the 10-county area tracked by the health department for the week ending Saturday, but...
Former aide to Ohio speaker got mortgage from GOP donor

Former aide to Ohio speaker got mortgage from GOP donor

One of House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s former top aides obtained a mortgage from the same GOP donor who rents out her luxury condo to Rosenberger, Franklin County records show. Northbank 503 LLC, which is owned by top Republican contributor Ginni Ragan, gave a $209,354 mortgage to Hunter Wright II in April 2016, according to the Franklin County Recorder’s office. Wright purchased a 1...
OSU moving toward privatizing its power system

OSU moving toward privatizing its power system

Ohio State University says it is taking the next step toward becoming the largest institution nationwide to hire private companies to manage its energy systems for decades to come. OSU Provost Bruce McPheron gave notice to staff and students on Thursday that the university will formally ask finalists to submit proposals for the massive project. The finalists in the running have not been disclosed...
State to sell 1,000 acres of prime land next to prison

State to sell 1,000 acres of prime land next to prison

For sale: More than 1,000 acres of prime land, ready for development. One hitch: The neighborhood is full of felons. Tucked into the state budget proposal from the Kasich administration is a plan to sell 1,053 acres off State Routes 741 and Ohio 63 and Hamilton Road. The budget bill says the administration may sell the land at a public auction or through a sealed bid process to the highest bidder...
Confusion over what is a sanctuary city

Confusion over what is a sanctuary city

Many jurisdictions declare themselves “sanctuary cities,” as a welcoming gesture to refugees and other immigrants, but other cities operate similarly yet are flying under the radar, local experts say. The label is important because President Donald Trump has targeted so-called sanctuary cities and threatened to yank federal funding away from those jurisdictions. “What the Trump Administration...
Kasich says he backs Taylor for governor in ‘18

Kasich says he backs Taylor for governor in ‘18

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he’ll back his lieutenant Mary Taylor for governor in 2018 — if she runs. “She’s been a good partner,” Kasich said. “We don’t have any declared candidates. So we’ll see how this all goes.” It is an open-secret that three statewide Republicans are jockeying to run for governor: Taylor, Attorney General Mike DeWine and...

Kasich delays eight executions

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is delaying executions of eight inmates on Death Row. The move comes in response to a federal court case brought by prisoners challenging Ohio’s execution protocols. U.S. District Court Magistrate Michael Merz ruled on Jan. 26 that Ohio’s latest three-drug method is unconstitutional and he delayed three executions. The state is appealing the ruling but the legal process...
Common abortion surgical procedure under fire in Ohio

Common abortion surgical procedure under fire in Ohio

Ohio Right to Life, which has been winning incremental restrictions on abortion year after year, is now setting its sights on outlawing a common surgical method used in second trimester abortions. The anti-abortion group announced Thursday that its top priority is banning dilation and evacuation, a procedure commonly used in abortions performed between 13 and 24 weeks gestation. In 2015, nearly 3...
Miamisburg extends ban on medical marijuana

Miamisburg extends ban on medical marijuana

A moratorium on medical marijuana has been extended for nine months in Miamisburg. The city action this week lengthens through October the 180-day ban the Miamisburg City Council approved last August on issuing on permits for a marijuana-based business until state legislators decide what the rules are for distributing marijuana in Ohio. RELATED: Would you pay $50 for medical marijuana card in Ohio?...
Push under way for automatic voter registration in Ohio

Push under way for automatic voter registration in Ohio

Ohio now has online voter registration but state Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, wants to take it a step further: automatic voter registration. Clyde, who may run for Secretary of State in 2018, detailed her new bill Thursday at the Ohio Statehouse. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, this is how automatic voter registration works: eligible citizens who interact with government agencies are...
Local school district’s financial books so bad state can’t audit it

Local school district’s financial books so bad state can’t audit it

Jefferson Twp. Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard Gates said the district will get to the bottom of its “unauditable” financial books in a third of the mandated time. Jefferson is Ohio’s only traditional school district to currently carry that designation. State Auditor Dave Yost said Jefferson Twp. Schools’ finances cannot be audited for the period of July 1, 2015, through...
Kasich: “I don’t think we should have sanctuary cities.”

Kasich: “I don’t think we should have sanctuary cities.”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has had his disagreements with President Donald Trump but they agree on this: sanctuary cities are bad. “I don’t think we should have sanctuary cities. I think the President is right on this and I think this is a bad, bad thing. When people break the law, they need to be held accountable — something like coming in here illegally. No, I don’t believe in...
Sponsors of unnecessary elections bill consider state office

Sponsors of unnecessary elections bill consider state office

One of two lawmakers who introduced bills to eliminate unnecessary one-candidate congressional elections could be the person to enfore the legislation if it passes. MORE: Get the latest political news State Rep. Dorothy Pelanda, R-Marysville, and State Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Hudson, both told this news outlet they are “considering” a run for Ohio Secretary of State. Pelanda and LaRose have...
Does Ohio need law protecting religious freedom? 

Does Ohio need law protecting religious freedom? 

Civil and gay rights groups are raising the alarm over the “Ohio Pastor Protection Act,” a bill pending in the Ohio House that makes it explicit that ministers or religious groups aren’t required to perform same sex marriages. When asked if House Bill 36 would be good or bad for Ohio’s reputation and business, Gov. John Kasich said on Wednesday: “If they want to pass...
Ohio prison plan calls for moving 4,300 inmates to local sites

Ohio prison plan calls for moving 4,300 inmates to local sites

Ohio’s overcrowded and costly prisons have stymied state officials for years but Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Gary Mohr says he has a plan to keep 4,000 offenders out of state prison and it’ll save money. When Mohr began his corrections career in 1974 as a teacher’s aide, there were just 8,300 inmates in Ohio prisons. Now DRC employs 12,242, incarcerates 50...
Here’s the Coretta Scott King letter Warren was barred from reading

Here’s the Coretta Scott King letter Warren was barred from reading

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was sanctioned by the Senate during an attorney general nomination debate over U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., after reading a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King protesting the nominee’s prior attempt at becoming a federal judge. Sessions’ judgeship nomination was unsuccessful. King, who was the widow of slain civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King...
Sheriff says Dayton calls itself a ‘sanctuary city,’ the city says it does not

Sheriff says Dayton calls itself a ‘sanctuary city,’ the city says it does not

No Ohio cities appear on a national list of sanctuary cities compiled by a group that wants immigration restricted and Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones said he believes cities making that claim are mostly just “playing to their base.” “A sanctuary city would be cities that refuse to report criminals to the federal government,” Jones said. “(But) I don’t know...
Plan announced to put photos on food stamp cards

Plan announced to put photos on food stamp cards

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost wants to put people’s photos on their food stamp cards. Yost, a Republican and oft-mentioned candidate for attorney general next years, announced the proposed legislation Wednesday as a means for preventing fraud in the $2.5 billion program. RELATED: Dead people got food stamps in Ohio At a Statehouse news conference Yost said fraud accounts for millions of dollars in...
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...
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 ...
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

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 as a candidate for governor Wednesday during an interview with the Dayton Daily News. Whaley, 41, was first elected...
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...
Pike County murder investigation leads to drug arrests

Pike County murder investigation leads to drug arrests

Two people related to a family massacred in Pike County in 2016  were arrested on drug charges, according to information released by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office today. Josh Rhoden, 38, was arrested on a felony charge of drug trafficking and John McJunkin, 63, on a felony charge of possession of drugs on Thursday. Evidence in this case was discovered during the investigation...
West Liberty-Salem students sing 'Truly Brave' after shooting

West Liberty-Salem students sing 'Truly Brave' after shooting

The West Liberty-Salem High School choir posted a touching video Wednesday of the group singing “Truly Brave.”  The video was uploaded to YouTube during the students’ second day back to school following a shooting on campus last Friday.  >>RELATED: West Liberty shooting victim has shotgun pellet in his heart  One student, Logan Cole, 16, was shot...
Wave-like clouds spotted in the Miami Valley

Wave-like clouds spotted in the Miami Valley

Interesting cloud formations spotted in parts of the Miami Valley on Wednesday. These clouds, that look like ocean waves are actually called, Kelvin-Helmholtz waves or clouds also known as ‘billow clouds’. The formation is named after the two scientist who discovered them.  These are formed when clouds interact with a stable layer of air in the atmosphere. Within the cloud layer,...
Ohio Task Force 1 on alert for possible deployment to South after storms

Ohio Task Force 1 on alert for possible deployment to South after storms

Ohio Task Force 1 is on alert to help with rescue and recovery operations in the South, hit hard by severe weather that has killed more than a dozen people. Ohio Task Force 1, based in Dayton, is getting an 80-person team ready after it was placed on alert by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The alert requires the OH-TF1 urban search and rescue team to assemble a roster and prepare to deploy...
Troopers seize 22 pounds of pot, 12 pounds of THC edibles worth more than $150K

Troopers seize 22 pounds of pot, 12 pounds of THC edibles worth more than $150K

A traffic stop this week led troopers to seize more than $150,000 in marijuana and edibles containing THC, the chemical responsible for the psychological effects of pot. Adam R. Bye, 25, of Taylor, Michigan, was stopped at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 75 in Shelby County for a turn signal violation, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Troopers saw marijuana debris in plain view inside the...
What is mystery blob on Doppler radar?

What is mystery blob on Doppler radar?

By Eric Elwell, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist A mysterious blob has been showing up on Doppler radar this afternoon and evening near Van Wert, Ohio. Rain has been moving in, but this blob is not actually precipitation falling from the sky. So what is it? Turns out this is the Blue Creek Wind Farm – owned by Avangrid Renewables – that straddles Van Wert and Paulding counties in northwest...
Jury acquits Jackson Center police chief in sex case

Jury acquits Jackson Center police chief in sex case

A Shelby County Common Pleas Court jury found Jackson Center Police Chief Joseph Cotterman not guilty in one of two sex-related cases against him. The jury deliberated for four and a half hours before acquitting Cotterman of a gross sexual imposition charge stemming from a complaint filed by a 19-year-old woman in January 2016 with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. The jury began deliberations...
Toddler taped to wall in Facebook live video

Toddler taped to wall in Facebook live video

An Ohio mother was arrested Thursday after police were alerted to Facebook live video of her showing a toddler taped to a wall.   Shayla Rudolph was arrested Thursday morning by Reynoldsburg police and charged with felony abduction, according to CNN-ABC affiliate WSYX in Columbus.  The news outlet said it brought the Facebook live video to the attention of authorities Wednesday after...
Mexican natives nabbed in large-scale fentanyl bust

Mexican natives nabbed in large-scale fentanyl bust

The Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force on Jan. 17 arrested two people from Mexico on drug charges.  Tania Castillo and Clarissa Contreras were arrested by task force members Tuesday, after a long-term narcotics investigation. A large amount of fentanyl valued at $100,000 was located during a traffic stop on Chambersburg Road in Huber Heights.   "We have seen the highest recorded...
Ohio mourns loss of Colo, world’s oldest gorilla in captivity

Ohio mourns loss of Colo, world’s oldest gorilla in captivity

Remembrances and condolences have poured into the Columbus Zoo for Colo, the world’s first gorilla born in captivity and oldest known living gorilla in the U.S. who died this week. Colo’s passing comes less than a month after her 60th birthday. During Colo’s birthday celebration last month, hundreds of people filed into the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to celebrate with Colo. On the...
WATCH LIVE: Inauguration Day coverage

WATCH LIVE: Inauguration Day coverage

The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president is today and we have all of the angles covered for you to keep up with this event as it happens. We have a team of reporters in Washington getting ready for this week’s events. Our team in D.C. includes: WHIO-TV reporter Jim Otte will be talking with elected officials and getting reaction from around Washington all week. He’ll have...
Ben Carson to Sen. Sherrod Brown: ‘You remind me of Columbo’

Ben Carson to Sen. Sherrod Brown: ‘You remind me of Columbo’

Sen. Sherrod Brown has heard imitations of his gravelly voice, watched people imitate his retelling of why he wears a pin of a canary in a cage (it’s about worker’s rights) and had people point out his occasionally rumpled appearance. Now, he’s being compared to a famous TV gumshoe. When Ben Carson faced Brown, ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, during his confirmation...
I-71 bridge, Ohio’s tallest, nears completion after 6 years, $104M

I-71 bridge, Ohio’s tallest, nears completion after 6 years, $104M

For the first time in more than six years, traffic is moving - unimpeded by construction obstacles - on the section of Interstate 71 over the Little Miami River on the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge. More than 40,000 cars a day cross this 2,300-foot bridge, on the way between Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. State transportation officials expect to complete the project within the $104 million budget. &ldquo...
Report: Ending ACA may leave many Ohioans without mental health care

Report: Ending ACA may leave many Ohioans without mental health care

More than 220,000 people in Ohio may not be able to afford care for mental illness or substance disorder such as addiction to prescription drugs if congressional Republicans scrap the 2010 health law without passing a substitute measure, a new report said. A study released Wednesday by Harvard Medical School and New York University predicts that not only would nearly 1 million people in Ohio lose...
Report: Child sex ads pushed through Backpage.com

Report: Child sex ads pushed through Backpage.com

A new U.S. Senate report charges a website dealing with commercial sex advertising edited ads aimed at child sex trafficking to conceal their true content from investigators and the public. The report, which is the product of an 18-month investigation by a Senate subcommittee chaired by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, appears to undercut claims by the website — known as Backpage.com — that it...
John Boehner to attend Donald Trump inauguration

John Boehner to attend Donald Trump inauguration

When President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on Jan. 20, look for a familiar — and tan — face in the crowd. A spokesman confirmed last week that former House Speaker John Boehner and his wife will attend Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. later this month. Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Wednesday that he, too, will be in D.C. to watch Trump sworn in. RELATED: Latest on the Trump...
President Obama returns to hometown for farewell speech

President Obama returns to hometown for farewell speech

President Barack Obama will go home to say goodbye. Obama will give his farewell address Tuesday in his hometown of Chicago, playing part in a tradition dating to George Washington of giving farewell addresses to the nation. The speech won’t be a victory lap, nor will it be a political attack on his successor, President-Elect Donald Trump, said Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president...
U.S. Supreme Court: No conspiracy against Ohio Libertarian candidates

U.S. Supreme Court: No conspiracy against Ohio Libertarian candidates

The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected an appeal from the Libertarian Party of Ohio which argued that Gov. John Kasich and Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted conspired to keep two of its candidates off the 2014 statewide ballot. The justices, without comment, let stand a ruling from last July by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals state officials did not violate the U.S. Constitution when they struck...
Beloved Cleveland gorilla, Bebac, dies of heart disease

Beloved Cleveland gorilla, Bebac, dies of heart disease

One of two western lowland gorillas at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo died Friday according to Cleveland.com. Bebac, 32 years old, died from heart disease, which a vet diagnosed the male gorilla with nearly 10 years ago. He was one of two male gorillas the zoo has diagnosed with heart disease. In a statement, the zoo said its team of gorilla specialists were able to extend Bebac’s quality of life...
Ohio woman among victims killed in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

Ohio woman among victims killed in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

An Ohio woman was killed and her husband critically injured when a gunman opened fire Friday afternoon at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Authorities have not released names of the five killed and eight wounded, but family members said that Shirley Timmons died at the airport and that her husband, Steve, was shot in the face and is in a coma at a Florida hospital. The couple from...
Sen. Sherrod Brown says ‘tax cuts’ would impact Wright-Patt, budget

Sen. Sherrod Brown says ‘tax cuts’ would impact Wright-Patt, budget

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown cautioned Friday that expected “tax cuts for the rich” under the incoming Trump administration and Republican-controlled Congress would mean a “bigger hole in the budget.” “We’re either going to get a much bigger deficit or there won’t be the dollars there ought to be for everything from Headstart to Wright-Patt and that’s a big...
Donald Trump officially becomes president elect

Donald Trump officially becomes president elect

Donald Trump officially became the president elect today as Congress counted the Electoral Vote. All 538 electors met in their respective state capitals in December to cast their votes. Friday's vote count, led by Vice President Joe Biden, made it official. Trump finished with 304 votes and Democrat Hillary Clinton got 227. There were 7 protest votes for other candidates. It takes 270 Electoral College...
Donald Trump defeats John Kasich in fight for Ohio Republican Party leadership

Donald Trump defeats John Kasich in fight for Ohio Republican Party leadership

In a stunning upset, Canton area attorney Jane Murphy Timken won a victory Friday over incumbent Matt Borges to capture the chairmanship of the Ohio Republican Party.  After two rounds of secret voting resulted in a deadlock, Timken emerged as the winner after a deal was struck in a backroom to make Timken chairman and name Borges chairman emeritus, which is a new post.  President-elect...
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown won’t vote for Trump AG pick

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown won’t vote for Trump AG pick

By announcing Friday he will vote against Jeff Sessions to be attorney general of the United States, Sen. Sherrod Brown appears to be the first Democrat to say he will oppose the nomination of the Alabama Republican to head the Justice Department. Brown, D-Ohio, met privately with Sessions for about 45 minutes Wednesday in Brown’s Capitol Hill office. Although Brown and Sessions have worked...
Ohio high school basketball brawl

Ohio high school basketball brawl

Adults and students were involved in a major brawl that erupted after an Ohio high school basketball game Friday night in Lexington, Ohio,  according to Mansfield News Journal reporter Connor Casey.  The Lexington Minutemen had just fallen to the Wooster Generals, 63-41, in a contest between undefeated teams, when adults and students in the stands stated to argue. Soon after fans can be...
No evacuations after fire at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

No evacuations after fire at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

A transformer fire at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Wednesday morning prompted a large response from firefighters, but no evacuations were made. According to our news partners at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, the fire was contained to the eighth floor of the hospital, where no patients are located.  The hospital was not evacuated when the fire was first reported around 4:30 a.m.  Power was briefly...
Rob Portman sworn in for 2nd term in U.S. Senate

Rob Portman sworn in for 2nd term in U.S. Senate

Golfing legend Jack Nicklaus was among more than 200 people who attended a reception today where U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito delivered a ceremonial oath of office to Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who began his second term in the U.S. Senate. Although Vice President Joe Biden earlier in the day delivered the official oath to Portman, the reception held on Capitol Hill allowed scores of Portman&rsquo...
Seat with possible human remains recovered in Lake Erie plane crash

Seat with possible human remains recovered in Lake Erie plane crash

A seat with possible human remains was recovered today in the search for a missing plane in Lake Erie, CBS affiliate WOIO-TV in Cleveland reported. The remains were being analyzed and were found on a seat that came from the missing Cessna 525’s passenger compartment, the Associated Press reported. Earlier today, officials announced that the cockpit voice recorder, part of the fuselage and the...
Avoid Christmas tree fires with simple safety measures, three-pronged plugs

Avoid Christmas tree fires with simple safety measures, three-pronged plugs

Just days before Christmas, a family in Yulee, Florida has almost everything after a fire destroyed part of their home. Fire investigators blamed an electrical cord for starting the fire that caused the family's Christmas tree to goup in flames. While the Sheffield's home is still standing with no exterior  damage, the interior is coated in soot and filled with melted belongings. "Pretty...
State fire marshal investigating  cause of blaze in Darke County

State fire marshal investigating  cause of blaze in Darke County

The state fire marshal's office is at the scene investigating the cause of the fire. The building, which belonged to the township trustees, was used as a garage, storage and workshop, officials said. With the exception of one dump truck, everything in the building was destroyed, officials said. No injuries were reported. Initially there were concerns Brown Twp. Trustee Ed Huff was inside the...
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