Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart is a reporter for Cox Media Group Ohio.

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Nearly 3,000 request property value check in Montgomery County
 Those who live in four southern suburbs are more likely to contest preliminary residential property tax values, Auditor Karl Keith said this week. The four areas — Centerville, Kettering, Oakwood and Washington Twp. — experienced the highest gains in value, Keith said. His office likely will revisit the preliminary values in some...

Posted: 3 days ago

Those who live in four southern suburbs are more likely to contest preliminary residential property tax values, Auditor Karl Keith said this week. The four areas — Centerville, Kettering, Oakwood and Washington Twp. — experienced the highest gains in value, Keith said. His office likely will revisit the preliminary values in some...
Southern suburban residents file most property value complaints
 A majority of the complaints to the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office about new preliminary tax appraisals for residential property is coming from four southern suburban communities. Gains in value were the highest south of Dayton, said Auditor Karl Keith. “It’s fair to say most of the reviews we did involved property owners...

Posted: 3 days ago

A majority of the complaints to the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office about new preliminary tax appraisals for residential property is coming from four southern suburban communities. Gains in value were the highest south of Dayton, said Auditor Karl Keith. “It’s fair to say most of the reviews we did involved property owners...
6 newborns a day hospitalized in Ohio for exposure to drugs in womb
 A consequence of the state’s opioid epidemic is the staggering number of babies born already exposed to drugs in the womb.  Six newborns a day — or 2,174 total — were admitted to Ohio hospitals in 2015 for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) because of drug use by their mothers. The rate is eight times higher than in...

Posted: 4 days ago

A consequence of the state’s opioid epidemic is the staggering number of babies born already exposed to drugs in the womb.  Six newborns a day — or 2,174 total — were admitted to Ohio hospitals in 2015 for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) because of drug use by their mothers. The rate is eight times higher than in...
Ohio’s first center for drug-addicted babies set to open in Kettering
 Ohio hospitals treated more than 2,000 drug-addicted babies as the opioid epidemic grew, but a Kettering center soon will offer infants and families help as the state’s first crisis care nursery. Brigid’s Path will open this week and will begin treating infants and training parents by the end of October. “The need is huge...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ohio hospitals treated more than 2,000 drug-addicted babies as the opioid epidemic grew, but a Kettering center soon will offer infants and families help as the state’s first crisis care nursery. Brigid’s Path will open this week and will begin treating infants and training parents by the end of October. “The need is huge...
Study turned up Prozac, Valium in local water samples
 A Miami Conservancy District study of the Great Miami River basin in 2010 and 2011 found low levels of 17 emerging organic wastewater contaminants — mostly pharmaceuticals and personal care products — at a variety of locations, including in the water discharged from wastewater treatment plants. Low concentrations were also found...

Posted: 8 days ago

A Miami Conservancy District study of the Great Miami River basin in 2010 and 2011 found low levels of 17 emerging organic wastewater contaminants — mostly pharmaceuticals and personal care products — at a variety of locations, including in the water discharged from wastewater treatment plants. Low concentrations were also found...
6 ways to avoid having your unused medicines taint our water
 One of the ways unused medications end up in the nation’s rivers is people don’t dispose of them properly. Up to a third of prescription medicine is never taken by the patient, research shows, and that can be dangerous both to the public and to the environment. Leaving them in the home means others — sometimes small children...

Posted: 8 days ago

One of the ways unused medications end up in the nation’s rivers is people don’t dispose of them properly. Up to a third of prescription medicine is never taken by the patient, research shows, and that can be dangerous both to the public and to the environment. Leaving them in the home means others — sometimes small children...
2 days without overdoses in Dayton: ‘So far it’s a good week’
 Dayton police officers — who at one point this year were sent to up to 50 overdoses a week — had two days this week without overdose calls, an occurrence Maj. Brian Johns couldn’t recall in battling a four-year-long opioid crisis. “So far it’s a good week,” Johns said Thursday. “There’s still...

Posted: 8 days ago

Dayton police officers — who at one point this year were sent to up to 50 overdoses a week — had two days this week without overdose calls, an occurrence Maj. Brian Johns couldn’t recall in battling a four-year-long opioid crisis. “So far it’s a good week,” Johns said Thursday. “There’s still...
Are the drugs we’re taking — and flushing down the toilet — hurting our water?
 Trace amounts of pain relievers, antibiotics, hormones, anti-depressants — and a plethora of illegal drugs — all end up in the nation’s streams and rivers and could even seep into our drinking water taps.. “Whatever we’re taking as medication, whatever we use in the shower or excrete as waste … low levels...

Posted: 9 days ago

Trace amounts of pain relievers, antibiotics, hormones, anti-depressants — and a plethora of illegal drugs — all end up in the nation’s streams and rivers and could even seep into our drinking water taps.. “Whatever we’re taking as medication, whatever we use in the shower or excrete as waste … low levels...
Increased drug use triggers new worry: water quality
 There is an unintended and largely unexplored consequence of Americans’ increased use of pain relievers, antibiotics, hormones, anti-depressants and even drugs taken illegally like fentanyl and heroin: Some of it lands in our streams and rivers and eventually back into our drinking water taps. Researchers and health officials say the...

Posted: 9 days ago

There is an unintended and largely unexplored consequence of Americans’ increased use of pain relievers, antibiotics, hormones, anti-depressants and even drugs taken illegally like fentanyl and heroin: Some of it lands in our streams and rivers and eventually back into our drinking water taps. Researchers and health officials say the...
Wait! Don’t flush that, Montgomery County official says
Josh Feltz, a wastewater plant operator, shows a glob of wipes that were captured by the screening system at Montgomery County's Eastern Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The county spends at least $200,000 a year unclogging or repairing equipment and disposing of the wipes. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

Posted: 9 days ago

Josh Feltz, a wastewater plant operator, shows a glob of wipes that were captured by the screening system at Montgomery County's Eastern Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The county spends at least $200,000 a year unclogging or repairing equipment and disposing of the wipes. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF
Wait! Don’t flush that, Montgomery County official says
 A “monster fatberg” of wet wipes, diapers, condoms and oil was found this week blocking a major sewer pipe in London. Officials expect it will take three weeks to clear the glob estimated to weigh more than 11 double-decker buses and that runs the length of two soccer fields. But sewer blockage is a concern on this side of the...

Posted: 10 days ago

A “monster fatberg” of wet wipes, diapers, condoms and oil was found this week blocking a major sewer pipe in London. Officials expect it will take three weeks to clear the glob estimated to weigh more than 11 double-decker buses and that runs the length of two soccer fields. But sewer blockage is a concern on this side of the...