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Lawmakers take on drug crisis as Clark County OD deaths hit record
 State lawmakers introduced a plan Wednesday to combat the growing drug crisis in Ohio as a record number of Clark County residents died from overdoses last year. Sen. Bob Hackett, R-London, who represents Clark, Greene and Madison counties, is co-sponsoring the bill that would align Ohio law with guidelines from the federal Centers for...

9:23 PM Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017

State lawmakers introduced a plan Wednesday to combat the growing drug crisis in Ohio as a record number of Clark County residents died from overdoses last year. Sen. Bob Hackett, R-London, who represents Clark, Greene and Madison counties, is co-sponsoring the bill that would align Ohio law with guidelines from the federal Centers for...
River Run set to open in May
 Dayton’s newest outdoor attraction, River Run on the Great Miami River, is nearly complete and headed towards a formal dedication May 5. After two years of construction, the $4 million project will offer something no other city in Ohio has, a pair of whitewater play spaces for kayakers, surfers and stand-up paddle boarders in the heart...

9:29 PM Friday, Mar. 24, 2017

Dayton’s newest outdoor attraction, River Run on the Great Miami River, is nearly complete and headed towards a formal dedication May 5. After two years of construction, the $4 million project will offer something no other city in Ohio has, a pair of whitewater play spaces for kayakers, surfers and stand-up paddle boarders in the heart...
‘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...

10:12 PM Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017

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...
WHIO Reports preview: 2017 Wright State Arts Gala
 This weekend on WHIO Reports: The 2017 Wright State Arts Gala. The annual event raises money for student scholarships. Tickets are still available for the food, fun and entertainment from 6 p.m. to midnight April 8 at Wright State University. Learn more about at 11:30 a.m. Sunday on Channel 7 and check it out online at the university&rsquo...

11:55 PM Friday, Mar. 17, 2017

This weekend on WHIO Reports: The 2017 Wright State Arts Gala. The annual event raises money for student scholarships. Tickets are still available for the food, fun and entertainment from 6 p.m. to midnight April 8 at Wright State University. Learn more about at 11:30 a.m. Sunday on Channel 7 and check it out online at the university&rsquo...
Springfield pastor part of national effort pushing immigration reform
 Springfield Pastor Carl Ruby Wednesday announced plans to form an Ohio arm of the group FWD.US, a national advocacy group seeking immigration reform. The national group is backed by several technology company leaders, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook. Ruby serves as the Senior Pastor...

9:48 PM Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017

Springfield Pastor Carl Ruby Wednesday announced plans to form an Ohio arm of the group FWD.US, a national advocacy group seeking immigration reform. The national group is backed by several technology company leaders, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook. Ruby serves as the Senior Pastor...
New regulations may be coming for consumer loans in Ohio
 State Sen. Louis Terhar, R-Cincinnati, pitches the new “Consumer Installment Loan Act” as a way to modernize Ohio’s banking and lending laws and give borrowers and lenders alike more clarity. But Kalitha Williams of Policy Matters Ohio, a liberal leaning think tank, sounds a warning bell, telling lawmakers that the act will...

12:00 AM Monday, Mar. 13, 2017

State Sen. Louis Terhar, R-Cincinnati, pitches the new “Consumer Installment Loan Act” as a way to modernize Ohio’s banking and lending laws and give borrowers and lenders alike more clarity. But Kalitha Williams of Policy Matters Ohio, a liberal leaning think tank, sounds a warning bell, telling lawmakers that the act will...
Dayton immigration attorney expects legal challenge to Trump travel ban
 Dayton immigration attorney Maria Otero expects the new travel ban announced by the Trump administration will face a legal challenge on constitutional grounds. The American Civil Liberties Union may head-up a coalition to file suit over the ban. The executive orders are already having an impact. Otero said local immigrants are now reluctant...

12:55 AM Wednesday, Mar. 08, 2017

Dayton immigration attorney Maria Otero expects the new travel ban announced by the Trump administration will face a legal challenge on constitutional grounds. The American Civil Liberties Union may head-up a coalition to file suit over the ban. The executive orders are already having an impact. Otero said local immigrants are now reluctant...
Who is driving the bus?
 An I-Team investigation of school bus drivers in the Miami Valley is digging into their track record on the road. In Dayton, drivers have been involved in at least 42 accidents so far this school year. Dr. Shelia Burton, Associate Superintendent, Operations, Maintenance and Student Services, Dayton Public Schools, said overall they have a...

10:26 PM Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

An I-Team investigation of school bus drivers in the Miami Valley is digging into their track record on the road. In Dayton, drivers have been involved in at least 42 accidents so far this school year. Dr. Shelia Burton, Associate Superintendent, Operations, Maintenance and Student Services, Dayton Public Schools, said overall they have a...
Stopping food stamp fraud
 A controversial plan designed to stop fraud in the Food Stamp program is drawing a mix of praise and criticism. The proposal, backed by State Auditor Dave Yost and some reform-minded lawmakers, would require the photos of food stamp card users to be placed on their card. Yost said it would make it harder for someone else to use the card if...

10:26 PM Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

A controversial plan designed to stop fraud in the Food Stamp program is drawing a mix of praise and criticism. The proposal, backed by State Auditor Dave Yost and some reform-minded lawmakers, would require the photos of food stamp card users to be placed on their card. Yost said it would make it harder for someone else to use the card if...
Ohio House votes to require photos on food stamp cards
 Update Nov. 2: The Ohio House voted Wednesday to require photos be added to food stamp cards in Ohio. The bill now heads to the Ohio Senate.  The bill passed 61-30. Earlier story: 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...

5:26 PM Wednesday, Feb. 08, 2017

Update Nov. 2: The Ohio House voted Wednesday to require photos be added to food stamp cards in Ohio. The bill now heads to the Ohio Senate.  The bill passed 61-30. Earlier story: 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...
Springfield leaders want to avoid wasting money on special elections
 A special election with just one candidate on the ballot cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, and some state lawmakers are trying to prevent that from ever happening again. Rep. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, hopes passage of a new state law will avoid what he called the future waste of taxpayer money on special elections that involve...

2:45 AM Wednesday, Feb. 08, 2017

A special election with just one candidate on the ballot cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, and some state lawmakers are trying to prevent that from ever happening again. Rep. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, hopes passage of a new state law will avoid what he called the future waste of taxpayer money on special elections that involve...
Looking to win at a local racino?
 An I-Team analysis of state records shows the Miami Valley's two racinos are seeing a surge of business in recent months but face long term challenges to attract the next generation of players.Both Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway and its southern neighbor, Miami Valley Gaming in Monroe had strong end-of-the-year performances for last year...

10:23 PM Thursday, Feb. 02, 2017

An I-Team analysis of state records shows the Miami Valley's two racinos are seeing a surge of business in recent months but face long term challenges to attract the next generation of players.Both Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway and its southern neighbor, Miami Valley Gaming in Monroe had strong end-of-the-year performances for last year...
Technology developed in Ohio could detect school shootings in seconds
 New technology could help save lives by calling first responders to the scene of a school emergency, even before people start dialing 9-1-1. The SiteGuard Active Shooter Response system, developed by the Columbus-based nonprofit research and development organization Battelle, is designed to detect gunfire of any kind in a school, office complex...

10:27 PM Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

New technology could help save lives by calling first responders to the scene of a school emergency, even before people start dialing 9-1-1. The SiteGuard Active Shooter Response system, developed by the Columbus-based nonprofit research and development organization Battelle, is designed to detect gunfire of any kind in a school, office complex...
Thousands opt for open enrollment
 Millions of dollars change hands among Dayton-area school districts each year because of open enrollment, a little-talked-about policy that allows more than 3,000 local students to attend public school tuition-free in communities other than the ones in which they live. But it doesn’t affect communities equally because it’s up...

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016

Millions of dollars change hands among Dayton-area school districts each year because of open enrollment, a little-talked-about policy that allows more than 3,000 local students to attend public school tuition-free in communities other than the ones in which they live. But it doesn’t affect communities equally because it’s up...
Thousands pay tribute to John Glenn at statehouse
 With heavy hearts and teary eyes, thousands of people filed through the Ohio Statehouse Friday to say goodbye to John Glenn. The flagged-draped casket, surrounded by a Marine Honor Guard, attracted people from all corners of the state and beyond, including former staff members who worked with Glenn during his 25 years in the US Senate. ...

7:51 PM Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

With heavy hearts and teary eyes, thousands of people filed through the Ohio Statehouse Friday to say goodbye to John Glenn. The flagged-draped casket, surrounded by a Marine Honor Guard, attracted people from all corners of the state and beyond, including former staff members who worked with Glenn during his 25 years in the US Senate. ...
Ohio attorney general warns public about charity scams

5:11 PM Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016

One name comes to mind when Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine warns consumers about charity fraud: Bobby Thompson. Thompson was the man behind a national charity known as the United States Navy Veterans Association. While the operation was very successful at raising money it was also a fake. When a newspaper reporter in Florida started asking...
Local aviation expert says John Glenn’s death has not ‘sunk in yet’
 “I’m not ready to talk about John Glenn in the past tense.” That is what Tim Gaffney, aviaiton writer and communications director for the National Aviation Heritage Alliance, had to say about Glenn’s death on Thursday. “I don’t think it's sunk in yet,” Gaffney said. He was such a vibrant guy. He was...

1:53 AM Friday, Dec. 09, 2016

“I’m not ready to talk about John Glenn in the past tense.” That is what Tim Gaffney, aviaiton writer and communications director for the National Aviation Heritage Alliance, had to say about Glenn’s death on Thursday. “I don’t think it's sunk in yet,” Gaffney said. He was such a vibrant guy. He was...
Mike DeWine
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.  JIM OTTE / STAFF

9:27 PM Thursday, Dec. 08, 2016

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. JIM OTTE / STAFF
Look back at 2016: The Democratic Convention
A view of the Ohio delegation’s location at the Wells Fargo Center for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. JIM OTTE / STAFF

9:04 PM Saturday, Dec. 03, 2016

A view of the Ohio delegation’s location at the Wells Fargo Center for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. JIM OTTE / STAFF
Bill to allow concealed carry guns on college campuses delayed

8:32 PM Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

The drive to pass a bill to allow people to bring guns onto college campuses has been slowed at the Ohio Statehouse. The proposal from Rep. Ron Maag, R-Lebanon, would let people with a Concealed Carry Weapon Permit bring a weapon onto college campuses if that school’s board of trustees allow it. After the violent attack at Ohio State...
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