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Study seeks to address burnout, turnover among child welfare workers
 Ohio has been selected to participate in a national research project aimed at decreasing workforce turnover at child welfare agencies. The research will take place over the next four years in Montgomery, Clark, Champaign, Hamilton, Knox, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties. It’s being conducted by the Quality Improvement Center for...

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Ohio has been selected to participate in a national research project aimed at decreasing workforce turnover at child welfare agencies. The research will take place over the next four years in Montgomery, Clark, Champaign, Hamilton, Knox, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties. It’s being conducted by the Quality Improvement Center for...
What should prisoners read? Not Cosmo, Ohio says
 Inmates in Ohio prisons have been denied reading materials — from the Men’s Fitness Exercise Bible to computer programming textbooks and a World War II memoir — under rules meant to ban any publications that pose a threat to safety and security. In addition to prison libraries and books available to prisoners through education...

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Inmates in Ohio prisons have been denied reading materials — from the Men’s Fitness Exercise Bible to computer programming textbooks and a World War II memoir — under rules meant to ban any publications that pose a threat to safety and security. In addition to prison libraries and books available to prisoners through education...
Drug crisis in Ohio: What solutions are making a difference?
 During a year of record deaths from drug overdoses in the Miami Valley and across Ohio, glimmers of hope also exist as organizations and local governments have begun to find solutions that might make a difference. More than 30 news organizations statewide have partnered to share those solutions and help communities think about which ones...

Posted: 2 days ago

During a year of record deaths from drug overdoses in the Miami Valley and across Ohio, glimmers of hope also exist as organizations and local governments have begun to find solutions that might make a difference. More than 30 news organizations statewide have partnered to share those solutions and help communities think about which ones...
What happens to veterans if the government shuts down?
 Vital services for veterans will not be threatened if the government shuts down this weekend.  The Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, including the Dayton VA Medical Center, would remain open. After previous partial shutdowns caused headaches for the VA, the department lobbied Congress to fund the VA  on a two-year budget...

Posted: 3 days ago

Vital services for veterans will not be threatened if the government shuts down this weekend.  The Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, including the Dayton VA Medical Center, would remain open. After previous partial shutdowns caused headaches for the VA, the department lobbied Congress to fund the VA on a two-year budget...
Will a government shutdown delay my tax refund?
 One way this potential government shutdown would be different than in the past -- there’s never been a federal shutdown during tax filing season.  Nor has the government been shut down amid the implementation of a massive tax code overhaul. The Internal Revenue Service would lose an estimated 56 percent of its workforce to furloughs...

Posted: 3 days ago

One way this potential government shutdown would be different than in the past -- there’s never been a federal shutdown during tax filing season.  Nor has the government been shut down amid the implementation of a massive tax code overhaul. The Internal Revenue Service would lose an estimated 56 percent of its workforce to furloughs...
Government shutdown: Will I still get my mail?
 Hundreds of thousands of federal employees could be barred from working if Congress can’t agree to a  budget plan and avoid a shutdown. But the country’s more than 500,000 postal service workers won’t be among them.  Mail service will continue uninterrupted, even during a government shutdown.  That’s because...

Posted: 3 days ago

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees could be barred from working if Congress can’t agree to a budget plan and avoid a shutdown. But the country’s more than 500,000 postal service workers won’t be among them.  Mail service will continue uninterrupted, even during a government shutdown.  That’s because...
Could your travel plans be impacted by a government shutdown?
 The U.S. government could be headed for a shutdown after midnight on Friday if Congress does not pass a temporary spending bill.  What would a shutdown mean for those planning domestic or international travel in the coming days or weeks? First, employees deemed “essential” would remain on the job and that includes  Transportation...

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The U.S. government could be headed for a shutdown after midnight on Friday if Congress does not pass a temporary spending bill.  What would a shutdown mean for those planning domestic or international travel in the coming days or weeks? First, employees deemed “essential” would remain on the job and that includes  Transportation...
Media to hold forums on Miami Valley drug crisis, examine solutions
 Local journalists who have spent years covering the escalating death toll and costly side effects of the drug crisis are looking to work together with the community to identify solutions. Your Voice Ohio is a media collaborative of more than 30 Ohio news organizations, including the Dayton Daily News, will sponsor community meetings next...

Posted: 7 days ago

Local journalists who have spent years covering the escalating death toll and costly side effects of the drug crisis are looking to work together with the community to identify solutions. Your Voice Ohio is a media collaborative of more than 30 Ohio news organizations, including the Dayton Daily News, will sponsor community meetings next...
Charter school failure could be largest in state history
 Parents of more than 1,000 students across the region are scrambling to find new schools for their children just days away from what could be the largest charter school failure in state history. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an online school, notified parents this week they could suspend operations Jan. 19 as they work out issues...

Posted: 10 days ago

Parents of more than 1,000 students across the region are scrambling to find new schools for their children just days away from what could be the largest charter school failure in state history. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an online school, notified parents this week they could suspend operations Jan. 19 as they work out issues...
Ice cream bars recalled over listeria sold at Aldi, Kroger and Meijer
 Ice cream bars sold at Ohio Kroger and Meijer stores, among others, are being recalled for possible listeria contamination. Fieldbrook Foods Corp. first announced a limited recall of products last week, including Purple Cow Orange Cream Bars sold at Meijer stores that had a “best by” date of Nov. 20, 2018. On Tuesday, the company ...

Posted: 12 days ago

Ice cream bars sold at Ohio Kroger and Meijer stores, among others, are being recalled for possible listeria contamination. Fieldbrook Foods Corp. first announced a limited recall of products last week, including Purple Cow Orange Cream Bars sold at Meijer stores that had a “best by” date of Nov. 20, 2018. On Tuesday, the company ...
Ice cream bars recalled for Listeria sold at Kroger and Meijer
 Ice cream bars sold at Ohio Kroger and Meijer stores, among others, are being recalled for possible Listeria contamination. Fieldbrook Foods Corporation first announced a limited recall of products last week, including Purple Cow Orange Cream Bars sold at Meijer stores that had a “best by” date of Nov. 20, 2018. Yesterday the...

Posted: 13 days ago

Ice cream bars sold at Ohio Kroger and Meijer stores, among others, are being recalled for possible Listeria contamination. Fieldbrook Foods Corporation first announced a limited recall of products last week, including Purple Cow Orange Cream Bars sold at Meijer stores that had a “best by” date of Nov. 20, 2018. Yesterday the...
Library hosting free Narcan training
 Project DAWN, a community-based overdose education and naloxone distribution program, is offering free one-hour training sessions at three Dayton Metro Library locations in January and February. Naloxone is the generic name for Narcan, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.  Each session will include training on recognizing...

Posted: 15 days ago

Project DAWN, a community-based overdose education and naloxone distribution program, is offering free one-hour training sessions at three Dayton Metro Library locations in January and February. Naloxone is the generic name for Narcan, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.  Each session will include training on recognizing...
10 Ohio professions that require licensing: Are they needed?
 It takes nearly a year of training to become a licensed barber in Ohio, but one can become an advanced emergency medical technician — with the ability to administer narcotics — in less than six weeks. Ohio is the only state in the U.S. to license social work assistants, who are not able to do actual counseling but perform tasks...

Posted: 16 days ago

It takes nearly a year of training to become a licensed barber in Ohio, but one can become an advanced emergency medical technician — with the ability to administer narcotics — in less than six weeks. Ohio is the only state in the U.S. to license social work assistants, who are not able to do actual counseling but perform tasks...
Are Ohio’s licensing rules out of whack?
 It takes nearly a year of training to become a licensed barber in Ohio, but one can become an advanced emergency medical technician — with the ability to administer narcotics — in less than six weeks. Ohio is the only state in the U.S. to license social work assistants, who are not able to do actual counseling but perform tasks...

Posted: 17 days ago

It takes nearly a year of training to become a licensed barber in Ohio, but one can become an advanced emergency medical technician — with the ability to administer narcotics — in less than six weeks. Ohio is the only state in the U.S. to license social work assistants, who are not able to do actual counseling but perform tasks...
Feds want to add citizenship question to U.S. Census
 The Department of Justice has requested that a citizenship question be added to the 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire — a move critics say could keep immigrant populations from participating and supporters say is needed to enforce Voting Rights Act. The decennial census is a key government function that aims to count everyone living in...

Posted: 19 days ago

The Department of Justice has requested that a citizenship question be added to the 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire — a move critics say could keep immigrant populations from participating and supporters say is needed to enforce Voting Rights Act. The decennial census is a key government function that aims to count everyone living in...
11 Dayton Daily News investigations that shaped 2017
 From conditions at county jails to child brides to abuse of power and government waste, fraud and failure, our I-Team and other reporters at the Dayton Daily News delivered in 2017 investigative journalism that shed a spotlight on community issues and led to change.  This in-depth reporting is made possible by your subscription and readership...

Posted: 25 days ago

From conditions at county jails to child brides to abuse of power and government waste, fraud and failure, our I-Team and other reporters at the Dayton Daily News delivered in 2017 investigative journalism that shed a spotlight on community issues and led to change.  This in-depth reporting is made possible by your subscription and readership...
Census: Ohio gained more people in 2017 than other Midwest states
 The big states got even bigger for the most part in 2017, but the news wasn’t all bad for slow-growing Ohio, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census. Ohio grew by 36,055 people from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017, which may pale next to California, Texas and Florida, but was greater than the growth in Pennsylvania, Michigan...

7:15 PM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

The big states got even bigger for the most part in 2017, but the news wasn’t all bad for slow-growing Ohio, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census. Ohio grew by 36,055 people from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017, which may pale next to California, Texas and Florida, but was greater than the growth in Pennsylvania, Michigan...
Airbnb hosts caught secretly filming guests: How to check for cameras
 Many travelers have ditched traditional hotels for the convenience and savings of renting a room or house through Airbnb or other home sharing apps — and hundreds of Ohioans are making extra income by renting out their properties. But some consumer watchdogs are alerting travelers to watch out for hidden cameras or other privacy violations...

4:51 PM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

Many travelers have ditched traditional hotels for the convenience and savings of renting a room or house through Airbnb or other home sharing apps — and hundreds of Ohioans are making extra income by renting out their properties. But some consumer watchdogs are alerting travelers to watch out for hidden cameras or other privacy violations...
Concerns raised over 2020 census accuracy, funding
 As the U.S. Census Bureau makes preparations to count every American using a mostly online system for the first time in 2020, experts and politicians on both sides of the aisle are raising red flags. At issue is whether the bureau has the resources it needs to roll out the new technology and ensure an accurate and complete enumeration. And...

12:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017

As the U.S. Census Bureau makes preparations to count every American using a mostly online system for the first time in 2020, experts and politicians on both sides of the aisle are raising red flags. At issue is whether the bureau has the resources it needs to roll out the new technology and ensure an accurate and complete enumeration. And...
It’s official: Ohio Issue 2 most expensive state campaign ever
 The two sides of this November’s Issue 2 spent a total of more than $74 million, according to final post-election campaign finance reports submitted today. The ballot issue on prescription drug prices shattered previous records for campaign money raised, with most of the spending coming from opponents who were backed by pharmaceutical...

10:14 PM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

The two sides of this November’s Issue 2 spent a total of more than $74 million, according to final post-election campaign finance reports submitted today. The ballot issue on prescription drug prices shattered previous records for campaign money raised, with most of the spending coming from opponents who were backed by pharmaceutical...
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