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Springfield officials are asking for about 3 million dollars to improve the I-70 and State Route 72 interchange. If granted the funds, the city also plans to reconfigure and beautify the Leffel Lane and South Limestone intersection. Assistant city manager Bryan Heck says the intersection has the potential to spur new development in the area, “We have a real advantage in that there’s sixty thousand cars a day that travel through that interchange and we’re already seeing some of the fruits of...

Gather with friends of the Tecumseh Land Trust and Glen Helen for an evening of poetry in honor of the Winter Solstice. Twelve scheduled poets will share work based on the winter solstice. A wine and cheese reception and an open mic session will follow the scheduled poets. This is at the Glen Helen Auditorium today 7 - 9PM. The 2nd annual Mistletoe Magic Holiday Marketplace is at the Dayton Convention Center on Saturday. A one-of-a kind Santa will be there and a one of a kind gingerbread...

Elizabeth Schmidt reads her poem, "Snowflakes."

Miami Valley pro-choice activists say they’re taking action after the Ohio Legislature approved a bill banning abortion at the time a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as 6 weeks into pregnancy.

If signed by Governor Kasich, the law would be among the most stringent abortion regulations in the country.

Joy Schwab of the Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance says the group is reaching out to the governor’s office to address the issue. She thinks the...

April Laissle

The Dayton School Board Tuesday voted to delay further staff layoffs until next summer. The district first announced plans to cut staff in October, citing what officials called an "unexpected" decline in enrollment. Several administrative staff members were cut and nearly two dozen teachers were reassigned to other classrooms or laid off. Layoffs and reassignments were also expected for teachers aides and other operations staff members. But at a meeting in November, the board announced it...

On occasion I like to ask authors for tips on books that they have enjoyed recently. The other day I asked Lee Child for some reading suggestions. He said he always can count on John Sandford and Michael Connelly to provide him with entertaining reads. Then he suggested that I should read "The Drifter," a debut novel by Nicholas Petrie. I just finished reading it and I enjoyed it. Petrie's protagonist is a bit like Lee Child's Jack Reacher.
I have interviewed John Sandford twice during...

Lori Gravley reads Julie Moore's poem, "Ohio"

EF Hutton executives stand in front of their new headquarters in downtown Springfield.
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Springfield City Commissioners voted Tuesday evening to approve a large tax-incentive program for its newest corporate resident, EF Hutton. The financial industry giant moved its headquarters to the city earlier this year, promising Springfield officials it will bring more than 400 jobs to the city over the next five years. The company estimates the hiring would amount to more than $24 million in annual wages to Springfield employees. Springfield would return half that money back to EF Hutton...

State lawmakers will freeze benefits for unemployed workers at current levels while putting plans for a major overhaul of Ohio's unemployment compensation system on hold Republican leaders in Columbus said Tuesday that they'll take another shot next year at completing the overhaul of the state's unemployment fund. They hope freezing the current rates will give them time to craft a broad solution. There's been growing concern about how the system is structured and how long the state's fund...

Heartbeat
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Lawmakers in Ohio's state Senate have approved banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The so-called "heartbeat bill" approved Tuesday would result in what would be one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in America. The legislation would prohibit most abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy after the first detectable heartbeat. Similar measures have faced legal challenges elsewhere and detractors in Ohio fear it will lead to a costly fight in the courts....

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