Dayton Daily News

A research center at the University of Dayton has won a $42.2 million dollar contract from the U.S. Air Force.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the contract awarded to the UD’s Research Institute will maintain 30 existing jobs at the facility.

And another $1.2 million contract from GE Aviation for related research will create as many as five new positions there.

The Air Force contract is for research and development in advanced power and thermal management technologies for hypersonic and long-range aircraft.

Democrats in Montgomery County chose Fred Strahorn to replace Rep. Clayton Luckie, who withdrew from running for re-election.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the county party's central committee voted 41 to 1 replace Luckie on the November ballot.  Luckie dropped out Friday, a day after the Franklin County prosecutor said Luckie was under investigation. The prosecutor has said little other than that the probe doesn't involve bribery.

Luckie remains in office. He hasn't commented on his withdrawal or the prosecutor's statement.

Several communities in the Miami Valley held special elections last night.

Parents of students across the Miami Valley are higher facing higher fees for their kids to participate in school sports and other extracurricular activities. The Dayton Daily News reports that for the affected districts, the average increase is more than 100 percent.

The Beavercreek, Huber Heights, Valley View and Vandalia Butler school districts are all facing increases. This comes after each announced multimillion dollar cuts to address budget shortfalls.

Publishers of Forbes Magazine have listed Dayton Ohio as the nation’s most affordable city to live in.

The manager and some members of a Wright-Patterson Air Force base flying club set for closure are taking wing to a nearby regional airport.

 

The US Postal Service has confirmed that it will close the postal processing facility in downtown Dayton.

The City of Dayton is spearheading a project aimed at extending Patterson Boulevard Canal Parkway. The Dayton Daily News reports that the city will be using a $2.2 million dollar grant in to expand the Parkway the length of four blocks.

The State of Ohio awarded the grant to the City in 2008 to begin construction on a cultural project. Original plans were to fund a mixed-use project in the RiverScape area.  Those plans  fell through.  

The City was allowed to use that money for the Canal project.

Diana Parkhouse

A report focusing on single-family home and condo sales indicates Dayton Home prices grew rapidly in the last four months.  According to Clear Capital’s quarterly Home Data Index, local home prices rose by 6.3 percent.  Only Phoenix Arizona saw a higher climb in home prices.

DAYTON, Ohio(AP) - Public records show the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs paid out $940,000 in cases related to the deaths of eight Dayton VA Medical Center patients.

The center came under scrutiny last year after allegations of improper hygiene by a dentist at a clinic. Records requested and obtained by the Dayton Daily News reveal the center has faced 72 medical malpractice claims since 2007, including those related to eight deaths between 2005 and 2008. There are pending claims over two deaths in 2009 and 2010.

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