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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, along with officials from Clark County and the city of Springfield, Tuesday unveiled a new Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab in downtown Springfield.

The lab will be dedicated to testing drug evidence seized by law enforcement agencies in Clark County and statewide. Officials say it will be staffed by two highly trained and experienced drug-chemistry scientists, who will test complex combinations of drugs, including heroin, fentanyl, and other synthetic street opioids.

May 2 Primary Election Results Summary

May 3, 2017
Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
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Unofficial results of last night’s primary election are in. The news is mixed for several Miami Valley school districts.

 Voters rejected school construction bond issues for Xenia and Valley View Schools. Voters also rejected a similar bond issue that was set to pay for renovations at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.

School-renewal levies passed in Oakwood, Tipp City, Lebanon, and Yellow Springs. Voters in Beavercreek rejected a 6-mill school levy.

Springfield and Wilmington will be hosting public forums on Capital Punishment Reform May 1 and May 2, 2017.
Statehouse News Bureau

On Monday, a Springfield Church is hosting a public forum on capital punishment reform. The event has several co-sponsors including, Amnesty International, the Ohio Council of Churches and Ohioans to Stop Executions.

The forum comes at a time as debates over capital punishment are heating up.  Ohio is scheduled to execute its first inmate in more than 3 years this May.  This summer the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will also hear arguments in a case over the state’s lethal injection process and the drugs they plan on using.

 

Trash is being removed from the future Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve in Clark County.  When it opens this summer it will become Ohio's largest rock climbing cliffs.
Ohio Climbers Coalition

The Miami Valley will soon be home to Ohio’s largest natural rock-climbing area. The Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve, set to open in May on the west side of Springfield, will feature a set of limestone cliffs nearly 5,000 feet long and ranging from 40 to 50 feet high. 

 

Carol Kennard, executive director of the Clark County Parks District, says the attraction will be available to climbers at no cost.   

Wittenberg University Selects New President

Feb 10, 2017
Dr. Michael Frandsen will become Wittenberg University's 15th President.
Daniel Gummel

Officials at Wittenberg University in Springfield have named a new president to lead the school. The announcement concludes a six month search.

 

When he takes office, Dr. Michael Frandsen will become the 15th president of Wittenberg University. The school’s search followed the resignation of former president Dr. Laurie Joyner, who stepped down in late 2015.

The university has faced several years of budget cuts and Wittenberg officials say they chose Frandsen for his extensive financial management experience.  

Wittenberg University

Lydia Kisley, a 2010 Wittenberg University grad, was recently recognized in Forbes Magazine for her work in medical research.  The Ohio native and current post-doctoral fellow at University of Illinois made the magazine’s 30 Under 30 list, honoring young people for outstanding contribution to their fields.

“I was pretty surprised. Especially, my research is pretty basic science," she says. "I’ve done some projects looking at how proteins interact in your blood that has potential to be used in cancer treatments."

Citizens with the group Indivisible Springfield say they are concerned with some of President Trump’s actions in his first weeks in office. They’ve teamed up with the nonprofit Welcome Springfield, and plan to send a letter to officials calling for “bipartisan solutions that honor and respect the needs of the immigrants and refugees who have come to our nation and to Clark County, Ohio.”

 

Pam Dixon with Indivisible Springfield says its the right thing to do.

Artist rendering of new entrance at the Clark County Public Library in Downtown Springfield
McCall Sharp Architecture

The Clark County Public Library in downtown Springfield has a new look. The library is undergoing major renovations as part of a 2.6 million dollar project designed to make the building more accessible to patrons. The update includes a newly remodeled entrance. Lead Architect Steve Sharp says visitors found the old entrance confusing.

"People really couldn’t tell how to get into the building really well" says Sharp. "We wanted to make a splashy statement that says look this is how you come into the library.  And to me this was a very satisfying and fun project."

Dan Gummel

Donald Trump was officially sworn in Friday, January 20th, as the 45th President of the United States. As supporters and protesters converged for the inauguration festivities in Washington, a diverse group of demonstrators gathered in downtown Springfield Friday afternoon to express their concerns about a Trump presidency. WYSO producer Dan Gummel spoke to some of the protesters. 

Event organizer John Wheeler:

Dan Gummel

At a Tuesday night meeting, the Springfield City Commission voted unanimously to put Issue 2, an income tax increase, back on the ballot this May.

 

The levy originally failed during the November election. Since then, the city has cut police services and closed a local fire station. Mayor Warren Copeland says the commission was forced to make cuts due to decreased state funds.  

 

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