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Public Health officials report that a sample of mosquitoes from Greene County has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

 

  The West Nile Virus is a serious virus often spread through mosquito bites, and can cause fever, and inflammation of the brain, or spinal cord.

 

Jeff Webb with Greene County Public Health says that despite the rising number of mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile, there have not been any known cases of humans contracting it this year.

 

Law enforcement authorities are asking anyone with information related to a suspected double homicide at a  Yellow Springs duplex to come forward and call a dedicated tip-line. Authorities have not yet named a suspect in the killings.  

At a briefing with reporters Wednesday, Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer says the male victim was shot multiple times. He says investigators believe he was the intended victim.

Fischer says initial evidence indicates the shootings were “not random." 

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Some would-be voters in Greene County experienced longer than usual wait times early on Tuesday. Elections officials say some delays were caused by issues with software and machines.

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Ohio women make about 78 cents for every dollar made by their male counterparts, according to a new study by National Partnership for Women and Families.

That difference amounts to an overall salary disparity of about $10,600 annually. That’s in line with the national gender pay gap, which is about $10,700.

Local Election Results May 5, 2015

May 6, 2015
Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
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According to unofficial numbers from the Montgomery County Board of Elections, only 8.3 percent of registered voters turned out for Tuesday's primary.

A cornfield behind Antioch University Midwest on Dayton could become a business park called the CBE.
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The Greene County Public Library was one of several dozen Ohio library systems asking voters for money. The library was asking for a 9/10-mill increase and renewal of its previous five-year levy. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, unofficial results show the levy passing with 58 percent of the voters approving the measure.

Demonstrators pray outside the Greene County courthouse following the announcement that the Special Grand Jury won't indict officers.
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A grand jury in Greene County has found that the actions of officers involved in the Beavercreek Walmart shooting were justified. In response, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced it will investigate. 

Twenty-two-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by police in the store the evening of August 5th. A 9-1-1 caller reported Crawford was waving what appeared to be a rifle. Police said he didn't obey commands to put down what turned out to be an air rifle BB-gun.

The Emerald Ash Borer in Greene County Parks

Apr 22, 2014
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It’s smaller than your thumbnail, but the destruction it can cause is huge. The shiny green Emerald Ash Borer is a beetle native to Asia and Russia. It has been traveling from state to state, catching rides on firewood, and then settling in to eat away at the Ash Tree.

The Greene County Parks and Trails department is currently cutting down 3,000 dead Ash Trees which have been killed by this insect. That’s going to dramatically change this part of Ohio. And no one knows this better than two naturalists who work there.

Greene County Election Results For November 2013

Nov 6, 2013

Elections took place Tuesday across Greene County for a slew of city and village councils. Tax levy issues for children's services, developmental disabilities and Greene County Memorial Hospital all passed, as did Xenia's electric aggregation initiative.

Food Assistance Cuts Affect Millions Of Ohioans

Nov 1, 2013

A cut to food assistance goes into effect across the country today, Nov. 1. The end of federal stimulus funds will affect close to 2 million people in Ohio who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, for food.

After the economy crashed, the 2009 Recovery Act propped up food assistance with  billions in additional funds. That money expired on Halloween, which means reduced benefits for almost all SNAP recipients.

Leslie Bates of Greene County Job and Family Services says the average cut in Greene County is $26 per family.

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