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6:38 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Bill To Extend Snow Days Stalls In Ohio House

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The Ohio House has held off taking a formal vote on a plan to let schools take up to four additional days off this year because of the season's extreme weather.

At issue is a disagreement over how many days to allow. House Speaker Bill Batchelder says members plan to take an additional week to continue to work on the number of days in the proposal and review its costs.

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Around the Miami Valley
11:34 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

DeWine Conducts Springfield Town Hall On Drug Abuse

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine at Springfield's drug abuse forum.
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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine brought the buckeye state's war on drugs to Clark County Wednesday afternoon.

A panel of health experts and law enforcement held a town hall meeting at Springfield High School to discuss Ohio's ongoing battle against drug abuse.

At the forum, DeWine presented staggering numbers regarding Ohioans who have died from overdoses in the past year - almost 2,000 heroin related deaths alone.

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Health
11:12 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Ohio's High Infant Mortality Rate Addressed In New Bills

In 2013, state lawmakers and health officials toured Ohio, gathering information about the state’s high infant mortality rate. On Wednesday, state senators introduced five new bills to combat the situation. 

Ohio has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the nation and Republican State Senator Shannon Jones of Springboro says a high infant death rate is a red flag. 

“A state's infant mortality rate is much like the canary that goes down into the coal mine," Jones said. "It’s an indicator of the overall health and wellness of mothers and children in the communities.” 

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Politics
11:09 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley Focuses On Education In First State Of The City

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley gives her first State of the City.
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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley kept her focus on jobs and education at her first State of the City speech Tuesday.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to the U.S., Mayor Whaley started by channeling the Fab Four to sum up the state of the city.

“I could try to convince you that everything in Dayton is 'ob-la-di, ob-la-da' if we could just ‘let it be,’” she said. “But my commission colleagues would probably tell me—you can’t do that.”

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Military
8:01 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Wright-Patt Releases Sexual Assault Statistics

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Ohio's largest military base has logged 32 alleged sexual assaults in the past three years.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base released the statistics to the Dayton Daily News amid demands in Congress for more transparency by the military in the handling of sexual assaults.

The 88th Air Base Wing Office of Staff Judge Advocate reported the 32 cases at the base from 2010 to 2013.

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