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Organizers of the Dayton Air Show expect smaller crowds this weekend, thanks to the Air Force Thunderbirds and other military support pulling out because of federal budget cuts.

The two-day show usually draws around 70,000 people and has a $3.2 million impact on the local economy. But the Thunderbirds precision jet team had to withdraw earlier this year because of federal cutbacks, along with military support from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

A bikeway that will connect Wright-Patterson base with downtown Dayton is ready for launch.

Completion of the 3.6-mile Mad River Bikeway extension will link with 330 miles of regional bikeway paths while connecting the base.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the grand opening will be June 21 at the Eastwood MetroPark parking lot, with a group ride following.

A unit from Wright-Patterson Air Force base plans to deliver more than 500 meals from a nonprofit group for residents of Haiti.

Officials at Wright-Patt  say a 445th Airlift Wing unit will leave this morning to deliver about 541,000 meals consisting of dried and sealed food packets to the impoverished country.

A colonel based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is facing charges of sexual imposition. WYSO’s Emily McCord reports.

A labor union representing thousands of civilian employees at Ohio's largest military base wants them to appeal furlough notices resulting from federal budget cuts.

More than 10,000 civilian employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton began receiving the 11-day furlough notices Friday. The U.S. Department of Defense said 680,000 civilian employees will get the furloughs one day a week for 11 weeks, starting July 8.

Wright-Patterson Air Force base says more than 10,000 civilian employees will get furlough notices beginning Friday.

Civilians working at the base already knew that federal budget cuts would likely force them to take some mandatory unpaid time off this summer.

The U.S. Department of Defense said 680,000 civilian employees will get 11-day furloughs starting July 8 - one day a week for 11 weeks.

About 13,000 civilian employees at Wright Patterson Air Force Base will be forced to take 11 days of unpaid leave beginning in July.

Col. Cassie Barlow, commander of the 88th Air Base Wing, made that announcement yesterday.

Each of the 13,000 civilian employees will be on one day of furlough per week beginning July 8 until they reach 11 total days. The unpaid leave is the result of automatic defense budget cuts.

Barlow says the development is "good news" because the Department of Defense's 800,000 civilian employees had originally faced 22 days of furlough.

New figures from the Defense Department show sexual assault in the military is increasing, and that the vast majority of cases are going unreported. As WYSO’s Emily McCord reports Republican Congressman Mike Turner of Ohio’s 10th district is proposing legislation to encourage victims to come forward.

All 11 members of the Indiana congressional delegation have co-signed a letter to federal officials supporting an Ohio-Indiana bid for one of six drone aircraft test sites.

The delegation wrote Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta, saying the two states have the military and civil resources needed to be a leader in unmanned aircraft systems.

Proposals were due Monday. The FAA is expected to select sites by the end of the year.

The commander of Ohio largest military installation says federal budget cuts will force a 40-percent reduction in the budget - but no jobs are expected to be lost.

Col. Cassie B. Barlow, commander of the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, says officials will have to "dig deep" to find the cuts.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the base's 13,000 civilian employees are due to receive 14-day furlough notices beginning early next week. Barlow said the unpaid time off work will begin in June.

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