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Dayton utility asks regulators to make electric shutoffs easier

BY: - January 4, 2022

A Dayton area utility company has asked state regulators to relax the rules around shutting off power to customers who are behind on their electric bills. State regulations require utility companies, after filing written notices with customers who owe them money, to send an employee to make a final house call before cutting their power. […]

Energy efficiency scorecard shows slight improvement and notable drops for large Ohio cities

BY: - December 21, 2021

A recent scorecard tracking energy policies among 100 of the country’s biggest cities offers a mixed bag for Ohio. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy reviewed six cities — the three Cs plus Dayton, Toledo and Akron. Columbus and Toledo improved slightly, but the others held steady or slipped. The ACEEE formed in […]

How are Ohio cities spending their American Rescue Plan dollars?

BY: - November 8, 2021

When the American Rescue Plan was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden last March, the U.S. Department of the Treasury wanted the cities who were getting part of the $1.9 trillion national relief package to submit their first project and expenditure reports to them by Oct. 31. Ohio cities got […]

Dayton Commission mailers rope state party into fight between progressives and centrists

BY: - October 28, 2021

From Congress to city councils, progressives and centrists in the Democratic party are wrestling over whose vision should define the party’s future. In Dayton, that fight is playing out in the race for city commission, and a pair of mailers attacking two progressives have roped in the state Democratic party. The mailers attack commission candidates […]

Dayton incident with paraplegic man shines light on state, local police reform efforts

BY: - October 19, 2021

During a traffic stop, late last month, Dayton police officers pulled Clifford Owensby from his car by the hair. Owensby, who is paraplegic, repeatedly told the officers he could not get out of the car, that he wanted them to call a supervisor, that they could hurt him by pulling him from the vehicle. They […]

FBI suspected Dayton Mayor Whaley of bribery in 2014, court documents show

BY: - September 8, 2021

The FBI suspected Dayton Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley in 2014 of accepting cash bribes from a city contractor, according to unsealed search warrant applications filed in federal court. Whaley was not charged with any crime and the U.S. Department of Justice has closed the investigation. The warrants detail sworn statements from FBI […]

Sausage-making: Redistricting hearings continue, public asks for transparency and accountability

BY: - August 26, 2021

There was a lot of talk about sausage at the Ohio Redistricting Commission’s Cincinnati public hearing on Tuesday. But no goetta was served. In the fourth of 10 planned public hearings on gerrymandering in the state’s voting districts, members of the Cincinnati area asked that there be changes made not only to the new district […]

Whaley announces run for governor: ‘We need new leadership in Ohio’

BY: - April 20, 2021

Nan Whaley acknowledges she has grown and changed since four years ago, the last time she announced a campaign to become Ohio’s governor. The intervening years as mayor of Dayton have offered her no choice. First came a series of tornadoes on Memorial Day in 2019 that killed two, injured others and reportedly caused $1 […]

Sen. Brown, local officials want direct payments for COVID-19 relief

BY: - January 28, 2021

City officials are begging for help from the federal government to cover losses in every sector brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohio Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown says he plans to bring legislation that would align with President Joe Biden’s comprehensive funding plan, and drive direct payments to municipalities across the state. In a […]

COVID-19 vaccine: Strides toward equity, access demanded

BY: - January 27, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccine distribution slowly but surely continues in the state, minority populations still represent a small percentage of those that have received the vaccine, and officials and advocates say more strides toward minority equity and access need to happen. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine hasn’t waivered in recent messages that vaccine doses coming to the […]

Space Command HQ decision criticized as ‘politically motivated’

BY: - January 14, 2021

The U.S. Air Force has selected Huntsville, Ala., as the permanent headquarters for the U.S. Space Command, passing over the command’s existing base in Colorado Springs, the Air Force said Wednesday. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera, both Democrats, raised concerns that President Donald Trump overruled military decision-makers and made the decision […]

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DeWine’s anti-gun violence bill faces perilous deadline

BY: - December 3, 2020

With less than a month remaining in the legislative session, Gov. Mike DeWine’s gun policy response to the 2019 Dayton mass shooting, which killed nine and injured 27 more, could be all but doomed. The last hearing on Senate Bill 221 in the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee was exactly one year ago Thursday. […]