Miami Valley named ‘Talent Hub’ by Lumina Foundation

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  More people will be able to earn a college degree in the Miami Valley.

The Lumina Foundation chose Dayton and Montgomery County as one of 17 communities to help people earn a college degrees, which will award $350,000 to the community and will help 7500 people get college degrees by 2020.

Sinclair Community College is partnering with the “Learn to Earn Dayton” initiative.

 

Legislation to charge owners with vicious dogs that kill with felonies returns

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – Getting legislation passed in Columbus can be a long arduous process.

State Senator Bill Beagle, representing State Senate District 5, felt that first hand as the 131st General Assembly came to an end.

But even though his bill that attempted to revise laws related to nuisance, dangerous, and vicious dogs did not finish its journey through the legislature that is not the end of its story.

Beagle has reintroduced his bill and this time State Representatives Steve Huffman and Jeff Rezabek have put forth an identical bill in the House.

The senator is confident his bill will make its way through the Senate relatively smoothly.

It has already seen the scrutiny of most of his fellow senators; and that gives the companion bill in the House over a year for those lawmakers to work through the legislation.

This all came about because of a deadly dog attack in Dayton in February 2014.

Klonda Richey was mauled to death by her neighbor’s dogs.

She had repeatedly notified the authorities of problems with the way the dogs were acting and being treated.

Beagle says the system ultimately failed Richey.

After her death, Beagle says the legal arm of society could not hold the owners of the dogs accountable in a way that he and others felt was sufficient.

The best they could do was charge the owners with a misdemeanor; his bill would increase the possible charge for a dog that kills someone to a felony.

Beagle is careful not to target breeds in his legislation. He says that would be counter-productive and in the end most agree that the fault ultimately lies with the owner not with the dog itself.

His bill is the same as the one that passed out of the Senate last session.

“It’s my hope that this bill will get through to protect all those children and adult who get bit and certainly get severely injured,” said Beagle.

In addition to adding the possibility of felony charges, the bill allows dog wardens to make an arrest in limited circumstances and increases the number of years a convicted felon must wait before owning a dog.

 

Body found on West Hudson Avenue

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  The Dayton Police Department is asking the public if they have any information about the ‘suspicious death’ of a young female where her body was found on West Hudson Avenue Monday.

The Montgomery County Coroner and police were at the scene in the 20 block of West Hudson Avenue.

If you have any information about what Dayton Police call a ‘suspicious death’, you are encouraged to call the police department at (937) 333-2677.

2 NEWS has a crew at the scene and we’ll update this story as we learn more about this incident.

Dayton HRC reacts to Trump’s new travel ban

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN/NBC) – President Donald Trump banned or restricted visas for travel to the United States from eight countries on Sunday, the next step in what began as his travel ban from six Muslim nations.

The new presidential order keeps restrictions on five of those six countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen — lifts restrictions on visitors from the Sudan and adds new restrictions on visitors and immigrants from Chad, North Korea and Venezuela.

In a proclamation Sunday night, Trump blocked the issuance of all visas from North Korea and Syria, while blocking nearly all visas from Iran except those for students and exchange visitors. Issuance of all immigrant visas and business and tourist visas was suspended from Chad, Libya and Yemen.

The order also blocks visas for government officials on business or tourist travel from Venezuela. For Somalia, the order blocks visas for immigrants and provides that other travelers will be subject to extra scrutiny.

The restrictions take effect Oct. 18 for Chad, North Korea and Venezuela. For the five remaining countries, which were part of the original executive order, the exceptions to the visa ban imposed by the Supreme Court for close relatives will remain until Oct 18th. 

Dayton Human Relations Council Executive Director Katy Crosby believes the new ban sends a bad message.

“I don’t think there should be a travel ban. I think we should monitor people as they come in and if we do our due diligence as a country we can remain safe,” said Crosby.

The City of Dayton has been active about it’s stance on immigrants launching the ‘Welcome Dayton’ initiative. The program helps foreign-born Dayton residents get acclimated with the community.

“This city has always been a welcoming community. We will continue to be a welcoming community and so I think as long as we focus on that people will be interested in moving to Dayton,” said Crosby.

Rather than continue blanket bans, the administration said the new standards would be tailored to each country, based on factors like whether countries share information about travelers’ criminal histories or use electronic passports with embedded traveler information. The government would consider lifting restrictions on one or more countries if they “have improved their identity-management and information-sharing protocols and procedures,” according to the proclamation.

Raj Shah, the deputy White House spokesman, told reporters last week that the Department of Homeland Security gave Trump a list of noncompliant countries on Sept. 15.

Miles Taylor, counselor to acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, said: “The goal is not to indefinitely block certain nationals from coming to the United States. It is to protect Americans until foreign governments do comply with our standards and no longer pose a risk.”
A protest against President Donald Trump’s travel order in New York on Feb. 2. It was organized by the Yemeni community. Lucas Jackson / Reuters file

“We had a range of countries, from total willful noncompliance and nonengagement to countries that maybe couldn’t meet the requirements but were interested in doing so,” Taylor said last week. “Some countries didn’t even have the courtesy to say, ‘Go fly a kite.’”

Critics, however, described the latest restrictions as little more than a repackaged “Muslim ban.”

“Six of President Trump’s targeted countries are Muslim,” said Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “The fact that Trump has added North Korea — with few visitors to the U.S. — and a few government officials from Venezuela doesn’t obfuscate the real fact that the administration’s order is still a Muslim ban. President Trump’s original sin of targeting Muslims cannot be cured by throwing other countries onto his enemies list.”

The U.S. Supreme Court allowed much of Trump’s current order to stand in June pending arguments before the court on Oct. 10. The Justice Department said last week that it couldn’t comment on how the revisions announced Sunday could affect the government’s argument, citing the litigation

Good news for motorists as gas prices to continue dropping in the coming weeks

A senior petroleum analyst says gas prices will continue declining in the Dayton region and much of the country, with prices expected to drop throughout the next several months.

Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, said the return of “winter gasoline” across much of the country, combined with gasoline production continuing its recovery from Harvey, has meant much of the country has seen falling gasoline prices along with fall weather.

“With refineries continuing to get back…

Dayton family voices concern about healthcare debate

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The ongoing healthcare debate is especially personal for one Dayton family whose newborn son was born with a life-long illness.

Four-month-old Jace Philips has cystic fibrosis. His mother Colleen Reed and father James Philips say it’s an illness that affects his lungs and digestive system.

“He’s going to be on breathing treatments for the rest of his life,” Reed said. “And he has to take a lot of enzymes that probably cost $5,000 a month. And that doesn’t even include all the breathing treatments and everything else.”

These are costs this working family says they wouldn’t be able to afford without insurance.

“I’ve never really relied on care source or Medicaid before but now I have to,” Reed said.

The future of Medicaid now lies in the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Dayton’s Children Hospital says the bill could leave millions of children without adequate health coverage, it if passes.

The hospital’s CEO Deborah Feldman said: “This bill is just simply not good for kids”

Feldman said the bill will roll back Medicaid and the Child Health Improvement Program, also known as CHIP.

She said these programs provide coverage for more than 55 percent of patients at Dayton Children’s.

“Every day there are families here at Dayton Children’s that would not be getting the vital care they need for their kids if it wasn’t for these two programs,” Feldman said.

Philips said as lawmakers on Capitol Hill talk healthcare, they need to keep American families in mind.

“With things going on right now. It is kind of scary,” Philips said.

“It does raise alarm. It does cause a lot of concern with both of us with raising him and making sure he gets the care and everything that he needs.”