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National Guard units from across Ohio were called to respond to the 1966 west Dayton riots, including the 174th Artillery Unit then-based on West Second Street in Dayton. FILE PHOTO

50 years later, memories of the west Dayton riot

Editor’s note: This is part of a special project looking back at what fueled the 1966 west Dayton riots and exploring how far we have come in addressing those issues. Go here to read “Lasting Scars, Part 1: Shooting sparked 1966 Dayton riots”. Click here for the entire project: “Lasting ...

State Sen. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati

New law keeps inspector general reports public

A new state law effective Wednesday prohibits Ohio courts from completely scrubbing findings of wrongdoing by state employees from the public record, a practice first revealed by the I-Team.Court expungement orders no longer will apply to investigative reports produced by the Ohio Inspector General. Previously, sealing these reports wiped out ...

State employee fired after accused of sleeping, politicking on clock

A state agency department director was fired this week after an Ohio Inspector General report alleged he engaged in political activity on the clock as he spent more than 80 hours on his personal cellphone — and sent and received 1,982 text messages — over a roughly four-month period.The OIG’s ...

Payroll Project: 96 at Sinclair make more than $100K  TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Payroll Project: 96 at Sinclair make more than $100K

Administrators held the highest-paying jobs at Sinclair Community College in 2015, according to an I-Team analysis of payroll data at the public college. The first person with the word “professor” in his title ranked 16th in pay: mathematics professor Robert Chaney, whose 2015 gross pay was $132,013. Above him were ...

Lasting Scars: West Dayton and the 1966 riots

Fifty years ago, west Dayton burned. The drive-by shooting of a black man in front of his home kicked off one of the city’s worst race riots on Sept. 1, 1966. The killing was the final spark for west Dayton, which was seething with frustration over issues related to race ...

Teen given probation in Ohio in sex assault case not going to UD

A Massachusetts teen who pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges received court permission to serve probation while attending college in Ohio — saying he planned to attend the University of Dayton — and won’t have to register as a sex offender. UD officials wouldn’t discuss the issue Tuesday, but released ...

Payroll Project: Trotwood’s highest-paid employees

Trotwood City Manager Michael Lucking topped that city’s payroll last year despite leaving halfway through the year and becoming interim economic development director of West Carrollton, according to an I-Team analysis of city payroll data. Lucking made $149,578 last year, including vacation and sick leave payouts totaling more than $40,000 ...

Wright State taking steps to get budget under control

Wright State trustees today took steps to tighten controls over the school’s finances as they continue to assess the university’s budget deficit. University finance director Jeff Ulliman told trustees he is still tallying how much they will have to cleave from the school’s reserves to balance the books from last ...

Ruth Tharpe, 49, held a sign asking for money or other donations at the corner of Keowee Street and Wayne Avenue on Thursday morning, Aug. 4, 2016. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF

With no law, panhandlers hit streets in force

Panhandlers in Dayton haven’t had to worry about being arrested in nearly a month because the city repealed its restrictive ordinance in July and a new law has yet to take effect. As a result, the city and downtown organizations have received increased complaints about people begging for money, especially ...

Payroll Project: UC coaches make more than $2 million

Editor’s note: This story is part of an I-Team investigation into the declining financial health of many of Ohio’s public four-year universities. Go here for the full story. *** Eight of the University of Cincinnati’s 20 highest-paid employees last year were sports administrators or coaches, led by the head football ...

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 1, 2016. (Ty Wright/The New York Times)

Ohio official: Election will not be ‘rigged’

The day after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said at a Columbus rally that he’s concerned the November election will be “rigged,” Ohio’s elections chief countered by saying the state’s electoral process is fair and bipartisan. “Hillary Clinton is wrong when she says it is hard to vote and Donald ...

Payroll Project: WSU exceeded payroll budget by $15 million

Editor’s note: This story is part of an I-Team investigation into the declining financial health of many of Ohio’s public four-year universities. Go here for the full story. *** A major driver of Wright State University’s budget deficit is the school’s exploding payroll costs. Last year, the university spent $15.2 ...

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Payroll Project: $200K, $300K salaries increasing at Miami University

Editor’s note: This story is part of an I-Team investigation into the declining financial health of many of Ohio’s public four-year universities. Go here for the full story. *** Miami University officials credit conservative spending as a big part of why their overall financial health has remained among the strongest ...

Payroll Project: Football coach top earner at Miami University

Editor’s note: This story is part of an I-Team investigation into the declining financial health of many of Ohio’s public four-year universities. Go here for the full story. *** Miami University officials credit conservative spending as a big part of why their overall financial health has remained among the strongest ...

Army veteran Stephen Baker lowers the American flag before raising it to half-staff during Memorial Day Services at Woodside Cemetery in Middletown Monday, May 30, 2016. Photo by E.L. Hubbard

Flag at half-staff: Old Glory etiquette debated

For more than a third of the summer, American flags have flown at half-staff signifying a nation in mourning over terrorist attacks and the deaths of U.S. citizens. The lowered flag has been a symbol of Barack Obama’s presidency, due in part to a surge of national tragedies but also ...

Colleges show declining fiscal health

University spending in the face of stagnant tuition revenue is taking a toll on the financial health of many of Ohio’s four-year public universities. An I-Team analysis of state data designed to measure the financial health of Ohio’s 13 public four-year universities found nine saw declining scores in the most ...

How Wright State’s debate became a debacle

Public support poured in for this week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland: $10 million from JobsOhio, $2.5 million each from Cleveland and Cuyahoga County and $50 million from the federal government. But the same week, Wright State University had to pull the plug on hosting the year’s first general election ...

Local hospitals among hundreds with multiple privacy complaints

More than 700 allegations of patient privacy law violations have been filed against Ohio health care facilities since 2010, with most of the ensuing investigations closed after minimal guidance from the federal agency tasked with oversight.The largest health care privacy breach in Ohio occurred in Springfield last year when a ...

Mike Calabrese, director of Opportunities for Individual Change, a Springfield nonprofit and community action agency, said food stamp fraud is a tiny fraction of Ohio’s problems. “To investigate it heavily is almost tripping over a dollar to pick up a dime,” he said. Bill Lackey/Staff

Dead people got food stamps in Ohio, audit shows

A state audit released this week outlines abuses of Ohio’s food stamp program, including more than 1,800 instances of dead people receiving aid. The study of Ohio’s $2.5 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, covered the first six months of 2015. Problems uncovered, which included recipients carrying large balances ...

Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost says there “needs to be tighter control” over food stamps awarded in the state. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Audit: Food stamps awarded to dead Ohioans

An audit of Ohio’s food stamp program found dozens of cases of dead people being awarded benefits and other instances of potential fraud, Auditor Dave Yost announced Tuesday. The findings included 36 cases in which recipients were issued $24,406 in benefits more than a year after their death, with $13,598 ...

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