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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 ...

Campus Sex Assaults: Zero rape reports at Central State raises concern

Editor’s note: This story is part of a special report by the I-Team examining how campus police at Ohio’s universities handle reports of sexual assault. Parts of this series contain detailed descriptions of alleged sexual assaults. We believe these narratives — gathered over several months — are vital for understanding ...

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Campus Sexual Assaults: Ohio U. victim ‘was failed on multiple levels’

Editor’s note: This story is part of a special report by the I-Team examining how campus police at Ohio’s universities handle reports of sexual assault. Parts of this series contain detailed descriptions of alleged sexual assaults. We believe these narratives — gathered over several months — are vital for understanding ...

Hillary Warren, an associate professor at Otterbein University and adviser for the student publication Otterbein360.com, answers a question during a February 2016 open records forum at Cox Media Group Ohio’s Media Center. Also on the panel were Ohio assistant attorneys general Reid Caryer (left) and Jeffery Clark (right). BRIAN KOLLARS / STAFF

Campus Sex Assaults: Supreme Court decision made our analysis possible

Editor’s note: This story is part of a special report by the I-Team examining how campus police at Ohio’s universities handle reports of sexual assault. Parts of this series contain detailed descriptions of alleged sexual assaults. We believe these narratives — gathered over several months — are vital for understanding ...

Campus sex assaults: Prosecutor refuses Miami student’s plea for arrest

Editor’s note: This story is part of a special report by the I-Team examining how campus police at Ohio’s universities handle reports of sexual assault. Parts of this series contain detailed descriptions of alleged sexual assaults. We believe these narratives — gathered over several months — are vital for understanding ...

Belule Ayele and his attorney Anthony VanNoy listen as Judge Douglas Ratstatter finds Ayele not guilty by reason of insanity. Ayele was ordered to a mental health facility for treatment. He was deported in April. JEFF GUERINI / STAFF

79 cases, 5 arrests, 0 rape convictions

Editor’s note: This story is part of a special report by the I-Team examining how campus police at Ohio’s universities handle reports of sexual assault. Parts of this series contains detailed descriptions of alleged sexual assaults. We believe these narratives — gathered over several months — are vital for understanding ...

Campus cases rarely lead to sex assault convictions

Editor’s note: This story is part of a special report by the I-Team examining how campus police at Ohio’s universities handle reports of sexual assault. Parts of this series contains detailed descriptions of alleged sexual assaults. We believe these narratives — gathered over several months — are vital for understanding ...

I-Team: Overdue taxes paid by Dayton building’s new owner

Long overdue property taxes have been paid by the new owner of a vacant bank building in downtown Dayton. The Key Bank building had been owned by a Hindu mystic who is serving time in federal prison on an unrelated fraud charge. When the city of Dayton bought the building ...

The Horizon Science Academy in Dayton was the focus of a state investigation two years ago, when former teachers at the charter school made allegations including test cheating and tampering with attendance figures. The Ohio Department of Education said it could not find enough evidence to back up the charges. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Report blasts charter school oversight in Ohio

More than one-third of Ohio charter schools that received federal grants in the past decade have either closed or never opened, according to a report released Thursday by a coalition of charter school critics.The Ohio Charter School Accountability Project found that 292 charters in Ohio have received federal grants since ...

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, which President Barack Obama eloquently praised upon taking office as “the most prominent expression of a profound national commitment to ensuring an open government.”

FOIA, we’re still waiting … and waiting

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, which President Barack Obama eloquently praised upon taking office as “the most prominent expression of a profound national commitment to ensuring an open government.” He added: “At the heart of that commitment is the idea that accountability ...

Signs along U.S. Highway 23 through Pike County speak to the region’s struggles with illegal drugs. JOSH SWEIGART / STAFF

Drugs and death in southern Ohio

These wooded hills have seen more than their share of death and illegal drugs. Last summer, the nation’s attention was gripped by the heroin-linked deaths and disappearances of six women from the city of Chillicothe. Now there is a manhunt underway for whomever executed eight members of a Pike County ...

Hopkins takes responsibility for ‘recent missteps’ at Wright State

Wright State University President David Hopkins, who announced this week that he will retire in 2017, told faculty and staff in February that he held himself responsible for recent controversies that have dogged the school, and said he is working to restore “the public trust” of the institution. In a ...

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks at a town hall meeting in Portland, Ore., Thursday, April 28 , 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

Costs of underused state planes questioned

The new aircraft Ohio bought for $9.7 million in 2015 to shuttle Gov. John Kasich and other top officials to events in Ohio and elsewhere have mostly sat idle since Kasich began running for president last July.In March 2015, the Ohio Department of Transportation traded its two King Air passenger ...

Melodie Larsen has been a teacher with Dayton Public Schools for 29 years. “I’m here because this is where I’m needed. I feel like I’m called to work with the children I work with. I don’t ever see it as they are challenges. I don’t see that we have that many more issues with the students, depending on how you approach them. They’re my students from the first day they walk through the door until they graduate high school or I don’t see them anymore. My expectations are that they’re going to follow the rules,” she said. LISA POWELL /STAFF

Teacher pay in area districts varies wildly

Teachers with identical education and experience could pull in annual salaries as much as $38,000 apart, depending on what local public school district they work in, according to a Dayton Daily News analysis of payroll data for teachers across the region. The peak of the salary schedule in Jefferson Twp. ...

DEA agent: Cartel presence in rural Ohio would be unusual

Investigators found evidence of commercial marijuana grow operations at three of the crime scenes in Pike County last week, but the resident agent-in-charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Dayton office said that it would be unusual for the Mexican cartel to be connected. “Historically, those types of domestic grows ...

Riders gather to catch buses at the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority hub downtown on April 21.

Safety concerns raised over RTA overtime

Ballooning overtime for Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority bus drivers not only costs the taxpayer-backed agency millions of dollars annually, but union officials say it puts riders and the public at risk.An I-Team analysis of RTA payroll data found the five bus drivers who earned more than $100,000 last year ...

Payroll Project: $100K pay for RTA bus drivers returns

Three years after the Greater Dayton RTA’s union chief told the I-Team that the days of bus drivers pulling in six figures with overtime was “long gone,” the agency paid five drivers more than $100,000 last year.According to a searchable database of local government payroll data assembled by the I-Team, ...

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