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Crime trends in our communities
 What crimes are trending in your neighborhood? Juvenile crime? Property theft? Drugs? Starting this Sunday in the Dayton Daily News and continuing all week, we’ll bring you ongoing coverage of crime trends facing different Miami Valley communities, and what local law enforcement is doing to address these changing trends.  ...

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What crimes are trending in your neighborhood? Juvenile crime? Property theft? Drugs? Starting this Sunday in the Dayton Daily News and continuing all week, we’ll bring you ongoing coverage of crime trends facing different Miami Valley communities, and what local law enforcement is doing to address these changing trends.  ...
Ohio’s voting machines
 With many of Ohio’s voting machines more than a decade old, how safe is your vote? In Thursday’s Dayton Daily News, we investigate how local counties -- facing vulnerability and machine malfunction -- are preparing for next year’s presidential election. 

Posted: 2 days ago

With many of Ohio’s voting machines more than a decade old, how safe is your vote? In Thursday’s Dayton Daily News, we investigate how local counties -- facing vulnerability and machine malfunction -- are preparing for next year’s presidential election. 
Zuckerberg-backed group steers $1M grant to Dayton, Huber schools
 Learn to Earn Dayton announced Tuesday that it received a grant worth $1 million over three years to help schools in Dayton and Huber Heights expand academic support for students, community partnerships and parent involvement. The grant comes from a national coalition of education agencies called Together for Students, which is supported...

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Learn to Earn Dayton announced Tuesday that it received a grant worth $1 million over three years to help schools in Dayton and Huber Heights expand academic support for students, community partnerships and parent involvement. The grant comes from a national coalition of education agencies called Together for Students, which is supported...
Chemical dangers to our water
 A year after toxic substances were found in our community’s water supply, how safe is our water today? In Sunday’s Dayton Daily News, we reveal what is in our drinking water, how widespread chemical contamination problems are, and the obstacles holding back the cleanup. 

Posted: 7 days ago

A year after toxic substances were found in our community’s water supply, how safe is our water today? In Sunday’s Dayton Daily News, we reveal what is in our drinking water, how widespread chemical contamination problems are, and the obstacles holding back the cleanup. 
How Dayton Public Schools spends $266M
 Dayton Public Schools receives more than a quarter billion dollars a year in state and local tax dollars and spends most of it on employees, and mandated payments to charter, private and other schools. It’s also projected to have a nearly $100 million surplus. School board members haven’t decided how — or if — to spend...

Posted: 8 days ago

Dayton Public Schools receives more than a quarter billion dollars a year in state and local tax dollars and spends most of it on employees, and mandated payments to charter, private and other schools. It’s also projected to have a nearly $100 million surplus. School board members haven’t decided how — or if — to spend...
The Path Forward: Emerging from the addiction crisis
 Once known as the overdose capital of the country, Dayton has largely reversed that image and become a model for recovery.  But the fight isn’t over.  In Sunday’s Dayton Daily News, we look at how Dayton turned this crisis around, and the challenges that remain. 

Posted: 15 days ago

Once known as the overdose capital of the country, Dayton has largely reversed that image and become a model for recovery.  But the fight isn’t over.  In Sunday’s Dayton Daily News, we look at how Dayton turned this crisis around, and the challenges that remain. 
Audit: Dayton schools paid workers who never showed up
 Dayton Public Schools made advance payments to two paraprofessionals who never showed up to work in 2017, according to a state audit released Thursday ordering the money to be repaid to the district. The audit also showed the district has made overall progress over previous years. The state upgraded the district to become a “low risk...

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Dayton Public Schools made advance payments to two paraprofessionals who never showed up to work in 2017, according to a state audit released Thursday ordering the money to be repaid to the district. The audit also showed the district has made overall progress over previous years. The state upgraded the district to become a “low risk...
New ways area schools are working to keep students safe
 Some local school districts are taking action in the wake of school shootings in our region and nationwide: installing new security measures to protect students and making controversial policy changes such as letting teachers carry guns.  In Thursday’s and Friday’s Dayton Daily News, we investigate the innovations and training...

Posted: 17 days ago

Some local school districts are taking action in the wake of school shootings in our region and nationwide: installing new security measures to protect students and making controversial policy changes such as letting teachers carry guns.  In Thursday’s and Friday’s Dayton Daily News, we investigate the innovations and training...
Scams in the Miami Valley
 Hundreds of attempted scams were reported locally last year, costing area residents hundreds of thousands of dollars, a Dayton Daily News investigation found. Scammers aggressively target the vulnerable and elderly, we found, making Ohio the 17th most targeted state in America for robocall scams during tax season.  In Sunday’s...

Posted: 21 days ago

Hundreds of attempted scams were reported locally last year, costing area residents hundreds of thousands of dollars, a Dayton Daily News investigation found. Scammers aggressively target the vulnerable and elderly, we found, making Ohio the 17th most targeted state in America for robocall scams during tax season.  In Sunday’s...
Amid reforms, Dayton schools headed in wrong direction in key measures
 Dayton Public Schools students are slipping further away from attendance, discipline and academic performance goals set by the school board to turn the district around, according to a presentation to the board Tuesday. The district needs to greatly improve its performance this school year or face the risk of state takeover. But some measures...

2:56 AM Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

Dayton Public Schools students are slipping further away from attendance, discipline and academic performance goals set by the school board to turn the district around, according to a presentation to the board Tuesday. The district needs to greatly improve its performance this school year or face the risk of state takeover. But some measures...
50-plus ways you can help 6 Dayton schools, thousands of students
 Dayton Public Schools has six neighborhood school centers designed to serve as resources for students and their community with additional educational and social support. The services they offer are predominantly supported by volunteers, business and nonprofits. The goal of these centers is to close the achievement gap experienced by low-income...

11:00 AM Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

Dayton Public Schools has six neighborhood school centers designed to serve as resources for students and their community with additional educational and social support. The services they offer are predominantly supported by volunteers, business and nonprofits. The goal of these centers is to close the achievement gap experienced by low-income...
‘Turning the corner’ for Dayton schools: Expand this after-school program
 Ruskin Elementary School is in a neighborhood devastated by the opioid crisis where nearly three-quarters of the children live in poverty — and is one of the top performing buildings in Dayton Public Schools. The Dayton Daily News Path Forward project wanted to know what contributes to that success and if it could be replicated across...

11:00 AM Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019

Ruskin Elementary School is in a neighborhood devastated by the opioid crisis where nearly three-quarters of the children live in poverty — and is one of the top performing buildings in Dayton Public Schools. The Dayton Daily News Path Forward project wanted to know what contributes to that success and if it could be replicated across...
County prosecutor: How many ‘have to die’ to end house arrest in violent crimes?
 Montgomery County courts have strengthened their response to people who violate house arrest after recent high-profile suspects cut their ankle monitors, but the prosecutor says the program should be scrapped for alleged violent crimes because it puts the public at risk. In two recent examples, a soccer coach accused of sex crimes escaped...

10:00 AM Tuesday, Feb. 05, 2019

Montgomery County courts have strengthened their response to people who violate house arrest after recent high-profile suspects cut their ankle monitors, but the prosecutor says the program should be scrapped for alleged violent crimes because it puts the public at risk. In two recent examples, a soccer coach accused of sex crimes escaped...
WSU-aligned spy school closing
 A former intelligence school previously supported by Wright State University is dissolving, a board member for the closing school confirmed to the Dayton Daily News. The Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) for Human Capital Development — a spy school in Beavercreek created a decade ago with heavy government investment &mdash...

5:00 AM Tuesday, Feb. 05, 2019

A former intelligence school previously supported by Wright State University is dissolving, a board member for the closing school confirmed to the Dayton Daily News. The Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) for Human Capital Development — a spy school in Beavercreek created a decade ago with heavy government investment &mdash...
NEW DETAILS: Wright State-aligned spy school closing, building sold
 A former intelligence school previously supported by Wright State University is dissolving, a board member for the closing school confirmed Tuesday to the Dayton Daily News. The Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) for Human Capital Development — a spy school in Beavercreek created a decade ago with heavy government investment...

7:41 PM Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019

A former intelligence school previously supported by Wright State University is dissolving, a board member for the closing school confirmed Tuesday to the Dayton Daily News. The Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) for Human Capital Development — a spy school in Beavercreek created a decade ago with heavy government investment...
Sergeant who saved jail pepper-spray video gets $225,000 after firing
 The January 2018 firing of a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office sergeant who was responsible for making public a video of the November 2015 pepper-spraying of a restrained jail inmate was “arbitrary and discriminatory,” according to an an arbitrator ruling obtained by the Dayton Daily News. Sgt. Ransley Creech was reinstated...

3:22 PM Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019

The January 2018 firing of a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office sergeant who was responsible for making public a video of the November 2015 pepper-spraying of a restrained jail inmate was “arbitrary and discriminatory,” according to an an arbitrator ruling obtained by the Dayton Daily News. Sgt. Ransley Creech was reinstated...
Springboro police help kids with trauma. Is that a model for Dayton?
 A kid who falls asleep in class might not be disrespectful or tired from playing video games all night — they could be feeling the effects of problems at home. A new initiative in Springboro aims to let teachers and school officials know when that’s the case. As part of the Blue Line program, Springboro police notify the school...

11:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019

A kid who falls asleep in class might not be disrespectful or tired from playing video games all night — they could be feeling the effects of problems at home. A new initiative in Springboro aims to let teachers and school officials know when that’s the case. As part of the Blue Line program, Springboro police notify the school...
Springboro school board member reprimanded for ethics violation 
 *** Springboro School Board Member David Stuckey was reprimanded by the Ohio Ethics Commission in August 2018 for voting on matters affecting the district’s athletic department while serving as a volunteer football coach, according to an ethics settlement obtained by the Dayton Daily News.  Stuckey was a teacher and coach in the...

11:00 AM Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

*** Springboro School Board Member David Stuckey was reprimanded by the Ohio Ethics Commission in August 2018 for voting on matters affecting the district’s athletic department while serving as a volunteer football coach, according to an ethics settlement obtained by the Dayton Daily News.  Stuckey was a teacher and coach in the...
Ethics probe: Township trustee had improper interest in a public contract
 *** A township trustee with Butler Twp. in Darke County accepted a reprimand from the Ohio Ethics Commission last year for having an interest in the township’s zoning inspection contract, according to a settlement agreement obtained by the Dayton Daily News.  Curtis Yount has been township trustee since 2016 and had employed as...

11:00 AM Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019

*** A township trustee with Butler Twp. in Darke County accepted a reprimand from the Ohio Ethics Commission last year for having an interest in the township’s zoning inspection contract, according to a settlement agreement obtained by the Dayton Daily News.  Curtis Yount has been township trustee since 2016 and had employed as...
RTA executive violated ethics law with rental home, commission rules
 *** The chief operations officer at the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority accepted a reprimand from the Ohio Ethics Commission in January 2018 for renting a home to a subordinate at the RTA. According to the settlement agreement, James Napier in 2014 began renting out a home that he owns in Moraine to Barbara Brookshire, RTA&rsquo...

11:00 AM Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

*** The chief operations officer at the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority accepted a reprimand from the Ohio Ethics Commission in January 2018 for renting a home to a subordinate at the RTA. According to the settlement agreement, James Napier in 2014 began renting out a home that he owns in Moraine to Barbara Brookshire, RTA&rsquo...
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