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Air Force asking Congress how to reimburse communities for water contamination

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 2:18 PM

Air Force Under Secretary Donovan working on Wright Patterson water quality issues

The second highest-ranking civilian leader in the Air Force says the service branch has approached Congress about how to send money to communities impacted by tainted groundwater contamination from nearby bases.

UPDATE: Dayton not included in AF request to reimburse areas for tainted water

The city of Dayton has pressed the Air Force for nearly $1 million to cover the costs of an environmental study and testing to determine the extent a firefighting foam contaminant potentially threatens the Huffman Dam well field that was shut down as a precaution last April. The city says the contamination could migrate from Wright-Patterson — which temporary shuttered two tainted wells on base — but the Air Force has said under an environmental federal law it cannot reimburse the city for its costs.

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The Air Force is working with Senate and House defense committees to put language in a future defense authorization bill that would permit reimbursement for those kinds of expenses communities may pay to cover out of pocket, according to Undersecretary of the Air Force Matthew P. Donovan.

“The Air Force wants to be good neighbors in our community and we’re very concerned about issues like this because our Air Force members are actually a part of the community, too,” he said in an interview this week at Wright-Patterson. “It’s their health that potentially could be at risk.”

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The city of Dayton has detected per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) below a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency threshold of 70 parts per trillion near the Huffman Dam well field, but has not tested the shuttered wells directly.

Dayton faces a contamination hazard at its own firefighting site, and quietly shut down five nearby water drinking wells in 2016 at the Tait’s Hill well field as a precaution, officials said. Those wells had not been tested either, but officials say the water is safe and the contaminant has not be detected in treated water.

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“We’ll take each base and each situation as a standalone,” Donovan said. “We don’t think that there’s a one size (fits) all that going to be able to do this because different communities have different concerns and of course different situations.”

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Austin package bombings: Suspect killed himself with explosive device, police sources say

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:48 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:48 AM

Package Explodes At FedEx Facility In Shertz,Texas

A suspect in the deadly package bombings in Austin, Texas, is dead, law enforcement sources told the Austin American-Statesman.

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FedEx truck crashes off westbound I-70

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:20 AM

SCENE: FedEx truck jackknifes on I-70 near Hoke Road

A FedEx truck crashed off westbound Interstate 70 during snowy conditions early Wednesday morning.

The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. on westbound I-70 near the Hoke Road exit in Englewood.

The semi appears to have been hauling two trailers. The semi is in the ditch, and the exit ramp onto Hoke Road is blocked.

>> How the winter storm will impact your morning commute, travel plans

Several crashes and slide-offs have been reported across the area. A Winter Storm Advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. tonight.

>> RELATED: Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility 

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Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:26 AM

SCENE: Traffic backed up at US 35 and I-675
SCENE: Traffic backed up at US 35 and I-675

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect as a possible 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected through the morning. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Butler and Warren counties until 8 p.m.

Snow is falling steady, and drifting will be a problem with gusts reaching 25 to 35 mph.

>> How the winter storm will impact your morning commute, travel plans

>> AAA wants you to remember these 4 things when driving in the snow

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

The following is a list of crashes being reported across the area:

  • In Miamisburg, on Sherwood Forest Drive, vehicle crashed into a house around 4:40 a.m.
  • In Beavercreek, on northbound I-675 at the U.S. 35 exit, vehicle slide-off reported at 4 a.m.
  • In Washington Twp, on Social Row Rd, a vehicle into a ditch reported at 3:45 a.m.
  • In Greene County, on northbound U.S. 68 near milemarker 2, slide-off reported at 3:20 a.m.
  • In Darke County, on U.S. 127, just north of Castine, a jackknifed semi reported at 3:15 a.m. 
  • In Beavercreek, on northbound I-675 ramp to westbound U.S. 35, vehicle off the roadway reported at 3:05 a.m.
  • In Greene County, on Richland Avenue, a vehicle slide-off reported around 2:55 a.m.
  • In Dayton, on U.S. 35 at W. Third Street, a jackknifed semi reported around 2:35 a.m.
  • In the Englewood area, on westbound I-70 at the 26 milemarker, overturned FedEx truck reported at 2:30 a.m.
  • In Sidney, on southbound I-75, south of SR 29, a jackknifed semi reported around 2 a.m. 
  • In Moraine, on northbound I-75 at the 50 milemarker, crash reported around 1:10 a.m. 
  • In Dayton, on northbound I-75 at Edwin C. Moses, one vehicle into a guardrail around 1 a.m. 
  • In Greenville, on SR 571, one vehicle into a pole around 12:35 a.m. No injuries reported.

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closures March 19 - April 1. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west. 
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.


  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 


  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 


  • SR 121 between Washington Street and Fairview Street, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Harter Road, ROAD CLOSURE Mar. 12 - April 13. The official detour is: SR 722 to US 127 to SR 503. 


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north


  • US 68 between SR 508 and Township Road 310, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - 27. The official detour is: US 68 to SR 296 to SR 29 to SR 235 to SR 47 to US 68. 

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Power restored to customers after outage in Montgomery County

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 1:39 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 2:20 AM

UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m: Power has been restored to nearly all customers in Montgomery County after over 3,000 people were without power early Wednesday morning.

UPDATE @ 2:20 a.m: Over 1,400 customers are still without power in Montgomery County, per the DP&L outage map. 

Crews are working to restore power to residents, which is believed to be a result of the inclement weather.


Over 3,000 customers are without power in Montgomery County, according to the DP&L outage site.

>> Winter Weather Advisory continues, Winter Storm Warning issued for some 

DP&L has been preparing for a possible outage due to the inclement weather and this instance is believed to be weather related.

Crews are out working to fix the issue. 

We will continue to monitor for restoration and update the story accordingly. 

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