Cost of ITT Tech implosion surpasses $141 million for taxpayers

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 3:16 PM


            ITT Tech announced in September it would close all of its Ohio locations.
ITT Tech announced in September it would close all of its Ohio locations.

U.S. taxpayers have already shelled out more than $141 million to help students affected by the collapse of ITT Technical Institute and they may be on the hook for hundreds of millions more.

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The United States Department of Education has paid more than $141 million to alleviate debt from students who were affected by the closure of ITT last fall, according to court documents filed last week by the department. Discharges of debt for students who attended the now defunct for-profit college are estimated to eventually cost more than $460 million, according to court documents.

The payments are part of a federal school-closure loan discharge program. The education department claims in court documents that ITT is liable for the cost to discharge loans.

ITT had 130 locations across the country and nine in Ohio including some in Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati. There were about 2,000 students who attended the Ohio locations, state officials have said.

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ITT’s closure followed the shuttering of several other area for profit schools.

After 100 years in Dayton, Miami-Jacobs announced last July it would no longer accept new students at its Dayton, Springboro, Troy and Sharonville campuses. The art Institute of Ohio in Cincinnati and Brown Mackie College in Cincinnati and Findlay also stopped accepting new students.

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Space heater causes mattress to catch fire in Dayton home

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 3:28 AM

UPDATE @ 4:07 a.m: A space heater being too close to a mattress was the cause of a fire on Adams Street in Dayton early Thursday morning.

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The heater caused the entire bedroom to catch fire in the one of the duplex apartments, according to officials.

Fire crews had no problem getting the fire out or removing residents from the structure.

All of the residents, with the exception of the individual who lives in the apartment where the fire started, were able to return.

The individual did reportedly suffer smoke inhalation as a result of the fire.

There is no word on damage estimates.

INITIAL REPORT

A medic has been requested to the scene of a fire in Dayton.

Initial reports indicate a mattress caught fire in a home on Adams Street around 3:11 a.m. Fire crews were able to quickly put the fire out.

A resident reportedly suffered smoke inhalation.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Floridians twerk for Trump during traffic jam he caused

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 4:08 AM

President Donald Trump waves to journalists as he leaves the White House with his family as they head to Mar-a-Lago in Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday.
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President Donald Trump waves to journalists as he leaves the White House with his family as they head to Mar-a-Lago in Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

It’s never the wrong time to get your twerk on, according to a few Floridians.

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President Donald Trump and his family traveled to his Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach for the Thanksgiving holiday. As with any official trip made by the First Family, the Trumps traveled from Palm Beach International Airport to the property via a motorcade.

While motorcades are usually uneventful, and attention is usually focused on the person being escorted, one person caught the moment some locals decided to make the best of the traffic jam caused by the president.

A video lasting just over half a minute showed two people exit a car and start to twerk on the highway.

While twerking is certainly nothing new, HuffPost noted car twerking took South Florida by storm earlier in the year as young people flocked to Miami for Spring Break.

A young bikini-clad woman was recorded hanging out of a vehicle, leg draped along the roof and twerking up a storm while her friend sped down MacArthur Causeway.

Health care provider fires 50 employees who refused to get flu shots

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 3:38 AM

Flu shot.
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Flu shot.(Ulrich Baumgarten/U. Baumgarten via Getty Images)

A health care provider in Minnesota fired 50 employees because they refused to get flu shots, KBJR reported.

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Essentia Health had imposed a Monday deadline for employees to get flu shots or receive an exemption for medical or religious reasons.

Since September, Essentia employees, volunteers, students and vendors had three choices: get a flu shot, show an approved religious or medical exemption, or leave the company, KBJR reported.

Essentia chief of patient quality and safety Dr. Rajesh Prabhu said the company wanted to increase patient safety and boost its 82 percent flu vaccination rate from 2016, which he said was not going to increase voluntarily.

“Purely voluntary or more education doesn't get you those high levels of immunization compliance and as you know other states, other health care organizations have done the same thing we have,” he told KBJR.

Prabhu said that as of Tuesday, 99.5 percent of employees have chosen the first two options, but 50 so far have been terminated with more left waiting to hear back on their exemptions.

Minnesota Nurses Association Duluth chairman Steve Strand said with so many employees in limbo, his union doesn't know how many members may have lost their jobs yet.

“We believe that they will be denying some of those, and then those individuals may end up terminated also,” Strand told KBJR.

But Strand said his association intends to fight any terminations for a policy they say is unnecessarily intrusive and may not even be effective. He cited Centers for Disease Control research showing this year's vaccine is expected to be 60 percent effective against the flu.

“The flu shot isn't a be-all end-all, it only has a certain efficacy,” Strand said.

Essentia said it stands by its mandatory policy.

"People may debate on how effective that is but based on what the level of evidence is and what our peers are doing, we thought this was the best way to protect our patients," Prabhu told KBJR.

Piqua police investigate armed robbery at Cassano’s Pizza King

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 2:45 AM

Piqua police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at Cassano’s Pizza King Wednesday night.

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The incident occurred on Covington Avenue at Sunset Drive in Piqua around 8:50 p.m, according to a press release. 

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Police are asking to speak with two persons of interest in connection with the robbery who were captured on surveillance footage.

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