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Job outlook is promising for Good Samaritan employees, official says

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 6:01 PM

Official: Job outlook is promising for Good Samaritan employees

After Wednesday’s announcement that Good Samaritan Hospital will shut its doors for good at the end of the year, many in the Miami Valley are wondering what will happen to the facility’s 1,600 employees.

The hospital’s parent company, Premier Health, said its goal is to offer jobs to all those employees at its other facilities in the region. 

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“I think it’s very doable, especially with the Premier network and the Dayton region overall,” said Bryan Bucklew, president of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association. 

Currently, there are about 800 jobs available in hospitals across the Dayton area, and Premier always has openings that are unfilled, he said. 

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He believes that with a year to work, Premier will come close to providing potential jobs for all Good Samaritan employees. It’s the advantage of Dayton hospital networks being privately owned, Bucklew said. 

“So they don’t want to do things that hurt the community, they want to do things that make sure the community has access to health care,” he said.

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The decision to close the hospital came after Premier officials decided that they can’t keep Good Samaritan and Miami valley Hospital opened when both facilities are less than five miles apart and duplicate many of the same services.

They have nearly 12 months to provide options for workers, and say they know some may choose retirement or get out of the health care field.

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VP Mike Pence ready for secret meeting with North Korea, but North backs out

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:05 PM

Vice President Mike Pence, and seond lady, Karen Pence are pictured just in front of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong  (back left) during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.  
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Vice President Mike Pence, and seond lady, Karen Pence are pictured just in front of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong (back left) during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Vice President Mike Pence was ready for a secret meeting with North Korean officials at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earlier this month, but the North backed out, according to news outlets.

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Pence attended the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9 as part of a five-day trip to Asia and was seated near Kim Jong-un’s sister, but did not speak to her, creating a media sensation.

The North canceled the meeting just two hours before Pence was scheduled to meet with Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, and another North Korean state official, Kim Yong Nam, on Feb. 10 after Pence announced new sanctions against the North Korean regime during his trip and rebuked it for its nuclear program, according to the Washington Post, which was the first to report on the secret meeting.

“North Korea dangled a meeting in hopes of the vice president softening his message, which would have ceded the world stage for their propaganda during the Olympics,” the vice president’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, said in a statement, according to The Hill.

>> Related: NBC apologizes for comment about Japan, South Korea during Olympics opening ceremony

News of the secret meeting comes as relations between the communist north and democratic south seem to be thawing in recent weeks with the announcement last month from Kim Jong-un that he was sending a delegation to the Olympics. He sent his sister to lead the group.

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“We regret [the North Koreans'] failure to seize this opportunity," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement. "We will not apologize for American values, for calling attention to human rights abuses, or for mourning a young American’s unjust death."

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Pence said he planned to use his trip to the Olympics to prevent North Korea from using the games as a ploy for favorable propaganda on the communist regime.

VIDEO: Kim Jong Un’s Sister Arrived in South Korea for 2018 Winter Olympics

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Dayton residents, leaders urge DPS board not to close schools

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:51 PM

            School board members and DPS administrators congratulate winners of the district’s Margaret Peters/Martin Luther King Jr. Poetry Art and Prose competition at the Feb. 20 board meeting. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF
School board members and DPS administrators congratulate winners of the district’s Margaret Peters/Martin Luther King Jr. Poetry Art and Prose competition at the Feb. 20 board meeting. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

Residents, union officials and community leaders spoke out at Dayton’s school board meeting Tuesday night, telling the board that they oppose any plan to close schools, just hours after the task force studying that issue wrapped up its last formal meeting.

Brian “Mr. U” Urquhart, a retired DPS teacher and coach who still subs in the district, joked that Presidents Day was fitting for a discussion of school closings, since the district has over the years closed schools named Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt.

RELATED: Dayton schools task force speeds up timeline

Urquhart urged school board members to look at four factors when considering whether to close a school — test data, attendance figures, discipline/suspension rates, and teacher dissatisfaction via transfers.

Steve Keeney, who represents the district’s AFSCME unions for custodial, security and other employees, said employees are concerned that words like right-sizing and fiscal accountability often turn into layoff plans.

Keeney said the district should be looking not just at expenses, but also at the revenue side — lobbying state government about funding, pushing back against tax abatements and considering a levy if more than short-term fixes are needed.

RELATED: DPS task force stops tour after legal challenge

Jamica Garrison, a leader of the Neighborhoods over Politics group, asked board members to put themselves in the shoes of students who would be affected by school closings, saying she herself had to attend multiple Dayton elementary schools in six years.

She said students end up with doubts about making new friends or getting support from teachers who don’t know them. She also pushed DPS to more aggressively market the schools’ successes to increase enrollment.

Earlier in the day, DPS task force co-chair Jeff Mims had made a similar comment about working to increase enrollment, saying DPS needs to do exit interviews with families that leave the district to understand exactly what it would take to get them back.

RELATED: Task force schedules two public comment meetings

Longtime teacher Kimaru Wa-Tenza told the school board Tuesday night that the idea of closing or repurposing newer schools when residents are still paying off their construction via taxes is “a little hard for the average citizen to take.”

Since DPS officials have often mentioned fiscal responsibility issues, Wa-Tenza asked where that responsibility had been in the buyouts of administrators David Lawrence and Rhonda Corr, the issuing of a new contract for athletic director Mark Baker after the OHSAA sanctioned the district.

Derrick Foward, president of the Dayton Unit NAACP repeated his group’s desire to keep all schools open and give students the ability to attend schools in their neighborhoods. After a few speakers had questioned the term “right-sizing,” Foward riffed on what the “right” actions would be for Dayotn Public Schools.

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“Right-sizing is keeping our promise to every child and parent in this district to guarantee a quality equitable education. Right-sizing is placing effective, professional leaders in every building, who know how to develop teachers and implement systems to promote student achievement,” Foward said.

“Right-sizing is showing respect for the teaching profession to hire people who are knowledgeable, caring and capable of making certain every child grows to the next level after 10 months of school,” he continued. “Right-sizing is guaranteeing that every class in every building has a teacher from the first day to the last day of school. Right-sizing is making right choices for all students no matter their zip code, socioeconomic status, creed and their culture.”

The first of two open community meetings to discuss potential school closures is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Meadowdale PreK-6 School, 3871 Yellowstone Ave. Acting Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said earlier Tuesday that she hopes to recommend a school facilities plan to the school board in the coming weeks, in hopes that the board can make a decision for 2018-19 at its March 20 meeting.

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8-year-old found with a gun in his backpack at local elementary school

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:16 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:16 PM

8-year-old found with a gun in his backpack at local elementary school

UPDATE @ 8:44 p.m.:

The gun found in an 8-year-old’s book bag at Simon Kenton Elementary School was discovered at the end of the day before dismissal, according to Superintendent Dr. Robert Hill.

“As a parent and as a resident, you wonder if it’s safe to send your children to school and if they will return safely,” Nina Wiley of Springfield said to News Center 7’s James Buechele about the incident Tuesday.

UPDATE @ 7:36 p.m.:

The 8-year-old student who brought a gun to school in his book bag will face discipline in accordance with Springfield City School Districts student code of conduct, according to Superintendent Dr. Robert Hill.

Hill said he was proud of the staff at Simon Kenton for their quick response in ensuring the safety of the students. 

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A student at Simon Kenton Elementary School brought a gun to school in his book bag on Tuesday according to Springfield Police. 

The 8-year-old told police that he thought another student was going to hurt him and that is why he had a gun. The gun was found unloaded by a teacher who was putting homework in the suspect’s backpack.  

Police responded to Simon Kenton Elementary School at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and arrested the student in question. According to police the suspect will be charged with Illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone.

No one was hurt in the process of securing the weapon and the student is currently in custody. We will update this developing story with the latest details as we receive them.  

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Woman killed in front of 2 children, reward offered

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:04 PM

Reward offered for information after woman shot in front of children in Dayton

A $2,500 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of arrests of anyone involved in the shooting death of a woman shot in front of two children on Friday.

Keyona Murray, 22, died at Miami Valley Hospital after being transported from a home in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue in Dayton, where she was shot in the head, according to police.

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Murray was sitting in the bedroom with her 2-year-old child, 2-year-old nephew and another adult when someone fired numerous gunshots into the house.

Miami Valley Crime Stoppers is offering the reward and said anyone providing tips can remain anonymous.

“We also know that in all likelihood, someone in the community knows who committed this heinous crime, so Miami Valley Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest or arrests of anyone involved,” the organization said in a prepared statement. “Keyona succumbed to her injuries later that night, leaving many to mourn her loss after this senseless act of violence.”

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