Bobby Rahal 1st team owner to commit to Jaguar I-PACE Series

Published: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 1:18 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 1:17 PM

Rahal Letterman Lanigan is the first team to enter Jaguar's I-PACE eTrophy Series, which will run next year as part of a support series to Formula E.

The Jaguar series will coincide with the Formula E schedule during the 2018-19 season that begins next December. Jaguar announced Tuesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show that Bobby Rahal is the first owner to commit to the production-based electric vehicle race series. A 20-car grid is planned.

Rahal already fields two cars in IndyCar and entries in IMSA SportsCar series and Red Bull Global Rallycross.

"Innovation is integral to motorsports and electric car racing is an important part of the future, so this opportunity came at the perfect time for RLL," Rahal said. "Certainly electric power is relatively new in motorsport, but being at the forefront of the technological advancement made possible by testing on the racetrack that can transfer over into production cars is exciting for us.

"To be able to contribute in some small way in the testing and development of electric vehicles that ultimately will provide more options for consumers is something to be proud of."

The Jaguar I-PACE eTrophy is a support series that plans to be the first based on a street-legal production battery electric vehicle.

Races will take place the same weekend and on the same city street circuits as Formula E. The series will exclusively feature 20 Jaguar race cars in a zero-emissions series.

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New Carlisle moves ahead with tax request to fund fire/EMS

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 10:01 PM



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Council members voted unanimously Wednesday night to move forward with a tax request to support the city’s fire and emergency medical service.

In a special meeting held at 7 p.m. in the Smith Park Shelter House, the council and Chief Steve Trusty discussed the needs of the city's fire department.

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Trusty cited low pay for personnel and rising costs of equipment among the department's challenges. 

If certified, the 3-mill, five-year levy would be be placed on the May 8 ballot. 

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If it’s approved, it would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $105 a year and would not be collected until 2019.

Hippo Kiss: Fiona’s smooch on canvas can be yours

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 9:04 PM



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In celebration of the first birthday of Fiona — the premature hippopotamus who beat the odds and captured hearts around the globe — fans will get a chance to win a one-of-a-kind “Hippo Kiss” painting, and become an official Fiona parent.

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The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is marking Fiona’s first birthday with a special ADOPT (Animals Depend on People Too) promotion. ADOPT parents help provide food, toys and fun enrichment items to the zoo’s animal family.

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Anyone who “adopts” Fiona will be entered into a drawing to win “Hippo Kiss,” the purple peck on canvas created by Fiona herself.

Fiona’s First Birthday ADOPT promotion ends Feb. 7, and the drawing is at noon Feb. 8. The winner will be contacted directly, according to the zoo.

2 males sought in Kettering home invasion robbery

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 6:11 PM

FROM SCENE: 2 males sought in Kettering home invasion robbery

Police are continuing to look for two males who committed a home invasion robbery on Hazel Avenue. 

Investigators don't know what led the invaders to pick the home they did Wednesday afternoon, Kettering Police Patrolman John Jung said. 

According to the preliminary investigation, the two males forced their way inside just before 4 p.m., knocked down the resident and took property, Officer Jung said. 

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A K-9 unit was called to the scene as part of the investigation and he said police are interviewing neighbors, hoping to get a description of the robbers. 

Jung asked that if you have information you believe will help in this investigation, please call Kettering police at 937-296-2555.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

Greater Dayton RTA buses could be rid of cash fares by 2020

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 7:33 PM

The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority hopes to modernize its payment system and get rid of cash fares by 2020, officials said Wednesday.

More than half of RTA riders have migrated to passes, including monthly and weekly passes, said Mark Donaghy, CEO of the agency. 

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The agency will work to become the first major transit authority in the nation to stop using cash, he said. 

RTA spends more than $1 million each year collecting and managing cash, and the future holds even more easy and convenient electronic forms of payment, he said. 

Customers will be able to load up electronic cards to pay their fares at various locations. 

"What we don't want to do is invest more money in something that has a short life span -- we think we can take this to the next level," Donaghy said.