Fiona, zoo staff ‘breaking up’ after 6-month relationship

Published: Saturday, July 29, 2017 @ 10:35 AM

It's a bittersweet chapter in the story of Fiona, the prematurely born hippopotamus at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. 

The 6-month-old animal now weighs more than 400 pounds, but her successful development means her caretakers, who have doted on the baby in water and land since she was born, cannot share space with her out of safety concerns.

Fiona the hippo explores the outdoor habitat at the Cincinnati Zoo

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That's according to the latest update on the zoo's popular Fiona blog. The 10th installment was published Friday under the headline, "Breaking Up is Hard to Do." 

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MUST SEE: Fiona spends time with momma Bibi

"At this point, we rarely share space with her anymore as there is not often a need and both Fiona and our care team need to understand that at this point in our relationship, it's just better for everyone if there are safety barriers in place between us," the blog reads. 

Fiona goes for a swim

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The caretakers are still feeding Fiona bottles three times a day, encourage her to eat fruits and vegetables and they continue to massage her mouth and check her dental development, but human interactions with the growing animal are decreasing. 

"She still seems to enjoy interacting with us but has definitely learned that she is a hippo and prefers to spend her time with [mom and dad] Bibi and Henry," the blog reads.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 5:47 AM

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.

Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents to report. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • In Miami County, west of I-75 on W. State Route 41, vehicle into a tree around 5:42 a.m. 

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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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.
  • SR 4 north/south between I-70 and Lower Valley Pike, Lane closure April 2 - 26. One northbound and two southbound lanes will remain open. 
  • 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.
  • US 35 east between Edwin C. Moses Boulevard and Jefferson Street, Overnight lane closures March 19 at 8 p.m. - March 20 at 6 a.m. Two eastbound lanes will remain open.


  • 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. 
  • US 36 westbound between Scott Drive and Kienle Drive, Lane closure March 26 - June 30. One westbound lane will remain open. 


  • 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 274 between Shroyer Road and Island Avenue, Lane closure April 9 - June 9. One lane will remain open in each direction. 


  • 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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Winter Storm Watch for southwest Miami Valley early Saturday; accumulation likely 

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 4:38 AM

A sunny day expected Friday in the Dayton area, with the potential for a snow storm Saturday.

>> 5-Day Forecast


  • Sunny, pleasant day today
  • Winter Storm Watch in effect 2 a.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday 
  • Snow Saturday, accumulation likely
  • Highest snowfall totals southwest of Dayton
5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist Brett Collar
  • Another winter storm is taking aim on the Miami Valley and southwest Ohio just in time for the first weekend of spring. While the track is still somewhat uncertain, parts of the area could see significant snow Saturday. Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell says we will need to pay close attention to this early spring storm.

>> Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar 


TODAY: Mostly sunny skies are expected today. It’ll be nice a nice looking day with temperatures a notch warmer than yesterday. Temperatures reach close to the mid-40s.

TONIGHT: Clouds are on the increase overnight tonight, but it looks like most of the night should be dry. The chance for snow will arrive by the morning hours Saturday.

>> Winter Storm: ‘Either Dayton or Cincinnati will get nailed’

SATURDAY: Snow is expected Saturday, with a pretty good chance for accumulation. The exact course of this storm is still somewhat in question, and with this storm having a sharp gradient between a lot of snow and no snow, there’s still some tweaking needed over the next day or so. At this point, it’s safe to assume areas southwest of Dayton will see the highest snowfall totals, but the exact amount is still in question.

SUNDAY: We dry out and clear the clouds with more sunshine, as highs reach the middle 40s. 

>> Winter Storm watch issued for system that could be snow this weekend

MONDAY: Partly cloudy skies are on tap to start the new work week. Temperatures peak in the lower 50s.

TUESDAY: The chance for rain returns Tuesday with highs in the mid-50s. 

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Lack of bus drivers push Beavercreek superintendents to get behind the wheel 

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 5:40 AM

Beavercreek administrators are training to become bus drivers as a result of the school district not having enough substitute drivers. 

>> Hamilton school board discusses superintendent on paid leave in executive session

The superintendent, assistant superintendent, and the business director of Beavercreek schools have been learning to drive school buses for the past four months in efforts to make-up for the lack of bus drivers.

According to superintendent Paul Otten, the district is so low on substitute drivers, they’ve been forced to ask current bus drivers not to take sick or PTO days.

“We have a fleet of almost 100 buses, and when you look at that and the number of staff members, this job is such an important job that we have”, Otten said. 

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A job that normally trains for three hours a day for four weeks, is taking the administrators longer due to them already having full schedules, however, they cite the role of a bus driver as critical to student’s safety and are stepping up to get the job done. 

“That moment of picking kids up and making sure they get to school and home safe has been eye opening”, said Otten. 

The district is still looking to fill six bus driver positions and ask those interested to contact Beavercreek school district directly or attend an upcoming job fair.

The job fair will be held Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m at Trent Arena in Kettering. 

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One in critical condition after being shot in the mouth in Trotwood

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:32 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 3:47 AM

One person was shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning, according to officials.

UPDATE @ 3:45 a.m: One person is in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital after being shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning, according to officials.

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The incident occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight, per initial reports.

The suspect vehicle, believed to be a black Lincoln SUV, was towed away shortly after the shooting occurred and one person was arrested while officials were on scene. 

No word on if the person arrested is the suspected shooter or just being taken in for questioning.

We will continue to update this story as details become available. 

UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m: Officials continue to investigate after a person was shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning.

Initial reports indicate the shooting occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight. 

The suspect was not on scene when authorities arrived, but officials are describing the suspect vehicle as a black Lincoln SUV. 

The victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital on unknown conditions.


Crews are responding to the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road in Trotwood on a reported shooting that occurred early Friday morning.

The incident was dispatched around 12:20 a.m., per initial reports.

We will continue to update this story with more details. 

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