RTA drivers’ strike: Here’s how some Daytonians are getting around

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @ 5:06 PM

With the RTA strike in full swing, WHIO’s Malik Perkins went around the city of Dayton Wednesday to find out how people who normally rely on the bus system have been getting around and how much it’s costing them. 

He found that the strike is benefiting ride share companies such as Uber because more people are using that service, although the prices are higher. Taxi cabs, carpooling and walking are other ways people are getting around. 

With the exception of walking, those other transportation services cost three to four times more than what they’d normally cost on the RTA. For instance, a bus ride from downtown Dayton to the Dayton mall typically costs $2. But it costs between $5-$7 on Uber and about $10 by cab.

Those prices are too expensive for some people, like Cynthia Young. So she walks whenever she has appointments or other business to tend to. 

“I have to sit down and actually catch my breath,” she said. “I have to go sit in the hospital, Brown Street in different restaurants or at the bus stop.”

Dayton Daily News finalist for 8 Ohio Associated Press awards

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 4:09 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 4:09 PM

Dayton Daily News finalist for 8 Ohio Associated Press awards

The Dayton Daily News is a finalist for eight Ohio Associated Press Media Editors’ 2016 awards.

The winners will be announced May 21 in Columbus. Sixty-seven daily newspapers submitted 2,084 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2016.

Entries were judged by editors from The Detroit (Michigan)News.

The finalists include:

Best Business Writer: Randy Tucker

Dozens of Ohio doctors sanctioned for sexual misconduct involving their patients have been allowed to continue practicing medicine after completing confidential counseling and therapy that even their counselors say is ineffective in many cases.

Tucker’s reporting went beyond the headlines of doctor sex abuse and found the loopholes doctors are able to use to practice again.

READ Randy Tucker’s project here

Best Sports Writer: Tom Archdeacon

Archdeacon is honored for a personal story of his relationship with the late Muhammad Ali, a column on distance runner/marathoner Meb Keflezghi, a column on the Dayton Dunbar football team’s national anthem protest and a column on Chuck Schretzman and his battle with ALS.

READ Tom Archdeacon’s tribute to Muhammad Ali

READ Tom Archdeacon’s ‘Meb’s life a story wrapped in red, white and blue

READ Tom Archdeacon’s ‘Block of granite battles Lou Gehrig’s Disease’

Best Sports Feature Writer: Tom Archdeacon

Archdeacon’s second entry featured a poignant piece on the ‘Inspiring Flyer’ – the late Krystal Byrne, a story on Grace Norman, a two-time gold medalist at the Rio Paralympic Games, a story on Lucinda Williams, a sprinter who won gold at the 1960 Olympics in Rome and a story on the Dayton Flyers’ three prominent players from Chicago and their thoughts on the gun violence in their hometown.

READ Tom Archdeacon’s ‘In life and death, UD grad a true inspiration

READ Tom Archdeacon’s Grace Norman poised to compete, inspire in RioREAD Tom Archdeacon’s ‘Lucinda Williams-From tomboy to Tigerbelle to Olympic gold

Best Photographer: Chris Stewart

GALLERY: View the photos in Chris Stewart’s contest entry

Best Daily Sports Section: Dayton Daily News

Best Explanatory Reporting: Kara Driscoll “Lead Problems in Water”; Chris Stewart “Benefits Battle.”

Driscoll kept with the story over a four-month period ending with her investigation on Nov. 6 into the problem behind the high levels of lead and how the source is causing problems across the country.

When it was discovered that multiple locations on Miami Valley Hospital’s campus had elevated levels of lead in the drinking water supply, Reporter Kara Driscoll was the first to explain to Dayton-area readers what this meant to the hospital and its patients.

READ Kara Driscoll’s project ‘Lead Problems in Water’ here

Stewart’s story focused on more than 1 million Americans, including 40,000 Ohioans who are stuck in the federal government’s biggest traffic jam – getting a hearing for denied disability benefits.

The wait is so long that many die before getting a hearing.

Stewart’s reporting showed why the waits are so long and what can be done to fix it. But mostly he showed the toll it is taking.

READ Chris Stewart’s project ‘Benefits Battle’

Best Enterprise Reporting: Chris Stewart “The Opioid War”

Stewart has spent years diving deep into the Dayton region’s war against opioids and addiction. In 2016 he did several projects looking at the fight.

In January, Stewart’s special report “Saving them from heroin” looked at how agencies across the region are trying to save addicts.

In April, he had two special reports focused on treatment. In this project Stewart looked into how addicts are helped in Dayton and put together in the newspaper and online a complete list of agencies, their services and how to reach them.

In October, Stewart had a special project on “The Opioid War” looking at how first responders are dealing with overdoses and using new weapons to bring people back to life. The Dayton Fire Department alone used nearly 5,000 doses of naloxone to save people last year.

Huber Heights council to consider new law director, Carriage Trails

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 8:39 AM

            Huber Heights council to consider new law director, Carriage Trails

Huber Heights City Council will face a packed agenda at tonight’s regular session.

Council will consider a resolution to enter into a law director agreement with Jerry McDonald and Pickrel Schaeffer & Ebeling, the firm of former law director Alan Schaeffer.

The appointment would come over the objections of Mayor Tom McMasters, who has written extensively against the firm’s continued service to the city.

MORE: Council disagrees on law director

Council will also consider a motion to approve changes to rules of council, appointments to the Citizens Water and Sewer Advisory Board and a host of ordinances regarding improvements to the Carriage Trails Development.

State Rep. Michael Henne, R-Clayton, is also scheduled for a presentation during the meeting.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 6131 Taylorsville Road.

On Tuesday, council will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. in executive session to perform the employment evaluation for council employees.

Call the city at 937-233-1423 for more information.

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Meth found in shoe for sale at Richmond Dollar General

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 7:11 AM

Meth found in shoe for sale at Richmond Dollar General

Methamphetamine was found stuffed in a shoe for sale at a Richmond, Ind. Dollar General Sunday night, according to our partners at Kicks96.

Reports indicate a 7-year-old girl located the drugs in the shoe. Police responded and took the meth.

Police had originally responded to the store Saturday night on the report of a man acting strange, but he was not arrested.

Report: Child finds loaded handgun in bush outside elementary school

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 7:09 AM

Report: Child finds loaded handgun in bush outside elementary school

A child found a loaded gun in a bush outside a Richmond elementary school Sunday afternoon, according to our partners with Kicks96.

According to police reports, the child found a Glock handgun with a round in the chamber on the east side of Vaile Elementary School. The child picked up the weapon and flagged down a police officer to hand over the gun.

It’s unknown if the gun is connected to a shooting that happened about five blocks away.