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Preble Shawnee levy losing by tiny margin; recount next

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 4:14 PM


            Preble Shawnee had hoped to build two new schools with a mix of state and local funding.
Preble Shawnee had hoped to build two new schools with a mix of state and local funding.

Preble Shawnee schools learned Thursday after counting of provisional ballots that their May 2 bond issue appears headed for defeat, according to Superintendent Matt Bishop.

The combination 2.5-mill bond levy and 0.75 percent income tax was trailing by 13 votes out of 2,600 after election night. On Thursday, the Preble County Board of Elections counted valid provisional ballots — those that were cast on Election Day by voters whose eligibility had to be verified.

Now, the ballot issue is behind by six votes out of 2,600-plus.

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By state law, a recount is required, because the margin is less than one-half of one percent. But Bishop said he doesn’t expect the recount to flip the result. The district will not put the issue back on the August ballot, and Bishop said he hopes to schedule a school board meeting in the coming weeks.

“We can look at the two elections, and how close we came, and see if we think it’s worth going down that road again, or should we shift gears?” Bishop said. “The best thing is to have everybody talk through their thoughts on issue.”

Had the issue passed, Preble Shawnee would have replaced a 1982 high school and two elementaries with 80 to 100-year-old roots, by building one new elementary in Camden and a middle/high school on the existing site. The state would have contributed more than half of the project cost.

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The bond/income tax combo actually passed when only Preble County voters were counted. But the tiny precincts in Montgomery and Butler counties that send students to Preble Shawnee voted against the measure by a count of 43-9, flipping the result.

Huber Police believe no one home at hostage situation

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 12:41 PM
Updated: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 1:17 PM

UPDATE @ 1:17 p.m.:

Huber Heights police say they are now not sure if there’s anyone inside a home where a woman reported a hostage situation. A woman came into police station and claimed there was a hostage situation.

Police made contact with the male resident, who was at work, and he’s now on the way home. Police will still do a sweep of the house.

UPDATE @ 12:56 p.m.:

Police are investigating a reported hostage situation at a home in the area of Endicott and Powell roads, however officers are still trying to verify the report, investigators said.

Police said a woman came into the Huber Heights police station reporting that a man at the house was holding someone inside hostage.

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Police are unsure if anyone is inside the residence, however are treating it as an active situation, officers said.

At least seven police cruisers are on the scene.

INITIAL REPORT:

We’re working to learn more about police activity reported in the area of Endicott and Powell roads in Huber Heights Wednesday afternoon. 

Dispatchers confirm multiple officers have responded to the area, but details of their investigation were not available. Initial reports indicate the investigation centers around a home near that intersection.

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Amal, George Clooney donate $1 million to anti-hate group after Charlottesville violence

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 12:58 PM

Amal and George Clooney attend the Celebrity Fight Night In Italy Benefitting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Gala on September 7, 2014 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Andrew Goodman/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
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Amal and George Clooney attend the Celebrity Fight Night In Italy Benefitting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Gala on September 7, 2014 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Andrew Goodman/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)(Andrew Goodman)

George and Amal Clooney have donated $1 million to Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit that strives to put an end to domestic hate groups and extremists, in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month.

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“What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate,” the actor and humanitarian lawyer said in a joint statement.

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On Aug. 12, a rally in Charlottesville turned violent when a group of white nationalists clashed with counterprotesters. One woman was killed when a car plowed into the crowd at the rally.

According to Reuters, the donation comes from the Clooney Foundation for Justice, which the couple created in 2016 to promote justice worldwide in courtrooms and classrooms.

Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen released a statement thanking the Clooneys for “standing with (the organization) at this critical moment in our country’s fight against hate.”

Maria Menounos to join Miss America judge panel

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 1:18 PM

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Not long after revealing she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and stepping down from her on-air position with E! News, Maria Menounos has joined the Miss America judging panel, PEOPLE magazine reported.

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Menounos, who was Miss Massachusetts Teen USA in 1996, will be joined by five other celebrities to choose the winner of the 97th annual competition, which is set to air on September 10. A seventh judge will be announced closer to the competition.

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Actress Molly Simms, 2014 Miss America winner and human rights advocate Nina Davuluri, former “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks, PEOPLE editor-in-chief Jess Cagle and country star Thomas Rhett have also been tapped as judges for this year’s competition.

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The winner of Miss America will be given a full college scholarship. And judges won’t only look for beauty in this competition. They will also take lifestyle and fitness, talent, interview and evening attire into consideration.

“I’m so excited to be a judge at this year’s competition and am happy to participate alongside an organization that is an advocate for women’s education. I’m looking forward to seeing all the young women who have come this far and hearing more about them and their interests,” Simms said following the announcement.

Sparks added in a statement: “I am honored to participate as a judge for the Miss America competition this year. I understand the pressure that a competition brings and I’m lucky it’s given me the unique perspective on the hard work that the contestants have to put in to get to this point. No doubt they are all strong women and I look forward to hearing the platforms they represent.”

“Bachelor” host Chris Harrison will serve as the host of Miss America which will air live from Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 10.

Actress Maria Menounos attends "The Fate Of The Furious" New York Premiere at Radio City Music Hall on April 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)(Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Thousands of Atlantic salmon escape fish farm in San Juan Islands

Published: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 @ 12:45 PM

An Atlantic salmon is pictured here. Washington State officials are encouraging fishermen to catch as many Atlantic salmon as possible after thousands escaped from a fish farm in the San Juan Islands.
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An Atlantic salmon is pictured here. Washington State officials are encouraging fishermen to catch as many Atlantic salmon as possible after thousands escaped from a fish farm in the San Juan Islands.(The Sydney Morning Herald/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

A fish pen containing 305,000 farmed Atlantic salmon collapsed over the weekend in the San Juan Islands, raising fears about the potential that native Pacific salmon will be negatively impacted.

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife estimated that between 4,000 and 5,000 fish escaped the damaged pen off Cypress Island when it first became compromised Saturday.

The farm's owner, Cooke Aquaculture Pacific, said the farm then collapsed entirely on Sunday, trapping most of the fish inside.

Both the company and state officials did not expect disease to be transferred to native salmon because the farmed fish are considered healthy. Ron Warren, fish program assistant director for WDFW, said the farmed salmon had not received meal with antibiotics in more than a year.

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"That's a good indicator of a good healthy lot of fish," Warren said.

Warren expects the fish will make their way to fresh water areas, particularly in north Puget Sound, but predicted the biggest native impact on local wild salmon would be new competition for food.

He said there was no evidence that Atlantic salmon have successfully interbred with native wild salmon in Western Washington, but that "we don't like to test that theory.”

State officials encourage recreational anglers to catch the salmon, which are about 8-10 pounds each.

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The state says there is no size or catch limit for Atlantic salmon.

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