Region could lose $5M per day from shutdown

Published: Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 10:59 PM
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 10:59 PM

Col. Cassie Barlow spoke about the cost and other aspects of the looming shutdown in a news conference at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base this afternoon.

A federal government shutdown would have a $5 million economic impact in lost wages and less money spent in the Dayton area if thousands of civil service employees are sent home under an emergency furlough at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, according to the base officials.

If Congress fails to avert the shutdown at midnight, the hit to the about 8,700 employees’ pay would happen just weeks after 10,000 civil service employees at the base were forced to take six unpaid days off this summer because of automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

“We have 29,000 valued employees here at Wright-Patterson and it’s very distressing that we’re having to go through planning for an emergency furlough, especially having just completed a planned furlough,” Col. Cassie B. Barlow, commander of the 88th Air Base Wing, told reporters Monday.

The cuts to civil service workers’ pay would amount to $2.1 million each day, although the economic multiplier of those lost wages would amount to $5 million a day, according to base spokesman Daryl Mayer.

A dual furlough would mark the first time an administrative, or planned, furlough followed an emergency furlough within 12 months, Barlow said. “It’s just very unprecedented times and it’s very difficult on all of our employees,” she said.

Some 3,200 employees deemed essential to safety and protection of property would be “excepted” from a furlough. Those include foreign military sales, base security, fire safety, and many medical personnel and employees directly supporting wartime efforts “down range,” she said.

Wright-Patterson officials did not have an immediate estimate of how many contract employees might be impacted from a shutdown.

Military personnel, both active duty and reserve, would report to work, and will be paid during a shutdown under a bill both the House and the Senate have approved, according to The Associated Press.

Thomas C. Robinson, an American Federation of Government Employees Council 214 executive assistant, said the union has made clear a furlough would be a “grievous hurt” to employees who have had a three-year pay freeze while new employees pay more for benefits.

“We’ve taken all the hits,” said Robinson, who represents thousands of Wright-Patterson workers. “We seem to be the only ones contributing to alleviating the deficit.”

He said employees do not want Congress or the Obama administration to use workers’ jobs, pay, retirement or Social Security as bargaining chips. “We just want to go to work,” he said. “We need to provide for our families and we had a hard go of it this summer.”

Employees were “angry and cynical” about the latest potential furlough, he said. “They feel like promises made to them have been broken.”

Under Department of Defense guidelines outlined Monday, excepted civilian employees would receive pay retroactively under a continuing resolution, but employees who are placed in a non-pay, emergency furlough would be paid only if Congress enacts a law to compensate them.

Employees who are not excepted from a work stoppage would report to work Tuesday morning to receive a furlough notice from a supervisor and await word on when to return to work, Barlow said.

“People are pretty frustrated,” Barlow said. “… We’re still catching up from the planned furlough that we did a few months ago just because a lot of work piled up at that time.”

Workers have been told where to find financial aid or counseling through employee assistance programs and helping agencies, she said.

In a statement Monday, U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, called the effects of a shutdown on Wright-Patterson and the nation “unacceptable.” He said he had contacted Barlow and Air Force Materiel Command Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger to express his concern.

A shutdown will close the doors temporarily at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the region’s biggest tourist attraction with more than 1 million visitors a year.

The museum’s 95 federal civilian employees would be furloughed with the exception of three workers who are security personnel, according to spokeswoman Sarah Swan.

In the last government shutdown in November 1995, the museum closed to the public for five days.

If the museum closes, the National Aviation Hall of Fame will move a yearly induction ceremony and dinner Friday evening to the Hope Hotel and Conference Center ballroom, said Ron Kaplan, enshrinement director.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, October 09, 2017 @ 1:48 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 1:07 AM

SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue
SCENE: Rollover crash on Riverview Avenue

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • I-70 between I-75 and SR 202, Overnight lane closures Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. - Oct. 25 at 6 a.m. Two lanes will remain open in each direction.
  • I-70 east Ramp to SR 48, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. - Oct. 28 at 12 p.m. The official detour is: I-70 east to Airport Access Road to US 40 to SR 48.
  • I-675 south Ramp to I-75 north, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 26 at 9:30 p.m. - Oct. 27 at 5:30 a.m. The official detour is: I-675 to I-75 south to Austin Boulevard to I-75 north.
  • I-75 north Ramp to I-675, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 25 at 9:30 p.m. - Oct. 26 at 5:30 a.m. The official detour is I-75 north to SR 725 to I-75 south to I-675.
  • I-75 south between Dixie Drive and SR 725, Overnight lane closures Oct. 24 at 9:30 p.m. - Oct. 25 at 5:30 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 11 p.m. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 wedt, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. - Oct. 25 at 6 a.m. The official detour is: I-75 north to Second Street to I-I-75 south to US 35 west.
  • I-75 between I-70 and SR 571, nightly lane closures between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. through Oct. 31. The northbound side will become a double lane closure between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November.

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Troy) and US 36, shoulder closures through Oct. 31.
  • I-75 between SR 571 and Northwoods Boulevard, Nightly lane closures Oct. 16 - Nov. 10 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. These will become double lane closures at 9 p.m. One lane will remaim open at all times. 
  • West Peterson Road at Piqua Troy Road, ROAD CLOSURE Sept 11 - Oct. 28. The official detour is: westbound Piqua Troy Road to Statler Road to CR 25A north to Eldean Road to Piqua Troy Road. Eastbound: West Peterson Road to Troy Sidney Road to Statler Road to Piqua Troy Road.

CLARK COUNTY  

  • I-70 east ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE through Oct.31. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.
  • SR 235 between Dalton Drive and Dille Road, Lane width restrictions Oct. 25 - 26 between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. One 11’ lane will remain open in each direction. 

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 722 between Emrick Road and US 127, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 9 - 30. The official detour is: SR 726 to US 40 to US 127.
  • SR 705 between Lightsville - Northern and Cochran Road, ROAD CLOSURE Oct. 30 - Nov. 10. The official detour is: SR 49 to SR 119 to SR 118.
SHELBY COUNTY  
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures through Nov. 17. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • SR 219 between State Street and Taylor Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open  for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 66 between Mason Road and Dirksen Road, Daily lane closures Sept. 27 - Oct. 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers. 

Rain moves in today, cooler air arrives this week

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:26 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:29 PM

More rain is expected Tuesday in the Dayton area

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Few showers through mid-week
  • Cooler than normal temperatures
  • Windy at times

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

TONIGHT: Showers likely, windy and cool with temperatures falling into the 50s this evening, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. Showers will taper a bit tonight, but clouds linger. Overnight lows will drop into the middle 40s. Still breezy at times through the night.

Kirstie Zontini

>> 5-day forecast

TUESDAY: Not as soggy as Monday, but a few passing showers are possible at any point during the day. Mostly cloudy, windy and cooler with highs in the lower to middle 50s. Winds may gust over 30 mph during the afternoon. Mainly dry with broken clouds Tuesday night. Windy and cold with lows in the upper 30s. Wind chills early Wednesday may be near freezing.

Kirstie Zontini

WEDNESDAY: A cold morning with temperatures in the 30s. Mostly cloudy through the day with the slight chance of a passing shower, mainly in the northern Miami Valley. It will be the coolest day of the week with highs ranging from the upper 40s to low 50s.

>> County-by-County weather forecast

THURSDAY: Areas of patchy frost to start the day with temperatures in the 30s. Lots of sunshine for the afternoon and a wind shift out of the south will help temperatures to climb to near 60 degrees for the afternoon.

FRIDAY: Dry to start Friday with increasing clouds through the day. A cold front will bring the chance of some showers into the evening. Highs for the day into the upper 50s.

SATURDAY: Some showers may linger to start the day, then drying into the afternoon. A chilly day and breezy with morning temperatures in the 30s and highs in the upper 40s.

Video captured by mom shows lightning bolt that nearly killed her son

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 11:26 PM

(Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
David Silverman/Getty Images
(Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)(David Silverman/Getty Images)

Video captured by Argentinian mother Carolina Kotur shows the moment her son was nearly struck by lightning as he played in their yard during a recent storm. Even with other tall objects apparently around him, the electricity seemed to aim right at him.

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The unnamed 12-year-old boy survived the near-strike, reports the Daily Mail. In the moments before the lightning bolt struck, the boy was playing with an umbrella and a drainpipe that was gushing water.

Kotur says she was inside comforting her daughter, who is frightened by such storms, when she began filming.

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“It was morning. I was with my daughter in the room, calming her, because she is scared of lightning, said Kotur. “My son was walking in the rain and I started filming because I was making a joke, and right next to him the lightning struck.”

“Thank God, nothing happened to him,” she added.

The Daily Mail reports that the strong storm system has claimed the lives of people and livestock in Argentina and neighboring Paraguay.

Former President George W. Bush cracks joke, Obama gets the giggles during speech

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:42 PM

(L-R) Former United States Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama address the audience during the 'Deep from the Heart: The One America Appeal Concert' at Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M University on October 21, 2017 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Ford Motor Company)
Rick Kern/Getty Images for Ford Motor Comp
(L-R) Former United States Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama address the audience during the 'Deep from the Heart: The One America Appeal Concert' at Reed Arena on the campus of Texas A&M University on October 21, 2017 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Ford Motor Company)(Rick Kern/Getty Images for Ford Motor Comp)

Five former presidents joined forces to raise money at a hurricane relief benefit on Saturday, but it was George W. Bush’s whispered joke to Barack Obama that had the internet talking.

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Bush and Obama joined Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter for the “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, to raise money for hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

While Clinton was speaking, the younger Bush leaned over and cracked a joke to Obama. Whatever he said must have been pretty funny because Obama couldn’t stop laughing, and the internet loved the lighthearted moment.

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The moment had people on the internet weighing in on the exchange, and the reactions were as awesome as you’d expect.