WSU cuts down layoff notice period for 1,000 as cuts loom

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 12:19 PM

Trustee and finance committee chairman Doug Fecher talks about what the university needs to do to balance its budget.

Wright State University officials are slashing the notice they have to give unclassified staff who are laid off as they prepare for staff cuts.

A change to university policy effective April 3 requires the university to give one week of notice to each unclassified laid off employee for each year of service, with a minimum of four weeks and a maximum of 24 weeks.

The change goes into effect the same month cuts and layoffs are expected to be announced to balance the university’s budget after over-spending.

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The pending policy is a drastic reduction from current policy, which says WSU unclassified staff members must be given notice prior to being laid off ranging from 2 months for employees of less than 3 years, to up to a year for employees who worked there 15 or more years.

This means an employee who is laid off after 10 years of service with the university will get to stay on the payroll for 2.5 months while finding a new job, instead of the nine months required in the current policy.

An email to staff announcing the change said WSU was the length of notice provided under the previous policy was at least twice as long as any other public university in Ohio.

“The revised policy continues to provide a period of transition for employees whose positions are eliminated through no fault of the employee, but also amends a financially imprudent approach,” it said.

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The review found people given nine or 12 months of notice typically didn’t work the full time.

The university has roughly 1,000 unclassified employees. The policy change affects unclassified staff who are not employed with the university through special or renewable contracts, according to university officials.

The university’s total workforce is around 2,800, including union-represented faculty and contract employees who are not affected by the policy.

“The policy has been revised to better align with both industry best practices and current financial conditions,” said WSU spokesman Seth Bauguess in an email in response to questions.

“The policy needed revision because it was well outside industry best practices and out of alignment with the same policies at other Ohio public universities.”

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Three dead following small airplane crash in Franklin County, Ind.

Published: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 3:43 AM
Updated: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 7:41 AM

Credit:  Contributed WCPO
Credit: Contributed WCPO

A small airplane crashed Saturday near Hamburg Road in Franklin County, Indiana, resulting in three deaths according to Indiana State Highway Patrol and our partners at WCPO. 

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Indiana State Highway Patrol reports the plane originated in Kansas City, Missouri and stopped in Columbus, Indiana to refuel, before taking off for its final destination of Maryland.

The plane was privately owned and ISP reports that three people were inside the plane at the time of the crash around 9 p.m. Saturday behind a home on Hamburg Road.

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Police are still working to identify the victims and the investigation is being handed over to the FAA. Police say the initial cause of the crash has been attributed to engine failure. 

One dog also died in the crash, while a second dog survived and was evaluated by a veterinarian, according to our news partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati.

We will continue to bring you the latest updates in this developing story. 

Rain returns today, temperatures may reach 50 degrees this week

Published: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 7:59 AM

Rain is expected to move into the Dayton area Sunday, then warm temperatures stay with us this week.

More clouds are expected today with highs in the lower, maybe middle 40s, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. Rain showers are expected to move in, with the best chances coming this afternoon.

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  • Rain showers expected today 
  • Few lingering showers possible Monday 
  • Mild temperatures stay this week 

TONIGHT: A few spotty showers may linger this evening, but for the most part, we should see more dry time. Temperatures will be steady overnight in the middle 30s. 

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MONDAY: A few lingering showers are possible Monday, especially for the first part of the day. Highs will be in the middle 40s. 

TUESDAY: We get up to near 50 degrees Tuesday under mostly cloudy skies. 

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy skies are on tap for your Wednesday with highs in the lower 40s. 

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THURSDAY: We’re back in the upper 40s Thursday under partly cloudy skies.

Suicide bomber kills 7 in Pakistani church

Published: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 7:25 AM

Methodist church in Pakistan.
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Methodist church in Pakistan.(Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Seven people were killed and more than two dozen were injured Sunday when a suicide bomber attacked a church packed with more than 400 worshippers during a service in Pakistan, CNN reported.

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A Methodist church in Quetta was targeted by two attackers, but only one was able to denonate his vest, according to Sarfaraz Bugti, the interior minister of the Balochistan province. The second attacker was shot by a church security guard before he could detonate his explosives, Bugti said.

The civilians were killed during the blast and in the intense firefight that followed, according to Moazzam Jah Ansari, the provincial police chief. 

Dayton man shot in hand during attempted robbery

Published: Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 6:06 AM

A 29-year-old Dayton man was shot in the hand Friday night around 9:40 p.m. during a robbery in the 2100 block of North Main Street according to a Dayton Police report.

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Police were called to Miami Valley Hospital after the gunshot victim was admitted to the emergency room for a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his right hand. 

The victim reported he was walking in an alley on his way back to his mother's home when a man in a black ski mask showed a silver handgun and said, "Give it up." 

The victim said he tried to disarm the suspect and as he reached for the gun he was shot and the suspect fled. 

The suspect was described as standing 5 feet, 10 inches tall, wearing a blue coat with white buttons and black shoes with a reflective or illuminated logo. 

Dayton Police are still investigating this crime and if you have any information you are asked to call 937-333-2677