Bernie Sanders speaking against tax bill in Dayton

Published: Saturday, December 02, 2017 @ 1:18 PM

				A crowd gathers Saturday at the Dayton Masonic Center, where U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will speak in opposition to the Republican tax bill. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF
A crowd gathers Saturday at the Dayton Masonic Center, where U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will speak in opposition to the Republican tax bill. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

U.S. Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is rallying with local leaders today in Dayton, opposing the Republican tax plan that passed the Senate early this morning.

Sanders (I-VT) is joining a group called Not One Penny and at the Dayton Masonic Center for what they’re calling a Protecting Working Families Tour. By 11 a.m., a crowd of a few hundred had already gathered to hear Sanders speak at noon.

RELATED: Senate passes tax bill in wee hours of morning

Ed Lacy of Dayton said he hasn’t had a chance to read the tax bill yet. Like many people, he’s heard bits and pieces, and he expressed concern that one policy tweak in the bill might make it harder for people to afford graduate school.

“Bernie has a chance to galvanize people who would like to see a more proper and responsive government restored in this country that will look to the needs of working people and protect the environment and undo some of the corporate excesses that are flying right now,” Lacy said.

The groups rallying Saturday say the Republican tax plan would favor millionaires and wealthy corporations, rather than the middle class that Republican leaders have targeted in their messaging. President Donald Trump lauded the bill in an early morning tweet, saying that America is “one step closer to delivering massive tax cuts for working families.”

RELATED: U.S. House passed separate version of tax bill

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Thursday the GOP Senate tax plan would add more than $1 trillion dollars to the budget deficit in 10 years.

Sanders was not able to attend the first tour stop in Louisville on Friday night, because the Senate was working on the tax bill at the time, eventually passing it around 1:50 a.m. Saturday.

The House and Senate now will need to reach compromise on differences in the bills each house passed, in order for the bill to be signed by Trump and become law.

After Sanders’ Dayton event ends, the tour will go to Akron tonight, and Reading, Pa. on Sunday.

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Kim Jong Un steps over border, meets with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in

Published: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 12:55 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in walk after the official welcome ceremony for the Inter-Korean Summit on Friday.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in walk after the official welcome ceremony for the Inter-Korean Summit on Friday.(Pool/Getty Images)

In an electric moment, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stepped over the heavily fortified demilitarized zone to shake hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Reuters reported Friday.

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Smiling and holding hands, the Korean leaders met for the first summit between the two nations in more than a decade. 

It’s the first time since the Korean War ended in 1953 that a leader of North Korea has crossed into the southern section of the DMZ, news outlets reported.

>> Historic summit focuses on denuclearization

The two men met at the DMZ, smiling and walking together, which was in stark contrast to last year’s missile tests by North Korea that led to international sanctions, Reuters reported.

“We are at a starting line today, where a new history of peace, prosperity and inter-Korean relations is being written,” Kim said before the two Korean leaders and top aides began talks at the border truce village of Panmunjom.

During their private meeting, Kim told Moon he came to the summit to end the history of conflict and joked he was sorry for keeping Moon up with his late night missile tests, a South Korean official told Reuters.

Kim told Moon he would be willing to visit the presidential Blue House in Seoul, and wanted to meet “more often” in the future, the official said.

Stepping over the border was an impromptu decision by both sides, a spokesman for Moon told CNN.

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Tick season is here; Here’s some advice to keep yourself safe

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:09 PM

Tick prevention tips
Tick prevention tips

Because ticks are most active in April through September, Greene County Public Health officials want to remind you to take preventive measures against them because they can transmit possibly fatal diseases.

An infected person or animal cannot pass disease  to another animal or person. In Ohio, these kinds of diseases include Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.

Preventative measures include avoiding direct contact with ticks, avoiding wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter, and walking the center of trails. 

To help repel ticks, use repellents that contain 20 to 30 percent DEET on exposed skin and clothing. Follow the product instructs and avoid applying to hands, eyes and mouth. Use products that contain permethrin for clothing and to treat boots, socks, pants and tents. 

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To find and remove ticks from your body: 

  • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors
  • Conduct a full-body check using a mirror
  • Parents, check children’s hair, ears, arms, waist, belly button, behind knees and between legs
  • Examine gear and pets
  • Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill ticks 

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Dogs are susceptible to tick bites and tick-borne diseases, Cats are sensitive to a variety of chemicals, so consult a veterinarian first before applying any insect repellents. 

With the exception of Lyme disease, vaccines are not available for most of the tick-borne diseases that dogs can get. Tick bites on dogs may be hard to detect, and signs of tick-borne disease may not appear for 7 to 21 days or more after a bite, so watch your dog closely for changes in behavior or appetite. 

Here are some ways to reduce the chances a tick will transmit disease to you or your pets: 

  • Check your pets daily, especially after they spend time outdoors
  • If you find a tick on your pet, remove it right away 
  • Ask your veterinarian to conduct a tick check at each exam 
  • Talk with your vet about using tick preventives 

To remove a tick: 

  • Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible 
  • Pull upward with steady pressure. Twisting or jerking can cause mouth-parts to break and remain in the skin
  • Clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, iodine scrub, or soap and water 
  • Submerse a live tick in alcohol and place it in a sealed container or flush it in the toilet  
  • Never crush a tick with your fingers 

For more, call 937-374-5600. Additional health information can be found at

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to

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Warm afternoon and stray shower to start weekend

Published: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 3:37 AM

Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)


  • Cool and quiet morning
  • Warm afternoon with stray shower
  • Cooler weekend, but dry

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Today: It will be a quiet and cool morning in the 40s, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. There will be some sunshine early with clouds increasing for the afternoon. Highs will reach the mid-60s again with a stray shower or two possible this afternoon. It will be mostly cloudy at night with some drizzle to the north.

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Saturday: It will be mostly cloudy with a few sprinkles to the north. The afternoon will be cooler by about 10 degrees as highs climb to the mid-50s. Clouds will break for some sun late day.

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Sunday: It will be a great end to the weekend, although the morning will start with some areas of frost. We’ll see sunshine for the afternoon with highs in the upper 50s to around 60.

Monday: Spotty frost will be possible in the morning. Highs will reach around 70. It will be warmer than normal.

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Tuesday: Highs will reach the mid-70s, which is about 10 degrees above normal. It will stay quiet and dry.

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Boy Scouts canvassing neighborhoods for canned goods this weekend

Published: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 4:01 AM

Boy Scouts of America will be canvassing neighborhoods through Saturday for canned goods.

Collected food with by donated to The Foodbank and local food pantries, according to a release. Those interested in donating can also do so at The Foodbank.

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The Boy Scouts are hoping to collect more than 100,000 pounds of food to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Miami Valley Council.

Nearly 124,000 people struggle with hunger in the Miami Valley, according to the Foodbank.

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