Could your travel plans be impacted by a government shutdown?

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 4:46 PM

The U.S. government could be headed for a shutdown after midnight on Friday if Congress does not pass a temporary spending bill. 

What would a shutdown mean for those planning domestic or international travel in the coming days or weeks?

First, employees deemed “essential” would remain on the job and that includes 

Transportation Security Administration screeners and air traffic controllers. So flight schedules should not be affected by a shutdown.

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Those planning international travel would also not be impacted, because passport and visa applications and delivery would still be processed by the State Department.

Fees collected when someone applies for a visa or a passport fund those services.

But anyone planning travel to a national park or other site maintained by the federal government should be aware that those sites could have limited services. 

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During past government shutdowns, all national parks have closed, as well as federal museums like the Smithsonian and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

But Department of the Interior spokeswoman Heather Swift told the Associated Press that national parks and outdoor sites would remain open as much as possible. Campgrounds, concessions and other services would be closed she said. 

Visitors in overnight campgrounds in national parks would be given 48 hours to make alternate arrangements and leave the park if the government shuts down.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Joey Picca talks the Storm Prediction Center 

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:55 AM

This week on Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast, Joey Picca sits down with Kirstie and McCall to talk about his role at the Storm Prediction Center.

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The SPC is part of the National Weather Service and is one of nine Centers for Environmental Prediction across the country. The SPC, especially in the spring and summer, is busy producing products that help give timely and accurate outlooks and watches for severe weather. 

Joey Picca is now an outlook/mesoscale forecaster at the SPC which is in Norman, Oklahoma. As a forecaster at the SPC, his primary duties include: issuing outlook and near-term forecasts for severe, fire, and winter weather across the contiguous United States. Picca first worked was a meteorologist at NWS New York, NY, where he supported operations for numerous high-impact events such as Hurricane Sandy and the Northeast Blizzard of February 2013. 

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Every day Picca has to tell the weather story of the entire country, first starting broad and zooming closer and closer until he is pin-pointing where severe weather could occur. The Convective Outlooks he produces are important in the Miami Valley and are just one tool the Storm Center 7 team uses when developing local forecasts each day. 

Picca gives an in-depth and honest look at the interesting job he has in the field of meteorology as well as some of the stressors he must overcome. 

“The atmosphere really knows how to slap you over the head and say, 'Oh, I've got many tricks up my sleeve,'" explained Picca.

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Xenia, Middletown buildings top 2 vote-getters in Heritage Ohio’s photo contest

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:38 AM

Vote for your favorite photo on Heritage Ohio's website.
Jennifer Dunn
Vote for your favorite photo on Heritage Ohio's website.(Jennifer Dunn)

Photos showcasing empty buildings in Xenia and Middletown are leading the four finalists in Heritage Ohio’s photo contest.

Voting continues until May 29 to choose a winner among the four, which are featured on Heritage Ohio’s website. The page has garnered more than 25,000 views since it was launched.

To cast your vote, visit the photo contest page

The Xenia entry features the Eavey Building at 17 West Third Street. Co-owner Jennifer Dunn took the photo of a bicycle with loaded side-baskets inside the former grocery warehouse.

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The Middletown entry is of the bank vault inside the Goetz Tower, the city’s tallest structure built in 1930.

Bank vault inside the Goetz Tower, Middletown

“The City of Middletown believes that this building has the potential to be converted into a destination location for premier space for offices, retail, and restaurants as well as offer luxury apartments for those wanting to get away from the suburban lifestyle and reconnect with their community,” according to the photo’s description.

The description on the Eavey Building offers the potential uses for the 90,000 square-foot structure, which was built in 1908.

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“This ... behemoth has the potential to be your son’s first home away from home, your mom’s loft, your favorite bike shop, a delish restaurant, your daughter’s wedding venue, where you heard that brilliant new band, an intimate wine and cheese shop, and a “kickbooty” penthouse bar,” according to the description.

As of this morning, the Goetz Tower photo is first, with 43 percent of the votes; The Eavey Building’s photo is close behind with 39 percent of the vote.

The winner of the contest will receive an award for best photo, which will be featured on the cover of Heritage Ohio’s quarterly publication and be recognized at the Heritage Ohio Conference in the fall.

Heritage Ohio is “Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street organization” with a mission to preserve historic structures and revitalize downtowns and neighborhoods, according to the website. 

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1 ejected, 4 injured when car fleeing troopers loses control, overturns

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:45 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:46 AM

4 injured, 1 ejected from crash after pursuit on Needmore Road

UPDATE @3:48 a.m.

Four people were injured, including one person who was ejected, when a car fleeing troopers lost control and overturned.

The pursuit started in the area of Shoup Mill Road near Riverside Drive when the car, which was clocked going 70 mph in a 45 mph zone, failed to stop for a trooper, said Ohio State Patrol Sgt. Brent Johnson.

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The car accelerated to approximately 90 mph, lost control, drove over the right side the roadway and overturned multiple times in the area of Needmore Road and Frederick Pike, less than a mile from where the pursuit started.

One person was ejected and all four occupants were injured, Johnson said. All were taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

It’s unknown why the car fled.

The driver will likely face fleeing and eluding charges.

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A vehicle that fled from troopers early Friday morning has crashed resulting in multiple injuries, according to reports.

The vehicle crashed in the area of Needmore Road and Frederick Pike around 2:30 a.m. Initial reports indicate the vehicle rolled multiple times, and as a many as four people may be injured.

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We’re on the way to the scene and will update this story with additional details.

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Coroner called to crash, car fire in Trotwood

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:04 AM

Crash, car fire fatal in Trotwood

The Montgomery County Coroner has been requested to a fiery crash in Trotwood.

The crash was reported around 1:20 a.m. in the 5200 block of Little Richmond Road. Initial reports indicated one person was trapped in the car after the car crashed and caught fire.

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This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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