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The Latest: Tourists look for flight info or enjoy Bali stay

Published: Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 1:41 AM
Updated: Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 1:39 AM

The Latest on a rumbling volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali (all times local):

11:40 a.m.

Thousands of tourists remain stuck on Indonesia's island of Bali after its airport was closed for a second day due to hazards created by clouds of ash from an erupting volcano.

The word "cancelled" lit up every slot on large flight information boards at the Ngurah Rai International Airport. Some passengers stood in line at help desks hoping for more information, while others sat waiting patiently.

"I don't know, we can't change it," said German tourist Gina Camp, who is supposed to fly Tuesday afternoon. "It's the nature and we have to wait until it's over."

She decided to look on the bright side, saying she planned to go back outside to enjoy another day on the island.

Mount Agung, which has a history of violent eruptions, began waking up two months ago and prompted mass evacuations near the mountain. Its last major eruption in 1963 killed about 1,100 people.


6:50 a.m.

Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency says the airport on the tourist island of Bali is closed for a second day due to the threat from volcanic ash.

Mount Agung in the northeast of the island, about 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the airport, has continued erupting Tuesday, sending plumes of smoke and ash about 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) above the crater.

Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the airport closure is in effect until 7 a.m. Wednesday. He said the airport on neighboring Lombok has reopened after being closed on Monday night.

More than 400 flights were canceled and nearly 60,000 passengers stranded Monday on the first day of its closure.


8:30 p.m.

Ash from Bali's volcano is disrupting life on parts of the tourist island that are outside the immediate danger zone.

At Buana Giri village, some residents said they were leaving because the area is now inhospitable for their livestock.

Villager Made Kerta Kartika said ash has covered the area since Sunday and made farming difficult.

"Ash that covered the trees and grass is very difficult for us because the cows cannot eat," he said. "I have to move the cows from this village."

The eruption of Mount Agung has forced the closure of the island's airport and authorities have ordered 100,000 people to evacuate from areas close to the volcano.


7:05 p.m.

China says there were 17,000 Chinese tourists on Bali before the latest eruption of Mount Agung.

The Chinese consulate on the Indonesian island said on its website that airlines and travel services were arranging 100 buses to take tourists to catch ferries to neighboring Java.

The Chinese foreign ministry issued a statement urging travelers to be "vigilant about safety" when deciding whether to visit Bali.

China Eastern Airlines, one of the country's biggest carriers, canceled flights Sunday and said passengers due to fly any time between then and Dec. 10 could obtain refunds.


4:15 p.m.

The closure of Bali's airport due to volcanic ash is having a disruptive effect on flights around Indonesia and the region.

Bali is a hub airport in Indonesia with many flights transiting there for domestic as well as international destinations. Planes that would have flown other routes Monday are now stuck on the tarmac in Bali.

Human Rights Watch Indonesia researcher Andreas Harsono said he was waiting two hours at Jakarta's terminal 3 for his delayed flight to a domestic destination.

He said other flight delays have been announced at the terminal, which serves national carrier Garuda, and the departure area is filling up with many waiting passengers.


1:10 p.m.

Spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency says lava is welling up in the crater of the Mount Agung volcano on Bali "which will certainly spill over to the slopes."

Volcanologists say the lava's presence is sometimes reflected in the ash plume which takes on a reddish-orange glow even in daytime.

Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said bigger eruptions than those currently happening are possible based on the information the disaster agency is receiving from the volcano monitoring center.

He said that "since yesterday there were explosive eruptions whose sound was heard up to 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) away."

Nugroho said officials are responding based on a worst-case scenario occurring because Agung has a history of violent eruptions. Its last major eruption in 1963 killed about 1,100 people.

He said "We cannot be sure whether this time eruptions will be the same with 1963."


11:50 a.m.

Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency says as many as 100,000 villagers need to leave the expanded danger zone around the Mount Agung volcano on Bali, but that less than half that number have left.

Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news conference in Jakarta that the extension of the danger zone to 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the crater in places affects 22 villages and about 90,000 to 100,000 people.

The volcano's alert was raised to the highest level earlier Monday and ash clouds have forced the closure of Bali's international airport.

Nugroho said about 40,000 people have evacuated but others have not left because they feel safe or don't want to abandon their livestock.

He said that "authorities will comb the area to persuade them. If needed, we will forcibly evacuate them."


10:50 a.m.

Indonesia's Directorate General of Land Transportation says 100 buses are being deployed to Bali's international airport and to ferry terminals to help travelers stranded by the eruption of Mount Agung.

Bali's international airport was closed early Monday after ash from the volcano reached its airspace. Hundreds of flights were canceled and tens of thousands of travelers affected.

The agency's chief, Budi, said major ferry crossing points have been advised to prepare for a surge in passengers and vehicles. Stranded tourists could leave Bali by taking a ferry to neighboring Java and then travel by land to the nearest airports.

Authorities say the airport closure is in effect until Tuesday morning and is being reviewed every six hours.

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Ohio Rep: ‘I’m asking all county sheriffs to completely ignore this executive order’

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

            Ohio Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown
Ohio Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown

A Butler County state lawmaker is asking county sheriffs “to completely ignore” Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s executive order signed Monday to get an update on weaknesses in the state’s gun background-check system.

The order directs the Office of Criminal Justice Services to work with Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Ohio Supreme Court to update a 2015 study that found reporting gaps in the system. Kasich is also asking the state auditor to examine and publish a review of how well the local authorities are reporting the required information.

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Failure by local courts and law enforcement to send timely data to the state, which forwards it to National Instant Criminal Background Check System, could mean guns are being purchased by people who are ineligible to do so.

“There is just no excuse for this data not being sent and I can’t figure it out,” Kasich said.

Ohio Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, said the executive order appears to be infringing on a person’s 2nd Amendment rights.

“I am astonished at this action and disappointed that our governor has no seeming knowledge or understanding of our U.S. Constitution, and our right to carry without infringement from government of any type,” Keller said. “I’m asking all county sheriffs to completely ignore this executive order. Executive orders are not a law-making tool. We have an un-infringed right to carry. Executive orders are not a tool to make law. It is only tool to enforce the existing law. That is why it’s called an executive order.”

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But Ohio Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Twp., said legislators “expect” the governor to enforce laws already on the book, which appears to be the case with Kasich’s executive order.

“We’re always happy when the administration enforces laws that we have passed,” he said. “That’s what we expect. We have laws on the books relative to people being disqualified for certain reasons. We in the legislature expect that to be enforced. So the fact they have been laxed about enforcing it, now they’re going to enforce it, I think it’s a great thing.”

Butler County’s top cop said Kasich’s action is nothing more than a stunt to raise his national profile for another run for president.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said his department is in compliance with state laws “as far as I know.”

Monday’s executive order “is just to help (Kasich’s) political campaign to be president of the Untied States,” Jones, an ardent President Trump supporter said.

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Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, said Kasich’s executive order announcement “was more about being in front of the cameras and appearing to do something.”

“The executive branch is charged with enforcing the laws. The governor should already have answers as to why this data isn’t being reported and what is needed to correct it,” Retherford said. “Instead he just wants reports and recommendations.”

Ohio Rep. George Lang, R-West Chester Twp., said, “it’s nothing new.”

“It is what is supposed to be getting done anyway,” he said.

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Second Wright State provost candidate drops out; new applicant to visit

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 10:19 AM

A second candidate for the Wright State University provost job has withdrawn her name from consideration.

Jennifer Bott, dean of Ball State University’s college of business, will not visit campus today and Thursday as initially planned, the university announced today.

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Bott becomes the second provost candidate in a week to pull her name from consideration at last minute. Wayne Vaught, dean of the college of arts and sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was also a finalist for the job but he also withdrew from consideration on the day he was scheduled to visit.

Bott is also a finalist for the provost job at Western Michigan University, according to an announcement on the school’s website made Friday.

Another candidate will visit Wright State on Thursday and Friday. Joshua Powers, associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of higher education leadership at Indiana State University will be the last finalist now, according to WSU.

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Previously at ISU, Powers served as the chairman of the department of educational leadership, administration and foundations. Powers has also served as special assistant to the chancellor of Indiana University-Bloomington and assistant director for operations for the University of Virginia’s Newcomb Student Union, according to Wright State.

Outgoing Wright State provost Tom Sudkamp has said he plans to step down from his role in June but has not said whether he will return to a faculty position, retire or seek other job opportunities.


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Itchy eyes? Dayton ranks in worst cities in nation for allergy sufferers

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 10:16 AM

If your allergies are acting up, it may feel particularly intense thanks to dramatic swings in temperatures As the weather turns cooler, pollen counts drop. When warm weather returns, so does the pollen Re-exposure to an allergen in the same season can lead to intensified allergic responses since the immune system is primed Here are six strategies from Atlanta Allergy & Asthma to get some relief from seasonal allergies Adjust when you spend time outside Over-the-counter (OTC) Prescription medication Aller

Pollen counts are spiking this week in Dayton, which was ranked one of the worst cities in the United States for allergy sufferers.

Pollen counts in Dayton will be high from Wednesday through Sunday, ranking 9.8 and higher. Pollen counts between 9.7 and 12 tend to affect most individuals who suffer from allergies to the pollen types of the season. Symptoms may become more severe during days with high pollen counts, according to Storm Center 7.

It’s not uncommon for allergy sufferers to experience harsh symptoms in the region. Dayton ranked No. 7 for the most challenging places to live with spring allergies in 2018, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The rankings are based on pollen counts, use of allergy medicines and availability of board-certified allergists.

In 2016, Dayton ranked No. 11.

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“This report helps people in these areas be more aware of what may contribute to their allergy symptoms so they can work with their health care providers to get relief. With the right treatment plan, seasonal allergies can be managed for better quality of life,” said Kenneth Mendez, president and CEO of AAFA.

Why is spring such a bad time for allergies? Tree pollen is highest in the spring. It can even start as early as January or February in parts of the country. Grass pollen also starts to appear later in the season. Symptoms can include sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes and a runny nose. Those with allergic asthma might also have asthma flare-ups.

To reduce your exposure to seasonal allergens, use an air conditioner and a dehumidifier to keep air clean, cool and dry; stay indoors, especially in the morning when pollen counts are highest, and on windy days; keep windows closed in your home and car; and shower after spending extended periods of time outdoors.


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SWAT on scene of standoff at same Perry Twp. home as March standoff

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8:31 AM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 9:45 AM

Swat on standby Wolf Creek Pike

UPDATE @ 9:45 a.m.:

SWAT crews have arrived at the scene of an apparent standoff at a Perry Twp. home Wednesday morning. 

The standoff is currently occurring at the same house as a previous standoff on March 31, according to dispatch records. 

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Two people were arrested in the March 31 incident, however, it was not clear if Wednesday’s incident is connected to the previous incident. 

Several officers continue to block both directions of South Wolf Creek Pike near Keener Road for the incident. 

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 


South Wolf Creek Pike is currently blocked in both directions between Keener and Air Hill roads in Perry Twp. due to police activity. 

Reports multiple deputies and officers are currently blocking the road, but additional details about the incident were not available. 

Wolf Creek Pike shut down

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