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Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 10:43 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 10:43 AM
— A Wright State University pilot program designed to save students money on textbooks ended up saving them almost double what was originally estimated.
Around 1,029 students participated in the program, called Inclusive Courseware, and they saved more than $102,400 combined on textbooks this spring, according to WSU. The savings amounts to a 48 percent average decrease in what students paid for textbooks and the online content that goes with them.
The price of textbooks has dramatically outpaced the rate of inflation in the U.S. for the last 15 to 20 years so the savings could be a boon to college students. If Wright State’s pilot is eventually implemented at all of Ohio’s public universities and community colleges, it could save students a combined $300 million per year.
The results have prompted Wright State to expand the program from nine to 40 courses this fall which will include up to 6,105 students. At this point, it’s estimated that students will save a combined $651,000 on textbooks through the program this fall, according to the university.
“We are definitely leading the way among Ohio’s colleges and universities on textbook affordability,” said Dan Krane, a WSU professor who also serves as chairman of the university’s affordability and efficiency task force.
The pilot project was able to save students money because it increases Wright State’s bargaining power by negotiating the price of textbooks with bookstores for all students rather than just one. Wright State’s bookstore operator is Barnes & Noble, according to the school.
Wright State isn’t the only are university that’s tried to cut down on textbook costs in recent years. The University of Dayton started giving out a $4,000 book scholarship to students who visit campus and fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as FAFSA.
Wittenberg University launched a price management program with Barnes & Noble last year and Miami University and a few other schools have started offering open source educational materials that are free to use or copy.
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Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:15 PM
It was just another newscast this morning for WSB Radio in Atlanta. It was just another newscast on WDBO in Orlando, WHIO in Dayton, WOKV in Jacksonville, and KRMG in Tulsa. But it was much more than that for me, as my voice – my new, computer generated voice – went on the air today, getting me back on the radio for the first time in two years, after my voice was taken away by an unknown neurological disorder.
I tuned in from home to see how it would sound. It all seemed so normal. The anchor reading the intro. “More from Jamie Dupree in Washington.” And then my story played on the radio, just like up until the spring of 2016.
A few hours later, I got to work, and there was breaking news from the Supreme Court, as the Justices sidestepped a ruling on two cases dealing with gerrymandering of legislative district lines.
It all felt so normal. I typed up my story, fed it out to my stations, and it hit the air.
At home it seemed normal. But at work in the Capitol, when it played out in real time – the moment hit home.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:13 PM
— Temperatures will climb dangerously high today for anyone doing prolonged activities outside. A Heat Advisory is in effect for the entire area from noon until 8 p.m., and Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties are under a Air Pollution Advisory.
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Today: Hot and humid afternoon! Temperatures are already in the upper 80s with heat index values in the 90s. Highs should climb to the low to mid 90s this afternoon with the heat index around 100 degrees. The UV index is a 10 which is very high. Sunshine and scattered clouds. Could see a stray shower or storm late this afternoon or tonight mainly north of I-70. Localized heavy rain will be the main threat. Hitting 90 degrees today would be the third day in a row making this stretch a heat wave.
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Tuesday: We’ll see passing showers and storms across the far north. It will be another hot and humid day with highs in the upper 8-s with Heat Index values in the mid-90s. There will be sun and scattered clouds. More storms will develop in the afternoon and early evening. A strong storm with wind and hail can’t be ruled out. Localized heavy rain is possible.
RELATED: Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar
Wednesday: There will be some dry time early. It will still be warm and muggy with highs in the mid-80s. It will be partly cloudy as more showers and storms develop in the afternoon and evening. Localized heavy rain is possible.
Thursday: It won’t be as muggy and it will be cooler. We’ll see some sun and scattered clouds with highs around 80. A few showers or storms are possible in the southern Miami Valley.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:13 PM
MIAMI VALLEY — A number of people are taking advantage of Dayton's designated cooling centers to beat the relentless heat and humidity that has hit the region.
In Dayton, the Greater Dayton Rec Center, the Northwest Recreational Center and Lohrey Recreational center are places where people can beat the heat.
"We have a lot of people that don't have air conditioning or fans, " Nicole Burger, Greater Dayton Rec Center, told News Center 7's Malik Perkins on Monday morning. "When the weather gets hot like this, we need to give them some relief."
City of Dayton
Greater Dayton Recreation Center, 2021 W. Third St., Dayton, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Lohrey Recreation Center and Belmont Pool, 2366 Glenarm Ave., Dayton, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Northwest Recreation Center, 1600 Princeton Drive, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
We'll keep working to update this story throughout the day.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:11 PM
— A local security service has filed a lawsuit against Wilberforce University, alleging the school has not paid for services agreed to in a contract.
In the lawsuit, filed on May 29 in the civil division of the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, Moonlight Security Inc. claims that Wilberforce University breached a contract and owes it $50,350 plus interest.
Moonlight, which is based at 2710 Dryden Road in Moraine, provided the historically black college with security officers and equipment and uniforms to those employees. Each security officer received a salary of $16.90 per hour, according to a copy of the contract attached to the lawsuit.
The university and security service entered into a contract on Aug. 15, 2017, according to the lawsuit. Moonlight sent 10 bills to the university but they remained unpaid at the time the lawsuit was filed last month.
This news organization has reached out to a Wilberforce University spokeswoman for comment on the lawsuit.
Wilberforce University is the oldest private historically black college and in recent years the school has had a history of financial problems.
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Last year, the university implemented layoffs, furloughs and a 20 percent pay cut for employees. In November 2016 the school slashed $750,000 from its payroll budget in an attempt to right-size itself, then-president Herman Felton said at the time.
In January 2017, Wilberforce University put 10 acres of campus — including two buildings — up for sale for $7 million. The university wanted sell and then lease back the property, senior vice president for finance William Woodson said at the time.
The school wanted to use money from the possible real estate sale to pay off some of its debt. No sale has been announced since the property was put on the market.
The university was at risk of losing its accreditation from mid-2014 through most of 2015, due to declining enrollment.
The school was issued a “show cause” order from the Higher Learning Commission that was later lifted in November 2015 after enrollment increased by more than 85 percent to around 650 students. If the college had lost its accreditation, its students would not be eligible for federal financial aid.
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