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 The growing frequency of school closures due to threats locally and in Ohio, including one last week at Springboro High School (pictured) has prompted some districts to update their student codes of conduct. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF

Lebanon threats just latest for districts dealing with social media

A 15-year-old boy was detained Monday after his first hearing on charges he induced panic at Lebanon High School, a ruling the came about an hour before the school was evacuated because of a bomb threat.There was no indication of any connection between the incidents, part of a recent surge ...

Sammy Lamar (r) was named prom king and received 37 invites to the big dance. (WJAC/Facebook)

High school student gets 37 prom date invitations

It will be hard for Sammy Lamar to forget this year’s prom at Penn Cambria High School in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He received 37 invitations to prom! Lamar, who is a special-needs student, was also voted Prom King. >> Read more trending stories   Karingtin Sklodowski was the mastermind behind the ...

Ohio shooting: Investigations into Pike County killings ongoing

No arrests have been made in the shooting investigation of eight execution-style killings of members of the Rhoden family in Pike County, Ohio. Large-scale marijuana grow operations discovered at three of four murder scenes Preliminary autopsy results released Tuesday Cockfighting cages found at crime scenes   Update@1:05 p.m. (May 2): ...

The black line indicates the portion of a rail line that once serviced the former Champion Paper mill on the west side of the Great Miami River. The city is working to acquire the former rail line from CSX to develop the Hamilton Beltline Recreational Trail.

Hamilton bike path project wants regional group’s backing

Transforming a former railroad line on the west side of the Great Miami River into a bike path is among the projects seeking inclusion in the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments 2040 master plan.Every four years, the OKI Regional Council of Governments reviews proposed transportation and infrastructure improvement projects for ...

Adam Armstrong during a court appearance in Fairfield Municipal Court.

Bond raised to $1 million for man charged in Fairfield homicide

Bond has been raised to $1 million for a Cincinnati man charged with murder in connection with an April 19 fatal shooting Fairfield.Adam Armstrong, 29, is charged with murder with a gun specification, attempted murder, felonious assault, having weapons under disability and tampering with evidence.He was arraigned last week by ...

NEW YORK - AUGUST 21: A couple has iced coffee drinks at a Starbucks Coffee shop in lower Manhattan August 21, 2009 in New York City. Starbucks, America's dominant coffeehouse chain, is changing some of its prices, raising them for elaborate specialty drinks and cutting prices for some others. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Starbucks being sued for too much ice in drinks

A lawsuit filed against Starbucks claims there's too much ice in its cold drinks. >> Read more trending stories   Stacy Pincus of Chicago filed the $5 million lawsuit on Wednesday, with claims that the coffee giant falsely advertises how much liquid is in its cold beverages. “Starbucks’ cold drinks ...

The growing frequency of school closures due to threats locally and in Ohio, including one last week at Springboro High School (pictured) has prompted some districts to update their student codes of conduct.

Schools update policies to address social media threats

Students at Southwest Ohio’s second largest school district will soon have new rules of conduct after a growing frequency of school closures due to threats made on social media locally and throughout the state. The Lakota Board of Education last week approved changes to its student code of conduct to ...

Lakota East High School students Bobby Yost (left) and Michael Kaltman demonstrate a new computer coding inventory system to Tim Harmon (right) of Reach Out Lakota food pantry.

Lakota teens design system to help food pantry save time, money

You can’t provide a steady stream of donated food to families in need if you don’t know what’s on your pantry shelves. That’s the dilemma and challenge officials from Reach Out Lakota brought to some Lakota East High School computer science students two months ago. The food bank charity need ...

Millennials pass Boomers as largest living generation

Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers in the United States as the largest living generation, but the demographic realities in Ohio present a stark contrast to the national trend. Millennials — defined as those ages 18-34 in 2015 — now number 75.4 million, surpassing the 74.9 million Baby Boomers (ages 51-69) ...

Gun supporters hold awareness walk at Miami, Oxford

About 60 people from around the state participated Saturday in a rainy open-carry gun walk through Miami University and Oxford with the goal of promoting firearms education. “The purpose of this walk is to both advocate for concealed carry on campus in Ohio, which is currently illegal, and to start ...

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Gas prices in Miami Valley spike again

Gas prices went up again in the Miami Valley over the last week, but prices are currently trending down.Average retail gas prices in Dayton have risen 15.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.34 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 391 gas outlets in ...

CIA 'live tweets' raid against Osama bin Laden 5 years after his death

To mark the fifth anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death, the CIA "live tweeted" the raid that killed him as if it were happening Sunday. >> Read more trending stories The world’s most wanted terror leader was killed during a covert operation on May 1, 2011, at a compound in Pakistan. >> ...

Lakota Schools recently re-financed bonds that will save the school system $900,000.

Lakota bond changes save taxpayers $900,000

Lakota Local School District taxpayers won’t be getting any big rebate checks, but the school system has found some significant savings of taxpayer money.School district officials told the Lakota Board of Education last week that thanks to the re-financing of school bond rates the Butler County district will save taxpayers ...

Another round of storms to hit around midnight

@11:30 p.m. A severe thunderstorm warning was canceled for Darke, Auglaize, Mercer and Shelby counties, which was issued by the National Weather Service reports. A severe thunderstorm watch is in place through midnight for Randolph County, Indiana. QUICK-LOOK FORECAST Thundershowers possible tonight Another round of showers around midnight Some dry ...

Deputies from Meigs, Warren and Maohoning counties were among law enforcement officers from around the state who were working inside the incident command center stationed in the Pike County Sheriff’s Office parking lot on Sunday, May 1, 2016. SHARAHN BOYKIN / STAFF

With 6 funerals upcoming, Pike County continues to grieve

With two murder victims buried and six other services set for early this week, the Pike County community continued to grieve as deputies stayed visible Sunday in this rural community.Visitation for six of the Rhoden family members who were killed will be held at the Roger W. Davis Funeral Home ...

Weekly roundup from our Washington Bureau

Scrapping a $50 million reduction proposed by the Obama administration, the House on Monday approved a bill to authorize $300 million in federal spending next year for a federal program designed to continue cleaning Lake Erie and the rest of the Great Lakes.By a voice vote, the House passed the ...

Pike County shootings: Community continues support

PIKE COUNTY - With two murder victims buried and six other services set for early this week, the Pike County area continued to grieve as deputies stayed visible Sunday in the rural county. Services were held Sunday morning at Union Hill Church for the second time since eight people part ...

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks with his daughter, Malia Obama, before pardoning the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey, 'Popcorn' on the North Portico of the White House November 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. A 38-pound, full-grown Broad Breasted White domesticated turkey, 'Popcorn' and its alternate 'Caramel' will be sent to live at Mount Vernon, the estate and home of George Washington. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Malia Obama decides which Ivy League college she'll attend

Malia Obama, 17, will join the Harvard University class of 2021 after taking a gap year, the White House announced Sunday.  >> Read more trending stories   The decision was made public on May 1, National College Decision Day.  Harvard accepted 5.2 percent of applicants this year, making this admissions cycle ...

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Cincinnati firefighter killed in crash on way to work

A Cincinnati firefighter was killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday morning as he was heading into work. Our news partner WCPO-TV reports 31-year-old Cincinnati Firefighter Jordan Pieniazek was on his way to work when he was involved in a head-on crash with a car on Winton Road around 6 a.m. ...

Among the nearly 30 Butler County projects hoping to get on the 2040 plan by the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments is a new interchange at Milliken Road and I-75 in Liberty Twp.

26 Butler County road projects up for regional group’s backing

The nearly 30 transportation and infrastructure projects totalling more than $400 million proposed throughout Butler County impact several areas, including economic development and public safety.Some of those projects — and their estimated costs — include: a new interchange along Interstate 75 and Millikin Road ($79.9 million); a modification of the ...

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