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DURHAM, NH - FEBRUARY 04: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) shake hands at the start of their MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire on February 4, 2016 in Durham, New Hampshire. This is the final debate for the Democratic candidates before the New Hampshire primaries. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Sanders, Clinton debate tonight

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are debating right now on MSNBC Here are some highlights from the debate so far. 10:30 p.m. Self-described “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders says he can win a general election by exciting young people, the middle class and working-class people and driving up ...

Montel Williams and Ohio Gov. John Kasich

TV’s Montel Williams endorses John Kasich for president

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s campaign announced today that it landed the support of TV and radio personality Montel Williams.Kasich is campaigning hard in New Hampshire and has had more events there than any other candidate. He’s repeadedly said his campaign must do well there on Feb. 9 to keep going.—-Music: ...

Bamboo invasions prompt bans, crackdowns

Bamboo, a popular ornamental grass widely available at local nurseries, is also an invasive plant that can turn neighbor against neighbor and is prompting local governments from Lebanon to Long Island to enact bans to prevent its spread. Infestations of invasive plants and can negatively affect property values, agricultural productivity, ...

 A 120-slip marina is scheduled to open in late April at Caesar Creek Lake in Warren County. The $8.8 million first phase will also include a floating concession stand, fuel facilities and wave attenuators to manage changes in current at the lake east of Waynesville. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

$8 million marina to open in April at Caesar Creek Lake

After four decades on the drawing board, a full-service marina is set to open in late April on Caesar Creek Lake.The $8.8 million first phase of The Marina at Caesar Creek will include 120 boat slips, floating concessions stand and fuel facilities and “wave attenuators” — special floating barriers to ...

Two cockfighting rings busted in the span of three days has law enforcement, farmer and animal welfare groups calling for Ohio to step up penalties for people who stage and watch these fight-to-the-death spectacles. File photo

Ohio lawmakers look to crackdown on cockfighting

Two cockfighting rings busted in the span of three days has law enforcement, farmer and animal welfare groups calling for Ohio to step up penalties for people who stage and watch these fight-to-the-death spectacles.State Reps. Heather Bishoff, D-Blacklick, and Barbara Sears, R-Sylvania, are pushing House Bill 215, which would make ...

Butler County Children Services

Legislators: Amendment could bog down emancipation extension bill

Some legislators and others worry a bill aimed at extending the emancipation age for foster children to 21 may get bogged down because the Senate Finance Committee wants to add new provisions.State Sen. Bill Coley, vice chair of the Senate Finance Committee, said he wants to attach language from the ...

Liberty Twp. is relocating its administration offices, including its fiscal office and Butler County Sheriff s Office substation, to a 6,200-square-foot office at 7162 Liberty Centre Drive. ERIC SCHWARTZBERG / STAFF

Liberty Twp. facilities plan estimated at nearly $11 million

Liberty Twp. trustees are honing in on long-range facilities plans after narrowing a host of options for the administration offices, police, fire station 112 and their service garage down to two, for roughly $10 million to $11 million.In the township where the population has quadrupled over the past two decades ...

Ella Clark, a volunteer with the Butler County Board of Elections, verifies a voters address on Nov. 3, 2015, inside the Auxiliary Gym building at Madison Local Schools in Madison Twp.

200 poll workers needed in Butler County

Officials at the Butler County Board of Elections say they need about 200 more people to help work the polls for the March 15 primary election.The elections office will train 1,500 people to be poll workers for the March 15 election, but less than 1,200 will actually work on Election ...

Catherine Vance, a resident of Artspace Lofts, walks to move her car from the on-street parking Tuesday, Feb. 2 in Hamilton. Vance moved in with the expectation she would be able to rent $15-per-month spaces on the upper levels of the city-owned parking garage next door. Instead, about half the residents of the 42 apartments learned that a new downtown business neighbor, StarTek, has beaten them out, and claimed those lower-priced spaces. There are other spots available in the garage but they are more expensive. She has to move her car every two hours during business hours on weekdays to avoid getting a ticket like the one on the car here.

Artspace tenants upset over parking

New low-income residents of Hamilton’s Artspace Lofts moved in with the expectation they would be able to rent $15-per-month spaces on the upper levels of the city-owned parking garage next door. Instead, about half the residents of the 42 apartments learned that a new downtown business neighbor, StarTek, has beaten ...

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Thursday he would oppose “in its current form” a free trade agreement that the Obama administration negotiated with 11 other Pacific-rim countries. Portman has been a long champion of opening trade corridors abroad for U.S. companies. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Portman comes out against trade pact

Provoking intense criticism from his potential Democratic opponents, Sen. Rob Portman said Thursday he would oppose “in its current form” a free trade agreement that the Obama administration negotiated with 11 other Pacific-rim countries.The announcement means all three Senate candidates in Ohio are publicly opposing the trade deal.Portman, a first-term ...

Lane closures planned for I-75/Ohio 129 interchange

Guardrail repairs will require various lane and shoulder closures at the Interstate 75/Ohio 129 interchange beginning at 10 p.m. tonight and reopening at 6 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 8 office.ODOT said traffic will be maintained during the closures.Arrow boards and/or signs will ...

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton

Sanders, Clinton agree to more debates

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will face off in four more debates under an agreement reached by the campaigns and the national party on Wednesday. —- New Hampshire primary: 5 things to watch before Feb. 9 election Kasich’s last stand: Ohio governor 8th in ...

Fairfield hopes to expand park area off Seward Road

The city of Fairfield wants the state to pay for an 82-acre tract of land to protect an existing park area in the flood plain from potentially “less desirable” development, city officials said.But they’ll have to wait as the property owner, West Chester Twp.-based Schumacher Dugan, is evaluating other options, ...

New information kiosk at Middletown city building

The city’s new informational kiosk went live Thursday in the Middletown City Building lobby.The kiosk, which is being paid for by city’s Information Systems Department, allows residents to access the city’s community calendar, newsletters, city department locations and phone numbers at their fingertips in the lobby of the City Building, ...

Warren County delays action on ‘agricommunity’

The Warren County Board of Commissioners delayed a decision Tuesday on plans to build 141 homes on 141 acres of a former farm in Union Twp.The owner, Leslie Ratliff of Pendragon Homes, said the density was necessary to offset the costs of other parts of the development, which is to ...

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North B Street road closure postponed

UPDATE, Feb. 3:The city of Hamilton is postponing the closure of North B Street at Wayne Ave. until 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, for the installation of a sanitary sewer line. The road will be closed until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, according to the city.Detours will be posted and ...

The Hamilton South Water Treatment Plant on March 6, 2015.

How safe is your drinking water in Butler County?

There’s good news for area residents concerned about the quality of their local water and lead contamination in the wake of the situation in Flint, Mich. The Journal-News reviewed the latest water quality reports and filings with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for several Butler and Warren county communities and ...

The Butler County page on State Treasurer Josh Mandel’s OhioCheckbook.com.

Not all Butler County departments joining online checkbook

Butler County became the 13th Ohio county to join State Treasurer Josh Mandel’s OhioCheckbook.com on Monday, but you won’t find expenses from every county department on the site.A visit to the Butler County checkbook page shows checks totalling $368.8 million for 2014 and 2015; however, there are several office holders ...

Kasich 8th in Iowa, putting it all on New Hampshire

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who hasn’t lost an election since his bid to lead Ohio State University student government in 1973, is closing in on the biggest bet of his political life as he tries to win over Republican presidential primary voters in New Hampshire. On Monday — the day ...

Courtney Combs

Statehouse removes Butler County lawmaker’s liquor cabinet

A piece of furniture has developed into a campaign issue for the 51st Ohio House District, which came to a head over the weekend on Twitter. Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, is being accused by his GOP challenger, Courtney Combs, of turning his district office into a frat house because ...

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