Brian Kollars

Investigative Team Editor

Brian Kollars has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 2003. He was named Investigative Team Editor in March 2012 and works with a staff of five to uncover government waste and dig into key topics in our community. He also collaborates with WHIO-TV on I-Team stories and writes a Sunday Sports column entitled “Second Thoughts.” Prior to his current assignment, Brian worked as Sports Editor for seven years. He edited many sections that won state and national awards and his writing resumé includes a Best of Gannett. Brian was born and raised in Yankton, S.D., and is a graduate of Valparaiso University. He enjoys coaching youth sports and lives in Oakwood with his wife and three children. 

Latest from Brian Kollars

Casino tax revenue falls short of projections

Ohio’s four casinos generated $273.4 million in tax revenue in the fiscal year that ended in June, falling more than $36 million short of state projections made last year.The state’s executive budget for FY 2014 estimated that the casinos would yield $309,814,363 in tax revenue, but the Department of Taxation ...

Larry Lipscomb, a body shop technician with RTA, applies signage to a bus that offers help to problem gamblers. LISA POWELL / STAFF

More than 1,000 in Ohio have banned themselves from casinos, racinos

More than a thousand would-be gamblers have banned themselves from Ohio casinos and racinos, and many risk arrest if they return to the facilities they pledged to avoid. The Ohio Casino Control Commission’s Voluntary Exclusion Program was launched two years ago and currently includes 981 names. The Ohio Lottery, which ...

Ohio's five racinos took in $55.7 million in slot machine revenue in May, compared to $46 million at the state's four casinos.

Racinos gain ground on Ohio’s casinos

Ohio’s racinos, which feature horse racing and slot machines, are on track to surpass the state’s casinos in monthly revenue sometime this fall. The state’s four casinos brought in $71.2 million in May while Ohio’s five racinos — which offer slot machines but not table games — reported $55.7 million ...

At Grand Lake St. Marys, the state’s largest inland lake, three dredges are helping to scoop 300,000 cubic yards of muck from the bottom of the lake this year. By year’s end more than 1 million cubic yards of phosphorous-laden sediment will have been removed from the lake since 2011. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Efforts to clean up Ohio’s lakes intensify

The fight to improve water quality in Ohio’s lakes is being waged from farm fields to the statehouse, and all parties involved agree that it will take time and money to ensure clean water for future generations. The state’s lakes have been plagued in recent years by thousands of E. ...

Chris Evans from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources takes a water sample form the beach area of Caesar Creek Lake beach area. The state of Ohio has been consistently testing the water in lakes for less than 10 years, but a trend has emerged. June is a bad month for E. coli (bacteria) while August and September are the worst times for harmful algae blooms.

Some Ohio beaches unsafe for swimming

Beaches are supposed to be for swimming, but at many Ohio lakes it’s swim at your own risk. Since 2008, more than 4,200 water samples reported to the Ohio Department of Health indicated levels of E. coli high enough for the state to issue 2,433 advisories warning swimmers that they ...

Guests play gaming machines. NICK DAGGY / STAFF

Gambling revenue dipped last month

Ohio’s gambling industry brought in less revenue in April — partly due to fewer weekends in the month — but the dropoff was less at the state’s four racinos than at the four casinos in Ohio. The state’s racinos — which don’t allow table games — reported $47.3 million in ...

Area runners take part in Boston marathon resurgence

Mike Willets ran in his 75th marathon Monday, but this one was different. Willets, from New Carlisle, was upbeat after completing the Boston Marathon in 3 hours, 57 minutes, 52 seconds. He was pleased with his time, but was more impressed with the spirit of the day. One year after ...

Boston Marathon tries to balance increased security with freedom of race

Security forces likely will be as prominent as the runners at Monday’s Boston Marathon, where the course that weaves through eight towns and cities will be monitored by 3,500 police officers, bomb-sniffing dogs and an array of surveillance cameras. Officials say they are trying to strike a proper chord with ...

Lottery gets approval to spend $22.5 million on gaming devices

The Ohio Lottery received approval Monday to spend $22.5 million on gaming machines it plans to place in fraternal organizations and veterans lodges. The Ohio Controlling Board voted 7-0 after nearly an hour of questions directed toward a Lottery representative. About 40 veterans, who do not want the “next-generation” devices, ...

New census data shows that Warren County has seen an increase in residents, specifically college-educated residents, as the county continues to grow. Pictured is a Robert Lucke model home on display at the Reserves of Bethany in Mason. NICK DAGGY /STAFF

Brain drain threat to local economy

New census data seem to prove what many have guessed for years: Montgomery County has been experiencing a brain drain while Warren County, its fast-growth neighbor to the south, has been seeing an increase in college-educated residents. While the numbers are small, the exodus from Montgomery County is troubling to ...

 
 

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