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Dragons sweep doubleheader with a pair of shutouts

WDTN News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 23:49

DAYTON, Ohio—Dayton starting pitchers Scott Moss and Wennington Romero each fired six shutout innings as the Dragons swept a doubleheader from the Great Lakes Loons, winning the first game 9-0 and taking the nightcap 5-0.  The Dragons have won the first three games in the set and go for the series sweep on Sunday afternoon.

The Dragons improved to 14-9 on the season with the sweep and moved back into a tie for first place with South Bend and West Michigan in the Midwest League East Division.

In the first game, Dayton’s John Sansone got the scoring started with a two-run home run in the second inning, and the Dragons scored seven runs in the third, keyed by a two-run single by Brantley Bell and a three-run double by T.J. Friedl.

Moss (2-1) allowed only two hits while walking one and striking out eight for the win.  Over his last two starts, Moss has struck out 19 batters with only one walk.

In the second game, the Dragons scored a pair of runs in the third inning on back-to-back RBI doubles by James Vasquez and Cassidy Brown.  They added three more in the sixth, keyed by a two-run double by Friedl.

Romero (2-0) posted an identical pitching line to Moss in game two, allowing just two hits and one walk with eight strikeouts over six scoreless innings for the win.

Dragons pitchers have allowed only one run in the first three games of the series, and it was unearned on Thursday night.  They have outscored the Loons 23-1 in the set.

Friedl led the offense in the doubleheader, going 4 for 8 with three doubles and five RBI.

The Dragons (14-9) battle the Loons (9-14) in the last game of the series on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Fifth Third Field.  Alex Webb will make his first start of the year for the Dragons against Devin Smeltzer (1-0, 1.50).  The game will be televised on Dayton’s CW (Channel 26; Spectrum Cable channels 13 and 1013).

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ONLY ON 2: Kasich comments on President Trump’s first 100 days

WDTN News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 23:32

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Governor Kasich signed a lot of books today, but he also heard from a lot of Miami Valley residents on issues ranging from Kasich’s presidential run to how President Trump is handling his duties.

Governor Kasich has not always seen eye-to-eye with President Trump.

When 2 NEWS asked how he felt the President has done over the past 100 days, Kasich was undecided.

“He’s only 100 days in. He’s got a ways to go. Hopefully he will settle in this job and become more of a unifier,” said Kasich.

Unity. That’s what Kasich says he wants most.

In his new book, “Two Paths, America Divided or United” he makes that clear.

“It’s really a how-to manual about how to get our country fixed and I think everybody wants that. Even though we have different points of view, we could ultimately figure out how to fix things,” said Kasich.

Kettering resident, Chris Brenner says at first he didn’t support our commander in chief, but now thinks President Trump is fixing things.

“Now I think it was really a good idea to bring him in. He’s shown the world that we are back as a people. We are not going to step down to everybody and I think he’s doing a really good job in his first 100 days,” said Brenner.

Governor Kasich says he keeps an open dialog with the President on how he thinks the boss is doing.

“I told him when I saw him in the Oval Office, when he does things that are positive, I’ll praise him. When does things that are negative, if it is appropriate, I’ll criticize him.”

Is 100 days appropriate to judge the President? Most Ohioan’s 2 NEWS spoke with say they believe that’s enough time.

“It’s fair enough to do it. It’s been in effect since Roosevelt. It’s logical to keep it up for each president,” said Tom Durham, a resident of Kettering.

“The first 100 days will show if he is going to do a lot of the things he said on his campaign trail that he promised and Honestly I think he’s surprised a lot of people,” said Chris Benner.

Of 38 specific promises the president made in his first 100 day contract with voters – he’s accomplished ten of them.

 

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Gas spill at Washington Twp. Shell station

WDTN News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 19:11

WASHINGTON TWP., Ohio (WDTN) –  Officials are responding to a gas spill at a gas station in Washington Township.

Crews were called out to the Shell, 6100 Far Hills Ave. around 7 p.m.

2 NEWS has a crew on the way and will update the story as details develop.

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Search underway for suspect in Warren County

WDTN News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 19:03

TURTLECREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN)  – Officials are searching for a suspect in Warren County Saturday evening.

A K-9 unit and aircraft are assisting in the pursuit near the intersection of Waynesville Rd. and Wilmington Rd.

2 NEWS called the Ohio State Highway Patrol to learn the nature of the chase, but was no details were released.

We will update you on this story as it develops.

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Marchers use Pres. Trump’s 100th day to protest climate policies

WDTN News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 18:55

SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands of people across the U.S. marched in rain, snow and sweltering heat Saturday to demand action on climate change — mass protests that coincided with President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office and took aim at his agenda for rolling back environmental protections.

At the marquee event, the Peoples Climate March in Washington, D.C., tens of thousands of demonstrators made their way down Pennsylvania Avenue on their way to encircle the White House as temperatures soared into the 90s.

“We are here because there is no Planet B,” the Rev. Mariama White-Hammond of Bethel AME Church told a rally in Boston.Organizers said about 300 sister marches or rallies were being held around the country, including in Seattle, Boston and San Francisco. A wet spring snow fell in Denver, where several hundred activists posed in the shape of a giant thermometer for a photograph and a dozen people rode stationary bikes to power the loudspeakers. In Chicago, a rain-soaked crowd of thousands headed from the city’s federal plaza to Trump Tower.

The demonstrations came one week after supporters of science gathered in 600 cities around the globe, alarmed by political and public rejection of established research on topics including climate change and the safety of vaccines.

Participants Saturday said they object to Trump’s rollback of restrictions on mining, oil drilling and greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants, among other things. Trump has called climate change a hoax, disputing the overwhelming consensus of scientists that the world is warming and that man-made carbon emissions are primarily to blame.

Among those attending the Chicago rally were members of the union representing Environmental Protection Agency employees. Trump has proposed cutting the EPA’s budget by almost one-third, eliminating more than 3,000 jobs.

John O’Grady, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Council 238, called the march “a chance to speak out in unity against this administration” and its “ridiculous gutting of the EPA budget and staffing.”

More than 2,000 people gathered at the Maine State House in Augusta. Speakers included a lobsterman, a solar company owner and members of the Penobscot Nation tribe.

“I’ve seen firsthand the impacts of climate change to not only the Gulf of Maine, but also to our evolving fisheries, and to the coastal communities that depend upon them,” said lobsterman Richard Nelson of Friendship, Maine.

People in the crowd spoke about the importance of addressing climate change to industries such as renewable energy, forestry, farming and seafood. Saharlah Farah, a 16-year old immigrant from Somalia who lives in Portland, talked about how climate change could have a bigger toll on marginalized groups that have less financial resources.

“But I see untapped power here today,” she said.

A demonstration stretched for several blocks in downtown Tampa, Florida, where marchers said they were concerned about the threat rising seas pose to the city.

People gathered on the Boston Common carried signs with slogans such as “Dump Trump.” Handmade signs at Seattle’s march included the general — “Love Life” — and the specific — “Don’t Kill Otters.”

Some of the marches drew big-name attendees, including former Vice President Al Gore and actor Leonardo DiCaprio in the nation’s capital. In Montpelier, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called the marches part of a fight for the future of the planet.

“Honored to join Indigenous leaders and native peoples as they fight for climate justice,” DiCaprio tweeted.

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Littlest patients at Children’s Hospital get special gift from Cincinnati Zoo

WDTN News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 16:06

CINCINNATI (WLWT) — The littlest patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital received a special gift from the Cincinnati Zoo on Friday.

Babies in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) received onesies featuring a picture of baby hippo Fiona, who was born premature at the Zoo on Jan. 24.

“We have a unique connection with our neighbors at the zoo because we both are caring around the clock for critically ill newborns and we share a passion for making our little ones better,” said Rachel Wilson, NICU clinical director at Cincinnati Children’s.

In February, the NICU staff delivered a care package to Fiona’s care team with some encouraging words, superhero capes, a special book and a stuffed hippo for Fiona herself.

Later that month, members of the Vascular Access Team (VAT) at Cincinnati Children’s responded to the Zoo to help baby Fiona when she became dehydrated and in need of IV fluids. The VAT members placed a life-saving IV catheter in one of the baby hippo’s leg veins, allowing her to recover, and gain weight and strength.

Fiona is now a healthy weight of close to 195 pounds — which is impressive, since she weighed only 29 pounds at birth.

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No deal between UnitedHealthcare and Premier Health

WDTN News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 15:27

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Premier Health hospitals and other sites of service will be out-of-network with UnitedHealthcare as of midnight Saturday.

Premier Health’s 400 employed physicians will remain in-network until May 14.

However, the companies have extended their network relationship for Medicare patients through Dec. 31, 2017.

According to a press release, that means that beneficiaries will still have access to Premier hospitals and physicians.

However, Premier Health Network has not committed to renewing its contract for employer-sponsored and individual plans meaning likely its hospitals will no longer be in-network for commercial health plans as of April 30, 2017.

If a new agreement is not reached in the coming weeks, Premier physicians will also be out of network for employer-sponsored, individual plans, starting May 14, 2017. Both Premier hospitals and physicians would also be out of network for Medicaid plans on May 14.

Members should call the number on their insurance ID card with any questions.

UHC released the following statement Saturday:

Premier Health Network and UnitedHealthcare have extended their network relationship for UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans, providing beneficiaries uninterrupted access to Premier hospitals and physicians through Dec. 31, 2017.

However, Premier Health Network has decided to not renew its participation for employer-sponsored and individual plans, which means its hospitals are no longer in-network for commercial health plans as of April 30, 2017. We are committed to continuing discussions with Premier and working on an acceptable solution that ensures local employers can design competitive benefits that reward their workers for choosing quality, cost efficient care providers and restores network access to its hospitals.

Premier Health Network has not shown a willingness to compromise and meet in the middle on commercial health plans. Extending the current agreement means the health system will likely only repeat its same restrictive demands of employers eight months from now and put members in the middle of a negotiation once again. We are committed to reaching a long-term resolution with Premier that ensures stability and helps local employers design competitive benefits that reward their workers for choosing quality, cost efficient care providers.

If a new agreement is not reached in the coming weeks, Premier physicians will also be out of network for employer-sponsored and individual plans, starting May 14, 2017. Both Premier hospitals and physicians would also be out of network for Medicaid plans on May 14.

We appreciate the role Premier Health plays in Southwestern Ohio as a provider of quality care. UnitedHealthcare’s number one priority is supporting its members’ continued access to the care they need. Members should call the number on their insurance ID card with any questions, including assistance finding alternate providers and hospitals and discussing whether they may be qualified for Continuity of Care at a Premier facility.

Premier Health statement:

We are deeply disappointed that UnitedHealthcare has rejected our proposal to extend our contract until the end of the year. Our offer was put forth in good faith, and an agreement would have provided patients and area employers the opportunity to make choices about where and from whom to access care, during the normal open enrollment period for 2018.  By rejecting our offer, UnitedHealthcare has put thousands of their enrollees and area employers in the difficult position of possibly needing to find alternative providers of health care services mid-year.

While we generally don’t favor discussing negotiations publicly, we believe that this situation requires that we do so. Our offer was to extend the current contract until December 31, 2017, and in it we agreed to forgo any increase in rates. With a challenging health care environment in our region, this concession was significant and was done to eliminate disruption of services for our patients mid-year.

“We have been focused on how to best serve our patients and area employers during these negotiations with UnitedHealthcare,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health. “We put forth a proposal that included Premier Health forgoing a nominal rate increase.  An agreement would have provided choice for our patients and area employers that we believe they deserve.  We are extremely disappointed with the response from UnitedHealthcare, which disadvantages their enrollees.”

We continue to have a differing opinion on the issue of the tiered approach that UnitedHealthcare has demanded. However, a contract extension through the end of the year would have given patients and area employers a more convenient and timely opportunity to make decisions about the provider network they wished to select for 2018 during the normal open enrollment period, and would have avoided unwanted and unnecessary disruption.

 

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Rain postpones Reds-Cardinals game in St. Louis

WDTN News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 15:26

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds has been postponed because of rain.

No makeup day has been announced and a doubleheader on Sunday has been ruled out.

The Cardinals, winners of nine of their past 11, were set to start Mike Leake (3-1, 1.32 ERA). The Reds, who have lost eight of nine games, expected Bronson Arroyo (2-2, 6.86) to make his fifth start of the season.

The teams are scheduled to play at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, but that game is already in question.

The St. Louis region is expecting up to 7 inches of rain during the weekend. Forecasts call for rain throughout Sunday around Busch Stadium.

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Bumble Bee Chunk Light tuna recalled, could cause life-threatening illness

WDTN News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 13:04

SAN DIEGO, CA (WFLA) — Bumble Bee Foods has announced a voluntarily recall of canned Chunk Light tuna.

There are a total of 31,579 cases that are included in the recall which were produced in February 2016 and distributed nationally.

The recall affects 3 specific UPC codes (8660000020, 8660000021, 8660000736) of canned Chunk Light tuna. They’ve been recalled after the company says process deviations occurred in a co-pack facility not owned or operated by Bumble Bee, which could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The products subject to this recall are marked with a can code that starts with a “T” (example: TOA2BSCAFB) and have the following “best by” dates:

5oz Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Water – 02/10/2019, 02/16/2019, 02/17/2019, 02/18/2019, 02/22/2019, 02/23/2019, 02/25/2019
5oz Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Oil – 02/23/2019
4 Pack of 5oz Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna in Water – 02/9/2019, 02/10/2019, 02/22/2019, 02/29/2019

Bumble Bee is working closely with the co-packer and the FDA to remove the affected products from store shelves.

Consumers are advised to throw away the recalled product. Consumers looking for more information on reimbursement or whom have questions about the recall may contact Bumble Bee at (888) 820-1947 between the hours of 9am and 6pm EST seven days a week or visit http://www.bumblebee.com/recall-march-2016

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Suspected case of Zika virus in Clark County

WDTN News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 12:25

CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – A suspected case of the Zika virus is reported in Clark County.

According to a press release from the county’s health district, a traveler returning home is suspected of having the virus. The patient is at home recovering.

Health workers are currently canvassing the Willow Chase neighborhood north of Springfield to educate residents on how to protect themselves.

Officials say there is no evidence of the Zika virus being transmitted locally.

Zika is transmitted to persons primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito which is found in the tropics and Southern United States. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).

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Kings Island marks 45th anniversary of the Racer

WDTN News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 11:28

MASON, Ohio — One of the original rides at the Kings Island Amusement Park marks a milestone this weekend. On Saturday, the park will celebrate the 45th year of operation for the Racer roller coaster.
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In the last 45 years, 103 million guests have taken a ride on the Racer, making it the most popular ride in the amusement park, according to park officials.

The Racer includes two tracks with two competing roller coasters. In 1982, the ride featured foward-facing roller coaster cars and backward-facing roller coaster cars. But after the 2007 season, the park eliminated the backward-traveling roller coaster.

The Racer was created by roller coaster designer John Allen in 1969, with construction of the ride beginning a year later.

Several other landmarks and rides will also mark their 45th anniversary this weekend, including the Eiffel Tower, the Woodstock Express roller coaster and the Kings Island-Miami Valley Railroad.

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Hacker threatens to release stolen copies of Netflix series

WDTN News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 11:22

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A hacker claims to have stolen the upcoming season of Netflix’s hit series “Orange Is The New Black,” and is asking for an unspecified ransom to not release the entire fifth season online.

The hacker, who goes by the name The Dark Overlord, has already purportedly uploaded the first episode to an illegal file-sharing service. The Associated Press could not legally confirm the authenticity of that uploaded file.

New episodes of “Orange” are scheduled for official release on June 9.

Netflix said that a small production vendor that works with several major TV studios had suffered a breach. The Los Gatos, California, company described it as an “active situation” that’s being investigated by the FBI and other authorities.

Pirated copies of “Orange” could dent Netflix’s subscriber growth.

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US executions: New troubles could resonate in upcoming case

WDTN News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 11:13

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Is unorthodox the same as cruel and unusual punishment?

It’s the central question of the current U.S. death penalty debate, highlighted by the latest execution involving a disputed sedative that appeared to involve discomfort to the inmate.

States struggling to find lethal drugs believe they’ve got the answer in midazolam, a sedative that’s taking the place of barbiturates and anesthetics no longer available because drug manufacturers don’t want them used in executions.

States that have the drug won’t say where they’ve obtained it, but in recent months have secured enough supplies to carry out or plan executions.

But once again, the effectiveness of midazolam has been questioned following executions in Ohio, Arizona and, just this week, Arkansas. That’s where condemned inmate Kenneth Williams lurched and convulsed 20 times during a lethal injection execution Thursday that began with midazolam.

“There is so much evidence that this drug leads to problematic and likely torturous executions, and the two courts that have heard the most evidence — Ohio and Arkansas — ruled against the drug,” said Jen Moreno, a staff attorney with the Berkeley Law Death Penalty Clinic.

In June, the full 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals plans to hear a challenge by Ohio death row inmates of the state’s new three-drug method, which inmates say could lead to a substantial risk of harm. The method begins with midazolam.

Attorneys leading that challenge didn’t immediately respond to requests by The Associated Press for any plans to use what happened in Arkansas in their arguments to the appeal as court. But it’s almost guaranteed to be among their leading arguments, judging by past filings.

Ohio plans to use a massive dose of 500 milligrams of midazolam, which attorneys for Ohio say is more than enough to render inmates unconscious. The state also notes the Supreme Court has drawn a distinction between pain that amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, and pain that is a consequence of death.

Attorneys fighting Ohio’s procedure have presented evidence from expert witnesses who say that midazolam is subject to a “ceiling effect” that limits its effectiveness, regardless of how much is administered.

At the state’s request, the full appeals court agreed to review the case after a three-judge panel rejected the method as unconstitutional. Such full-court hearings, instead of by a smaller panel, are relatively rare.

The appeals court is the middle step between initial rulings by federal judges and reviews by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Attorneys for Williams and the American Civil Liberties Union called for a full investigation after he became the fourth convicted killer executed in Arkansas in eight days. The state sought to carry out as many lethal injections as possible before one of its drugs expires Sunday, meaning its effectiveness date passes without new supplies to replace it.

The Arkansas governor says he sees no reason for anything beyond a routine review of procedures.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson also noted that the use of midazolam, which was a component of Williams’ injection, has been upheld by higher-level courts. He said he does not think Arkansas needs to change its execution protocol.

Questions about midazolam come as use of the death penalty slowly declines in the U.S. following its reintroduction in 1976, four years after the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional.

Only 30 people were sentenced to death in the United States last year, the lowest number since the early 1970s. Just 20 people were executed in 2016, the fewest since 1991, and a far cry from 1999, when there were 98 executions.

Beginning in 2011, drugmakers, many based in Europe, came under new pressure from anti-death penalty activists and began to put drugs previously used in executions off limits.

The result is an ongoing scramble for states to find alternatives, including compounded versions of drugs that can be made by individual pharmacies, and versions of the drugs manufactured by overseas companies not regulated by the FDA.

But several death penalty states aren’t ready to give up. Several, including Arkansas, Georgia and Ohio, have passed laws shielding the source of drugs. Others are proposing similar laws.

All the Arkansas inmates — including Williams — died within 20 minutes of their executions beginning, a contrast from troubled midazolam-related executions in other states that took anywhere from 26 minutes to two hours.

Nevertheless, opponents of midazolam are now focusing on the 6th Circuit, especially after the 8th Circuit federal appeals court allowed the Arkansas executions to go forward. Lower court judges in Ohio and Arkansas have rejected use of the drug.

In a case from Oklahoma, the U.S. Supreme Court in 2015 upheld the use of the drug. Death penalty opponents in Ohio argue the case here has been argued more fully and should reach the court again.

Kent Scheidegger, legal director of the pro-death penalty Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, said he believes the Arkansas case will have only minor influence on whether the U.S. Supreme Court again considers the use of midazolam.

A spokesman for the Arkansas governor called the movements seen in Thursday’s execution “an involuntary muscular reaction” that were common side effects of midazolam. Scheidegger agreed.

“There isn’t any legitimate reason why involuntary muscle movements during this execution should affect others,” he said.

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Interstate 71 to close again Sunday for Jeremiah Morrow Bridge demolition

WDTN News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 11:06

LEBANON, Ohio (WLWT) —Interstate 71 will close again this weekend while crews work to demolish the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge.

The highway will be closed from U.S. Route 48 to U.S. Route 73 in Warren County, east of Lebanon.

The closure is expected to last from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The highway closed last weekend as crews set off explosives to bring down the bridge, but a malfunction prevented part of it from coming down.

The Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail under the bridge will also close during the demolition.

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Trump’s 100-days vows: Hits, misses, unfinished business

WDTN News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 10:31

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sure enough, the big trans-Pacific trade deal is toast, climate change action is on the ropes and various regulations from the Obama era have been scrapped. It’s also a safe bet President Donald Trump hasn’t raced a bicycle since Jan. 20, keeping his vow never to ride one in office.

Add a Supreme Court justice — no small feat — and call these promises kept.

But where’s that wall? Or the promised trade punishment against China? Will the Chinese get off scot-free from “the greatest theft in the history of the world”? What about that “easy” replacement for President Barack Obama’s health law? How about the trillion-dollar public works plan and huge tax cut that were supposed to be at the finish line by now?

Trump’s road to the White House, paved in big, sometimes impossible pledges, has detoured onto a byway of promises deferred or left behind, an Associated Press analysis has found.

Of 38 specific promises Trump made in his 100-day “contract” with voters — “This is my pledge to you” — he’s accomplished 10, mostly through executive orders that don’t require legislation, such as withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

He’s abandoned several and failed to deliver quickly on others, stymied at times by a divided Republican Party and resistant federal judges. Of 10 legislative promises that require Congress to act, none has been achieved and most have not been introduced.

“I’ve done more than any other president in the first 100 days,” the president asserted in a recent AP interview, even as he criticized the marker as an “artificial barrier.”

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Some Trump promises were obviously hyperbole to begin with.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for alleged Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl to be dropped out of an airplane without a parachute, as Trump said he’d do at many of his campaign rallies.

China’s leader got a fancy dinner, complete with “beautiful” chocolate cake at Trump’s Florida resort in April, not the promised “McDonald’s hamburger” and humble pie.

But many promises were meant to be taken seriously.

Trump clearly owes his supporters a Mexico border wall, even if it doesn’t end up being a foot taller than the Great Wall of China.

One page of his 100-day manifesto is devoted to legislation he would fight to pass in 100 days. None of it has been achieved.

The other page lists 18 executive actions and intentions he promised to pursue — many on Day One. He has followed through on fewer than a dozen, largely through the use of executive orders.

Efforts to provide paid maternity leave, to make college more affordable and to invest in urban areas have been all but forgotten. That’s despite the advantage of a Republican-controlled Congress, which the White House failed to pull together behind Trump’s first attempt to repeal and replace Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

An AP reporter who followed Trump throughout the presidential campaign collected scores of promises he made along the way, from the consequential to the fanciful.

A look at some of them, and his progress so far:

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ENERGY and the ENVIRONMENT:

—Lift Obama’s roadblocks on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.

Done. Keystone XL is revived and construction of the Dakota Access is completed.

—Lift restrictions on mining coal and drilling for oil and natural gas.

Done. Trump has unraveled a number of Obama-era restrictions and initiated a review of the Clean Power Plan, which aimed to restrict greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants.

—Cancel payments to U.N. climate change programs and pull out of the Paris climate accord

Nope. Trump has yet to make a decision on Paris. His aides are torn.

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ECONOMY and TRADE:

—Pass a tax overhaul. “Just think about what can be accomplished in the first 100 days of a Trump administration,” he told his supporters again and again in the final weeks of the campaign. “We are going to have the biggest tax cut since Ronald Reagan.”

Congress was not given tax legislation to consider during his 100 days. Trump released the barest outlines of an ambitious plan this past week.

—Designate China a currency manipulator, setting the stage for possible trade penalties because “we’re like the piggy bank that’s being robbed. We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country, and that’s what they’re doing.”

Abandoned. Trump says he doesn’t want to punish China when it is cooperating in a response to North Korean provocations. He also says China has stopped manipulating its currency for unfair trade advantage. But China was moving away from that behavior well before he took office. Also set aside: repeated promises to impose high tariffs on Chinese imports.

—Announce his intention to renegotiate or withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Back and forth on that. A draft of his administration’s plan for NAFTA proposed only a mild rewrite. But in his AP interview, his rhetoric toughened and he threatened anew to terminate the deal if his goals are not met in a renegotiation. Then, just hours after the White House said he was considering an executive order initiating a NAFTA withdrawal, he told Canadian and Mexican leaders he would not terminate the deal after all, but join them in renegotiating it to the benefit of all three countries.

—Direct his commerce secretary and trade representative to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly hurt American workers.

Done. Trump has initiated plenty of studies over the past 100 days.

—Levy a 35 percent tariff on goods from companies that ship production abroad. Force companies like Apple and Nabisco to make their products in the U.S.

Nope.

—Embark on a massive $1 trillion effort to rebuild the country’s infrastructure, including airports, roads and bridges.

Not yet.

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SECURITY, DEFENSE and IMMIGRATION:

—Immediately suspend the Syrian refugee program.

Trump tried, but the first version of his travel ban was blocked by the courts. A revised version dropped references to Syrian refugees entirely. That was blocked, too. He has yet to mention another campaign pledge: to deport Syrian refugees already settled in the United States.

—Inform his generals they have 30 days to submit a new plan for defeating the Islamic State group.

Trump did indeed order up a plan. It’s unclear what it is since it has yet to be made public.

—Suspend immigration from “terror-prone regions” where he says screening is too difficult.

Trump’s effort to bar immigration temporarily from some Muslim-majority countries has been stymied by courts.

—Put in place “extreme” immigration background-checking techniques.

In progress. The Homeland Security Department is considering a number of measures, such as asking for visitors’ phone contacts and social media passwords.

—Build an “impenetrable physical wall” along the length of the U.S-Mexico border, and make Mexico pay for it.

The government has been soliciting bids and test sections could be built as soon as this summer. But Mexico is not paying for this work.

—End federal funding to “sanctuary cities” — places where local officials are considered by Washington to be insufficiently cooperative in arresting or detaining people who are in the U.S. illegally.

The Justice Department has threatened to do so, but there are legal limits and a federal judge in California blocked the effort this past week.

—Immediately deport the estimated 2 million “criminal aliens” living in the country, including gang members, in joint operations with local, state, and federal law enforcement.

Deportations have not increased. Arrests of people in the U.S. illegally are up and illegal border crossings are significantly down.

—Cancel visas for foreign countries that won’t take back criminals deported by the U.S.

There’s been no discussion of this yet.

—”Immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties,” one of which allows young people brought into the country as children to stay and work.

Trump has made no effort to end the program, even though it would take a single phone call. In fact, he told AP these young people can “rest easy” and not fear deportation.

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GOVERNMENT and the SWAMP:

—Ask agency and department heads to identify job-killing regulations for elimination.

Done.

—Propose a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.

Nope.

—”Drain the swamp.”

On his pledge to curb the power of special interests, Trump has so far used an executive order to prohibit political appointees from lobbying the government for five years after serving in his administration and to ban outgoing officials from representing foreign governments. But he’s discontinuing the Obama-era practice of releasing White House visitor logs, restoring a shroud over what special interests are getting in his gates. He’s also issued at least one waiver to his lobbying ban, allowing a White House budget adviser to go advocate for a business trade group

—Impose a hiring freeze on federal employees, excluding military and public safety staffers.

This was one of Trump’s first actions. But the freeze has since been lifted.

—Require that two regulations be eliminated for each new one imposed.

Trump signed an order requiring agencies to identify two existing regulations for every new one imposed — though there is nothing in the order that requires the two to be eliminated.

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

—End the strategy of nation-building and working to replace autocratic leaders.

Trump’s foreign policy posture is still in its early stages, though he has already intervened in Syria and has escalated rhetoric against North Korea.

—Move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

The administration says it is studying the issue.

—Negotiate the release of all U.S. prisoners held in Iran, even before taking office. Renegotiate or leave the Iran nuclear deal.

No prisoners have been released. The administration is studying the nuclear deal and Trump told AP “it’s possible” the U.S. will withdraw.

—Create a safe zone in Syria for refugees, paid for by the Persian Gulf states.

Not yet.

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HEALTH CARE, COURTS and GUNS:

—”My first day in office, I’m going to ask Congress to put a bill on my desk getting rid of this disastrous law and replacing it with reforms that expand choice, freedom, affordability. You’re going to have such great health care at a tiny fraction of the cost. It’s going to be so easy.”

The bill to replace Obama’s health law was pulled from Congress because it lacked enough support. He will try again with a revised plan.

—Begin selecting a new Supreme Court judge to fill the court’s vacancy.

Done. Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch and the Senate approved him.

—Eliminate gun-free zones in schools and on military bases.

Nope.

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REALLY?

—”I promise I will never be in a bicycle race.”

So far, so good. Trump’s vow came after John Kerry, then secretary of state, broke his femur in May 2015 while riding a bicycle. He was not in a bicycle race.

—Bar his generals from being interviewed on television.

Never mind that. Army Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, as Trump’s national security adviser, recently appeared on a Sunday news show. Several senior military officers have done Pentagon news conferences in the past few months that are taped by the networks. Gen. John Nicholson, the top general in Afghanistan, appeared at a recent news conference.

—No time for play.

Most weekends as president, Trump has broken his pledge to avoid the golf course, after years of criticizing his predecessor for playing the game. “Because I’m going to be working for you, I’m not going to have time to go play golf,” he told a Virginia rally in August. “Believe me.”

—Season’s greetings.

“If I become president, we’re gonna be saying Merry Christmas at every store. … You can leave ‘happy holidays’ at the corner.”

As president-elect over the holidays, he sent a “Merry Christmas” tweet. So did Obama. And both sent Happy Hanukkah wishes

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N. Korean missile test fails hours after UN meeting on nukes

WDTN News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 10:20

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, South Korea and the United States said, the third test-fire flop just this month but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters.

North Korean ballistic missile tests are banned by the United Nations because they’re seen as part of the North’s push for a nuclear-tipped missile that can hit the U.S. mainland. The latest test came as U.S. officials pivoted from a hard line to diplomacy at the U.N. in an effort to address what may be Washington’s most pressing foreign policy challenge.

President Donald Trump said on Twitter, “North Korea disrespected the wishes of China & its highly respected President when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!” He did not answer reporters’ questions about the missile launch upon returning to the White House from a day trip to Atlanta.

North Korea didn’t immediately comment on the launch, though its state media on Saturday reiterated the country’s goal of being able to strike the continental U.S.

The timing of the North’s test was striking: Only hours earlier the U.N. Security Council held a ministerial meeting on Pyongyang’s escalating weapons program. North Korean officials boycotted the meeting, which was chaired by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the missile flew for several minutes and reached a maximum height of 71 kilometers (44 miles) before it apparently failed.

It didn’t immediately provide an estimate on how far the missile flew, but a U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters, said it was likely a medium-range KN-17 ballistic missile. It broke up a few minutes after the launch.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, speaking after a meeting of Japan’s National Security Council, said the missile is believed to have traveled about 50 kilometers (30 miles) and fallen on an inland part of North Korea.

Analysts say the KN-17 is a new Scud-type missile developed by North Korea. The North fired the same type of missile April 16, just a day after a massive military parade where it showed off its expanding missile arsenal, but U.S. officials called that launch a failure.

Some analysts say a missile the North test fired April 5, which U.S. officials identified as a Scud variant, also might have been a KN-17. U.S. officials said that missile spun out of control and crashed into the sea.

Moon Seong Mook, a South Korean analyst and former military official, says that the North would gain valuable knowledge even from failed launches as it continues to improve its technologies for missiles. The South Korean and Japanese assessments about Saturday’s launch indicate that the North fired the missile from a higher-than-normal angle to prevent it from flying too far, he said.

“They could be testing a variety of things, such as the thrust of the rocket engine or the separation of stages,” Moon said. “A failure is a failure, but that doesn’t mean the launch was meaningless.”

The two earlier launches were conducted from an eastern coastal area, but Saturday’s missile was fired in the west, from an area near Pukchang, just north of the capital, Pyongyang.

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry denounced the launch as an “obvious” violation of United Nations resolutions and the latest display of North Korea’s “belligerence and recklessness.”

“We sternly warn that the North Korean government will continue to face a variety of strong punitive measures issued by the U.N. Security Council and others if it continues to reject denuclearization and play with fire in front of the world,” the ministry said.

The North routinely test-fires a variety of ballistic missiles, despite U.N. prohibitions, as part of its weapons development. While shorter-range missiles are somewhat routine, there is strong outside worry about each longer-range North Korean ballistic test.

Saturday’s launch comes at a point of particularly high tension. Trump has sent a nuclear-powered submarine and the USS Carl Vinson aircraft supercarrier to Korean waters, and North Korea this week conducted large-scale, live-fire exercises on its eastern coast. The U.S. and South Korea also started installing a missile defense system that is supposed to be partially operational within days, while their two navies began joint military drills later Saturday.

The South Korean navy said the drills are aimed at “deterring North Korea’s provocations and displaying the firm alliance between the United States and South Korea.”

On Friday, the United States and China offered starkly different strategies for addressing North Korea’s escalating nuclear threat as Tillerson demanded full enforcement of economic sanctions on Pyongyang and urged new penalties. Stepping back from suggestions of U.S. military action, he even offered aid to North Korea if it ends its nuclear weapons program.

The range of Tillerson’s suggestions, which over a span of 24 hours also included restarting negotiations, reflected America’s failure to halt North Korea’s nuclear advances despite decades of U.S.-led sanctions, military threats and stop-and-go rounds of diplomatic engagement. As the North approaches the capability to hit the U.S. mainland with a nuclear-tipped missile, the Trump administration feels it is running out of time.

Chairing a ministerial meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday, Tillerson declared that “failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences.”

His ideas included a ban on North Korean coal imports and preventing its overseas guest laborers, a critical source of government revenue, from sending money home. And he warned of unilateral U.S. moves against international firms conducting banned business with Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs, which could ensnare banks in China, the North’s primary trade partner.

Yet illustrating the international gulf over how best to tackle North Korea, several foreign ministers on the 15-member council expressed fears of a conflict on the Korean Peninsula, which was divided between the American-backed South and communist North even before the 1950-53 Korean War. The conflict ended with no formal peace treaty. And while danger always has lurked, tensions have escalated dramatically as the North’s young leader, Kim Jong Un, has expanded a nuclear arsenal his government says is needed to avert a U.S. invasion.

No voice at Friday’s session was more important than that of China, a conduit for 90 percent of North Korea’s commerce and a country Trump is pinning hopes on for a peaceful resolution to the nuclear crisis. Trump, who recently hosted President Xi Jinping for a Florida summit, has sometimes praised the Chinese leader for a newfound cooperation to crack down on North Korea and sometimes threatened a go-it-alone U.S. approach if Xi fails to deliver.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China would adhere to past U.N. resolutions and wants a denuclearized peninsula. But he spelled out no further punitive steps his government might consider, despite Tillerson’s assertions in an interview hours ahead of the council meeting that Beijing would impose sanctions of its own if North Korea conducts another nuclear test.

Wang put forward a familiar Chinese idea to ease tensions: North Korea suspending its nuclear and missile activities if the U.S. and South Korea stop military exercises in the region. Washington and Seoul reject the idea.

Tillerson said the U.S. does not seek regime change in North Korea, and he signaled American openness to holding direct negotiations with Pyongyang. The U.S. also could resume aid to North Korea once it “begins to dismantle its nuclear weapons and missile technology programs,” he said. Since 1995, he added, Washington has provided more than $1.3 billion to the impoverished country.

But the prospects for any more U.S. money going there appeared bleak. Even negotiations don’t seem likely.

Tillerson said the North must take “concrete steps” to reduce its weapons threat before talks could occur. Six-nation nuclear negotiations with North Korea stalled in 2009. The Obama administration sought to resurrect them in 2012, but a deal to provide food aid in exchange for a nuclear freeze soon collapsed.

“In a nutshell, (North Korea) has already declared not to attend any type of talks which would discuss its nuclear abandonment, nuclear disbandment,” Kim In Ryong, North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador, told The Associated Press. His government declined to attend Friday’s council meeting.

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Two good samaritans hit by a car coming to woman’s aid

WDTN News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 10:15

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – Two good samaritans are hit by a car trying to help an assault victim in Huber Heights.

According to a press release, officers were called to the 6200 block of Shore Drive just after midnight Saturday on reports of a person hit by a vehicle. When they arrived they found two male victims.

They told police they were trying to stop a man from assaulting a woman when that man hit them with his car.

The suspect was found near the scene and arrested for vehicular assault.

The victims are expected to be okay.

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Scattered power outages due to storms across the Miami Valley

WDTN News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 09:33

 

 

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Due to thunderstorms and heavy rainfall in the Miami Valley, Dayton Power and Light is reporting numerous power outages. Dayton Power and Light is working hard to get power restored to area residents. Stay tuned to WDTN-TV and WDTN.com for the latest information.

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