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Gnats Influx Across the Miami Valley

ABC 22 / FOX 45 Dayton's News Source - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:51

DAYTON -- Summer is gnat season.  Experts say all bugs have cycles and we are at the peak.

"Gnats seem to be everywhere!  If I leave my fruit out for too long they're taking over my kitchen. If I open the screen door they're coming in," Dayton's Gina Ferraro shared on Monday.

Huber Height's Tammy Salazar has resorted to her fly swatter.

"We bought some of these traps that look like fruit and got some kind of liquid in them supposed to draw them. It don't work," Salazar smirked.

In towns throughout the Miami Valley you can see gnats swarming. This summer's bug population keeps exterminator Rick Slyfield working overtime.

Believe it or not area experts say there aren't any more gnats than usual. Just with these types of bugs it usually takes an expert to get rid of them

"When any insect becomes active that's when we deal with it the most," Slyfield explained. "Fruit flies, gnats they all look similar. You have to look at the wings to tell which they are. To treat them you have to know why they're there and what they feed on."

If you decide not to seek out a professional there are a few simple things you can do to control the gnat population around your home:

- Do not leave any food -including fruit- out
- Keep a lid on your trash cans
- Dry out your plants
- Use insect foggers in your yard

The good news is gnats peak season dose come t a close after summer, but in the meantime they're still a buzz kill.

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What It Means: Federal Appeals Court & Obamacare

ABC 22 / FOX 45 Dayton's News Source - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:42

In tonight's "What It Means" Jack Atherton looks at the conflicting decisions about Obamacare from two federal appeals courts. The one in Washington, D.C. said federal health exchanges cannot offer subsidies and tax credits because the Affordable Care Act only authorizes state exchanges. But an appeals court in Virginia disagreed.  Jack shows you the real reason we have federal exchanges.    

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Family Fights for Guardrail

ABC 22 / FOX 45 Dayton's News Source - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:27

SPRINGFIELD -- A Springfield family is pleading with the city.

The family of 12-year-old Kayla Mongold, who was hit and killed by a speeding driver, is asking the city to put up a guardrail around the curve where she was hit and killed.

It was two years ago when Springfield Police were on the scene.

A man fleeing from an officer, sped around the corner on Murray Street.  He hit and killed 12-year-old Kayla Mongold.

"The last words from her was 'bye mom see you later love you,'" said Gloria Mongold, Kayla's mother.

Kayla was walking home along the side of the road with her best friend.

Her family is now asking city commissioners to put up a guardrail around the curve.

"If there had been a guardrail in the first place, my daughter would still be alive," said Gloria, "It's just not a safe curve, and the city needs to realize that and they need to do something about it.  There's going to be another person hit and killed there."

And Tuesday night, Gloria let her voice be heard.

"I came down here today to let you guys be aware that I started a petition to get a guardrail put up" she said to city commissioners.

The City of Springfield's Mayor Warren Copeland made sure to address the grieving mother's request.

"Trying to figure out how you can turn it into doing something positive and to keep it happening to another family is a sign of them trying to find a positive way out of a very very tragic situation, so we need to do what we can to be helpful," said Mayor Copeland.

Those were words from the city that Gloria and her family have been waiting two long years to hear.

"No other family should have to bury a child because somebody lost control of a car and went up there, all over a curve," said Gloria.

City leaders say they will look into what can be done to the curve on Murray Street.

If you would like to sign the petition, click here.

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Group trying recall of mayor

Dayton Daily News - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:05

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