Butler County

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made a swing through Ohio Friday to visit students at Butler Tech, a career and technical school in Butler County. In an event similar to a sports signing day, more than 30 students announced post-graduation jobs with local manufacturers.

An immigrant-rights vigil will be held at the Butler County Correctional Complex, part of which is contracted to ICE.
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Immigrant advocates, Dayton faith leaders, University of Dayton students and faculty are expected to gather Monday night for a candlelight immigration vigil outside the Butler County Correctional Complex in Hamilton. Part of the jail complex is used by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE. 

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The sheriff of Butler County has taken out a billboard ad criticizing a local district's school security.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports the ad by Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones questions the safety provided by the Hamilton school board.

Jones says the board isn't transparent and doesn't "talk to the public." Former Hamilton City Schools Superintendent Tony Orr agreed to a separation agreement in April that was based on an unreleased report into claims he broke district policies.

Four Students Injured In Shooting At Butler County School

Feb 29, 2016
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The state of Ohio recently allotted $9.1 million to fund mental health services for kids kindergarten age and younger. It’s all part of a larger effort to prevent these kids from getting expelled or suspended from school.

Bari Krause works with children at risk of expulsion as a mental health care counselor for Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio.  

Last week, she worked with a 2-year-old who was having a hard-time listening to his teacher.

A pharmacy in a southwest Ohio county hit hard by deadly heroin overdoses has become one of the first in the state approved to dispense a potentially life-saving heroin overdose medicine.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State authorities are investigating a string of threats made against schools across Ohio.


Threats have caused evacuations or closures of some schools in the past week, although there haven't been police reports of finding explosives. The state Department of Education says it doesn't know how many schools have been threatened, but says Ohio Homeland Security has reported "a number of bomb threats."


The new Barclaycard call center at the Vora Technology Center in Butler County, Ohio
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The Barclaycard call center opening up in Butler County will hold job fairs in Hamilton and Cincinnati this week. Barclay’s, which is a major international financial services company, plans to hire 1500 people over three years at its new location north of Cincinnati.

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The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a recording of an outgoing call by a 911 dispatcher is a public record.

The court sided 6-1 with the Cincinnati Enquirer, which had requested a recording of a 2013 call made by a 911 operator responding to a call about a man who wasn’t breathing. The operator had called back after the initial 911 caller suddenly hung up, and a man answered and confessed to stabbing his stepfather.