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Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says he supports parts of Gov. Mike DeWine’s 17-point plan to curb gun violence in Ohio. 

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says he was denied access to a Customs and Border Control detention facility that houses children over the weekend. Brown wanted to see the facilities holding children that some other lawmakers have described as cramped and smelly. Brown is telling reporters he blames top administration officials for wanting to keep him from seeing inhumane treatment there.

A standing-room crowd attended the Trotwood State of the City address Monday night.
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Miami Valley officials are still awaiting word on whether the White House will issue an official disaster declaration for communities recovering from the Memorial Day tornadoes.

The designation would allow FEMA aid and other federal disaster assistance from agencies, including the United States Small Business Administration, to begin flowing to the 10 Ohio counties affected by the storm.

Among the hardest hit areas was Trotwood, where hundreds of properties remain damaged.

The newly formed committee starts work just months after a Dayton water main break led to a massive water service outage across Montgomery County.
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Republican Rep. Mike Turner Wednesday announced a new effort dedicated to ensuring safe drinking water in Dayton. The plan includes the formation of a new committee, which Turner told reporters will hire a national consultant tasked with completing an independent review of Dayton’s water quality standards.

The consultant is also expected to compile a list of safeguards the community may need in order to maintain good water quality in the future.

Dayton Power and Light Executive Vice President Tom Raga will serve as the new committee’s chair.

Dayton Water Great Miami River
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Dayton water officials say they’re waiting for high river levels to drop before they can determine the cause of a massive water main break more than a week ago.

The break in a pipe under the Great Miami River affected residents and businesses across the region and led to the loss of millions of gallons of treated drinking water.

It’s unclear when crews would be able to complete evaluations of the water main rupture.

State of Manufacturing Tour held Wednesday at Staub Manufacturing in Dayton.
Jerry Kenney

U.S. Senator Rob Portman was in Dayton on Wednesday to meet with more than 20 local business leaders and state legislators about workforce development. Portman is promoting a number of measures aimed at connecting highly skilled workers with open jobs around the state.

Portman told the gathering that the workforce development gap is one of the biggest issues facing businesses across Ohio.

The 2017 Republican tax law changes are in full effect this year, and the average federal tax refund is down nearly 9 percent from a year ago. The law lowers federal withholding paychecks and increases the standard deduction for individuals, but it also takes away some deductions. And if taxpayers haven’t adjusted their withholding, they might find themselves with smaller refunds or even owing money this year. What do Ohio's senators think about this?  

A group of activists gathered Friday afternoon outside Sen. Rob Portman’s office to encourage him to do more to end the partial government shutdown.

A look inside the Beacon House, a residential treatment facility in Wooster.
Dan Konik

Ohio’s U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown are proposing a major policy shift for residential treatment facilities. The bipartisan proposal gets rid of the Institutions for Mental Disease exclusion, which bans any additional Medicaid funding for treatment centers with more than 16 beds.

Addiction recovery advocates say the change in Congress will help treatment centers open their doors to more people in need.

wright-patterson air force base gates
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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base could receive a big chunk of federal funds to expand its National Air and Space Intelligence Center. The money is part of the National Defense Authorization Act. If approved, the $182 million funding package would be the largest in the base’s history.

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