Witnesses in southwestern Virginia say a car has driven into a crowd at a parade. Several people appear to be hurt, but the nature of their injuries wasn't immediately known.Full Story >
About 50 to 60 people were injured Saturday when a driver described by witnesses as an elderly man drove his car into a group of hikers marching in a parade in a small Virginia mountain town.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:15 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:15:38 GMT
Residents attending Maifest 2013 in Covington, Ky., will have the rare chance to touch a nearly 4-billion-year-old piece of moon rock at NASA's Driven to Explore traveling exhibit, a multimedia experienceFull Story >
Residents attending Maifest 2013 in Covington, Ky., will have the rare chance to touch a nearly 4-billion-year-old piece of moon rock at NASA's Driven to Explore traveling exhibit, a multimedia experience that immerses visitors in the story of NASA.Full Story >
(FOX19) - Too many TV ads. A lot of talking points. But very few facts. So goes the fight over Ohio's Issue 2.
Here is the email I received from Tony.
"I just listened to Kathy Harrell (union rep for Cincinnati police) talking about Issue 2. She said that public employees are "paying in to their retirement, and health care". This would be a good subject for a Reality Check. Are they paying in? In what manner?... this is very black and white, yes or no."- Tony
I would disagree with Tony on one issue. Issue 2 is a statewide issue. So when we talk about public employees paying in to the system, it is not as black and white as you might think.
Lets start with Ohio state workers. It is true they already contribute 15% of their healthcare and 10% to their pension costs.
But the rules are different for local workers because local police unions, local firefighters, and local teachers all negotiate their own deals.
So lets be hyper specific. I did some digging and found what local police, firefighters and some teachers are paying in.
Issue 2 requires that all public employees make the same contributions as state workers. 15% to healthcare and 10% to pension costs.
Lets take the Cincinnati police. How do they stack up? Right now, the vast majority of cops in the Queen City pay not 15% but 20 percent toward their healthcare.
As for a pension contribution, the majority of Cincinnati police contribute at a rate of 10%.
What about Cincinnati firefighters?
They've got the same deal. A 20 percent contribution to healthcare and a 10 percent contribution to their pension.
I also checked into teachers in the Cincinnati public schools. While the contracts negotiated by teachers and police and firefighters could be apples and oranges.
Here's what we've got. Cincinnati public school teachers also pay more to their healthcare than state employees at 20 percent. As for their pension, under state law, teachers must pay 10% just like state employees.
So are there workers who pay zero?
There are some local public sector employees across Ohio, typically management who have negotiated a contract when the employer or taxpayers pay all of their personal contribution.
According to a state wide report on public health care contributions, the vast majority of medical plans did require that state and public employees contribute to their healthcare cost. But in 2011 there are 16% of single medical plans and 12% of family medical premiums that were paid 100% by the employer.
Meaning those public employees are not contributing.
Friday, May 17 2013 10:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:45:31 GMT
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009. The group was asked about prayerFull Story >
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:51:09 GMT
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati.Full Story >
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati. Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.Full Story >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:44:02 GMT
A bystander is in hot water after a late night crash in Middletown. Police say they were called to Verity Parkway to investigate a head on crash, An investigation revealed that a car driven by DanielFull Story >
An investigation revealed that a car driven by Daniel Guy Rich of Dallas, Texas had lost control and hit a PT Cruiser driven by a unnamed 17-year-old girl head on.
Wednesday, May 15 2013 9:50 PM EDT2013-05-16 01:50:03 GMT
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. WhileFull Story >
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. While others say the truth has still not been revealed. So what is true here? Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:47:49 GMT
A fire badly damages an Anderson Township home. It happened early Saturday morning at a home in the 8000 block of Pine Terrace Drive. Fire officials say they got a call that smoke was coming from theFull Story >
Fire officials say there is significant damage to the home's first floor.Full Story >