Police say suspected Maoist rebels attacked a convoy of cars carrying local leaders and supporters of India's ruling Congress party in eastern India, killing at least 16 people and wounding 25 others.Full Story >
About 200 suspected Maoist rebels set off a land mine and opened fire on a convoy of cars carrying local leaders and supporters of India's ruling Congress party in the country's east, killing at least 28 people and...Full Story >
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:12 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:12:30 GMT
(RNN/KENS/CNN) - At least one person in San Antonio has died Saturday during heavy flooding caused by rain that dumped more than a foot of water on some parts of the area. Police confirmed a woman's bodyFull Story >
Firefighters in San Antonio are still looking for two missing people after heavy rain and flooding swamped the area and left thousands without power.Full Story >
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:21 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:21:50 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The first Bardstown police officer killed in the line of duty in the department's 150-year history was ambushed, possibly from a hilltop, according to the Jefferson County Coroner'sFull Story >
The coroner said a 12-gauge shotgun was used to shoot K-9 Officer Jason Ellis multiple times -- possibly from a hilltop -- early Saturday morning on an off-ramp leading from the Bluegrass Parkway to Highway 55 in Nelson County.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Ohio teens preparing for driver education classes may soon have a new online option for instruction. While the eight hours of behind-the-wheel instruction would still be required, lawmakers are considering allowing the classroom portion of instruction to be offered over the internet.
The president of the Driving School Association of Ohio says the State Senate Finance Committee is expected to consider a bill this week that will likely include an amendment that would allow for online driver education course instruction.
Those in favor of online courses argue they offer the same level of safety training as a traditional classroom. They say the classes allow more flexibility for students and make it easier for parents because they do not have to worry about transportation issues. They also argue the non-traditional format can reach non-traditional students who perform better outside the four walls of a classroom.
Those opposed argue safety is being compromised for convenience. They believe students need in-class accountability and that students lose out on critical opportunities for discussions and practical demonstrations.
Kenneth Stigall started Bick's Driving School in Cincinnati more than 40 years ago. He says he is concerned the traditional drivers ed classroom could be in jeopardy if legislators decide to allow online driver's courses.
"You're probably talking about several hundred instructors in the state of Ohio that would lose their job if that passed," Stigall said.
While he believes it would cause his business to cut classroom instruction positions in half, he says it could be even more detrimental to other driving schools.
"It would put a lot of our people out of business totally," he argued.
Chris Flink with DriversEd.com responded with this statement to FOX19:
"In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth: industry groups like ADTSEA show that the online driver's ed option increases business for driving schools and their behind-the-wheel training, and Indiana BMV reports that schools are hiring instructors following the introduction of the online model. There are also now several Indiana-based companies providing online driver's education, creating even more high-value jobs in the technology sector.
Our own experience in Georgia also supports the conclusion that the online option expands the overall market for driver's education, which has resulted in increased competition and increased choice for students. Put simply, driver's education is too important a public safety issue to allow the virtual monopolies of certain driving schools to be the status quo."
Some students, however, say they are not interested in an online option.
"We stare at computer screens all day," driver's ed student Joseph Isham said. "We have computers at our school and I'd rather not stare at it another 24 hours."
Some parents also have no interest in opting for online instruction.
"I'm kind of traditional," mother Susanne Hornsby admitted. "I kind of like things the way they used to be. Sometimes I think they're doing too much technology."
Hornsby worries an online course would not provide the same in-depth instruction as a traditional classroom.
"For me, I think it's safer for [my son] to not be rushing through something that's that important, or that vital," she said. "I mean, that's his life. As it is, I don't think a lot of teenagers take driving as seriously as I think they need to."
A representative from DriversEd.com out of California, however, says online courses are just as effective as traditional classrooms. The company currently operates in fifteen different states. In fact, the company argues online courses increase participation in drivers ed courses by reaching students who would otherwise opt out of the requirement by waiting until they turn 18 to get their driver's license.
"Being in a classroom is the same as being online," driver Amber Sawyer said. "You're still going to get the same knowledge."
"I think it would be just as good," Christopher Weed echoed. "It's just like college. They have classes for college online. What's the difference?"
Stigall disagrees, however.
"I think our subject is a little bit more important. You're dealing with people's lives," he argued.
Companies like DriversEd.com are working to get approval to begin offering online courses in Ohio that would be the equivalent of the full 24 hours of required instruction. Ohio's Driving School Association, however, is hoping to at least get passage of a blended model that would allow for some online training while still requiring a certain number of hours in a traditional classroom.
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:23 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:23:27 GMT
BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - K-9 Officer Jason Ellis, 33, was shot and killed on the ramp of Exit 34 from the Bluegrass Parkway to Highway 55 in Nelson County early Saturday morning. A 911 call from a womanFull Story >
K-9 officer Jason Ellis, 33, was the first Bardstown police officer killed in the line of duty.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
The Village of Morrow: 2013 Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 27, 2013 Participants must line up at 10 a.m. at the former Morrow Elementary School located on Pike St., the parade is to start at 11 a.m. ContactFull Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 10:11 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:11:14 GMT
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m. TheFull Story >
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m.Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >