Wednesday, May 22 2013 12:03 PM EDT2013-05-22 16:03:19 GMT
(RNN) – Of the 24 killed in the EF-5 tornado that decimated Moore, OK, 10 are children - two of which are infants according to a release by the Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office. All the childrenFull Story >
Ten children, which includes two infants, were killed by the EF-5 tornado in Moore, OK, according to the Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office.Full Story >
A House committee taking Congress' latest look at the Internal Revenue Service's mistreatment of tea party groups will apparently have to do so without input from the star witness.Full Story >
The Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the storm over the agency's targeting of conservative groups told Congress on Wednesday that she had done nothing wrong in the episode, and then invoked her...Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:53 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:53:19 GMT
Shortly after being recognized as one of only five libraries in the U.S. to receive the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has hitFull Story >
Shortly after being recognized as one of only five libraries in the U.S. to receive the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has hit another huge milestone.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:38 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:38:38 GMT
A Brown County man has been arrested after an undercover drug investigation. Jeremy Collett, 30, of Winchester, Ohio was arrested and charged with two counts of Trafficking Drugs prescription pills toFull Story >
A Brown County man has been arrested after an undercover drug investigation.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:08 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:08:09 GMT
The sleek new console was revealed Tuesday, generating a fair amount of criticism.Full Story >
The sleek new console was revealed Tuesday, generating a fair amount of criticism among passionate gamers. Full Story >
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A FOX19 investigation reveals state government agencies in Ohio have been wasting your tax money by not paying bills on time, racking-up hundreds of thousands of dollars in late fees in recent years, according to government documents turned over to FOX19.
An Office of Budget and Management breakdown of the late fees state agencies paid show 2009 was particularly bad. They added-up to $511,364 at a time when we were in the midst of the Great Recession.
OBM spokesman Tom Betti says state workers who pay their agency's bills were getting used to a new computer system back then.
He offered to let us talk to the person who trains state workers on how to use the government software.
FOX19 asked Robert Cooperman, the training academy director at OBM, if state workers actually care about paying bills on time.
"Absolutely," he said. "Absolutely. There seems to be a very conscientious effort to understand the material, to make sure they get it right."
But just up Broad Street in Columbus at the Buckeye Institute, there is skepticism.
"Government is not good at running businesses," said Kevin Holtsberry, the conservative think tank's president. "They just, they don't have a history of that. They don't hire the kind of people to do that."
He believes small businesses in Ohio could do the job better.
Take the Department of Mental Health. Year after year, it shows-up in reports of state agencies paying its bills late. A department spokeswoman declined our request for an on-camera interview. But in e-mails to FOX19, she explained that her agency purchases food and medicine for other state agencies, such as prisons, state psychiatric hospitals, and youth services.
The agency's records show many of Mental Health's late fees were the result of a "sister state agency" not getting the money to them by the time the invoices were due.
That wouldn't be allowed to happen in the private sector, Holtsberry argues.
"You'll go out of business," he said. "You'll lose clients. You won't have sales growth. The problem with government is, there's not that immediate push-back, right? If you don't pay your bills, taxpayers pay more. You don't go out of business. You don't lose your sales. You're still government."
To their credit, state agencies are doing better.
Compared with the half million dollars in late fees in 2009, the state paid $68,615 in the last fiscal year.
Could a small business do an even better job? We asked OBM's Robert Cooperman.
"No," he said. "I think there's a state culture and a state way of doing things that people are used to. And I mean, I've worked in the private sector and I think this – for what it is – works very well within the state, the confines of the state."
"The taxpayer's being taken care of?" we asked.
"I feel that way," said Cooperman. "I'm a taxpayer, too…"
Meanwhile, one state agency still has not turned-over its documents detailing why it paid late fees. In the last few years, the Ohio Industrial Commission has accumulated nearly $30,000 in interest charges. Despite the fact FOX19 requested the documents last month, an agency spokesman says the Industrial Commission is still removing personal information from the documents, as required by state law.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:16 AM EDT2013-05-22 11:16:10 GMT
A big clean up is underway at Amelia High School following a prank. Several trees were toilet papered and the sign in front of the school was also changed. No word on any suspects in the prankFull Story >
No word on any suspects in the prank or if the school system plans to punish those responsible.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 >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:09 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:09:30 GMT
A Warren County government office is evacuated after a suspicious powder is found. The Health and Human Services Center building on East Street in Lebanon was evacuated just after 11:00 on Monday. PoliceFull Story >
Police say that HAZMAT crews and the FBI were called to investigate the powder. The FBI has since left. Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:06 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:06:35 GMT
A suspect in a wild police chase in Reading earlier this month is arrested after a chase in Warren County. The Warren County chase started near Little Miami High School around 11:30 Tuesday night whenFull Story >
A suspect in a wild police chase in Reading earlier this month is arrested after a chase in Warren County.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:21 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:21:47 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,Full Story >
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.Full Story >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:42 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:42:17 GMT
A mother who missed her college graduation in order to attend her daughter's dance recital received a surprise ceremony on Monday. Kara Perkins agreed to go along when one of her friends said she neededFull Story >
A mother who missed her college graduation in order to attend her daughter's dance recital received a surprise ceremony on Monday.Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. Full Story >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:41 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:41:37 GMT
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History. Before Monday's EF5 tornado in Oklahoma, there had only been 58 in the United States since 1950, when reliable records began. That number isFull Story >
EF5 tornadoes are a very rare occurrence in U.S. History.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 >
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