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) -
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.
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 >