Friday September 25, 2020 Today Saturday Sunday 81/54 84/63 85/57 Partly cloudy Mostly sunny Partly cloudy WHERE A BIGGER NEWSPAPERMEANSMORE LOCAL NEWS | JOURNAL-NEWS.COM Full Northern Cincinnati forecast: C6 $2.00 Aproduct of theDaytonDaily News LOCAL& STATE, B1 LOCAL& STATE, B1 LOCAL& STATE, B1 RESIGNATION OPENS SEAT ON SCHOOL BOARD IN FAIRFIELD HAMILTON OFFICIAL PRAISES SCHOOLS FOR VIRUSWORK ‘NEW LIFE’ FOR POPULAR EATERY CORONAVIRUS: THELATEST ONLYINTHEJOURNAL-NEWS Virusmuddies towns’ health insurance aim DeWine: Do random testing at colleges Governments in Butler County see amoving target in their budgets. knowswhat might occur because some of these operations and elective surgeries were put off and on hold.” County Administrator Judi Boyko was projecting an 8% increase for next year. The commissioners approved a $20 million health insurance budget for this year. Boyko said as of Sept. 14 the county has had almost $12 million in claims, about $1 million more than a year ago. Human Resources Director LaurieMurphy said the estimates for next year are lower mainly because the proposal for fixed costs estimated by their broker were reduced, but predicting claims experience in this COVID world is tricky. “We were concerned about what’s going to happen the rest of this year byway of costs because the doctor’s offices are opening, the elective procedures are being done now,” she said. “So it’s so ByDenise Callahan StaffWriter The coronavirus pandemic has made budgeting for 2021 health insurance costs tricky for those Butler County governments that self-insure, some are seeing double-digit increases. The Butler County commissioners are still finalizing the plan for 2021, but Commissioner Don Dixon said the county is looking at a “very small” increase for next year. “Our insurance should not look that bad this year,” Dixon said. “I think it could be a small increase, very small depending on what happens in these last months. We’re behind a month or two in the data we see from the payouts and then we have the rest of the year to run out, and who Katie Stewart stocks a shelf at Petals& Wicks on Main Street in Hamilton on Thursday. Petals& Wicks has recently added a group party space for candlemaking so they can nowaccommodate parties at the sametimeaswalk-in customers. Insurancecontinued onA5 NICK GRAHAM / STAFF Miami U. sees a decline innewcases, still Butler County remains at Level 3. JOURNAL-NEWSIN-DEPTH one of our campuses, most of them at least, are close to a population center ... they are part of a community.” The spike atMiami University caused Butler County to be elevated to Level 3, or the red level, in the state’s color-coded public health advisory system. It continues to remain at that level, even though there has been a decline in recent cases. Over the past two weeks, there have been 503 COVID-19 cases in Butler County. However, the county still has a per- capita rate of 131.29 cases per 100,000 residents. In theweeks prior, the county’s two-week case average had been nearly 700 and more than 900. Miami University is seeing ByMichaelD. Pitman ALSOINSIDE » At U.N., China, Russia and U.S. clash over pandemic responses, StaffWriter Gov. MikeDeWine is asking the state’s residential colleges and universities to test a random sampling of at least 3% of their student body weekly for the novel coronavirus. Oxford saw a spike in its cases when Miami University students living off-campus attended gatherings and parties. More than 100 new cases a day — and more than 200 on some days — were reported in late August and early September. Other higher education institutions, A4 » Chinese company says coronavirus vaccine ready by early 2021, A5 like the University of Dayton and AshlandUniversity, have also seen spikes in cases. DeWine said the guidance is being put in place because it will provide college presidents “a real look atwhat’s happening on their campuses.” “Campuses don’t live in a bubble,” DeWine said. “Every single TheOhioSupremeCourt affirmed thedeathpenalty sentenceof Terry Froman, whowas found guilty of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and then shooting her to death in 2014 on I-75 near Middletown. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF Death penalty upheld for convicted killer Colleges continued onA5 TOPNATIONALSTORY Officials plead for calmover Taylor case Manwas found guilty in the 2014murder of his ex-girlfriend on I-75. convicted by a Warren County jury in 2017 of aggravated murder with special specification for 34-year-old Kim Thomas’ death. Froman’s killing of Thomas came after he shot and killed her son, Eli, in her Mayfield, Ky., home, then forced her into his SUV. It ended with Fromanshooting himself in the leg and shooting Thomas three times as police closed in on the vehicle on Sept. 12, 2014. The shooting shut down Interstate 75 between Monroe and Protests and riots have led to 2 officers shot, damage in Louisville. Though protests in Louisville beganpeacefully, officersdeclared an unlawful assembly after fires were set in garbage cans, several vehiclesweredamaged and stores were broken into. A 26-year-old man was arrested and charged with firing multiple gunshots at police andwounding two officers. “Violence will only be a source of pain, not a cure for pain,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Many see Breonna Taylor’s case as both during protests and riots following the decision not to charge officers for killing Breonna Taylor. Outrage over a grand jury’s failure to bring homicide charges against the officers who entered the Blackwoman’s apartment six months ago set off a new round of demonstrationsWednesday in several American cities. The state attorney general said the investigation showed officers were acting in self- defense when they responded to Taylor’s boyfriend shooting at them. ByLaurenPack StaffWriter ByDylanLovan, RebeccaReynoldsYonker andPiperHudspethBlackburn The Ohio Supreme Court affirmed the death penalty sentence of a man found guilty of kidnapping his former girlfriend and then shooting her to death in 2014 in the back of his SUV as he drove along Interstate 75 near Middletown. Terry Froman, now 47, was AssociatedPress Authorities pleaded for calm while activists vowedtofightonThursdayinKentucky’s largest city, where a gunmanwounded two police officers LOUISVILLE, KY. — Protests continued onA2 Deathpenaltycontinued onA7 NATION& WORLD, A3 BUSINESS, A8 SPORTS, C1 INDEX Classifieds Comics C4 D2 Crossword Deaths D3 B3 Congressionalleaders refuteTrumpnarrative TikTokimploresjudge toreverseTrump’sban SWOCtitleatstakeas Ross, Edgewoodclash Volume 99, Number269 PresidentTrumphas declined to committo a peaceful transferof power ifhe loses, but evensome Republicans are countering that. PresidentTrump’s app-store ban ofTikTok, delayed once, takes effect Sundayahead ofamore comprehensiveNovemberone. Ross hosts Edgewood in high school football tonight looking to wrap up conference and secure second straight winning season. w( h63259* PKSKLq( v YOU CAN COUNT ON US. ! EVERY DAY. 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