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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. Delivery times; 8:00 Sun, 7:30 Sat, & 6:30 Mon-Fri, contact us at Journal-News.com/customerse­rvice or (877) 267-0018 | Breaking news all day at Journal-News.com. Copyright 2020 Journal-News PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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