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Update on Congressman Scalise’s condition

WDTN News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:57

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Doctors say Congressman Scalise is in fair condition and is in the process of healing and rehabilitation.

The MedStar Washington Hospital Center has been actively tweeting and updating the public about Congressman Scalise’s condition.

June 23: Updated condition of Rep. Scalise:

— MedStar Washington (@MedStarWHC) June 23, 2017

Today, this tweet came from the congressman’s twitter account:

Update on the condition of Majority Whip Steve Scalise, courtesy of @MedStarWHC:

— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 23, 2017


Scalise, the House majority whip, was one of five people shot when a gunman opened fire June 14 as the Republican team practiced in Alexandria, Virginia. He has required surgery several times since the shooting.

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Workers help woman find necklace buried in hospital waste

WDTN News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:21

OXFORD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman has been reunited with her special necklace that was thrown in the trash after she went to a hospital, thanks to a group of hardworking sanitation workers.

Samantha LaRochelle was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Phillipsburg on Saturday after falling unconscious, ( reports. Hospital staff removed LaRochelle’s prized dual-pendant and accidentally threw it in the trash.

On the customized chain hangs her grandfather’s pendant and a second 14-karat gold pendant containing her late mother’s thumbprint. LaRochelle’s wife, Audrey, got the chain specially made for her.

“This thing means more to me than the world,” said LaRochelle.

LaRochelle began her search Monday. She tracked down the sanitation company that handles hospital waste with the help of a Phillipsburg police officer who scanned nine hours of surveillance video.

By Wednesday, LaRochelle’s search led her Covanta Energy Plant in Oxford where workers dug through 15 tons of hospital waste to find her necklace.

Steve Acierno, a worker at the plant, came up with the necklace after a two-hour search.

“She was super-excited to have it back. Just a great start to our day. We were all really happy for her,” Acierno said.

LaRochelle treated the sanitation workers to lunch and cake Thursday. She still can’t thank them enough for finding her necklace.

“It’s something I could never replace and they took the time, the effort,” she said.

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Local bookstore hosts benefit bookfair

WDTN News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:14

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  An author that was in the Montgomery County foster care system wrote a book about a life experience.

Shamane Howe spent seven years in the Montgomery County foster care system.

Howe’s book is called Leading Lady .

The Barnes & Noble Dayton Mall location will host the a book fair to benefit the Montgomery County Children Services Division.

The event is Saturday, June 24.

Howe is signing autographs, from at the book fair from noon to 2:00 p.m.

Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of every sale made with a special Book fair voucher to Montgomery County Children Services. Vouchers will be available online at the Children Services website.

You can also shop in support of Children Services online June 24-29.

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Kroger to host hiring event

WDTN News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:00

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Looking for a new job?

All Korger locations are looking to hire new employees.

The event will be Saturday, June 24 from 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Kroger is hiring for 800 open positions at all Kroger locations, including:

  • Deli/Bakery
  • Meat/Seafood
  • Starbucks
  • Grocery
  • ClickList

The company asks that job seekers to fill out an online application before going to the job fair.

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Gorilla break dances in pool at Dallas Zoo

WDTN News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:40

DALLAS (WCMH) — Have you ever seen a gorilla get down?

Zola, a gorilla at the Dallas Zoo, showed off his break dancing moves in a swimming pool recently.

The zoo posted the video to YouTube on Tuesday and it’s quickly racking up thousands of views.

“…there’s a lot more to this behavior than you may think,” the zoo wrote about the video.

“Enrichment helps enhance the environment and lives of animals, like Zola, by providing them with mental and physical stimulation to increase natural behaviors. Enrichment can take many forms, but for this spunky great ape, it means playing and spinning in his favorite blue pool while off habitat!”

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F-16 Thunderbird crashes, flips over at Dayton International Airport - CBS News

Local News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:34

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A 2nd mistrial: Jury deadlocks in Ohio cop’s murder retrial

WDTN News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:21

CINCINNATI (AP) — A mistrial was declared Friday in the murder retrial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on charges in the fatal traffic stop shooting of an unarmed black motorist.

The Hamilton County jury had deliberated some 30 hours over five days after getting the case Monday. The jurors had told Judge Leslie Ghiz earlier Friday that they were unable to reach a verdict in the trial of Officer Ray Tensing, but Ghiz sent them back to try again.

The jury on Friday afternoon told the judge they were almost evenly split in their votes and didn’t anticipate coming to a decision. Ghiz then declared a mistrial.

The first trial against the 27-year-old Tensing also ended in a mistrial after the jury deliberated 25 hours over four days in November without reaching a verdict. It was not immediately clear if prosecutors intend to try the case for a third time.

Tensing shot 43-year-old Sam DuBose in the head after pulling him over for a missing front license plate on July 19, 2015.

As in his first trial, Tensing testified in his own defense and said he feared he could be dragged or run over as DuBose tried to drive away. He was in tears at some points.

“I meant to stop the threat,” he told jurors last week. “I didn’t shoot to kill him. I didn’t shoot to wound him. I shot to stop his actions.”

Prosecutors said repeatedly the evidence contradicted Tensing’s story. An expert hired by prosecutors said his frame-by-frame analysis of the former officer’s body camera video showed the officer was not being dragged by the car.

The University of Cincinnati fired Tensing last year after his indictment. It restructured its public safety department and made other policing reforms. The university reached a $5.3 million settlement with DuBose’s family, including free undergraduate tuition for DuBose’s 13 children.

The case is among several across the country in recent years that have raised attention to how police deal with blacks. It’s also among cases that show the difficulties prosecutors face in gaining convictions against police for on-duty shootings.

A jury last week acquitted a Minnesota officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop. And jurors Wednesday acquitted a black police officer of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of a black Milwaukee man who threw away the gun he was carrying during a brief foot chase after a traffic stop.

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Hawaii resident hopeful to be the first to swim solo from Oahu to Kauai

WDTN News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:04

(KHNL) – A former Hawaii resident is trying to become the first person to swim solo from Oahu to Kauai.

The long-distance, currents, and sharks are obvious dangers, but for Chris Shoup, 53, his biggest challenges could be the Portuguese man ‘o war, his state of mind and the escort boat itself.

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Crash slows traffic on I-75

WDTN News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:48

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Police are on the scene of a crash on I-75.

The crash is on I-75 near Stanley Avenue at St. Route 4.

2 NEWS is working to learn more about this story and we will keep you updated with more information.



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Military jet practicing for Dayton air show in accident -

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$5.3k stolen in tools from truck

WDTN News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:18

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Police were called to a parking lot on the 1200 block of Brown Street Thursday afternoon.

The victim told police he parked his black 2016 Ford F550 in the back corner of the parking lot to go to lunch.

When the workers arrived at the site, one of the employees asked the worker if he left his toolbox open in the truck.

Then, the worker looked in his truck and saw that the toolbox was empty.

Police say the tools that were stolen were worth around $5,300.00.

No suspects have been found.








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Paralyzed girl paints with purpose

WDTN News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:05

(WALB) – One South Georgia teen is giving back to the hospital she says gave her new life and a new talent.

With each brush stroke, Hannah Croker works toward a masterpiece.

Amazingly, the 17-year-old paints each stroke with her mouth.

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Thunderbirds will not fly in Vectren Dayton Air Show

WDTN News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:50

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Representatives from the Thunderbirds held a news conference of their own Friday.

Capt. Erik Gonsalves

The Commander, Lt. Col Jason Heard, said the pilot, Capt. Erik Gonsalves suffered some cuts and injuries to his leg but the injuries are non-life threatening. Capt. Erik Gonsalves has approximately 1,600 hours of flight time.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds posted information on their Facebook page. In the post, they say the F-16D suffered damage and the pilot and a passenger, a tactical aircraft maintainer, are receiving care and are in good condition.

“Our first priority is taking care of our Thunderbird teammates and ensuring future safety,” said Lt. Col. Jason Heard,

Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova

Thunderbirds Commander/Leader.

The passenger, Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova was also taken to Miami Valley Hospital. He is listed in good condition.

Officials form the airport and the air show spoke with reporters Friday about the Thunderbirds jet that crashed at the end of the runway.A plane is on its top at the Dayton International Airport.

Little was said about the accident itself but officials made it clear the show will go on.  It is not yet known if the Thunderbirds will perform. Chairman of the US Air and Trade ShowVectren Dayton Air Show Mike Imhoff said the Thunderbird team will determine if they fly or not, and any information about the two people on board, including any injuries that may have been sustained.


A plane is on its top at the Dayton International Airport.

The incident happened shortly before 12:30 pm at the Dayton International Airport where aircraft and crews are practicing for the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

The Thunderbirds posted a statement on Twitter about the incident:

USAF Thunderbirds were conducting a familiarization flight June 23. There was a mishap upon landing at 12:20 p.m. More info to come.

— Thunderbirds (@AFThunderbirds) June 23, 2017

Montgomery County dispatchers tell 2 NEWS a plane has run off the end of the runway and is now upside down.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base sent a crash team and heavy rescue crew to the scene.

No injuries have been reported but 2 NEWS crews saw a man being taken into Miami Valley Hospital by medics from Butler Township.

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Staff Sgt. Tabatha McCarthy with the Air Force Thunderbirds public relations office says There was a “mishap” while a plane was on the ground. She had no other information.

The City of Dayton released a statement Friday:

The City of Dayton is confirming an aircraft accident involving one of the acts scheduled to appear at the Vectren Dayton Airshow this weekend.  There were 2 people on board.  Airport Fire and Rescue are providing assistance at the scene.  The airport is open.

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2 NEWS has crews on the scene and we will keep you updated with the latest information as soon as we learn it.

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Ferguson attorney: Brown family settlement $1.5 million

WDTN News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:37

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The insurance company for the city of Ferguson, Missouri, paid $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Brown’s parents, the city attorney said Friday.

Attorney Apollo Carey disclosed the amount in an email in response to an open records request. The settlement of the federal lawsuit was announced Tuesday, but financial details were not initially released.

Carey declined further comment on the settlement. A phone message seeking comment from the attorney for the family, Anthony Gray, was not immediately returned.

Brown, 18, was black and unarmed when he was fatally shot by white officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing, but the shooting led to months of protests in the St. Louis suburb.

Wilson resigned in November 2014, soon after a St. Louis County grand jury decided not to indict him. The U.S. Department of Justice found no grounds to prosecute Wilson, but the shooting led to a Justice Department investigation that resulted in a consent agreement requiring Ferguson to make significant changes to address racial bias in its police department and municipal court.

Michael Brown Sr. and Lezley McSpadden sued the city, former Police Chief Tom Jackson and Wilson in 2015, citing a police culture hostile to black residents and claiming Wilson used excessive force.

Ferguson, Jackson and Wilson denied the allegations.

The parents also argued that the death of their son deprived them of financial support through his future potential wages.

U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber approved the settlement but disclosed nothing about the amount, saying only that it was “fair and reasonable compensation for this wrongful death claim and is in the best interests of each Plaintiff,” with the money to be split between the parents.

Webber also wrote that the agreement “shall remain sealed by this Court and shall be considered a closed record” because disclosure of the information “could jeopardize the safety of individuals involved in this matter, whether as witnesses, parties, or investigators.”

Settlements involving public money and public entities like cities are typically open under Missouri law, but Webber wrote that the value of opening the record “is outweighed by the adverse impact to Plaintiffs.” He did not elaborate.

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Police: Suspect steals cellphone at a park

WDTN News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:36

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  A trip to the park turned into a robbery for a woman.

Police say the woman was with her kids at a park Thursday.

According to the police report, the suspect tapped the woman on her shoulder and punched the woman’s face with her fist.

Police say the suspect grabbed the woman’s phone and took off in a quick manner heading east on Pierce Street.

Police found the suspect on South Findlay Street and Davis Avenue and took the stolen cellphone.

Police say the woman’s right side of her face was red from being hit.




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I-70 closed after accident in Preble County

WDTN News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:30

PREBLE COUNTY, Ohio  (WDTN) – A crash involving a semi-truck has closed the westbound lanes of I-70.

The crash happened on I-70 near Shields Road, about 2 miles east of US-127, shortly before noon Friday.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol tells 2 NEWS a semi is on its side between milepost 12 and 13. There is no word yet on injuries.

2 NEWS is working to learn more about this incident and we will keep you updated when new information is available.

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Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio to defend reputation at criminal trial

WDTN News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:03

PHOENIX (AP) — The political career of Joe Arpaio ended last year when the six-term sheriff of metro Phoenix known for cracking down on illegal immigration and housing inmates in tents outside in the desert heat was trounced in an election that focused on his own legal troubles.

Now, the 85-year-old who called himself America’s toughest sheriff will face his day of reckoning in court for defying a judge’s order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.

Arpaio’s trial starts Monday on a criminal contempt-of-court charge for prolonging the patrols for nearly a year and a half. The judge later found that Arpaio’s officers had racially profiled Latinos.

The former sheriff could face up to six months in jail, though lawyers who have followed his case doubt he would get locked up if convicted.

His critics hope the case will bring a long-awaited comeuppance for the former lawman who led crackdowns that divided immigrant families and escaped accountability when he regularly flouted the rules.

Attorney Mike Manning, who isn’t involved in the case but has sued Arpaio several times over deaths in the jails, said the famously defiant Arpaio deserves his fate because he “saluted the court with his middle finger” when he violated the court order.

Jack Wilenchik, an Arpaio attorney, said the former sheriff is charged with a crime for cooperating with federal immigration authorities, which the Trump administration now is encouraging more police agencies to do.

“This is really just a fight about immigration law and what it means,” Wilenchik said. “And Arpaio is trying to do what a good cop does, which is to enforce the law.”

Arpaio, reached by phone last week, declined to comment.

He rode to national prominence by launching highly publicized immigration crackdowns, landing him in court when Hispanic immigrants sued. He was ousted from office last year in the same election that sent Donald Trump to the White House after using some of the same immigration rhetoric that made Arpaio a national name a decade earlier.

The key issue in the trial will be whether Arpaio intentionally violated a judge’s 2011 order to stop the patrols. Arpaio acknowledges that he kept up the immigration enforcement but says it was not on purpose. For a conviction, prosecutors must prove he intended to disobey the judge.

The judge found Arpaio ignored the order because he believed his immigration enforcement efforts would help his 2012 re-election campaign. His legal troubles likely contributed to his crushing defeat in November to retired Phoenix police Sgt. Paul Penzone.

The things that Arpaio used over the years to boost his popularity — TV interviews, news releases and tough talk about America’s border woes — are now being used against him in court.

Arpaio said in a news release a week after the judge told him to stop the patrols that he would continue to enforce immigration laws. A few weeks later, he told a TV interviewer that deputies were still detaining immigrants in the country illegally.

It’s not clear if Arpaio will testify, but two people who were illegally detained plan to take the witness stand to describe their traffic stops.

Arpaio has brought several longshot legal efforts. He tried unsuccessfully to bar prosecutors from mentioning his comments about immigration during his last three campaigns. And he subpoenaed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a witness.

Attorney Andy Jacob, who isn’t involved in the case but has watched much of it as a court spectator, said the criminal charge will ensure that the sheriff’s office will comply the next time a judge hands down an order.

“This is to vindicate the power of the court,” he said.

Tom Morrissey, a retired chief U.S. marshal who has been a friend of Arpaio’s for more than two decades, said the former sheriff’s supporters are furious about how he’s being treated in the courts and in news coverage.

“That fury is growing. Joe is just one of the victims of a corrupt process and a corrupt system,” said Morrissey, a former state GOP chairman.

Lydia Guzman, a Latino civil rights advocate and longtime Arpaio critic, said a criminal conviction would help hold the former sheriff accountable for breaking the rules and tarnish his reputation.

“This will be his legacy, that he abused his power,” Guzman said. “It will end in a mugshot. I don’t think he is afraid of jail. I think he is afraid of what this will do to his image and the legacy he leaves behind.”

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Indiana crackdown on opioids sparks more pharmacy robberies

WDTN News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:59

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As the nation’s opioid epidemic intensified, Indiana cracked down on over-prescribing doctors and “pill mills” catering to people with addictions. The state also took aim at doctor-shopping — the practice of visiting multiple physicians to score more painkillers.

The measures had an impact, but not what officials hoped for.

While making opioid prescriptions harder to get, the crackdown also helped spur a twofold increase in robberies of pharmacies that exacerbated the state’s standing as No. 1 in the nation for those crimes. Between 2009 and 2016, Indiana had 651 pharmacy robberies — the most in the U.S. and more than the 597 recorded by No. 2 California, which has six times the population, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration records show.

The frequent holdups reflect a grim reality: With each regulation or law enforcement tactic, the opioid crisis quickly shape-shifts to evade new obstacles. Dealers and those struggling with addictions adapt, and the epidemic continues with little interruption.

“They’re always looking for wherever they can get their foothold. And once they do, they’re going to take advantage,” said Tom Prevoznik, a deputy chief of pharmaceutical investigations with the DEA in Arlington, Virginia.

Pharmacies and law enforcement agencies in Indianapolis, where most of the robberies have occurred, are fighting back. Pharmacy chains have installed time-release safes that won’t open for several minutes, forcing robbers to risk arrest by waiting. Signs so far are positive. Robberies in Indianapolis numbered only eight through early June, compared with 55 for all of 2016.

But some criminals responded to those efforts by traveling from Indianapolis to small suburban towns to rob pharmacies, including one in January in Elwood, about 40 miles from Indianapolis, where two robbers herded frantic employees into a bathroom after threatening them with a handgun.

Indiana’s economic makeup has made it a likely breeding ground for opioid addiction for years.

The 2008 financial crisis hit the state’s manufacturing economy hard, causing waves of layoffs. And physically demanding jobs in heavy industry have long left workers prone to injuries that could lead to prescriptions for painkillers.

“They get a legit medical prescription — and then all of a sudden it gets out of control,” said Jason Hockenberry, an Emory University professor of health policy who has studied opioid addiction. He said the state already had outsized opioid woes, related in part to its location along Interstates 65 and 70 — two major corridors for illicit drugs.

Opioid addiction was behind the state’s worst-ever HIV outbreak, in 2015, an epidemic that infected more than 200 people in a rural county north of Louisville, Kentucky. Most had shared needles while injecting a prescription painkiller. That year, Indiana ranked 17th in the nation in heroin and prescription opioid overdose deaths, with 1,245 deaths per 100,000 people.

Four years ago, the Legislature directed the state’s Medical Licensing Board to draft rules requiring patients to visit their doctors periodically to keep getting prescription refills. The changes included requiring doctors to use an online database to check patients’ use of controlled substances.

But stemming easy access to opioids probably contributed to the binge of 168 robberies in 2015, more than twice the previous year’s total, as more people addicted to prescription opioids robbed stores seeking painkillers and other potent drugs, said Greg Zoeller, who was Indiana’s attorney general at the time.

The holdups — sometimes more than five a day in Indianapolis — flooded the black market with nearly 200,000 pills, primarily painkillers.

“We knew full well that if you reduce easy access, you’re going to have these kinds of consequences,” Zoeller said.

Lt. Craig McCartt, who oversees robbery investigations for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, said 85 percent of Indianapolis’ pharmacy robberies in 2015 were committed by juveniles enlisted by adult dealers offering cash and gifts to rob the stores.

Amid that crime spree, Indianapolis police teamed up with the DEA, FBI and federal prosecutors for a multi-agency approach that’s led to the indictments of 35 people, including six juveniles, in 62 of the robberies.

The state’s two largest drugstore operators, Walgreens and CVS, have also installed time-release safes at their roughly 180 Indianapolis pharmacies and added armed guards at some stores in recent years.

Indiana’s pharmacy robberies dropped to 78 in 2016, but the state still ranked second in the U.S., behind California. The latest effort targeting the robberies is a law taking effect in July that will lead to longer sentences for people who threaten violence or injure anyone during pharmacy robberies.

Ken Fagerman, a former South Bend pharmacist who wrote a book about the robberies, said the pharmacy industry should not have tolerated the heists for years and shares some blame.

“It’s regrettable that more wasn’t done sooner,” he said.

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Ohio County Claims Top Spot In America's Opioid Death Spiral - HuffPost

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Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill

WDTN News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:53

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Governors in several states that opted to expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama’s health care law are wary of the Senate Republican plan to end the added federal funding for it within seven years.

The proposal released Thursday calls for a slower phase-out of the Medicaid expansion than a bill adopted earlier by the House. Yet it still would force those states to figure out what to do about the millions of lower-income Americans who used it to gain health coverage.

The doubts about the latest plan from Washington came from Republicans, Democrats and the nation’s one independent governor.

“I have deep concerns with details in the U.S. Senate’s plan to fix America’s health care system and the resources needed to help our most vulnerable, including those who are dealing with drug addiction, mental illness and chronic health problems and have nowhere else to turn,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, said in a Twitter message.

Kasich was part of a group of Republican and Democratic governors who wrote a letter last week to Senate leaders calling for them to work in a bipartisan way to revamp the nation’s complex health insurance policies.

Another was Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, also a Republican. His decision to expand Medicaid has provided health coverage to more than 210,000 Nevada residents.

“It appears that the proposed bill will dramatically reduce coverage and will negatively impact our future state budgets,” he said in an emailed statement.

Part of the Obama law was an offer to the states: If they would expand Medicaid, a joint federal-state insurance program for low-income people, to able-bodied adults without children at home, the federal government would pick up the entire tab in the initial years. The federal share drops to 90 percent after 2020.

The expansion has provided coverage to 11 million people in the 31 states that accepted it.

The Senate bill calls for phasing out the enhanced federal support for the expansion by 2024. The House calls for doing it by 2020.

In both plans, states could keep coverage for the newly eligible adults, but federal taxpayers would not continue to pay a larger share of the bill. The Senate bill also calls for a tighter cap on federal spending in Medicaid overall than the House bill did. Currently, there is no limit on how much the program will pay for care for those enrolled.

In addition, it calls for extra federal funding to be awarded to states for addiction and mental health treatment, services covered by Medicaid. Both chambers would have to agree on details for the bill to be sent to President Donald Trump.

Trying to keep the expansion without added federal help could blow a hole in state budgets.

In Oregon, lawmakers this week passed a health care tax intended to fix a $1.4 billion, two-year budget deficit attributed largely to Medicaid expansion costs. Those costs are rising there and elsewhere even with the federal government paying for most of the expansion, largely because more people signed up than originally expected.

“We anticipate it will be hundreds of thousands of Oregonians that will be stripped of health care under this proposal in order to get a tax break for wealthy Americans,” said Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat.

That was a reference to other provisions of the Republican plan that would cut taxes by nearly $1 trillion over the next decade, mostly for corporations and America’s wealthiest families.

In Montana, 20 percent of residents didn’t have medical insurance in 2013. By last year, that was down to 7 percent. Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, attributes the higher coverage rates to the Medicaid expansion and said the Senate bill would undo that.

Charlie Baker, the Republican governor in heavily Democratic Massachusetts, and Tom Wolf, a Democratic governor in Pennsylvania, had similar concerns. Governors also said the bill could hurt rural hospitals and senior citizens who have nursing home care covered by Medicaid.

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican who surprised her party when she decided to expand Medicaid four years ago, is urging Congress to save the expansion, which has provided coverage to 400,000 Arizonans.

Brewer said cutting Medicaid eventually will cause private insurance premiums to rise because people losing coverage will seek treatment in hospital emergency rooms.

“We’re going to pay for it one way or another; there are no free lunches,” she said in an interview with The Associated Press.

A spokesman for Arizona’s current governor, Republican Doug Ducey, said the governor was studying the GOP bill.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, a Republican-turned-independent, said in a statement Thursday that he is still reviewing the Senate plan, but had some worries about how it might affect his vast and sparsely populated state, where health care costs are high.

“I am deeply concerned about the potential effects of a one-size-fits-all approach,” he said.

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