Jim Otte, WHIOTV

Jim Otte


Dayton, OH, United States

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Past articles by Jim:

Election 2021: The Race For Dayton Mayor

Commissioner Jeff Mims is a former member of the Dayton School Board, former school administrator, former Dayton Education Association leader, teacher, and coach. He faces Rennes Bowers, a retired firefighter in Dayton. → Read More

Restaurants Struggling From Lack Of Workers

The Ohio Restaurant Association’s latest survey of its members shows 42 percent of them believe they will not break even in 2021. → Read More

State health department planning ahead for vaccination of 5 to 11-year-olds

The next wave of COVID-19 vaccinations is on its way. → Read More

Former Dayton congressman remembers Colin Powell

When Dayton Democrat Tony Hall was in Congress he saw Colin Powell rise through the ranks in Washington over the years, mostly in Congressional hearings. → Read More

Ohio ranks low in COVID-19 safety

The finance web site WalletHub put Ohio far behind nearly every other state in its survey of “Safest States During COVID.” → Read More

Vaccine Bill Falls Short Again, Mandates To Continue

It began several months ago with a plan to prohibit vaccine mandates by employers. Later, testimony before the Ohio Health Committee went viral on-line when a woman claimed that the coronavirus vaccine magnetizes a person’s blood stream. → Read More

Health commissioners hopeful Vax-2-School will pay off

First there was Vax-A-Million. Now there’s Vax-2-School. → Read More

Re-thinking mask mandates at school

At least one Miami Valley school district that started the year with a mask mandate is ready to remove it. Clark-Shawnee in Clark County will switch from a mandate to a recommendation next Monday. → Read More

Vaccine bill returns for more hearings

Supporters of a plan to help Ohioans avoid vaccine mandates will return to the Ohio Statehouse Wednesday for another round of hearings on the proposal. → Read More

Businesses trying to stop two vaccine bills

The Ohio Chamber of Commerce is re-doubling efforts to stop passage of any vaccine plan at the Ohio Statehouse that cuts into the ability of businesses to set their own employee COVID safety policies. → Read More

Vaccine bill hits detour

A fast-moving plan to give Ohioans more ways to avoid a coronavirus vaccine mandate at work hit a detour Wednesday that, rather than passing in the Ohio House, sent it back to committee for further fine-tuning. House Bill 435 was unveiled Tuesday at the Statehouse and won passage in the Ohio House Health Committee. → Read More

Proposed congressional maps combine Dayton, Xenia, Springfield

Dayton, Springfield and Xenia could be included in the same Congressional district under a proposal introduced at the Ohio Statehouse Wednesday. It would be a big change from the existing Congressional map. → Read More

600K flags displayed on National Mall in remembrance of COVID-19 deaths

A tribute in Washington, D.C. is honoring those who died as a result of COVID-19. → Read More

New COVID Bill: Most Employers May Not Require Vaccination

It prohibits employers from requiring workers to get the vaccine if it has not been given full approval by the US Food and Drug Administration. → Read More

Lawmakers to target vaccine mandates

After months of committee hearings on a controversial proposal to prohibit coronavirus vaccine mandates, Ohio lawmakers appear ready to move forward with a plan to protect people from being forced to get the vaccine by their employer or in the case of college students, no vaccine could be required by their school. → Read More

Ohio Senate race becoming more crowded; Sen. Matt Dolan latest to join

The field of candidates running for Ohio’s open US Senate seat is still growing. → Read More

State lawmakers applaud Ohio Task Force 1

Members of the region’s emergency response and heavy rescue unit, Ohio Task Force 1, were thrust into the spotlight Wednesday as state lawmakers thanked them for their service, specifically for their recent work in Surfside, Florida when a condo tower collapsed, killing 98 people. It was the deadliest building collapse in the nation’s history. → Read More

Kids and COVID: Numbers on the rise

Ohio’s Children’s Hospitals reported Tuesday that they are seeing a COVID surge among kids, much worse than at any time since the beginning of the pandemic. → Read More

Whaley: DeWine should order mask mandate in schools

With the number of new COVID cases in Ohio still above 5,000-per-day, Dayton Mayor and Democratic candidate for Governor Nan Whaley is calling on Gov. Mike DeWine to institute a mask mandate in schools. → Read More

Can Biden’s vaccine mandate survive a legal challenge?

Within minutes of President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate being unveiled last week, multiple critics promised court challenges to stop it. → Read More