WYSO Weekend: December 17, 2017

Dec 17, 2017

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

The Dayton Convention Center’s future is in question after city leaders announced plans this past week to create a task force to assess the condition of the facility, its finances and future development potential. City leaders say the decision follows a feasibility study conducted last year by Crossroads Consulting Services. In our interview with Dayton’s Deputy City Manager - Joe Parlette - he says the Tampa (FL) based company, reported that the convention center needed major renovations that could cost millions.




The opioid epidemic has reached every community in Ohio. Because of this, hospitals, courts and jails have become the front lines of the battle against the crisis. Those nurses, doctors, judges and officers can act as first points of contact that connect addicts to treatment. As part of a series on recovery and roadblocks in the opioid crisis, Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports on unique programs advocates believe are connecting addicts to the help they need.



When opioid addicts try to put their lives back together, it is often difficult to get the housing, jobs, continuing treatment and personal connections they need to stay clean and be successful.  In Ohio Public Radio’s series on the opioid crisis, Jo Ingles reports on what is being done to help drug abusers get on the right track.



Today on Dayton Youth Radio we have a story from Centerville High School from a teenager who finds closure about a family mystery.


The Supreme Court recently allowed the Trump administration’s travel ban to take effect while lawsuits challenging it move through the courts. The ban restricts entry by travelers into the U.S. from eight mostly Muslim-majority countries: Somalia, Syria, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Chad, North Korea and Venezuela. The restrictions have sparked controversy since a previous version of the policy was announced earlier this year. The ban is also fueling uncertainty among hundreds of affected international students on college campuses across the Miami Valley. WYSO News Intern Angela Hatcher reports


The Opera Guild of Dayton was incorporated 54 years ago. Their mission is to support Opera in the Dayton region. They’ve given more than 2 million dollars to the Dayton Opera – but they do more than raise money – they get school children involved in opera performance. This fall, volunteers from the Opera Guild of Dayton have been visiting local schools. They bring a professional soprano and cast a show - filling out the rest of the cast with kids from third through sixth grade in all the major roles for a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance.” Community Voices producer Jonathan Platt sat in on a production at Prass Elementary in Kettering.