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Dayton Public Schools To Avoid State Takeover Under State Budget Deal

Dayton Public Schools will avoid state takeover this year, under the state budget agreement signed by Governor Mike DeWine.

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National Weather Service Issues Excessive Heat Watch For Friday And Saturday

An excessive heat watch has been issued for Southwest Ohio beginning Friday afternoon and ending Saturday evening. The National Weather Service says high pressure over much of the U.S. will raise the heat index to 105 degrees or higher.

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StoryCorps is partnering with WYSO to record, preserve, and share the stories of veterans and their families this summer.


A national advocacy group is calling on lawmakers to prioritize the specific needs and challenges of students and education leaders of color as possible changes to the school takeover process are considered.

Janeal Ravndal reads Aimee Noel's poem “Swift Water”

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Miami Township officials say they’re not happy with a provision in Ohio House Bill 166, the proposed operating budget for the state through 2021. 

The township is taking issue with a provision in the proposed budget that would increase taxes for all Montgomery County lodging facilities, including those in Miami Twp.

Gov. Mike DeWine says the state is keeping a close eye on the Cuyahoga County Jail system and the problems it’s had with inmate deaths and use of force. But he adds that fixing those problems might require looking at the bigger picture.

A new version of the comprehensive energy bill, HB6, was introduced in the Ohio Senate on Monday that would charge residential ratepayers $0.85 a month on their electric bills to bail out the state's two nuclear power plants.

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There’s night and day, brother, both sweet things, writes George Borrow in a passage from his novel, Lavengro. There’s sun, moon, and stars, brother, all sweet things…. Life is very sweet, brother; who would wish to die? 

In my notes for this week of the year, I find myself in the middle of butterflies, days of color and nectar, drifting and soaring.  These days, I can see were the sweetest.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says he was denied access to a Customs and Border Control detention facility that houses children over the weekend. Brown wanted to see the facilities holding children that some other lawmakers have described as cramped and smelly. Brown is telling reporters he blames top administration officials for wanting to keep him from seeing inhumane treatment there.

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Montgomery County Children’s Services workers will strike this week, unless a deal is reached before then. The dispute between the 270 member union and the county centers on wages.

Michelle Tedford is the chair of Montgomery County’s Foster Parent Advisory Council and the parent of two foster children. She says she’s been working with caseworkers to take care of some administrative needs for her kids, just in case the Professional Guild of Ohio does move forward with strike plans.

In cities across Ohio, organizers are going to the ballot box to push local governments away from low-level marijuana enforcement. The city of Dayton has taken steps to do this. The state’s penalties for possession are already relatively loose. Initiative backers say drug convictions aren’t making communities safer, and they’re unnecessarily harmful to those who get caught. WOSU’s Nick Evans reports, if passed, some of the proposals are likely to prompt a court fight.

T.J. Turner returned to the program to discuss his third novel in a series that is set in the 1860's and 1870's. 

The first two books were works of alternative history. Try to imagine that our Civil War had a very different ending, that President Abraham Lincoln was never assassinated, and take it from there. That's what Turner did in his first two books. For this third one he has gone back before the other two stories to write a prequel that tells the story of Molly Ferguson and how she became employed by the Pinkerton Detective Agency.