Siblings Tiffany and Jeremy started getting high together as teenagers. Now they're trying to stay clean together. They're back under the same roof at the same sober-living facility.
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Fighting The Stigma Of Opioids, Addiction At Dayton Support Group FOA Families of Addicts

Around five years ago, the mother of a struggling opioid addict launched a support group in Dayton to help other people living with a loved one’s addiction. It’s called FOA, for Families of Addicts. Central to the group’s mission is an effort to break down the stigma that often surrounds the opioid epidemic.

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Making Election Day A Holiday? Statewide Officials Weigh In

Ohio’s top elections official, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, says giving workers a day off for Election Day is an interesting idea, buthe’snot convinced it’s the one and only solution.

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Big News From Antioch College and WYSO

A letter to listeners from WYSO General Manager Neenah Ellis


Once again, the ACLU of Ohio is pushing for criminal justice reform with a new report on what it calls the “Statehouse to prison pipeline”. 

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The shift in weather that multiplies the signs of spring takes place within a week of Cross Quarter Day, the day on which the sun reaches halfway to spring equinox, February 18th.

Three or four good thaws, sometimes lasting a week apiece, have already come up from the south before then. Bulbs made progress during each of them, foliage rising ever so slowly though the soft ground.

Two Republican state representatives will unveil legislation tomorrow to change the state’s prevailing wage law. Actually, Ohio’s lawmakers have been trying to alter those laws for a while now.

In November of 1978 the Reverend Jim Jones instigated the mass suicide of over 900 of his followers at Jonestown in the remote jungles of Guyana in South America. Twenty years later Deborah Layton who had been a member of the cult leader's inner circle published a memoir about her experiences in the People's Temple.

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Legal advocates are offering a free workshop in Dayton Monday to assist people in applying to Ohio's new six-month driver’s license reinstatement program. Bureau of Motor Vehicles numbers show approximately 410,000 Ohioans across the state would be eligible.

The temporary Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative was created by House Bill 336 and took effect in January. 

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Last week we told you how, some Dayton groups, including Rainbow Elder Care, Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County, and Boonshoft Pride are collecting data to gauge the unique needs of the older LGBT community. Our story featured three people who had genuine concerns about their futures as they get older. In our conversations we also talked about other aspects of their lives….. Coming out to family and friends, and to themselves. We talked about the ideals of community and culture, and so we wanted to share just a little bit more of their stories with you. This segment features Janice James, Joyce Gibbs and Dickie Wilson.

Stats + Stories: Mapping Out Disease

Feb 16, 2019
Lance A. Waller, Ph.D. is Rollins Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.
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WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

Public health researchers have a lot of information to manage. Beyond simply tracking how health issues spread, there's environmental information to gather and decipher as well as socio economic or infrastructural data to analyze. The mapping of such information can help researchers and medical professionals better manage a public health issue. Rosemary Pennington is joined by regular panelist John Bailer and guest is Lance Waller. Waller is Rowland's professor and chair of the department of biostatistics and bioinformatics in the Roland School of Public Health at Emory University. 

Conrad's Corner: February 16, 2019

Feb 16, 2019

Janeal Ravndal reads Barbara Astor's poem, "Dear Emily."

Cox Enterprises Inc. today announced an agreement with a company called Apollo Global Management to buy a majority stake in Cox Media Group’s broadcast operations in Ohio. The deal includes television and radio stations, and newspapers, such as the Dayton Daily News.

A spokesperson for Cox Enterprises declined to provide WYSO with a comment on the announcement.

Dayton Water Great Miami River

Crews are still working to assess the potential cost of a water main break earlier this week west of the Keowee Street Bridge in the Great Miami River that left thousands of residents without water or with low water pressure.

Montgomery County lifted its boil advisory Friday afternoon after results from multiple rounds of water quality sampling tests revealed no contamination.  

The city of Dayton has also ended its boil advisory.

At a press conference, City Manager Shelley Dickstein recounted emergency crews’ efforts to identify and isolate the leak.