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WYSO Evening News Update: Experts say higher vaccination rates could have saved thousands in Ohio; Republicans want to block non-citizens from voting

Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020.
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Ohio's vaccination rate is below average nationally.

Your WYSO Evening News Update for May 19, 2022, with Jerry Kenney:

  • Discrimination in healthcare for LGBTQ+ community
    (WYSO) — The Ohio Alzheimer’s Association held a forum this week to discuss disparities in health care for the LGBTQ+ community. And experts there say when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, discrimination from healthcare providers affects both patients in those communities and their caregivers.
  • Ohio GOP non-citizen voting amendment
    (Columbus Dispatch) — Republicans in Ohio want to add an amendment to the state constitution that would prohibit non-citizens from voting in local elections. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Ohio GOP aims to place a ballot measure before voters this November. It is already illegal for non-US citizens to vote in state and federal elections. However New York City does allow non-citizens to vote in local races. Yellow Springs attempted to put a measure on the ballot in 2020 to allow non-citizens to vote in Village elections. But Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose ordered Greene County to reject voter registrations from non-citizens in Yellow Springs. Republican State Senator Bill Blessing of Colerain Twp. said the effort by the state GOP is a “preventative measure.” While the ACLU of Ohio calls it political maneuver that fuels "fanatical xenophobia.”
Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.
Desmond Winton-Finklea, an avid listener to NPR, is WYSO’s Digital Content Editor. He oversees digital communications platforms, including its websites, apps, streams, emails and social media accounts. Desmond has attended Central State University and the International College of Broadcasting. Hired directly out of school, he began working for Dayton-area television stations as a multimedia specialist and an editor of video, audio and digital content. Desmond aims to use his plethora of experience and knowledge to expand WYSO’s digital presence.