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Jess Mador

Managing Editor, Economics Reporter

Jess Mador comes to WYSO from Knoxville NPR-station WUOT, where she created an interactive multimedia health storytelling project called TruckBeat, one of 15 projects around the country participating in AIR's Localore: #Finding America initiative. Before TruckBeat, Jess was an independent public radio journalist based in Minneapolis. She’s also worked as a staff reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio in the Twin Cities, and produced audio, video and web stories for a variety of other news outlets, including NPR News, APM, and PBS television stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She loves making documentaries and telling stories at the intersection of journalism, digital and social media.

1920 Dayton Triangles, Photo created: December 31, 1919
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Dayton has hired a national consulting firm that city officials say specializes in cultural and historic preservation to conduct testing at the site of a proposed National Football League-funded field.

The recently announced NFL project at Triangle Park has been on hold for more than a week after some Native American groups warned the park is home to Native burial remains. 

The National Football League announced it would sponsor construction of a new professional-quality turf football field at Triangle Park as part of the league’s centennial season.

General Motors operates a diesel engine plant in Moraine called DMAX in partnership with auto company Isuzu. It currently employs around 800 people.
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Moraine officials say they’re seeking more information about the news some General Motors jobs may be coming to the city.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced these and hundreds of other new auto industry jobs as part of a new $700 million investment at GM’s Moraine, Parma and Toledo facilities.

And Moraine city officials say they’re hoping for more specifics about what to expect under the deal.

Dayton City Commissioners Wednesday voted to approve an ordinance banning panhandling along several busy roadways within city limits
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Voters across the Dayton region cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary elections. In the competitive race for Dayton City Commission, five candidates were vying to compete for two open seats in the fall. Now, four candidates move on to a place on the November ballot.

Montgomery County Board of Election unofficial results show voters approved incumbent City Commissioners Matt Joseph, with more than 28 percent of the vote, and Chris Shaw, with more than 25 percent of the vote, to compete in November.

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Tuesday was the May 7 primary election. Voters in a number of Miami Valley counties decided school levies at the ballot box.

In Greene County, voters approved two school levies, including a new 6.15-mills emergency five-year levy for Beavercreek Schools operating expenses.

Before the election, Beavercreek officials had warned district layoffs would be needed if the levy failed. A similar ballot measure failed to pass last fall. The new levy is expected to cost the owner of a $100,000 home roughly $215 more a year.

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Dayton officials say the city’s Minority Business Assistance Center remains open for business. Center director RoShawn Winburn is on leave and faces wire fraud and public corruption charges stemming from a federal investigation revealed last week by the Department of Justice.

He’s accused of taking thousands of dollars in bribes and providing confidential information to companies seeking city contracts.

The Better Dayton Coalition and Dayton Police officers updated residents about preparations for the KKK-group's rally.
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Activists have released details of a plan to counterprotest an Indiana-based Ku Klux Klan group’s rally set for Dayton later this month.

At a forum Thursday at Mt. Enon Missionary Baptist Church, members of the Better Dayton Coalition and the Dayton Police Department urged potential demonstrators to maintain their safety and consider staying home. Dayton Public Schools officials are also asking young people to steer clear of downtown Dayton during the May 25 Honorable Sacred Knights rally.

Dawnetta Cantrell from American Factory
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Academy Award-nominated Yellow Springs filmmakers Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert’s latest documentary about Fuyao Glass America will soon be available for streaming. The film will be shown on Netflix under a partnership between the streaming video company and former President Barack Obama's and Michelle Obama’s company Higher Ground Productions

(from left) FBI special agent Joseph Deters, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost
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Former longtime Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams is among a handful of public officials and business owners now facing federal fraud charges.  The Department of Justice said Tuesday the charges are the result of a sweeping investigation into alleged public corruption in the city of Dayton. 

The Great Miami River is connected to the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer, where Dayton gets its water.
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Repairs are set to begin on the water main break that led to this winter's widespread water outage. Officials say the exact cause of the break remains under investigation and has not yet been determined.

Shortly after noon on July 19, 2018, workers stretched construction barrels and webbing across the entrance to Good Samaritan Hospital's emergency center entrance.
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Investigators from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services civil rights division are expected to visit Dayton soon. Health advocates say they’ll be in town the week of May 6 to gather testimony about community health impacts related to the  closure of Good Samaritan Hospital. 

Good Samaritan Hospital shut down last year and construction crews are already demolishing parts of the complex.

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