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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.

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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s workforce is aging, with roughly half of workers currently eligible to retire soon. Now, Ohio jobs, education and military officials are teaming up to attract more young people to jobs at Wright-Patt, the state’s largest single-site employer.

Around 5,000 new jobs are expected to be added at the base over the next seven years, many of them requiring advanced degrees, science, technology, engineering and math skills.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley
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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is reacting to Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed changes to state gun laws. The governor unveiled details of his so-called STRONG Ohio bill Monday afternoon in Columbus.

Among the bill's proposed changes are voluntary measures allowing private gun buyers and sellers to request proof of background checks. The proposal would also expand the criteria used to keep guns out of the hands of people who pose a danger to themselves or others. 

Thousands fill Fifth St. in the quater-mile stretch of business and entertainment venues of the Oregon District for a vigil honoring the victims of the August mass shooting.
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Students at the University of Dayton plan to rally Friday, Oct. 4 in favor of gun reform. Organizers say they coordinated the campus protest to mark the two-month anniversary of Dayton’s deadly August mass shooting that killed nine people and injured another three dozen others.

Student organizer Cierra Stewart says she wants lawmakers to strengthen background checks and tighten firearm-sales regulations.

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Black drivers are pulled over in Oakwood more often than other drivers: this is one of the findings in a new report alleging the city also tickets black drivers more often than a neighboring community with a larger African-American population.

Legal Aid firm Advocates For Basic Legal Equality and University of Dayton Criminal Justice professor Martha Hurley, director of the criminal justice studies program, produced the report.

Greater Dayton RTA
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Beginning Monday, Dayton Public Schools high school students will be eligible for free, direct RTA bus service to school. The dedicated Greater Dayton RTA buses are the second phase of DPS’s recently approved multimillion dollar high school busing plan aimed at improving student attendance.

More than four dozen new limited-service or “LS” buses will operate in designated neighborhoods and transport students to and from six high schools: Belmont, Dunbar, Meadowdale, Ponitz Career Technology Center, Stivers and Thurgood Marshall.

(from left) FBI special agent Joseph Deters, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost
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Former Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams has been convicted in connection with an ongoing federal corruption probe. He pleaded guilty Friday to bribery charges in United States District Court.

Williams was indicted earlier this year for accepting a construction project at his home in exchange for influence over the awarding of city contracts.  

He’s expected to be sentenced January 29.

DeWine at a pediatric mental health conference in Dayton.
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he expects to share the language of a gun-reform package with state lawmakers within days. The proposal would include measures the governor first discussed in the wake of the August 4 mass shooting in Dayton. 

Mayor Nan Whaley testified before a House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Assault Weapons.
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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley testified on Capitol Hill Wednesday in support of stricter gun controls.

Speaking before a House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Assault Weapons, Whaley called on lawmakers to take assault weapons off the streets to stop shootings similar to the one in the city’s Oregon District that left nine people dead and nearly three dozen others injured.

FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration are urging people affected by the tornadoes to apply for financial help.
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The Miami Valley's last-remaining federal disaster assistance center opened in the aftermath of the Memorial Day tornadoes closed this week.

The Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Dayton Children’s Hospital Health Pavilion shut down Wednesday. SBA officials say the agency approved more than $27 million in low-interest loans for homeowners, renters and business owners across the statewide Memorial Day disaster zone.

A Cleveland immigration judge has granted release on bond to the owner of the Miguel’s Tacos food truck business in Yellow Springs. 

Miguel Espinosa has been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Butler County since late August.

Dayton immigration attorney Karen Bradley represents the Mexican-born Espinosa, whose wife and three children are United States citizens, and says Judge David Whipple was moved by the outpouring of letters from Yellow Springs in support of Espinosa.

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