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WYSO Weekend

Sunday, 10-10:30am

Welcome to WYSO Weekend where every Sunday morning, host Jerry Kenney brings you highlights from the week's news, issues, interviews, arts and cultural events from across the Miami Valley.  You'll also hear the latest stories from WYSO Community Voices producers, and features from Dayton Youth Radio, Senior Voices, County Lines and other series. 
 

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Inside a large teal and tan building on Troy Street in Dayton, as I’m about to find out, there’s a lot that goes on. I’m here to meet Monnie Bush, a former police officer and the founder of Victory Project, which is a privately funded, faith-based 501(c)3 after-school program for boys and young men in Montgomery County. In this segment we meet 13-year-old Jeremy Hemming and 15-year-old Deavon’te Hatch, who give me a tour of the VP facility, and talk with Monnie about Victory Project’s mission and how it all got started.


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Visitors entering Dayton’s Oregon District near Smokin Bar-B-Que on Patetrson and 5th St. will now be greeted by a roughly 3,000 square-foot mural. The giant art piece is the work of Dayton artist Tiffany Clark. The mural was planned before the August mass shooting but it’s completion holds special meaning for some in the neighborhood. This week we spoke with Oregon District Business Association Treasurer Natalie Skiliter, who lives in the district and owns the Corner Kitchen, located on the districts eastern border.


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A month from now, attorneys for local governments and drug companies are scheduled to face off in a Cleveland courtroom for the first federal trial in the massive set of lawsuits over the opioid crisis.The lawsuits accuse drug manufacturers of downplaying just how addictive opioids are. The suits allege that drug distributors shipped suspicious orders of pills while looking the other way. Cuyahoga and Summit Counties will be the first of more than 2,000 counties, Native American tribes and others to take their claims to trial. ideastream’s Nick Castele reports. 


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Class is back in session in many Dayton area school districts. Hundreds of students in those districts were, in some way, affected by both the Memorial Day tornadoes and the Oregon District mass shooting. Some districts say they are responding to students’ mental health needs, but the need for those services has already been rising in recent years.


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Attorneys for the Dayton area’s only abortion clinic are continuing to fight to keep the facility open, despite the Ohio Supreme Court’s refusal to hear their latest appeal. As WYSO’s April Laissle reports, clinic representatives are now requesting the court reconsider.


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On August 25, 2019, thousands of people took to the streets in the Oregon District for Dave Chappelle’s Gem City Shine benefit show. The star-studded event featured performances from artists including Stevie Wonder, Chance The Rapper and others. Chappelle proposed the concert to “reclaim” the Oregon District after the mass shooting earlier this month that killed nine people and injured more than 30 others. The event also raised money for a fund set up to help victims’ families. For WYSO News, Community Voices Producer Jason Reynolds reported many of the night’s performers and party goers called for legislative action on gun violence.


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On August 14th, 18-year-old Abby Alexander, a Miamisburg native now living in Cambodia - was traveling on a motorbike with a fellow teacher. The pair were seriously injured when the petrol station they were riding past exploded, engulfing the two in a massive fireball. Other riders and bystanders were also injured. By late Thursday or early Friday, Abby was taken aboard a medical transport plane back to a medical facility in Denver. Abby still has family in the Miami Valley and her aunt, Cathy Wierzbowski of Springboro, was kind enough to speak with us about how her niece is doing. We sat down to talk outside a coffee shop in Centerville.

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The Miami Valley is continuing to grapple with the August 4 mass shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District.  Funerals for the nine victims have begun, and the investigation continues.  First, WYSO's Jess Mador takes us to Northwest, Dayton where hundreds of family members and friends gathered at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church to remember Thomas James McNichols.  Then WYSO's April Laissle joins us for an update on the local and federal investigations into the shooting.


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In the early morning hours on August 4, 2019, a mass shooting in Dayton's Oregon Distrit took the lives of nine people and injured dozens of others. This edition of WYSO Weekend Today’s looks back at the long week since news of the shooting broke. Throughout the week that followed, WYSO reporters talked to some of people who make up a community that has been changed in some, perhaps undetermined, way. You'll hear from some those residents, and hear from those who believe the city of Dayton remains unchanged in the way that people come together in the face of tragedy.


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For more than 50 years, Dayton, Ohio has fostered sister-city relationships with cities in countries around the world. The associations between the cities are meant to promote cultural exchange. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of Dayton, Ohio’s sister-city relationship with Oiso, Japan, and to mark the occasion, officials will welcome a delegation from Oiso to the city very soon. In fact, three students from Oiso are already in Dayton. We'll speak with Kevin Lydy, chair of the Dayton-Oiso Sister City Committee about what they have planned for the delegates.

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