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WYSO Weekend: March 23, 2014

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

  • The state’s unemployment rate dropped in the last month, and is now below the national average. But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports that not everyone is looking at jobs numbers in the same way.
  • Miami County Health Commissioner Chris Cook has agreed to become the new CEO of Springfield's Rocking Horse Center. WYSO's Wayne Baker reports that the center's board of directors announced Wednesday that Cook will start his new position on April 21.
  • The Brookville City Council put two zoning ordinance votes on hold this week.  Approval of those zoning changes would have brought the plan to move the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to Brookville closer.  Instead, the votes were put on hold until funding for a requested access road on the proposed property could be found.
  • For the most part, winter weather seems finally to have given way to occasional warmth and sunshine, and that has many people looking ahead to summer. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports, for some, that’s not about putting together summer vacation plans, but about considering how they’re going to get a basic need met during those months away from school.
  • Smokers need not apply. That's part of the new policy 'Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County' handed down in January. The move is an effort to increase employee health and reduce healthcare costs, and to find out more of the details, we spoke with Jim Gross, Health Commissioner at Public Health, Dayton and Montgomery County.
  • Bill Felker offers clarity to the living world around us with Poor Will's Miami Valley Almanack.

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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.