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WYSO Weekend: March 30, 2014

In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

  • It’s the last week to sign up for health plans under the Affordable Care Act—the deadline is Monday, March 31. But as WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports, this week is marked with confusion and more wiggle room on the deadline.
  • Monthly unemployment numbers are out for Ohio and for the Miami Valley. In our next segment Lewis spoke with WYSO News Director Emily McCord about some of the latest job trends—which range from low labor force participation to pizza. 
  • Emily McCord with Politics Ohio.
  • Governor Kasich’s proposal in his mid-biennium budget to raise taxes on oil and gas drillers in Ohio is being met with resistance from Republicans in the Ohio legislature. In this week’s PoliticsOhio, the Statehouse News Bureau’s Andy Chow tells Emily McCord that two different proposals are being debated.
  • On Thurday night, the first of four events hosted by The Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence, or CIRGV took place in Dayton’s Westwood Neighborhood. 

Sean Walton, with the Dayton Human Relations Council, is CIRGV’s program's director and says there are disturbing trends taking place in Dayton Neighborhoods. I spoke with him about what the program is trying to do.
  • Today on ReInvention Stories, we visit Trotwood, west of Dayton, which has undergone dramatic change in recent years with the closure of the Salem Mall. There’s a home for teenage mothers in Trotwood, part of a non-profit called The Mustard Seed Foundation. It’s a place where mothers can live with their babies as they try and build a stable future. It was founded by a former teen mom Shondale Atkinson, whose own reinvention is where the story of the Mustard Seed Foundation begins.
  • 101 years ago this week, it rained in Dayton. And rained some more. And it kept on raining. It was the Great Dayton Flood. Today though, because of a man named Arthur E. Morgan, communities from Piqua to Hamilton have little to fear from the rising floodwaters of the Great Miami River. 
  • Poor Will's Miami Valley Almanack with Bill Felker.
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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.