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WYSO Weekend: November 23, 2014

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In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

  • This past week, officials from Israel paid a visit to Dayton—to learn more about the city they hope to do business with. Dayton has been marketing itself to Israel because of its booming start-up market.  To get details on the program, we spoke with Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley.
  • Wilberforce University now has less than a month to fight a Show Cause Order that could strip the school of its accreditation. There have been big administrative changes made in order to help the university keep its doors open. To address the Show Cause Order from the Higher Learning Commission, Wilberforce hired a new President Dr. Algeania Freeman, and recently appointed 10 new board of trustee members. New board chair Mark Wilson, discussed the new appointees and the future of Wilberforce with WYSO's Wayne Baker.
  • WYSO Curious - our series driven by your questions about the Miami Valley—its people, history or economy. Since we started, a lot of people have asked about downtown Dayton—WYSO’s Lewis Wallace took on a question about grocery stores downtown—after people voted for it on our website. Webmaster Juliet Fromholt asks him what he found.
  • Last week at the Ohio statehouse in Columbus, students from the Dayton Regional STEM School testified before a senate sub-committee about a bill they have worked on for more than a year.  It’s called Matthew’s Bill and it’s aimed at helping adults and older children with disabilities. The bill is named after 14 year old Matthew Helton. As STEM students readied for their trip to Columbus, we spoke with Matthew’s mom—Jennifer—about her son’s disabilities, the challenges of caring for him, and how Matthew’s Law came to be.
  • There's a lot of change in the weather this time of year.  Bill Felker's Poor Will's Miami Valley Almanack offers us some perspective on the changing season.
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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.