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WYSO Weekend: June 28, 2015

WYSO Weekend

WYSO Weekend is the home of WYSO produced news and special features. Today we’ve got WYSO Curious with Lewis Wallace and climate commentary from Bob Brecha. And we've got plenty of reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage. 

  • The U.S. Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. WYSO’s Ariel Van Cleave went to the Montgomery County Marriage License Bureau after the ruling was announced and brought back this story.
  • Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman, did an about-face on the issue of gay marriage 2 years ago. Portman called for unity after Friday’s decision. WCPN's Brian Bull reports.
  • Gov. John Kasich has been a supporter of Ohio's constitutional ban on same sex marriage, approved by voters in 2004. He didn't have much to say after today's US Supreme Court ruling. Kasich wouldn’t speculate on legislation regarding discrimination against LGBT people in employment and housing, and also wouldn’t talk about legislation that on religious institutions and businesses which oppose same-sex marriage.
  • Last week the Ohio legislature has approved $2.5 million for the relocation and redevelopment of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds as part of the proposed two-year state budget. The whole project involves moving the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to Brookville and then redeveloping the current location. The result would be a commercial and residential development called Midtown, on Main Street near Miami Valley Hospital. State Rep. Niraj Antani of Miamisburg added the $2.5 million request into the house budget proposal.  We spoke to him by phone to find out why. 
  • The state budget is now on the governor’s desk, and he says he’ll sign it by the fiscal year’s end on Tuesday. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.
  • Clark County is likely to see a boost in employment opportunities over the next five years as Speedway, Pentaflex and Dole add more than 500 jobs to the economy. Speedway is projected to add 350 jobs over the next three years and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce voted the company Clark County Business of the Year. WYSO's Wayne Baker spoke with Speedway President Tom Kenney after he accepted the award.
  • This month marks the 100-year anniversary of the Miami Conservancy District—That’s the flood protection system installed up and down the Great Miami River basin after the infamous Great Dayton Flood of 1913. Listener Ellen Duell asked WYSO Curious a timely question.  She wanted to know "if the dams are still being protected, and how the conservancy district is operating to keep us from more great floods?" WYSO’s Lewis Wallace headed upstream to find some answers.
  • Officials with Dayton Early College Academy Prep hope to secure state funding to start a five-year pilot program that studies the link between parental involvement and student achievement. DECA Prep Superintendent Judy Hennessey says the focus will be on kids in kindergarten through third grade. WYSO's Ariel Van Cleave discussed the project with Hennessey this week.
  • A warm cup of coffee and a cold pint of beer – commentator Bob Brecha has been thinking about the possible threats to these drinks we enjoy due to climate change.  Bob Brecha is a professor of physics and renewable and clean energy. He is the coordinator of the Sustainability, Energy and The Environment program at the University of Dayton. For more stories and commentaries, visit our website, WYSO dot org.
  • Bill Felker brings clarity to the living world around us in 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.