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WYSO Weekend: January 31, 2016

WYSO Weekend

Coming up in today’s program –  we’ll talk about the water crises in Flint, Michigan, and the water that inspired a village name; Yellow Springs. We'll also hear how Ohio could be changing the way it calculates child support payments. Full details below.

  • This week, the City of Cleveland terminated the jobs of six of its police officers and suspended six more for their roles in a 2012 incident where 137 shots were fired - killing 2 unarmed suspects.  From Ohio Public Radio member station WCPN, Annie Wu has details on the administrative review of the incident.
  • The water crisis in Flint, Michigan made headlines around the world this week. Now, a small eastern Ohio village near Youngstown is facing a lead issue that bears some similarity to the Flint case.  The Allegheny Front’s Julie Grant reports. The Allegheny Front is a regional environmental report based out of Pittsburgh, with a bureau in northeast Ohio. 
  • And Speaking of water….This week on WYSO Curious we took on a simple question—but one that people may have asked for centuries. It involves a feature familiar to Yellow Springs locals—the actual springs after which the town is named. The local springs inside a preserve called Glen Helen look bright yellowish orange where the water comes out. So listener Jonathan Kouse, an occasional visitor to the Glen, asked, “Why are the Yellow Springs yellow?” WYSO’s Lewis Wallace went to find out.
  • The state of Ohio could be looking at changes in how it determines child support obligations. This week, State Senator Shannon Jones of Cincinnati introduced House Bill 262 to address problems with how child support payments are calculated. In this interview she says Ohio is WAY behind in doing this.
  • A big announcement this week about the downtown Dayton Arcade—City officials approved preliminary plans by development companies Cross Street Partners and Miller-Valentine to turn part of the space into affordable housing units geared towards Dayton’s creative community. Other phases of the project would open the site up for mixed use and commercial development. The seven-building Arcade complex was closed to the public in 1990. But in 2014 Mayor Nan Whaley created a task force to explore redevelopment options. Task force co-chair David Bohardt is the executive director for St. Vincent DuPaul and says moving the deal forward depends on… well, a lot.
  • If you build it they will come and if you serve craft beer they’re likely to come to you a little faster. This week the Dayton Convention Center will host the Ohio Craft Brewers Conference Lots of local breweries will take part in it. We talked to Jacquelyn Powell, President & CEO of the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau about this event and others, and how the organization serves the city of Dayton.
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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.