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WYSO Weekend: November 19, 2017

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In this edition of WYSO Weekend:

Clark County has seen a record number of overdose deaths this year. But widespread use of ​Narcan is also allowing many people who overdose to survive and use again -- raising their risk of dying next time. To help curb overdose deaths, advocates, first responders and addiction specialists are collaborating on a new approach. It’s aimed at quickly connecting high-risk addicts to treatment. Clark County Community Voices producer Renee​ ​Wilde​ has more.

 

The Springfield Police department has been understaffed for months. But thanks to a temporary tax hike approved by voters earlier this year the department is again accepting applications. Clark County Community Voices Producer Jason Reynolds reports the new officers will go a long way toward responding to the city’s drug overdose crisis.

A recent report in the Dayton Daily News reveals that Montgomery County has paid out more than a million dollars settling civil lawsuits alleging misconduct by officers. DDN Investigative reporter Josh Sweigart has been following the story and fills us in on the latest developments, which includes a not guilty plea entered by one of the officers - Captain Judith Sealy - who has been charged with assault of a prisoner.

Two Republican state lawmakers and a Democratic Senate staffer have resigned in the last month – all over what’s been termed “inappropriate behavior”. This raises the question of whether there is a culture at the Statehouse that somehow attracts or encourages behavior that makes people feel uncomfortable or afraid. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

 

Since this year’s hurricanes in the gulf region and the Caribbean, University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha has turned his attention to how the Miami Valley might cope with severe flooding and takes a look at research done by one of his University of Dayton colleagues for clues.

Bill Felker has this week's Poor Will's 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.