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I-75 north of Cincinnati. Many in the Dayton area are living further from jobs than they did in the year 2000.   highway
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Traffic over the last few weeks has been noticeably lighter as Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order has been in effect. But, with essential businesses still open, Ohio’s truckers continue to travel the roads getting products where they need to be, though the coronavirus threat has created some additional challenges for the men and women moving America’s goods.

Many Dayton businesses are struggling amid the coronavirus emergency.
Juliet Fromholt / WYSO

Daytonians are settling into the new normal of life during the coronavirus outbreak. Now that millions of Ohioans have been ordered to stay home, many businesses that rely on foot traffic face an increasingly uncertain future.

Gov. Mike DeWine’s Stay at Home order excludes what the state deems as essential businesses and services, such as medical care, food, shipping, and deliveries.

The exemptions were welcome news for C.J. Pennington, who manages a UPS Store in Fairborn.

Emily Mendenhall and her family employ more than 50 people at two restaurants in Dayton.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Restaurants and bars across the Miami Valley are preparing for what could be an indefinite shutdown. On Sunday in an effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus, Gov. Mike DeWine temporarily banned sitdown service.

The order allows takeout and delivery to continue. And it extends unemployment benefits to affected workers without paid leave. And many business owners in Dayton’s restaurant industry are urging workers to take advantage of the help.

Steve Bognar Julia Reichert
Eryn Montgomery

The latest documentary from Yellow Springs filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar has been nominated for an Academy Award.

The film American Factory follows the rebirth and transformation of the former General Motors Assembly plant in Moraine into Chinese-owned Fuyao Glass America.

Fellow Kaye Jeter left retirement to work part-time leading a research project for the Dayton Metro Library.
Jess Mador / WYSO

For generations of Americans, the dream of retirement meant permanent vacation -- the chance for a hard-earned break on the beach or golf course. Now, more older Americans appear to be opting out of that dream.

The need for continued income remains a major reason for delayed retirement overall, but recent national survey data show many people over age 50 who could afford to retire are choosing not to, telling pollsters they'd opt out of retirement to pursue a passion or help their community.

Karl Keith speaking at the 2019 annual Auditor's Update at Sinclair College.
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In his annual report delivered to more than 70 local government officials on Friday, Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith called 2019 a “mixed bag” of financial news. Keith struck an optimistic tone despite the negative impact of the May tornadoes on some county property values.

The auditor told the gathering this year’s tax revenue losses of $1.7 million in tornado affected neighborhoods were offset somewhat by improved property values and increased real estate development overall.

GM Executive Gerald Johnson announcing a new $175 million Duramax parts plant in Brookville, Ohio. The plant is expected to be operational by the end of 2020 and create 100 new union jobs in Brookville.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

A new Duramax factory is coming to Brookville. The DMAX plant is part of General Motors’ stated plan to invest in $700 million in Ohio.

DMAX is a joint venture, with 60 percent owned by GM and 40 percent owned by Isuzu Diesel Services of America, Inc.

Representatives from GM and Isuzu say the new $175 million diesel engine components plant will create 100 new union jobs and should be fully operational by the end of 2020. 

Brianna Wooten/Montgomery County

Montgomery County officials broke ground Monday on a project to replace Dayton’s deteriorating Third Street Bridge.

The new $16 million bridge will feature large walkways for east and westbound pedestrians. It will also include several lookout points where people can read about Dayton history and view the river.

Dayton-area artist Bing Davis serves on the bridge planning committee. He says the bridge’s design is also meant to help residents overcome what he says is a widespread perception that the city of Dayton is a divided one.

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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s workforce is aging, with roughly half of workers currently eligible to retire soon. Now, Ohio jobs, education and military officials are teaming up to attract more young people to jobs at Wright-Patt, the state’s largest single-site employer.

Around 5,000 new jobs are expected to be added at the base over the next seven years, many of them requiring advanced degrees, science, technology, engineering and math skills.

Your Voice Ohio is hosting a series of forums for community members to discuss what topics they want to see politicians and the media cover during the next election cycle.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

It was a Monday evening in a spiffy YMCA community room in suburban Springboro, Ohio, once a sleepy Shaker village, now a congested, upscale expressway exit between Dayton and Cincinnati.

About to begin was the 37th Your Voice Ohio community conversation, co-sponsored by local media in an experiment to better connect journalists with the communities they cover. Tables were optimistically set for 12 people. Only five showed up. 

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