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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.

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. 

The Riverside Mayor and Chamber of Commerce officials came out for a ribbon-cutting at Mad River Remedies, the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in the Miami Valley.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

The Miami Valley’s first medical marijuana dispensary held its grand opening Thursday. Mad River Remedies in Riverside offers 20 types of medical marijuana to registered patients with one of 21 state-approved medical conditions.

Riverside Mayor Bill Flaute was on hand for the ribbon cutting. He dismissed concerns about people abusing medial marijuana.

“It’s not about abuse,” Flaute says. “It’s about using it correctly and making people feel better when they’re in a lot of pain.”

EF4 tornado damage in Old North Dayton
April Laissle / WYSO

It’s been a week since the Memorial Day tornado outbreak left a path of widespread devastation across the Miami Valley and dozens of tornado-affected businesses in Greene County and Montgomery County are still struggling to resume their normal operations. City and county officials have been out canvassing hard-hit areas in an effort to assess the extent of the storm’s economic impacts.

Wilmington resident Charles Wells lost his job at DHL when the company closed its Wilmington operation in 2009.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

Online retail giant Amazon is hosting employment information sessions across the Miami Valley this week. The first was held Monday morning in Wilmington, where Amazon officials say they’re looking to hire hundreds of new workers at the company's new facility at Wilmington Air Park.

The jobs sorting packages and moving cargo are expected to start at $15 an hour -- a prospect that had attracted more than two dozen job seekers by 8 a.m. 

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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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is vowing to fight a provision in the new two-year state transportation budget that would penalize cities for the use of red-light traffic cameras. Republican Gov. Mike DeWine Wednesday signed the bill, which also raises Ohio’s gas tax to fund road and bridge infrastructure repairs.

The transportation budget requires cities that operate red-light cameras to report any fines the cameras generate, and for the state to deduct that income from their state aid allocations.

The city reported roughly $1.9 million in revenue from its camera program 2018.

Yellow Springs' new 50,000-square-foot medical marijuana cultivation facility will produce a variety of medically sanctioned products, including edibles and sprays.
April Laissle / WYSO

The first of several medical marijuana dispensaries is about a month away from opening for business in Springfield. Pure Ohio Wellness LLC would be the first to open in Southwest Ohio. 

A few other dispensaries are already operating in other parts of the state. Some Dayton addiction centers say they have concerns as the dispensaries begin operations.

Cox Enterprises Inc. today announced an agreement with a company called Apollo Global Management to buy a majority stake in Cox Media Group’s broadcast operations in Ohio. The deal includes television and radio stations, and newspapers, such as the Dayton Daily News.

A spokesperson for Cox Enterprises declined to provide WYSO with a comment on the announcement.

Daytonians Weigh In On How To Make The City More Vibrant

Oct 30, 2018
The Your Voice Ohio initiative brings together Ohioans from all walks of life, to brainstorm homegrown solutions to the opioid crisis.
Jess Mador / WYSO

This year, WYSO's partner project, Your Voice Ohio, has been examining how Ohio communities are thriving amid job loss, poverty, addiction, automation and other serious economic challenges.

"Almost universally – except for the Columbus metro area – counties across Ohio have experienced precipitous economic decline for two decades – some for 30 or 40 years,"  leading to steep job losses and a significant drop in quality of life, writes Your Voice Ohio's Doug Oplinger.  

Yellow Springs' new 50,000-square-foot medical marijuana cultivation facility will produce a variety of medically sanctioned products, including edibles and sprays.
April Laissle / WYSO

Ohio’s new medical marijuana program was set to be fully operational in September, but it was delayed by hiccups with the implementation process.

One of the state's first-to-open, and largest, cultivation facilities is located in Yellow Springs. The Cresco Labs facility Monday celebrated its grand opening.

After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, WYSO’s April Laissle went along for a tour. 

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