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With the midterm elections just a couple weeks away, WYSO producers have been out talking to would-be voters around the Miami Valley. We wanted to know how people are feeling about the elections, and how they plan to vote in November.

Today, we hear from some rural Ohioans recorded at a recent antique tractor and farm-equipment show at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, where many people expressed strong support for the Republican party and the Trump administration.

Many we spoke to also expressed frustration about the country’s current political climate. 

The Oregon Historic District neighborhood in Dayton
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Early voting is underway across Ohio for the Tuesday, November 6 elections. With the midterms approaching, WYSO producers have been talking to would-be voters around the Miami Valley. Today, we hear from some Daytonians in the city's Oregon District about what’s on their minds this election season.

Dayton woman: I’m horrified by the current administration. The immigration policy, I think, is terrifying. The ethics, the lack thereof, nepotism, a  lot of things are terrifying.

Dayton Man: Everything with that president.

President Donald Trump is set to rally in Southwest Ohio this week.
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President Donald Trump returns to Southwest Ohio Friday for an evening rally in Warren County.

The event at the Warren County Fairgrounds is expected to draw large crowds.

The Warren County Sheriff's Office is urging rally-goers to anticipate traffic delays and plan accordingly.

Doors Friday will open at 4 p.m., three hours ahead of the rally’s scheduled 7 p.m. start.

Immigration protest draws large crowd in Dayton
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Around 1200 people rallied Saturday in downtown Dayton against the Trump administration's controversial separation and detention of immigrant families at the United States-Mexico border.

The protest, organized by a coalition of activisit groups including Dayton Indivisable For All (DIFA) and Organizing for Action (OFA), was one of more than 700 “Families Belong Together” immigration rallies held nationwide on Saturday, and the second immigration protest to be held in Dayton in June.

Demonstrators at a 2010 protest in Washington D.C. demanding immigration reform. Several efforts since have failed in Congress.
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Many of the more than 2,300 migrant children separated from their parents at the United States-Mexico border in recent weeks under the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” policy are being relocated to temporary shelters around the country.

Dayton immigrant advocates tell WYSO, at least so far, none have arrived in the Miami Valley.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services oversees a system of more than 100 shelters in 17 states designed to provide temporary housing for unaccompanied migrant children, typically children who enter the country alone.

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U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, bolstered by the backing of President Donald Trump, won Tuesday's Republican primary to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in Ohio this fall.

Renacci, 59, is in his fourth term in Congress and is a longtime businessman and former mayor of Wadsworth. He left the governor's race to campaign for Senate and emerged victorious in a five-way contest.

Emerson scientists are studying this replica home's energy performance by simulating an entire year's worth of weather conditions in just over a week.
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More and more Americans are using technology such as LED bulbs and programmable, so-called “smart” thermostats to save on utility bills. And, despite Trump administration cuts to many EPA programs, many government, scientist and trade groups are pushing for even more energy efficient buildings.

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Under President Trump’s newly proposed budget, about 80 percent of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients could lose about half of the credit that is currently put on their EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards, and would receive a box of food from the government instead. 

The director of the organization that represents the state’s food banks says it would destroy the safety net for low-income Ohioans and punish them instead.

Trump To Tout Tax Law At Cincinnati-Area Company Monday

Feb 5, 2018
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President Trump will tout the Republican tax cuts at a Blue Ash manufacturing company Monday afternoon.

The president will be going to Sheffer Corp., a company which makes industrial cylinders.

Last month, after Trump signed the tax reform bill into law, Sheffer management gave its employees $1,000 bonuses, according to U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, who visited the plant in early January.

Portman's spokeswoman said the senator will accompany Trump to Sheffer on Monday.

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President Donald Trump's guests for his State of the Union speech Tuesday include Miami Valley welders who have benefited from his tax overhaul.

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Staub Manufacturing Solutions owners Steve Staub of Tipp City and Sandy Keplinger of Springfield will attend the speech. Their employee Corey Adams, of Huber Heights, will also be present.

The company has been able to hire more employees due to the GOP tax reform plan passed late last year, according to a White House statement.

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