The Boonshoft Museum reopens on Tuesday, June 16, with new rules to promote social distancing.
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The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery reopens today for the first time since all museums and zoos in Ohio were closed because of the pandemic.

There will be new displays for guests and new rules for safety.

Boonshoft President and CEO Tracey Tomme says she was relieved when they got the okay to reopen.

“I thought we would be one of the last places to get to open because of our high touch areas,” she says.

She’s quick to note that the Boonshoft is a museum, science center, and zoo all rolled into one, and they usually have a lot of indoor play areas for kids.

Beavercreek, the morning after the tornados.
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It was a year ago today that 19 tornadoes tore through communities across Ohio. In Beavercreek, many business owners woke up to damage from tornadoes that hit overnight, destroying offices and shops around North Fairfield Road near The Mall at Fairfield Commons.

A year later, some businesses are still fighting to survive.

A year after the tornadoes, many homes in and around Dayton are still in various stages of repair.
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A year ago today, 19 tornadoes touched down in Ohio, destroying homes and businesses in rural and urban areas alike. The largest of those tornados passed through the City of Dayton and several neighboring communities. WYSO’s Jason Reynolds has been talking with people in some of the hardest-hit communities to see where they are today.

Little league players will be allowed to take the field in 2020, but the game will look different.
Ruth Clark

The State of Ohio has said it’s now okay to play little league baseball this summer, but there are a lot of new rules.

Kids can’t give each other high-fives or handshakes. They have to wear masks when they aren’t on the field, and they have to stay at least six feet apart when they’re in the dugout.

Read the complete list of coronavirus related rules here.

Christopher has been struggling with addiction since he was 14. He uses heroin, and he says things have been hard since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Many Dayton businesses are struggling amid the coronavirus emergency.
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Funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act — or CARES Act — is making its way to state and local governments. Montgomery County has received a $92 million grant, based on the county’s population, and is creating a temporary office to oversee management and distribution of the emergency funds.

Mary Duncan was one of the first people to accept a free rideshare to the grocery store from the Old North Dayton Neighborhood Association. Duncan was spending two to three hours on city buses to shop at an affordable, full-service grocery store.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

When a tornado tore through Old North Dayton on Memorial Day, one of the buildings destroyed was the neighborhood's last affordable, full-service grocery store.

Eight months later, that family shop is still working to reopen, so the neighborhood association and a local ministry are offering residents free rides to the nearest supermarket. WYSO News Reporter Jason Reynolds went shopping with them.

The Miami Valley Long Term Recovery Operations Group says 724 individuals, families and businesses are receiving case management services.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

A coalition of organizations formed after the Memorial Day tornado outbreak gathered on Thursday to provide updates on disaster recovery progress.

The Miami Valley Long Term Recovery Operations Group says 724 individuals, families and businesses are receiving case management services. Most of those cases are in Montgomery County, according to Laura Mercer, the group’s executive director.   

“About half of those are homeowners. And about 68 percent of those homeowners have indicated that they're going to need some assistance with repair and rebuilding,” Mercer said.

FOA advocates against the stigma that often surrounds addiction
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Dayton will soon be home to a new addiction treatment center linked to Google's parent company Alphabet. Montgomery County health advocates say the high-tech facility intends to help pioneer evidence-based research into addiction medicine.

The center is named OneFifteen, after the number of Americans who died every day from an opioid overdose two years ago.

A bill in the U.S. Senate is seeking to provide more financial help for children who become victims of the opioid crisis and the families who take those children in.