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A new series began this week on WYSO called ReEntry Stories - conversations between people who were once in prison. ReEntry Stories is produced by Mary Evans, who was incarcerated at Dayton Correctional, where she took part in Sinclair Community College’s Advanced Job Training program, designed to prepare people for re-entry. Today we meet Shareeka Gibson, who went through the Sinclair program and Marcia Weber, part of the X Factor Initiative. Both of them had professional careers and families before they were incarcerated and now they want to reclaim some of their old lives.

 


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Three Miami Valley civic leaders and one of the city’s top arts organizations have been inducted into the Dayton Regional Walk of Fame. The 2019 inductees were honored at the annual ceremony Thursday at Sinclair College. This year’s honorees include civil-rights leader Jesse Gooding Jr., entrepreneur John Gower, philanthropists Betsy and Lee Whitney, and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.


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Two weeks after Governor Mike DeWine unveiled his so-called 'Strong Ohio' gun control package, groups on both sides of the issue are ramping up the rhetoric. The plan disappointed many who wanted universal background checks and a law allowing judges to take guns from someone deemed a threat. DeWine called for both measures after the Oregon District mass shooting. Now, as Community Voices Producer Jason Reynolds reports for WYSO News, both sides are lobbying lawmakers as they weigh DeWine’s gun bill. 

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Catherine Zimmerman is a filmmaker living in Yellow Springs. Her new documentary - Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home focuses on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. We spoke to Zimmerman outside the Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center in Yellow Springs where she talked about the film, which features Dr. Douglas Tallamy, an Entomologist, teacher, author and environmental activist. And tells us a little bit about creating our own welcoming habitats right in our own backyards.

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Inside a large teal and tan building on Troy Street in Dayton, as I’m about to find out, there’s a lot that goes on. I’m here to meet Monnie Bush, a former police officer and the founder of Victory Project, which is a privately funded, faith-based 501(c)3 after-school program for boys and young men in Montgomery County. In this segment we meet 13-year-old Jeremy Hemming and 15-year-old Deavon’te Hatch, who give me a tour of the VP facility, and talk with Monnie about Victory Project’s mission and how it all got started.


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Visitors entering Dayton’s Oregon District near Smokin Bar-B-Que on Patetrson and 5th St. will now be greeted by a roughly 3,000 square-foot mural. The giant art piece is the work of Dayton artist Tiffany Clark. The mural was planned before the August mass shooting but it’s completion holds special meaning for some in the neighborhood. This week we spoke with Oregon District Business Association Treasurer Natalie Skiliter, who lives in the district and owns the Corner Kitchen, located on the districts eastern border.


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A month from now, attorneys for local governments and drug companies are scheduled to face off in a Cleveland courtroom for the first federal trial in the massive set of lawsuits over the opioid crisis.The lawsuits accuse drug manufacturers of downplaying just how addictive opioids are. The suits allege that drug distributors shipped suspicious orders of pills while looking the other way. Cuyahoga and Summit Counties will be the first of more than 2,000 counties, Native American tribes and others to take their claims to trial. ideastream’s Nick Castele reports. 


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Class is back in session in many Dayton area school districts. Hundreds of students in those districts were, in some way, affected by both the Memorial Day tornadoes and the Oregon District mass shooting. Some districts say they are responding to students’ mental health needs, but the need for those services has already been rising in recent years.


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Attorneys for the Dayton area’s only abortion clinic are continuing to fight to keep the facility open, despite the Ohio Supreme Court’s refusal to hear their latest appeal. As WYSO’s April Laissle reports, clinic representatives are now requesting the court reconsider.


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On August 25, 2019, thousands of people took to the streets in the Oregon District for Dave Chappelle’s Gem City Shine benefit show. The star-studded event featured performances from artists including Stevie Wonder, Chance The Rapper and others. Chappelle proposed the concert to “reclaim” the Oregon District after the mass shooting earlier this month that killed nine people and injured more than 30 others. The event also raised money for a fund set up to help victims’ families. For WYSO News, Community Voices Producer Jason Reynolds reported many of the night’s performers and party goers called for legislative action on gun violence.


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