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WYSO Weekend

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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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On August 14th, 18-year-old Abby Alexander, a Miamisburg native now living in Cambodia - was traveling on a motorbike with a fellow teacher. The pair were seriously injured when the petrol station they were riding past exploded, engulfing the two in a massive fireball. Other riders and bystanders were also injured. By late Thursday or early Friday, Abby was taken aboard a medical transport plane back to a medical facility in Denver. Abby still has family in the Miami Valley and her aunt, Cathy Wierzbowski of Springboro, was kind enough to speak with us about how her niece is doing. We sat down to talk outside a coffee shop in Centerville.

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For more than 50 years, Dayton, Ohio has fostered sister-city relationships with cities in countries around the world. The associations between the cities are meant to promote cultural exchange. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of Dayton, Ohio’s sister-city relationship with Oiso, Japan, and to mark the occasion, officials will welcome a delegation from Oiso to the city very soon. In fact, three students from Oiso are already in Dayton. We'll speak with Kevin Lydy, chair of the Dayton-Oiso Sister City Committee about what they have planned for the delegates.

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On July 20th, 1969, a blurry figure came on television screens all over the world. The astronaut, in a bulky space suit, backed down the steps of the lunar module known as Eagle. Then he made a short a hop down ----into the ashy powder on the surface of the moon.   Neil Armstrong, a 38-year-old pilot born in Wapakoneta, Ohio was the first man on the moon- 50 years ago. From our Culture Couch team, editor Katie Davis has this story based on audio from NASA’s official Oral History interview with Neil Armstrong.

In cities across Ohio, organizers are going to the ballot box to push local governments away from low-level marijuana enforcement. The city of Dayton has taken steps to do this. The state’s penalties for possession are already relatively loose. Initiative backers say drug convictions aren’t making communities safer, and they’re unnecessarily harmful to those who get caught. WOSU’s Nick Evans reports, if passed, some of the proposals are likely to prompt a court fight.

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The Montgomery County Fair gets underway this week. It’s the second year for the fair at their new location on Infirmary Road in Dayton. They had a very good crowd last year and they expect those numbers to go up this year. To hear more about what’s going down next week at the fair, we spoke with John Yancik, president of The Montgomery County Agricultural Society, and the reigning Montgomery County Fair Junior Queen - Taylor Thomas.

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There are a number of important issues and challenges the county’s Military Veterans and service members face every day - high suicide rates and other healthcare issues.  This week, VA Secretary Robert Wilke paid a visit to the Dayton VA Hospital and it’s these and other issues that we sat down and talked to him about during that visit. Here’s the full conversation that took place on Friday.


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Dayton will be home to a new addiction treatment center linked to Google. Montgomery County health advocates say the high-tech facility intends to help pioneer evidence-based research into addiction medicine. WYSOs Jess Mador reports the center is called “OneFifteen” -- for the number of Americans who died every day from an opioid overdose two years ago.

 

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