Jerry Kenney

Dayton Becomes First Ohio City With Paid Parental Leave

During a news conference Wednesday, Mayor Nan Whaley announced that Dayton will be the first major city in the state to offer paid parental leave to its male and female employees.
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Deconstructing Race: On Being A Queer Of Color In Small Town Midwest

It's hard enough being the token. Being the ignored token is even worse. Being a Black Queer Dude is interesting. Growing up, I'd hear "Gay!? Black people aren't gay, that's a white thing." I don't think I ever understood that. I'm in an interracial relationship with a white dude who’s progressive—and there have been times when our interracial coupling didn't cause for much concern. Then we moved to small town Ohio in 2013. The Midwest is a bear on its own for a person of color. The Midwest...
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Antioch College Seeking Public Comment

Antioch is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for an evaluation for initial accreditation by the regional accrediting agency.

Join us for WYSO's Community Concert

Sunday, September 13th at RiverScape MetroPark in downtown Dayton.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend, the home of YSO produced news and features: Dayton History is now celebrating 10 years of historic preservation at Carillon Park.  We’ll talk with President and CEO Brady Kress about some major accomplishments in the last decade, and what’s next for the organization.  We’ll also hear about a new arts program kicking off at the Dayton Metro Library. See details below.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

For the first time, Ohio’s law enforcement agencies now have a set of minimum standards for the use of deadly force and for recruitment and hiring, but the panel that set those standards says there’s a lot more work ahead.

The development of the standards is the first milestone for a panel that was proposed last year, after the police shot and killed 22-year-old John Crawford in the Beavercreek Wal-Mart outside Dayton, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in a park in Cleveland.

Asha Brogan / WYSO

I've always felt uncomfortable with the privileges white skin gives me. I mean, I know my white skin can mean store clerks assume I'm honest. And nobody likes being stopped by the police, but I can at least be pretty sure I'll be treated fairly.

Conrad Balliet reads Ron Palmer's poem, "Looking For God."

History Talk: Understanding the Middle East

Aug 29, 2015

In a recent, much publicized lecture — “It Takes a Historian to Understand the Middle East…Doesn’t It?” — Jane Hathaway of Ohio State's History Department offered a challenge to pundits and policymakers who seem unable to offer sound strategies for the Mideast.

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A group of Ohio teachers is reviewing the questions that will appear in this year’s American Institutes for Research, or AIR, standardized test. It replaces the controversial PARCC, or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, exam. Both tests are tied to the Common Core standards.

Ladyfest Dayton, which is tonight and tomorrow at the Yellow Cab on East 4th , hopes to bring together and inspire people through music, art, and education. On top of enjoying some of the best live music from Dayton, you get to know that you are making a direct contribution to your community.

Conrad Balliet reads Gary Pacernick's poem, "The Air Force Museum."

Fence To Be Put On Central Ohio Dam For Replacement Work

Aug 27, 2015
Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Officials say a 6-foot, chain-link fence will be installed on the earthen dam at central Ohio's Buckeye Lake to block off a construction zone as work begins to replace the deteriorated structure.

The fence will sit between the water's edge and several hundred homes that have been built into the dam. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concluded houses and other structures have weakened the 4.1-mile dam and it's at risk of failing, so the state plans to install a new barrier over the next few years.

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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says a cultural change is needed to draw attention to the problem of underage victims of sex trafficking.

Portman says that while laws have been updated to reflect the reality of children forced into prostitution, everyone from police to prosecutors to judges to the public need to understand the nature of the crime.

Portman said Thursday after a human trafficking roundtable in Columbus that he hears from constituents who can't believe that underage trafficking is happening in Ohio.