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I’ll Never Be A Schoolteacher Again: Drugs Change Shannon Evans’ Outlook

Shannon Evans came to prison earlier this year after a three-year spiral into drug addiction. As she puts it, she used to be a “goody-two-shoes” and never imagined she’d end up strung out on heroin. But her story isn’t uncommon: the problem with prescription drugs and heroin has spiked in Ohio in the last few years, and the proportion of women killed by drug overdoses has also gone way up. Now, Shannon reflects on the fact that she’ll never be able to go back to life before drugs. Shannon...
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Jerry Kenney

Local Teens Head To Robotics Championship In St. Louis

Three local teams of high school students are headed to the World FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis this week. FIRST™ is the acronym For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The teams are made up of students from Oakwood, Fairmont, Dayton Early College Academy (DECA), Springboro, West Carrollton and Vandalia. Recently, they gathered at the K12 & TEJAS Gallery on Jefferson St. in downtown Dayton for a robotics demonstration. The two robots that will compete in St....
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In this edition of WYSO Weekend: We’ll talk with University of Dayton Provost Paul Benson about his new appointment, and you’ll hear about the historic Dayton Woman’s Club. And later in the program, Juliet Fromholt talks to the band Curse of Cassandra – you’ll hear about their next album release and some of the music they featured Wednesday night on Kaleidoscope. More details below.

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "Love and Sacrifice."

Lori Gravley reads her Kathy Austin's poem, "Open Door."

Robert Morgan is one of our great literary stylists. His latest novel, "Chasing the North Star," is the story of a slave who escapes from his life of servitude in South Carolina in 1850. Jonah Williams is young and somewhat innocent as he heads north with the hope of reaching Canada and freedom. Along the way he encounters another slave named Angel in North Carolina.

Writers, readers and book lovers of all sorts are invited to the fourth annual Dayton Metro Library Local Authors Event on Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Sinclair’s Ponitz Center. The Local Authors Event combines with the Dayton Book Expo to offer a day-long celebration of books. More than 100 authors will be present.

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A 15-year-old boy accused of shooting students in an Ohio cafeteria has pleaded guilty in juvenile court to four attempted murder charges and one charge of inducing panic.

Butler County's prosecutor dropped four felonious assault charges against James Austin Hancock.

Hancock was charged in the Feb. 29 shooting at Madison Local Schools near Middletown, north of Cincinnati. Authorities say Hancock took a relative's loaded gun to school and opened fire in a cafeteria, wounding two students. Two other students were injured either by shrapnel or while running away.

Teen Birth Rates Fall Nationwide, Narrowing Racial Gap

Apr 29, 2016
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Teen birth rates have fallen in Ohio and across the country, and racial disparities in those numbers have lessened, according to findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC compared teen birth rates from 2006 to 2014. In Ohio, the rate fell nearly 34 percent. The latest numbers for the state show there were 26 births per 1,000 young women ages 15 to 19. That puts Ohio at just a notch above the national rate of 25.4.

Conrad Balliet and Janeal Ravndal read Barbara Singleton's "Interview With a Poem."

Ohayo Ohio is a 10-day Japanese symposium and cultural event taking place in Yellow Springs from April 30 through May 9. A variety of workshops, presentations and exhibits on traditional and contemporary Japanese art, culture and language will be offered. In this excerpt from WYSO Weekend, Jerry Kenney spoke with Instructor of Cooperative Education at Antioch College and symposium organizer Beth Bridgeman. You can check out the full schedule of events here.    

  WYSO is licensed to Antioch College.

Rebuilding Together Dayton

78 year old Harold Jones has lived in Dayton’s Westwood neighborhood for close to fifty years.

“The house that I live in, it began to corrode and at the time, I didn’t have finances to fix it,” he says.