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A Soft Steel Market Takes Its Toll On Ohio Employment

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The United Steelworkers union is awaiting word this week on exactly how many hundreds of people will be at least temporarily laid off in Lorain. U.S. Steel plans to shut down its Lorain tubular operations and lay off as many as 600 workers next week. It’s a drastic change from three years ago, when it seemed like projections for making steel tube couldn’t go high enough.

Patrick Gallagher, whose United Steelworkers district covers all of northern Ohio, says a soft oil-drilling market, strong dollar and ongoing battle over imports has changed a lot.

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Bluebell growing season begins as its first dusky foliage emerges from the hillsides. Daffodil, chickweed, purple deadnettle, and dandelion blooming times unfold slowly just as clumps of nettles, shepherd’s purse, cress, clover and lamb’s quarters reach the spring tipping point and spill across the waysides, fields and gardens.

Bad Weather Pushes Back Ohio Tornado Drill

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Ohio emergency management officials say a statewide tornado drill has been pushed back two days because more wintry weather is on the way.
 
Tornado sirens around the state were to blast Wednesday morning. But because another winter storm is on the way, the test has been delayed until 9:50 a.m. Friday. The test will last three minutes.
 

Ohio's Governor To Attend Netanyahu's Speech To Congress

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is headed to Washington to attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to a joint meeting of Congress.
 
The speech Tuesday comes after House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu without notifying the Obama administration. The Israeli leader's visit has exposed deep tensions with the White House.
 

Warren Correctional Institution in Lebanon, Ohio
Jerry Kenney

After losing the contract to provide food service for Ohio Prisons in 2013, the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, (OCSEA) is trying to win the contract back.

To save costs two years ago, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections selected Aramark, a large private contractor, to supply food to state prisons.

Aramark has been scrutinized in the last year following reports of unsanitary work conditions, and staffing and food shortages. But prisons director Gary Mohr says he's not concerned about renewing the contract.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: Rediscovered Radio and Community Voices. Plus we’ll hear about a possible shared space in downtown Dayton that would give residents access to high tech digital equipment, and a documentary film making it’s debut in Dayton next week. See full program details below.

A contract dispute between Developmental Disabilities of Clark County and a group of unionized employees has reached a stalemate. The union workers have been operating without a contract since last March.

The agency runs the FF Mueller Residential Center, which is a 24-hour care facility. Forty-five members of the UAW Local 658 who work at the center have set a date of March 16 to strike if a contract isn’t agreed upon.

Melissa Dabe of Developmental Disabilities explained that there are several issues on the table.

Artists Frustrated With Being Put in a Black Box

Mar 2, 2015
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For the past month, local arts and cultural organizations have been busy telling stories about African American history. But, some Ohio artists and cultural leaders find Black History Month to be a double-edged sword.

Janeal Ravndal reads her poem, "Remembering the Sabbath."

A Long View of Policing in America

Feb 28, 2015

How we understand policing in the United States depends not only on what issues we focus on but also how far back we look. In this episode of History Talk, hosts Leticia Wiggins and Patrick Potyondy sit down with the historians Marcus Nevius, Lilia Fernández, and Clay Howard to take a longer and broader view of the matter.

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