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The head of Ohio's toll road says it is moving closer to opening up the highway for the testing of self-driving vehicles.

The Ohio Turnpike's executive director tells The Associated Press that testing is likely to begin within 12 months, and possibly before the end of the year.

Randy Cole says the route that takes Interstate 80 from Pennsylvania to Indiana is set up well for it because it already has a fiber network along the entire roadway.

Ohio is among several states competing to play a role in the testing of self-driving vehicles.

A car has slammed into a crowd at an outdoor concert in Ohio injuring nine people, two of them seriously.

It happened Sunday night in Parma Heights, about 10 miles south of Cleveland.

Police say a 74-year-old woman who was leaving the community concert accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake as she was pulling out of her parking space. Police say she then drove onto a small dance floor in the parking lot at the concert and crashed into a crowd.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend: One woman, one mission, and one tiny house – we’ll tell you how they’re connected. We've got this week's Community Voices, and you’ll hear from the founders of a new collaborative writing group called the Dayton Writers Movement. See full details below.

Steve Broidy reads Robert Brimm's poem, "End of the Day."

Lori Gravley reads Kathy Austin's poem, "Vacation."

When Michelle Pretorius was growing up in South Africa she led a very insulated existence. That was just the way it was back in those days and she didn't realize until later that she had missed out on a lot. She also began to understand that her knowledge about the history of her country was not that good. As she researched South Africa's past she decided that some of that history could become the launching point for a wildly imaginative novel.
 

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The Ohio Supreme Court says backers of a plan to cap the price Ohio pays for drugs it buys for Medicaid, prisons and other state-run programs fell short of the signatures they need to put it before voters next year.

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The Democratic candidate for US Senate is calling for a halt to the creation of private, for profit charter schools.

Democratic former Governor Ted Strickland held a campaign event with the state’s two large teachers’ unions, saying he is tired of high stakes testing and bureaucratic regulations of public school teachers. Afterward, he told reporters he also wants a moratorium on for profit charter schools.

“I’m opposed to for profit charter schools because I do not believe educating our kids should become a for profit activity.”

Practicing and Teaching Yoga In Rural America

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Jenny Gore works full time as a police dispatcher. Her shifts are long-- sometimes twelve hours--and she’s often on the road. It’s a hectic schedule, and there’s no shortage of stress in her life. Still, she tries to make room for yoga. In fact, she’s surprised at how important yoga has become to her.

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A Miami Valley resident is bringing home a bronze medal from the Rio Olympic Games.

21-year-old Clayton Murphy of New Madison in Darke County ran the 800 meter race in one minute, 42.93 seconds Monday night.

Murphy is a 2013 graduate of Tri-village High school and ran for three seasons at Akron University.

Tri-Village Athletic Director, Brad Gray, says there was quite a celebration after Murphy’s finish in the race. Hundreds of students, teachers and residents gathered in the Tri-Village High gymnasium on Monday night to watch the race.

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