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Activists Start National Tour At Site Of Tamir Rice Shooting

Jul 23, 2015
Joanna Richards / WCPN

A little over a dozen activists gathered outside Cudell Recreation Center, where a picnic table covered with stuffed animals has stood as a memorial since November.

Local activist Turner Fair explained why Cleveland was chosen as the national tour’s first stop. 

"This is the spot where many officers have not been indicted for the murders of people – one person being a 12-year-old boy, Tamir Rice, who died at this very spot," Fair said.

A police officer shot Rice after he was seen waving a realistic looking toy gun.

"Arts For All" Event Tries To Open Up Theater To Kids With Autism

Jul 22, 2015
Left to right: Maggie Knopp, Amelie Maruyama, Merida Kuder-Wexler, Mateo Basora, Lucy Dennis, Oskar Dennis, and Kira Hendrickson wait to go onstage for a run-through of "The Farm" at the Amphitheater in Yellow Springs.
Kijin Higashibaba / WYSO

When you go to the theater, there are rules: sit still, don’t make noise, and clap at the end. If you get up to leave, you're often not let back in until intermission.

People on the autism spectrum can have a lot of trouble with those rules, which is why many Broadway shows have altered performances to make them more accessible. Now the Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse (YSKP) is following suit with Arts for All, a special production of their summer show “The Farm.” Organizers say it’s the first performance of its kind in the Dayton area.

Darryl Fairchild (center) appeared at a demonstration outside city hall Wednesday. He is also a candidate for City Commission. water
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Activists are gearing up for another round of debate over the city of Dayton’s source water protection policy.

After more than a year of discussion, a compromise plan will go before the Dayton City Commission next week that would update the policy, which dates back to the late 1980s.

Ohio Governor Authorizes Arming Recruiters

Jul 22, 2015
Ohio Army National Guard

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has authorized personnel at Ohio National Guard recruitment centers to carry weapons following last week's shooting in Tennessee that killed four Marines and a sailor.

The guard says Major General Mark Bartman, the Adjutant General of Ohio, granted the authorization as part of an update of policies and training requirements for the recruiting centers and a review of all security measures.

(AP) — A southwest Ohio prosecutor says his office is probing the fatal shooting of a motorist by a University of Cincinnati police officer.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says his office is "rapidly investigating" what happened between the officer and the man he had pulled over for having a missing front license plate. Deters said Tuesday he expects an assessment to be completed by the end of next week.

State Task Force Meets To Discuss College Affordability

Jul 22, 2015
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Earlier this year, Gov. John Kasich asked a nine-member task force to figure out how to make higher education more affordable. The group met at Cleveland's Cuyahoga Community College on Tuesday.

In the scheme of the state’s more than $1 billion higher education budget, a $40 FedEx shipping fee may not seem like much.

But over time, those fees can add up. In fact, the task force found that 18 of the state’s campuses collectively spend $1.7 million in overnight shipping costs every year.

Ebony Davenport and Karen Brame El-Amin
StoryCorps

On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today, we hear Ebony Davenport and her mentor and former teacher Karen Brame El-Amin talk about importance of education.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer Marika Snider.

Ohio Gov. Kasich Is 16th Notable Entry Into GOP Race

Jul 21, 2015
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Governor John Kasich is the latest entry into the 2016 Republican presidential race.
 
The outspoken swing-state governor declared his candidacy Tuesday at Ohio State University. He told a crowd of 2,000: "The sun is going to rise to the zenith in America again."
 
He's the 16th notable Republican to join the bustling contest for the nomination.
 
Kasich says that despite all the competitors, he's the only one with experience in three broad areas of political leadership - the federal budget, national security and state government.
 

Superintendent Richard Ross during the July meeting of the Ohio Board of Education.
Mark Urycki / State Impact Ohio

Ohio’s School Choice Director David Hansen has left his post after admitting he didn’t report some failing charter schools to the state. Now, a group of lawmakers is calling for the Ohio Board of Education to remove State Superintendent Richard Ross from his position.

House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn, of Dayton, says the state’s department of education has suffered a “systemic lack of transparency and accountability.”

Charter Controversy Could Renew Efforts To Close Failing Schools

Jul 21, 2015
Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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The head of the Office of School Choice in Ohio resigned over the weekend, after he admitted he had left some failing grades out of several charter school evaluations. Critics question whether David Hansen was purposely “scrubbing” the grades to make charter sponsors look good.

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