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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.

CEO of USRowing, Glenn Merry says the partnership will be a boon to both the park system and the sport.
Jerry Kenney

Dayton residents could see a few more oars in the water in coming months. Five Rivers MetroParks has announced the start of a Community Olympic Development Program to train young rowers.

There are already 12 of these programs around the country—but this is the first in the nation developed for the sport of rowing.

The Dayton Boat Club, Greater Dayton Rowing Association and Five Rivers will work with the U.S. Olympic Committee and USRowing.

The CEO of USRowing, Glenn Merry, says the partnership will be a boon to both the park system and the sport.  

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Laurie Hulsey / Flickr Creative Commons

I watch the history of July unfold, approaching its climax: yellowing locust and buckeye leaves and the browning garlic mustard, reddening Judas maples and Virginia creeper leaves, shiny spicebush, boxwood, greenbrier, and poison ivy berries forming, wild cherries darkening.

In this edition of WYSO Weekend, the home of YSO produced news and features: Community Voices and Dayton Youth Radio. Bill Felker has this week's Poor Will’s Miami Valley Almanack. And we’ll look at a new program taking place in Dayton that aims to curb the high rate of infant deaths in Ohio. See full details below.

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Ohio's elections chief says a marijuana legalization campaign has failed to meet its initial signature target.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Monday that about 276,000 of signatures submitted by the group ResponsibleOhio were valid. At least 305,591 were needed to make the November ballot. The group has 10 days to collect more signatures.

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Same-sex couples in Ohio can hold their weddings in the Statehouse, file their state taxes jointly and list their spouses on death certificates.

Those are among the changes following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last month that legalized gay marriage across the country.

The lead plaintiff in the case that led to the ruling was Jim Obergefell of Cincinnati. He sued Ohio's health director for refusing to list him as the surviving spouse on his husband's death certificate.

Now that gay marriages are allowed, the state is working to comply with the ruling.

After a three-day trial and 90 minutes of deliberation, an eight-person Greene County jury delivered a verdict of not guilty for Yellow Springs Police Sergeant Naomi Penrod, who was accused of assaulting a resident last November.

Penrod was facing three misdemeanor charges including interfering with civil rights, assault and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident when she was caught on tape knocking a camera out of the hand of Athena Fannin.

Penrod was serving an eviction notice at Fannin's Allen Street residence, when Fannin began to videotape the sergeant.

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