With a new album underway, The Pullouts made a return visit to the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.  The band chatted with Niki Dakota about recording, upcoming live gigs and more.

The Pullouts will perform at W.O. Wrights on Saturday, July 16th.

Kyleen Downes
Gary Mitchell

Kyleen Downes made a return visit to the WYSO studios ahead of the release of her new, full length album, Maybe Sometimes.  Joined by her album release band and one of her music students, Rosie McDonald, Downes performed live on Kaleidoscope and discussed writing and recording the album and more.  McDonald also performed an acoustic set and talked about her future artistic pursuits.

Kyleen Downes will celebrate the release of Maybe Sometimes with a concert at Glen Helen in Yellow Springs, on Saturday, July 16th at 7pm.

Kent Haruf was one of the great American novelists that you might have never heard about. Haruf took a long time writing his books and he didn't even get published until late in life. His first book "The Tie that Binds" came out in 1984. That was followed in 1990 by "Where You Once Belonged." That second book only took him six years to write but he felt like he had to rush because he needed the money. He was so unhappy with it that before it even came out he wrote his editor a letter delineating all the flaws he felt were in it.

The city of Dayton is moving forward with plans to put a tax hike on the November ballot.

City commissioners voted yesterday to place a new 8 year levy on the ballot that would raise city income taxes by .25 percent.  That would bring Dayton’s tax rate up to 2.5 percent, making it one of the highest rates in the Miami Valley.

Antioch College
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Antioch College is once again, a fully accredited educational institution. Today the Higher Learning Commission granted the status to the college, which has been working aggressively to regain accreditation since it re-opened in 2011. 

Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Lori Collins-Hall, says it was Antioch alumni who positioned the college for a comeback.

Sen. Capri Cafaro (D-Youngstown) speaking on the Senate floor in the Ohio Statehouse
Ohio Senate

A state lawmaker is asking school officials to take more steps to make sure that kids who may be living in dangerous conditions don’t fall through the cracks. 

Democratic Senator Capri Cafaro of the Youngstown area recalls the story of Teddy, a 14-year-old who was beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend.

Cafaro’s bill would require school principals to enter any new students into a child welfare database to make sure there aren’t any pending cases.

ECOT's Attempt To Halt Attendance Audit Fails In Court

Jul 12, 2016

The largest online charter school in the state took the Ohio Department of Education to court today, and lost, as a judge ruled the state’s audit of attendance records can go forward.

M.L. Schultze

The work of the Republican National Convention formally got underway Monday, as the committee that lays out the Republican platform on issues ranging from public lands to gay marriage convened.

The Platform Committee peeled off into subcommittees with broad titles like “Restoring Constitutional Government” and “healthcare, education and crime.” The latter involved some of the hottest button social issues such as gay marriage.

April Laissle

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Downtown Dayton on Sunday afternoon in response to violence last week in Minnesota, Louisiana, and Texas.

The event, which was part of the Black Lives Matters movement, began with a prayer for peace under the pavilion at Riverscape Metropark.

Protesters then flooded the streets of the city to march to Courthouse Square. Some held hands as they chanted "Hands up, don't Shoot!" and "No justice, no peace."

Brian Freeman says he came to voice to his concerns.

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Before eight o’clock this morning, crows and grackles were screeching in the mulberry tree. Sparrows were feeding heavily, black-capped chickadee weaving in and out of their flocking.