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Cherry Lee and the Hotrod Hounds return to the WYSO studios ahead of the official release of their new album, Record Machine. The band performed live on Kaleidoscope and talked about the process of recording the album and their plans for the new year.

Cherry Lee and the Hotrod Hounds will celebrate the release of Record Machine on November 19th at Oddbody's.

Far From Eden has evolved from an acoustic duo project to a fully-fledged rock band. With a new EP, Galactic Insurgents, the band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Kaleidoscope and talked with host Juliet Fromholt about writing, recording and their plans for 2017.

Far From Eden will perform on November 23rd at Oscar's Bar in Vandalia.

Downtown Dayton Partnership

This week, the Downtown Dayton Partnership (DDP) released the annual highlights of their ongoing Special Improvement District plan - designed to aid the city with business recruitment and retention, marketing, strategic planning and revitalization efforts.

Rob Portman Welcomes A New White House

Nov 17, 2016
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio's Republican senator, Rob Portman, tepidly endorsed and then withdrew his support from now President-elect Donald Trump. But Portman says he’s optimistic that he can work with the incoming administration.

Rob Portman says conversations he’s having with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and comments by Donald Trump in post-election interviews have convinced him that getting major things done in Washington is going to be possible.

Lori Gravley reads Anna Cates' "Fall Haiku"

Columbus Zoo

Another set of twin polar bears has been born at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, shortly after one of the twins born last week to another bear died.

The central Ohio zoo says the latest cubs were born Monday to a bear named Aurora, about a week after her sister, Anana, gave birth.

Staff monitoring Anana's cubs through a camera in the private den noted Sunday that one of Anana's cubs had stopped moving. The cub died hours before the newest cubs were born. Zoo officials say they likely will never know why the cub died.

A new state report shows an uptick in Ohio's infant mortality rate, with black babies dying at a rate approaching three times that of whites.

Data released Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Health shows the state's overall infant mortality rate increased to 7.2 deaths per 1,000 births last year. That's up from a rate of 6.8 deaths in 2014. The three leading causes continued to be prematurity, sleep-related deaths and birth defects.

Ohio had 1,005 infants die before their first birthdays in 2015, compared with 955 in 2014.

Casino Regulators Crackdown On Sketchy Gaming

Nov 16, 2016
Ohio Casino Control Commission

Casino regulators are cracking down on sketchy gaming facilities that are breaking the law by trying to imitate operations such as Chuck-E-Cheese and Dave and Busters.

Except for at the state’s four casinos, Ohio law forbids people from operating games that do not rely completely on skill and that payout cash prizes.

But the state’s casino control commission has seen an increase in so-called “skill game” parlors popping up around Ohio.

Ohio Senate

The GOP gained a seat in the Senate this fall, so there will be 24 Republicans and nine Democrats in the 33 member chamber. And when the new session of the General Assembly starts in January, it will have some new leadership.  

Republican Senator Larry Obhof will lead the Senate next year as term limited President Keith Faber takes a seat in the Ohio House.  Obhof, who has been in the Senate since 2011, will be the first Senator from Medina County to lead the chamber since the 1860s.

Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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Public school superintendents from around Ohio are raising concerns that a large number of high schoolers are in jeopardy of not graduating as expected next school year because of new requirements tied to more demanding tests.

 

Some of those administrators and other supporters rallied Tuesday outside the Statehouse as the state school board discusses potential changes to address the issue. Several superintendents addressing the crowd urged supporters to keep the conversation going with lawmakers and board members to bring about change.

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