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Ernie Knisley toured all over the world during the ‘70’s and early ‘80’s, as a member of the band SUN
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Touring Dayton's New Funk Museum With SUN's Ernie Knisley

Dayton, Ohio – the birthplace of Funk Music will celebrate the opening of the Funk Center and Museum on Friday. Funk music started flowing out of Dayton in the 70s – and scores of hit records became part if the American soundtrack. Groups like The Ohio Players, Heatwave and Parliament became household names.

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 Zombie Dogz launched as a food truck in 2012, and they opened up a restaurant in 2016.
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Comparing The Economic Impact Of Food Trucks And Restaurants: WYSO Curious Goes Out To Eat

Jayne Monat of Yellow Springs asked WYSO Curious how food trucks impact the local economy and how their impact compares to that of traditional restaurants. And the rise of food trucks, both locally and nationally, has been impossible to ignore. Entrepreneur Magazine reports that revenue from food trucks has nearly tripled, from $960 million to $2.7 billion, over the last five years. Food trucks are everywhere in the Miami Valley, and now some of the most successful mobile eateries are...

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Julie Moore reads Robert Brimm's poem, "Lattes for Two"

We want the funk! The Funk Center in downtown Dayton’s Fire Blocks District is having its grand opening from 6:30 to 8:30pm tonight at the Dayton Metro Library in downtown Dayton.

The 59th annual Spring Orchid Show and Sale is at the Cox Arboretum MetroPark. This is Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 4pm. There is no charge and open to the public.

Elizabeth Schmidt reads her poem, "Florida Boy 1969"

House Republicans Propose Folding Ohio Department Of Education Into Workforce Agency

Feb 15, 2018
Ohio statehouse
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Ohio House Republicans have rolled out a plan that would bring big changes for the state's Department of Education and the Board of Education. Supporters say it will bolster the connection between education and career-readiness, while Democrats say it would create a less-responsive state government.

Stats + Stories: Reading The Book Of Love - What Can You Learn From Relationship Science?

Feb 14, 2018
Ty Tashiro (@tytashiro) is an author and relationship expert. He wrote Awkward: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome and The Science of Happily Ever After . His work has been featured at the New York Times, Time.com, TheAtlanti
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WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

World literature is full of stories of love won, and love lost. Walls are climbed, battles fought and parents circumvented I order to reunite with one's heart's desire. Some lovers even venture into Hell itself. If The New York Times' Modern Love Series is any indication, finding love in the 21st Century poses its own obstacles, even if there are no three-headed Hell hounds. The science of love and relationships is the focus of this episode of Stats & Stories. Host Rosemary Pennington is joined by regular panelists John Bailer, Chair of Miami Statistics Department, and Richard Campbell, Chair of Media, Journalism and Film, and their guest, author and relationship expert Ty Tashiro. Tashiro received his PhD. In Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and is the author off "The Science of 'Happily Ever After'", and more recently "Awkward: The Science of Why We're Socially Awkward, and Why That's Awesome". He's also worked as a Professor at the University of Maryland, and the University of Colorado.

food in grocery store
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Under President Trump’s newly proposed budget, about 80 percent of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients could lose about half of the credit that is currently put on their EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) cards, and would receive a box of food from the government instead. 

The director of the organization that represents the state’s food banks says it would destroy the safety net for low-income Ohioans and punish them instead.

Tonya Revilla at the Your Voice Ohio Middletown opioids forum. Revilla has become an activist since her son's fatal overdose in 2016. She has started a petition that requests more programs for addicts and stricter penalties for dealers. She says she has c
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Around 50 people took part in a public meeting on Southwest Ohio’s opioid crisis Monday night at Middletown's MidPointe Library, one of a series of such meetings WYSO is participating in this spring for a project called Your Voice Ohio.

At the meeting, many Middletown residents spoke about the need for more treatment and detox services for drug users. Tonya Revilla lost her son to an overdose 19 months ago.

Cincinnati Schools' Charter Sponsorship Revoked

Feb 13, 2018
Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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One of the state’s largest public school districts will no longer be allowed to sponsor charter schools. 

The Ohio Board of Education voted 15-0 Monday to revoke the Cincinnati Public School District’s status as a charter school sponsor. Board member Pat Bruns from Cincinnati abstained from the vote.

The revocation came after the district received a “poor” rating for the 2015-2016 school year from the state Department of Education.

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The Frolicking Fox Moon wanes until it becomes the new Ducks-Scouting-for-Nests on February 15.

During this February Moon, ducks actually do scout for nesting sites. Geese are looking, too.  This Moon brings more substance to the natural history of the year, an increase in the number of flower, foliage, insect and bird sightings and bird calls, a weightier accumulation of change than that of last week. That accumulation contributes a little more to the seasonal heritage of each region, adds to the composite of time that helps to define the cycles of passage.

Miami Valley Fair Housing investigated more than 70 Fannie Mae properties from 2010, 2012, and 2014.
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An organization that works to prevent housing discrimination in Montgomery County is facing drastic organizational changes. This is after the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center lost federal funding that comprised a significant portion of its budget.

 

Miami Valley Fair Housing Center President and CEO Jim McCarthy says the loss of funding is a major blow to the organization. He says they were denied more than $400,000 in grants this year because of its ties to the Central Ohio Fair Housing Association in Columbus.

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