WYSO
Clean Gene Lohman and Sherry Novick at the WYSO studios in the 1970s
WYSO Archives

Rediscovered Radio: Clean Gene’s Record Machine

In 1965, a kid named Gene Lohman came to Yellow Springs to attend Antioch College. He brought with him an almost encyclopedic knowledge of popular music, especially R&B. As a child, Gene had been bed ridden with measles, with only a transistor radio for company. That inspired a lifelong passion for artists recording on labels like Savoy, Chess, and Stax.

Read More

Dear Mr. President: Immigration – Make America Love Again

Dear Mr. President asks what you want to say about your community. Today, we’ll hear letters about immigration, a topic that’s generated a lot of controversy since President Donald Trump took office.

Read More
Paul A. Fagan / Flickr Creative Commons

Commentary: EPA and Us

Brandon Giesbrecht / Flickr Creative Commons

Poor Will's Almanack: April 25 - May 1, 2017

Help us tell the story of the Miami Valley by writing a letter to the President and sending it to WYSO.

_

Greg Iles has published the highly anticipated third book in his monumental "Natchez Burning" trilogy. Over the course of these three books and 2300+ pages Iles has taken readers through a complex and expansive tale of racial tensions that played out over the course of decades in Natchez, Mississippi. These three novels are a massive and memorable work of the author's imagination. This final book went straight to #1 on the lists of best-selling fiction.

Maribel Trujillo Diaz, the Butler County mother of four who'd been battling an imminent deportation order, has been sent back to her native Mexico.

Ohio Utility Company Aims To Raise Rates

Apr 19, 2017
Duke Energy / Flickr Creative Commons

State energy regulators are looking over a new plan, proposed by AEP, that would allow the utility company to increase rates on customer electric bills. 

AEP is asking to increase a certain line item on electric bills by 120%. That "customer charge" would go up about $10 more a month. Rachel Belz with the advocacy group Ohio Citizen Action notes AEP just tried and failed to raise rates to help its struggling coal plants.

“They just keep reaching right into the pockets of their residential customers.”

Ohio Department of Taxation taxes tax file irs april 15
WYSO/Basim Blunt

This year’s traditional tax deadline of April 15 fell on a Saturday. And that gave most Americans a few extra days to file their taxes. They also received an extra day because Monday, April 17, was Emancipation Day, a federal holiday in the District of Columbia, which pushed the tax deadline another day to the eighteenth.

 

Yet, even with the extra time, some taxpayers still aren’t ready for the official midnight deadline.

Various Pills Medicine Overdose fentanyl heroin opioid opioids overdose morphine addiction drugs
Chaos

Clark County health officials say the number of drug-overdose cases continues to skyrocket. If trends continue, the county could soon surpass the number of drug deaths seen in the county all of last year.

Over the course of just two days, doctors at Springfield Regional Medical Center treated more than four dozen overdose victims, more than double the typical average, health officials say.

But it’s a fraction of Clark County’s total overdoses so far this year. Dozens more have died or were revived by first responders.

Congressman congress house Warren Davidson troy springfield district 8 8th Republican GOP Tea Party House Freedom Caucus
Congressman Warren Davidson Facebook page

Republican 8th district Congressman Warren Davidson is expected to attend a town hall meeting Tuesday in Enon. It will be Davidson’s second such town hall event in as many weeks as Congress continues its spring recess.

The town hall, scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Enon VFW, is being organized by Miami Valley anti-Trump coalition Indivisible.

Some members of that group walked out of Davidson’s last town hall meeting in Troy, saying the format did not allow constituents to have their voices heard.

This spring marks the opening of year four for the 3rd on Third Outdoor Market.  The market, which takes place on East Third Street on the edge of downtown Dayton, features local businesses, artisans, foodtrucks and more.  Organizer Peter Benkendorf visited the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about what how this grassroots effort has grown and what visitors can expect this season.  

Tressa Sherrod via Facebook

An Ohio city has spent over $430,000 defending two officers in connection with the fatal police shooting of a man at a Wal-Mart who was carrying an air rifle from a store shelf.

The Dayton Daily News reports the cost to the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek includes about $210,000 paid to two law firms.

The city's law director says outside counsel was necessary. Crawford family attorney Michael Wright says the money could have gone toward a settlement for the family.

Jo Naylor / Flickr Creative Commons

Cross-Quarter Day is April 21, a day before Earth Day this year, the day on which the sun reaches halfway between equinox and solstice, and enters the late spring sign of Taurus. Now the meager inventories of change that characterized equinox quickly fill with new details each day. The floral and faunal fragments of the season multiply, literally filling in the space of Earth with tangible, visible clockwork.

President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint calls for a more than 13 percent cut to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The budget would also eliminate the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program. The potential cuts have some Ohio officials worried about how to make up for the lost funding.

 

For more on what eliminating the Community Development Block Grant Program could mean for people across the Dayton area, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with city commissioner Matt Joseph.

 

Pages