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April Laissle

DPS Teachers Pack Up Classrooms In Preparation For Possible Strike

Flanked by U-Haul moving trucks, more than 100 teachers rallied outside a Dayton Public Schools board meeting Wednesday night amid ongoing contract negotiations. The trucks were carrying classroom materials packed by the teachers in preparation for a possible strike.

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tornado wall cloud national weather service Photo taken near US 35 and I-75, just west of Dayton, at around 7 p.m. Wednesday
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National Weather Service Confirms Five Tornadoes; Damage Assessment Continues

Experts with the National Weather Service are still working to survey all of the damage from Wednesday's severe storms. Forecasters have so far confirmed there were five tornadoes in and around Clark and Miami Counties, with wind speeds varying between 75 and 100 miles per hour.

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Programming Update

WYSO To Launch Locally Hosted Hip Hop Show

Tables of Content will air Tuesday nights beginning May 23rd

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Wright State University
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Wright State programs could be cut, and more than 100 employees could be let go under the university's upcoming Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal. School officials are expected to release details of the plan at a finance committee meeting May 19.

As many as 120 employees could be let go, Wright State officials say.

Premier Health provider, Miami Valley Hospital
WYSO/Joshua Chenault

Officials with Dayton-based Premier Health say contract talks with UnitedHealthCare continue despite an ongoing dispute over terms. Unless an agreement is reached, nearly 70,000 Premier patients with insurance through UnitedHealth will have to find new in-network providers.

 

Negotiations recently broke down over a disagreement between UnitedHealthcare and Premier over a push by the insurance giant to rank hospitals and providers based on cost and quality. Premier officials say the tiered system discourages customers from using Premier providers.

Thousands of Ohio residents using subsidies to pay for federally-mandated health insurance could lose that funding.
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The United States Senate will soon take up for consideration the GOP House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Under the American Health Care Act, states could seek waivers opting them out of some patient protections. The waivers would allow insurance companies to consider health status when deciding the cost of premiums -- and some patients could see premiums rise.  

What Keeps the Guitar Man Strumming

May 16, 2017
Jim McCutcheon has taught guitar to generations of local families
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When Jim McCutcheon goes on vacation, he’ll most likely bring his guitar along. Not simply as entertainment for when there’s downtime, but because it’s an extension of who he is. Jim’s been a musical fixture in Dayton since 1978 -- he teaches guitar classes to people of all ages, he’s released two children’s albums, and has several awards to his name. On May 17th he’s adding another one -- the Governor's Award in the Arts for arts education. Culture Couch producer George Drake, Jr. spent time with him to find out what keeps him going.

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Late Spring comes to an end throughout the East this week as the high canopy of leaves closes all the way. Even though the sycamores may hold back for a week or so, now there is a convergence of events that pushes the land over the edge into early summer. 

Every day I try to learn something new. Hopefully this process will keep my mind sharp-I plan to continue doing it. In 1994 I conducted what was to become my first interview in what would later be known as "The Book Nook." It wasn't actually a show yet. It was just my first interview with an author. After I had conducted a few more author interviews at random times on random days during the music program that I was hosting every weekday on WYSO I thought that I had better come up with a name for the interview segments. I started calling it "The Book Nook on Afternoon Excursions."

Dayton International Festival

A World A’Fair is celebrating its 44th year in 2017. The annual event is a celebration of "the different cultures that have made the Dayton area what it is today."  There are 32 countries or ethnicities taking part in the all-weekend event, which has become one of the city's biggest festivals.  

In this WYSO Weekend excerpt, Dayton International Festival Treasurer, Wayne Gulden, talks about the work that Miami Valley residents put into the cultural festival.

 

 

April Laissle

More than 150 people attended an open house at the a Bellbrook Mosque over the weekend.

The event, hosted by the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton, was organized as part of an effort to increase dialogue and understanding among people of different faith traditions in the Miami Valley.

Beloved Community Project of Yellow Springs

The Beloved Community Project of Yellow Springs (BCPYS) is an organization that focuses on creating and maintaining inclusive communities and promoting and participating in nonviolent actions against oppressive systems

Rev. Aaron Saari is the founding director of BCPYS and in this interview with WYSO, he talks about the project's mission and gives the details on the upcoming event called #viablenonviolence.

*Organizers are asking those who attend the event to consider bringing a carry in dish to share with others during the opening community meal at 6pm.

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