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From left to right, City Manager, Shelley Dickstein; DDP President, Sandy Gudorf; Tracy Sibbing with United Way; and Montgomery County Commissioner, Dan Foley.
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Dayton Takes Steps To Cut Panhandling With New Parking Meter Program

Dayton officials Tuesday launched a new collaborative effort aimed at reducing the number of panhandlers in the city. The new Real Change Dayton (RCD) program encourages people to help the homeless by giving at designated locations instead of giving directly to panhandlers.

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Education Spending, Health, Addiction Dominate Discussion At Northwest Dayton Town Hall

Nearly 100 people came to a town hall meeting with Ohio House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn, health and education advocates in Northwest Dayton Monday night.

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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has announced plans to exit the state health insurance exchange by the end of this year. The decision could leave some people in 18 counties with private individual Affordable Care Act plans with limited private, non-employer health insurance options in the future.

Anthem’s departure is not expected to affect Ohioans with coverage through employer-sponsored health plans, Medicare or Medicaid -- that’s most Ohioans.

A lot has changed in the book publishing industry over the last 20 years. When I was hosting this program during the 1990's we had many authors coming through the region on book tours. Publishers would send authors out to promote their books regardless of whether they were well known or completely unknown. Those were different times.

Stats + Stories: Spotting Fake News

Jun 7, 2017

WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

In this Stats + Stories short, John Bailer, Chair of the Department of Statistics at Miami University and Richard Campbell, Professor in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film, talk to Mona Chalabi, a Data Editor from the Guardian USA about how to spot fake news.

A federal mediator has suspended contract negotiations with representatives of Dayton Public Schools and the teachers union, after the two parties reached a stalemate. The suspension of talks could impact the start of the 2017-2018 school year, union officials say.

Negotiations are set to resume in August. If an agreement isn’t reached before the district’s August 15 start date, the union may move ahead with plans to strike.

Local police departments are taking steps toward equipping officers with body cameras.
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The Yellow Springs village council has named interim police chief Brian Carlson chief of the Yellow Springs Police Department. Village officials announced the decision at a council meeting earlier this week.

 

Donald Trump
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President Donald Trump will discuss his plans for a $1 trillion overhaul of the nation's crumbling roads, bridges and waterways during a speech in Ohio Wednesday.

 The president will deliver remarks at the Rivertowne Marina in Cincinnati. He's expected to press efforts to repair the nation's aging levees, dams, locks and ports, as well as his larger infrastructure aims.

The speech comes as the White House tries to push past a series of distractions and focus on Trump's legislative agenda.

Meat recall
Creation Gardens, Inc.

Kentucky-based wholesale food supplier Creation Gardens, Inc. is recalling almost 23,000 pounds of beef products suspected of E. coli contamination. A notice today from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says the raw ground beef and beef primal cut products were produced on May 31, June 1 and June 2, 2017.

 

 

The company says the recalled products are marked with an establishment number “EST. 7914”. The number can be found  inside the USDA mark of inspection.

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The Columbus City Council has voted in favor of an executive order by Mayor Andrew Ginther creating protections for the city's immigrants.

The vote Monday makes it against the law in Columbus to arrest or deny someone services based on their immigration status.

While the law reflects other sanctuary city laws across the country, officials say Columbus is not a "sanctuary city." President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw federal funding from cities that act as sanctuaries for immigrants.

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When I walked the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain a few months ago, I relearned old lessons, lessons of motion and feeling.

I hiked down country roads and byways, my face in the chilly wind, the weight of my pack on my shoulders and lower back, my legs pulling me along, the sky clearest blue – no clouds mile after mile, sun warming my neck. All the time I was heading west toward what is called “the End of the World” in Finisterre, the last outcropping of Europe.

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Less than a week after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the state is suing five pharmaceutical companies for their role in the opioid epidemic, the city of Dayton is bringing its own suit. Mayor Nan Whaley Monday announced the lawsuit, which she says is needed to recover costs associated with police, fire, EMS and addiction treatment services.

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