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Elder-Beerman Parent Company To Liquidate, All Stores Set To Close

Elder-Beerman executives have announced the company is going out of business, impacting hundreds of jobs in the Miami Valley. A bankruptcy court hearing to approve the sale and wind-down of parent company Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. operations is scheduled for April 18, 2018. If the court approves the deal, a joint venture will acquire the inventory and certain other assets of the company. The Dayton Daily News reports all locations of the Midwest-based department store could close within 10 to 12...

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Advocates for Planned Parenthood rally at Ohio Statehouse in 2016
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Court Rules Against State Over Defunding Planned Parenthood

A federal appeals court has unanimously upheld a decision that says a Planned Parenthood defunding law backed by Ohio lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich is unconstitutional. The law has been on hold since abortion rights advocates filed a lawsuit two years ago. It would allow the Ohio Department of Health to strip $1.5 million in tax funding from Planned Parenthood. Lawmakers say the measure simply steers federal funds intended for women’s health care away from providers that also offer abortions...

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NPR Newscaster Carl Kasell Dies At 84, After A Lifelong Career On-Air

Every weekday for more than three decades, his baritone steadied our mornings. Even in moments of chaos and crisis, Carl Kasell brought unflappable authority to the news. But behind that hid a lively sense of humor, revealed to listeners late in his career, when he became the beloved judge and official scorekeeper for Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! NPR's news quiz show. Kasell died Tuesday from complications from Alzheimer's disease in Potomac, Md. He was 84. He started preparing for the role of...

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Dayton History: The art modern-style carillon tower was built in 1942, funded by Edward Deeds' wife Edith Walton Deeds and was des
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The 77th Annual Easter Sunrise Service is Carillon Historical Park's oldest event. In fair weather and foul, during triumphant and trying times, people from all walks of life have gathered at Deeds Carillon in this early morning Easter light for this powerful display of faith. There is no cost and bring a chair or blanket. Sunday, 6:30am.

Your Voice Ohio: Exploring The Data Behind The Opioid Epidemic

Mar 30, 2018
Between 2012 and 2016, the total number of opioids dispensed to Ohio patients decreased by 162 million doses or 20.4 percent.
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What proportion of the population has been directly affected by the opioid epidemic? What does an addict look like? How many overdoses started with pain pills and not recreational use?

This story is part of Your Voice Ohio, a collaboration between WYSO and more than 30 other news organizations around the state designed to investigate the opioid epidemic, and to listen to community members affected by the addiction crisis. 

Stats + Stories: Protecting Seaside Cities From Possible Future Impacts Of Climate Change

Mar 30, 2018
Peter Guttorp is a Professor at the Norwegian Computing Center in Oslo, Norway, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, Seattle.
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WYSO is partnering with Stats and Stories, a podcast produced at Miami University.

Planning for uncertainty is no easy task, but Climate Change is forcing communities around the globe to plan for uncertain futures. While we know the planet is warming and that could affect everything from farming to forestry to flooding, what we don't know is just how big the impact will be, or how dire the circumstances. That hasn't stopped cities from trying to figure out how to prevent a climate-caused catastrophe. Rosemary Pennington is joined by regular panelists Department of Statistics Chair John Bailer and Media, Journalism and Film Department Chair Richard Campbell. Their guest is Peter Guttorp, Professor Emeritus of Statistics at the University of Washington, Professor at the Norwegian Computing Center, and Co-Director of The Research Network on Statistical Methods for Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences, or STATMOS. Guttorp is also one of the authors of an article in Significance Magazine, which explores how the Norwegian city of Bergen is working to create a plan to save its historic harbor from possible future flooding.  

Audrey Hackett reads her poem, "Life Together."

Carmen Tibbs
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When there is drug overdose, the Center for Disease Control adds it to the statistics. And Ohio is at the top for drug deaths.  Dayton Youth Radio producer Carmen Tibbs, told our youth radio class that Dayton had the highest mortality rates from drug overdoses in the country. I remember wondering why would a 17-year old know such a grim and compelling statistic.

It is always a pleasure to interview an author who is making a literary debut with the publication of that first book. It is even more special when that author is someone you remember as a youth rambling the streets of your own town. Recently I had that experience when I conducted this interview with Moriel Rothman-Zecher.

Here's the review of his novel that I wrote for the Cox Ohio newspapers:

Cincinnati band Colly will visit Yellow Springs as part of their spring tour.  Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt spoke with vocalist Jake Hollen and drummer Andrew Hopkins ahead of their visit about recording, touring and more.

Colly will perform at Peach's Grill in Yellow Springs on Saturday, April 7. Learn more at:


Electro Cult Circus

Electro Cult Circus made their Kaleidoscope debut, performing a stripped down set live in the WYSO studios.  The band talked with host Juliet Fromholt about their long history, collaboration with other types of performers and more.

Learn more about Electro Cult Circus at:

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A union representing Dayton school bus drivers has declared intent to strike after months of failed contract negotiations with the district. The announcement comes less than a year after the district narrowly avoided a teacher strike.

If a deal is not reached, more than 150 drivers plan to strike on April 10. That’s a day after students are set to return to school after Spring Break. It would also coincide with state required testing, according to a district press release.

A proposed $1.27 million settlement has been announced with the family of an 18-year-old killed in an accident last year at the Ohio State Fair.