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April Laissle

Nearly 3,000 people came together Saturday afternoon to participate in the Dayton Women’s March, a rally held in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington. 

 

The rally, sponsored by the Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance, was more than triple the size expected by the event's planners, attracting participants from as far away as Columbus.

Organizers say they hoped the rally would call attention to how President Donald Trump’s policy proposals may affect women, LGBTQ people and multicultural communities across the Miami Valley.

Dan Gummel

Donald Trump was officially sworn in Friday, January 20th, as the 45th President of the United States. As supporters and protesters converged for the inauguration festivities in Washington, a diverse group of demonstrators gathered in downtown Springfield Friday afternoon to express their concerns about a Trump presidency. WYSO producer Dan Gummel spoke to some of the protesters. 

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On Saturday, at 10:30am the SunWatch Winter Lecture Series is having a presentation about a World War II prisoner of war camp in northernmost Norway. The labor camp for Soviet prisoners was established in 1942 and in late fall 1944 the camp, the coastal fort, and the local Norwegian hamlet were abandoned and destroyed.

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Chelsea Beck / NPR

On Friday, January 20th, Donald Trump will be sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States.  NPR hosts Steve Inskeep and Audie Cornish will co-host special inauguration coverage from the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, DC, overlooking the presidential platform, from 10:00am until 2:00pm.

The program will feature the swearing in of the President and Vice President, speeches, newsmaker interviews, live reports from around the Capitol and the National Mall, and analysis from NPR’s Political Team.

Veteran Washington journalist Sid Davis has witnessed many of the most pivotal events in recent American political history. In a run-up to his upcoming speech at the Dayton Council on World Affairs, on January 20th, Davis talked to WYSO about his distinguished career, particularly his fascinating and detailed account of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, and the swearing in of President Lyndon Johnson, the state of journalism today, and his advice for President-elect Donald Trump.

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Clark County first responders are on high alert after the number of opioid-drug overdoses more than doubled in a 24-hour period.

County health officials say there were at least 16 known overdoses -- that’s at least one per hour. But that number is likely an undercount.

The county coroner suspects synthetic fentanyl, which often looks similar to heroin, is to blame in most of the overdose cases.

The high-potency narcotic is known to be up to 50 times stronger than heroin, and up to 100 times more potent than morphine.

Law enforcement authorities are asking anyone with information related to a suspected double homicide at a  Yellow Springs duplex to come forward and call a dedicated tip-line. Authorities have not yet named a suspect in the killings.  

At a briefing with reporters Wednesday, Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer says the male victim was shot multiple times. He says investigators believe he was the intended victim.

Fischer says initial evidence indicates the shootings were “not random." 

Dan Gummel

At a Tuesday night meeting, the Springfield City Commission voted unanimously to put Issue 2, an income tax increase, back on the ballot this May.

 

The levy originally failed during the November election. Since then, the city has cut police services and closed a local fire station. Mayor Warren Copeland says the commission was forced to make cuts due to decreased state funds.  

 

A trolley bus parked at RTA headquarters in Dayton.
Pat O'Malley, RTA

The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority board and union members voted to ratify a new three-year contract Tuesday. Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385 have been without a contract for about two years. 

Constance Roberts

A Dayton women’s rights group plans to protest President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Saturday. The downtown Dayton “sister march” was organized to coincide with the “Women’s March on Washington”, which is expected to attract more than 200,000 people.

Organizers from the Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance say they decided to plan the protest after hearing that many Dayton women weren't able to make the trip to Washington.

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