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Organizers of a weekend protest are calling on 10th District Republican Congressman Mike Turner to hold an official constituent town hall. Activists held their own so-called “Where’s Mike” town hall on Saturday at a Dayton school.

Turner, who was in Washington, didn’t attend the event, which organizers say attracted more than 200 people. Turner's office didn't immediately respond to requests for comment Monday about the town hall. 

On this week's edition of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly radio magazine, we’ll talk to two Greene County organizations working raise awareness about poverty through a special event, a new Dayton Youth Radio story from Stivers School for the Arts, Poor Will’s Almanack and more.

In this week's episode:

The loony, lovable Addams Family takes the stage when Stivers School for the Arts presents its spring musical. Featuring a live student orchestra, spooky special effects and an unforgettable cast of characters, the production showcases a talented cast of students from Dayton's public arts magnet school. Tonight & Saturday at 7:00pm; Sunday at 2:00pm.

Wright State University
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Wright State University President David Hopkins has announced he’ll officially leave office Friday, three months earlier than his scheduled retirement. Hopkins had said last May he planned to step down in June, when his contract officially expired. He’s served as Wright State president for about 10 years.

In a letter to students, faculty and staff Friday, Hopkins cited the university’s budget-realignment process as one reason for vacating office early. He also wrote that he wants to, “position new president, Dr. Cheryl B. Schrader, for every success possible.”

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Advocates from anti-hunger groups say President Donald Trump’s $1.15 trillion budget proposal would hurt the neediest Ohioans most. The president’s budget would boost spending for the Pentagon and make a down payment on a United States-Mexico border wall, while cutting funds for many domestic programs, including anti-poverty programs that help needy families across the Miami Valley.

Audrey Hackett reads her poem, "Maine cira 1984"

Lydia Turner
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Today on Dayton Youth Radio, we present our our first story from the students at Stivers School for the Arts about a teenager and her father's unique occupation.

The Wicked 'Wich of Dayton food truck will begin its third season with a kick off celebration at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.  Katie Marks, owner of the The Wicked 'Wich of Dayton, visited the WYSO studios to talk about the event on Kaleidoscope, and Calamity Day provided a musical preview.

The Wicked 'Wich of Dayton's 3rd Annual Launch Party is Saturday, April 1st at the Yellow Cab.  Full band lineup available at: https://www.facebook.com/events/146683862506315/

Sherrod Brown
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Democratic Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling for more support for people who provide caregiving services for military veterans. Brown is co-sponsoring legislation, called the Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act, that lawmakers say would offer caregivers assistance with financial aid, child care, legal counseling and other needs. 

Such services are currently only available to veterans who have served since Sept. 11, 2001. The bill would also allow military veterans to transfer their GI Bill benefits to a dependent who is also a caregiver.

downtown dayton
Juliet Fromholt

A new analysis of downtown Dayton’s real estate market finds significant pent-up demand for downtown housing. If current trends continue, economic development advocates say, downtown Dayton is on track to see a doubling in the number of new apartments and condos over the next few years.

According to the group's analysis, downtown Dayton’s housing market is currently under-built.

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