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Balancing Poetry, Scholarship and Parenting

Sep 21, 2016
Lori Gravley / WYSO

Chris DeWeese is a Creative Writing professor at Wright State University, and Heather Christle is a poet who has taught at several area universities. Two and a half years ago their daughter Harriet was born. Poet and Community Voices producer Lori Gravley spoke with Heather and Chris at their Yellow Springs’ home about how they overcome the challenges of raising a child while doing deeply introspective work.

Chris and Heather are parents, poets, and professors, trying to balance it all

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City councilmen are taking public comment on how Columbus police might implement body cameras in their work.

Wednesday evening's public hearing on the issue was scheduled before last week's fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Tyre King, though that case is expected to come up during discussion.

Police say Tyre was repeatedly shot last Wednesday night after he ran from an officer investigating a reported armed robbery and pulled out a BB gun that looked like a real firearm. No one else was hurt.

Tyre was black. The veteran officer who shot him is white.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
Statehouse News Bureau

An effort to recruit poll workers is underway throughout the state.

Secretary of State Jon Husted is facing down big numbers in this election.

“We need over 35,000 poll workers at nearly 9,000 precinct locations across Ohio.”

Husted says he has no doubt they will get to that number, but he says it’s important to get people who can deal with technology, are properly trained and possess good attitudes. He thinks it’s possible to get all of the poll workers needed, along with some alternates, by working with businesses who encourage their employees to participate.

goldenrod in the fall
Bridget Leyendecker / Flickr Creative Commons

I wander into the chilly, wet morning of an old farm on equinox, swallows circling above me, crows, blue jays and cardinals and mockingbirds, ground crickets and field crickets and tree crickets accompanying me on my walk.

Common ragweed everywhere has gone to seed. In patches of soil between slabs of old cement and blacktop grow ancient chicory and Queen Anne's lace, horseweed past its best, pink smartweed in large clumps, blushing wild dogwood, small white asters (two tiny bees huddled- one on top of the other - on one aster blossom), tall goldenrod full bloom.

Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio’s Attorney General has been doing events around the state in the last few weeks, to bring more awareness to the state’s drug opioid epidemic. That crisis was brought into a harsh spotlight recently thanks to a photo of two Ohioans who nearly died from their heroin use.

Mike DeWine says he has mixed feelings about the East Liverpool police photo that went viral, featuring a couple overdosing on heroin in a van with a four year old buckled in a seat behind them.

 

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Ohio Charter Schools Seek Federal Funding

Sep 19, 2016
Chad Aldis, Vice President for Ohio Policy and Advocacy at Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

After the state nearly lost millions in federal grant money because of a charter school data scrubbing scandal, it’s now working on creating a system that can identify the best charter schools in Ohio and award them millions of dollars to keep that success going.

The U.S. Department of Education has now agreed to send as much as $71 million, if the state proves it can be successful in helping effective charter schools continue to be successful and expand.

The new novel by Raul Ramos y Sanchez is quite different from his previous books. In his latest effort "The Skinny Years" Sanchez has mined his memories of being a young Cuban immigrant living in Miami during the 1960's. While this fiction has some elements of autobiography they primarily serve to make this story ring true. Sanchez was there and his protagonist, a youth with the nickname of "Skinny" is slowly becoming a man. We follow Skinny's adventures over a ten year period.
 

Dan Gummel

Springfield wants to temporarily increase taxes by point four percent. If approved by voters, the five-year levy would generate 6.5 million dollars annually.

That’s money City Manager Jim Bodenmiller says is critically needed, “This issue is about three things, safety, streets and it’s about jobs.”

If the levy does not pass, the city will be forced to close a fire station, cut ten police officers and reduce funding to parks and recreation, and Bodenmiller says the city will have fully depleted its reserve funds by the end of 2017.

Tonight in downtown Dayton there’s a huge after-work street party! Enjoy live performances and demonstrations in music, theater, dance, puppetry and more. This festival takes place on Main Street between First and Second streets. Food and beer also will be part of the fun. Friday, 5-9pm.

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